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Future Cities Annual Conference 2018

The third annual Cambridge Future Cities Conference will be on Thursday 12th July 2018 at Jesus College Cambridge

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Future Cities

The  third annual Cambridge Future Cities Conference will be on Thursday 12th July 2018 at Jesus College

The Cambridge Future Cities Conference 2018 will once more bring together academic experts, industry leaders, researchers and policy decision makers to discuss issues related to how we can design, develop, govern and manage cities and explore the challenges and opportunities presented in developing successful and sustainable cities for the future.  This international conference is global in outlook and this year will have a particular focus on 'Successful Cities of the Future'. 

The conference will include sessions from how technology and data will be instrumental in shaping successful cities of the future to looking at the challenges of housing and travel. 

 The conference will explore a number of themes, including:

  • How can AI and automation be harnessed to make cities more productive?
  • How can people travel into and around cities more efficiently?
  • What can information and technology do to address housing issues?
  • How can policymakers and real estate investors contribute and use innovation to enhance city and real estate investment performance?


The Keynote speaker for 2018 is Professor Chris Webster:

Prof. Webster has a background in urban planning, computer science, economics and economic geography and is a leading urban theorist and spatial economic modeller.  Prof. Webster is the founder of and directs HKUrbanLab, a set of interdisciplinary research labs hosted by the University of Hong Kong, many of which deal in urban big data and smart city ideas.  Read more here


Speakers, Chairs and Panelists:


Professor Carlo Ratti, Director of the MIT senseable City Lab

Dame Kate Barker CBE, UK Eusiness Economist & expert on housing policy

Ben Pluijmers, Chair of European Federation for Living

Joanna Rowelle, Director in Integrated City Planning, Arup

Katy Taylor, Group Commercial and Customer Director, Go Ahead

Michael Hurwitz, Director of Transport Innovation, TfL

Matthew Gwyther, Presenter, Radio 4's In Business (Chair)

Professor Colin Lizieri - Grosvenor Professor of Real Estate Finance, Head of The Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Phil Allmendinger, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Prof. of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Nick Mansley, Executive Director, Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre


The conference will include short presentations by prizewinning PhD students on their latest research into how future cities may be designed, operated and lived within to meet social, economic and environmental aims. These up and coming researchers will also be available to talk face to face with delegates about their research.  Read more about the Prize Fellows here

Who should attend:

The conferences are by invitation and bring together an expert community of academics, researchers, practitioners, decision makers, real estate developers, investors and policymakers from the urban sphere.

In doing so, this provides an opportunity to build networks between researchers across generations and institutions and facilitate collaborative working.

The conferences also provide the unique opportunities for creative, innovative investors and developers to meet with academics and researchers to find out about the latest research and developments  and how these impact on strategy, challenges and key decisions about cities in the future.

If you would like to know more about the Future Cities Conference or or wish to express an interest in attending, please email

CapcoThe Future Cities Conferences are supported  by London property firm Capital & Counties Properties Plc.

The third annual Cambridge Future Cities Conference will be on Thursday 12th July 2018 at Jesus College Cambridge

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