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Future Cities: 2017 Conference Summary

The second annual Future Cities Conference 2017 took place on Tuesday 18th July at Jesus College in Cambridge.

The conference brought together academic experts, investors, developers, researchers and policy decision makers to discuss how we can best design, develop, govern and thrive in cities and explore the challenges and opportunities presented in developing sustainable cities for the future.  The focus of the conference for 2017 was on 'Growing our cities well' 

The Keynote speech 'Senseable Cities' was delivered by Visiting Fellow for 2017, Professor Carlo Ratti; Professor at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Director of the MIT senseable City Lab and named in Wired Magazine's Smart List,  '50 people who will change the world'. His presentation can be viewed below and read more about Carlo here:


The PhD Prize Fellows:

Research posters and profiles can be viewed here.

The PhD students give their views in on future opportunities, what they see as the biggest challenge, what advice they would offer the Mayor, and which other cities inspire them in the 'The London Essays' here.  Published by The Centre for London and supported by Capco.

Speaker Presentations 2017: 


Technology - Connectivity, Data and Networks

Shailaja Fennell; Lecturer in Development Studies, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

'Connectivity with cities in emerging markets: re-examining linkages between Smart Villages and Smart Cities'


Mark Kleinman; Director, Economic and Business Policy, GLA

'Using data to improve cities'




Maria Abreu; Lecturer in Land Economy, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

'Graduate migration, and the changing nature of our cities'


Kenneth Howse; Oxford Centre for Population Ageing, University of Oxford

'Population ageing and urban development'


CapcoThe Future Cities Conference was supported by London property firm Capital & Counties Properties Plc.



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