Philipp Rode is the Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As a researcher, consultant, and advisor, he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. His current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities and on sustainable urban development, transport and mobility. He is co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has co-led the United Nations Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance. Rode is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005, has organised Urban Age conferences in over a dozen world cities bringing together political leaders, city mayors, urban practitioners, private sector representatives and academic experts.