UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Shifting understandings of urban prosperity in the post-Covid era

24 March 2022, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Urban prosperity

Unfortunately, this event is cancelled as it falls during UCU Strike Action 

This event is free.

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Institute for Global Prosperity

Unfortunately, this event is cancelled as it falls during UCU Strike Action 

The Speakers: 

Professor Matthew Gandy (University of Cambridge) and Professor Saskia Sassen (Columbia University)

Presentation title: The Zoonotic City
Matthew Gandy is Professor of Geography at the University of Cambridge and was founder and director of the UCL Urban Laboratory (2005–2011). He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York; the University of California Los Angeles; the Technical University, Berlin; the Humboldt University, Berlin; the University of the Arts, Berlin; and is currently a fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study. His book Concrete and clay: reworking nature in New York City (The MIT Press, 2002) was winner of the 2003 Spiro Kostof award for the book within the previous two years “that has made the greatest contribution to our understanding of urbanism and its relationship with architecture”. His book The fabric of space: water, modernity, and the urban imagination (The MIT Press, 2014) was awarded the 2014 AAG Meridian Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography and the 2016 award for the most innovative book in planning history from the International Planning History Society. His most recent book is Natura urbana: ecological constellations in urban space (The MIT Press, 2022).

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired till 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated in over twenty languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.