UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Working with City Leaders

London Cityscape

Engineers, designers and planners are increasingly confronted with the complex and distributed system of leadership in the world’s cities. From the changing roles of national and local governments, the shifting contours of the smart city agenda, the embedded short-termism of political mandates, to the rise of business partnerships and global networks with other cities, the political environment urban practitioners face today is varied and challenging.

Today, effective city leaders are those individuals and businesses that understand how to navigate and shape this complexity, and turn challenges into innovations.

Working with City Leaders is a short course which equips professionals with a practical guide on how to effectively engage city decision-makers and to operate with insight into political challenges and a greater confidence at a strategic partnering level in cities.

With the guidance of expert practitioners in the area of urban policy and innovation, the course challenges professionals to develop a fundamental set of policy and strategic skills which will shape their capacity to steer the future development of cities and the way they are led, managed and governed.

The four key themes covered on the course are:

  • The changing character of city leadership in an urban age.
  • Major city trends influencing strategic projects and consulting demands.
  • The different kinds of innovation to address leadership and governance deficits in cities.
  • How to engage, communicate and marshal others to deliver projects while also building a strategic agenda for a city.

For further information, please contact our Professional and Executive Education Coordinator, Naomi Britton

Key skills for city leaders

Business Leadership
City Networking
Integrated Thinking
Working with Governments

Meet the Experts

Michele Acuto Prof Michele Acuto

Professor in Diplomacy and Urban Theory
Greg Clark 2017 Prof Greg Clark

Global Advisor and Chairman of The Business of Cities
Visiting Professor at UCL STEaPP

Ellie Cosgrave Dr Ellie Cosgrave

Lecturer in Urban Innovation
Tim Moonen 2017 Dr Tim Moonen

Director of Intelligence at The Business of Cities

Our previous courses

Fundamentals of City Leadership - Arup London
The Business of Cities   STEaPP black and white