Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at London School of Economics (LSE) where he directs LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme, an interdisciplinary investigation of global cities that brings together national and city leaders, academics, designers and civic actors. His work focuses on the social and spatial dynamics of contemporary cities. He has been Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He was Director of the 10th Venice International Architecture Biennale, Curator of the Global Cities Exhibition at Tate Modern in London and is a Council member of the Royal College of Art. He has played a key role in high-profile urban projects like the London 2012 Olympics and legacy, the Tate Modern and new buildings for the BBC. He was a member of the UK Government Airports Commission and is currently involved in the redevelopment of Penn Station in New York City and advising the City of Bogota on a new 20-year urban development plan. He is editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Innovation in Europe’s Cities (2015). He was appointed CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to urban planning and design in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.