Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He is currently advising the United Nations on the 2016 Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanism and curating an exhibition at the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice. In 2014, he was a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2010 to 2014 as well as a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports from 2012 to 2015. He is involved in regeneration projects across Europe and USA, and was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. He was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 and curator of the Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern in 2007. Professor Burdett was also a member of the Urban Task Force which produced a major report for the UK government on the future of English cities. He is co-editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Transforming Urban Economies (2013).