2 billion more people are expected to be living in developing cities by 2050

The developing world is urbanising fast, yet most countries are not prepared to accommodate the demands of an ever-growing urban population. The Urbanisation in Developing Countries project – jointly led by LSE and Oxford – aims to diagnose the market and institutional failures that can lead to bad outcomes and structure the policy debate on the some of the world’s most pressing urban challenges.

Our approach convenes leading academics and policy practitioners who use multidisciplinary analysis to better understand the ways in which developing countries are growing. By developing academic papers, new datasets and well-informed policy-making, we seek better urban management, and ultimately, more liveable, productive and sustainable cities.