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About us

The Urban95 Academy is a joint collaboration between the Van Leer Foundation and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Programme Partners

The London School of Economics and Political Science is a social science university based in central London with a global reach. Ranked first in Europe and second in the world for social sciences and management in the QS subject rankings 2021. Since 1895 the LSE has been pioneering social science research, challenging existing ways of thinking, and seeking to understand the causes of things in order to transform them.

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LSE Cities is an international centre that investigates the complexities of the contemporary city. It carries out research, graduate and executive education, outreach and advisory activities in London and abroad. Extending LSE’s century-old commitment to the understanding of urban society, LSE Cities investigates how complex urban systems are responding to the pressures of growth, change and globalisation with new infrastructures of design and governance that both complement and threaten social equity and environmental sustainability.

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The Van Leer Foundation is an independent Dutch organisation working globally to foster inclusive societies where all children and communities can flourish. The Foundation bring together people with different perspectives and support them to achieve large-scale impact. Their support involves a unique combination of funding, networks, executive education, technical assistance and knowledge.

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Technical Partners

The Urban95 Academy works with a variety of technical partners including Arup; Global Designing Cities Initiative; Gehl Cities for People; Qendra Marrëdhënie; Superpool.

Teams who are selected to take part of the London Residence Week have an opportunity to engage with technical partners following a successful completion of the in-person programme.