Call for Evidence | Cities, Economy and Climate

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Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2014 4:02 PM
To: Seto, Karen
Subject: Call for Evidence | Cities, Economy and Climate


Dear Karen

I am writing to highlight an initiative which I hope will be of interest to you and your wider research network.

LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science is currently working with the Global Commission on the Economy and Climateand is leading the cities workstream of the Commission’s New Climate Economy project. The overall aim of this project is to provide independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.

For the cities related research we have just launched an official Call for Evidence which can be found here. The World Resources Institute, C40, the World Bank, UN Habitat, and range of other organisations are supporting the initiative.

In summary, we are looking for the best available evidence on the role cities can play in driving global economic prosperity and reducing climate risk to support the findings and recommendations of the Commission on cities. The report will be launched at the UN Climate Leaders’ Summit in September (and the Commission expects the report to sit on the desks of 50 of the world’s most influential leaders).

Any individual or organisation submitting as part of this call will be acknowledged in the final report, and any evidence will of course be fully referenced and credited.

The Call for Evidence is based around a number of questions in the core thematic areas outlined below:

A.      Cities and economic growth

1.       Urban infrastructure and buildings

2.       Urban innovation and smart technology

B.      Cities and climate action

3.       Actions to reduce carbon emissions and/or increase climate resilience

4.       Metrics for city level carbon accounting low carbon growth in cities


C.      Low carbon growth in cities

5.       Economic performance of low carbon cities versus high carbon cities

6.       Urban form

7.       Urban transport

8.       Urban governance and planning

9.       Urban financing

10.     Low carbon innovation

11.     Urban air quality


We are looking for evidence in response to one or more of the key questions i.e. a targeted response, with a focus on strong case studies and quantitative assessments of economic and climate impacts.

The deadline is 4 April. Given these timelines, our focus is on synthesising existing, accessible evidence. Therefore, I was hoping that:

  • Your team might be interested in providing a submission synthesising the existing evidence you have at your disposal
  • You might distribute this within your wider network to encourage submissions. We invite contributions from cities, research institutes, think tanks, business organisations, consultancies, academics and civil society organisations.

For your information I have also attached a short overview of the cities workstream.

Thanks you very much.

Best, Philipp


Philipp Rode
Executive Director and

Senior Research Fellow


LSE Cities / Urban Age Programme
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom

Tel:        +44 (0)20 7955 6483
Fax:        +44 (0)20 7955 7697
Mobile:   +44 (0)77 8670 4092

Twitter: @philipprode

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