Welcome back to the Public Sphere Podcast – an initiative by the Public Sphere Journal with the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The overarching theme of this mini-series is “Sustainable Communities”. We hope to develop a deeper understanding of sustainable communities, by going beyond environmental sustainability, and exploring the concept of circular cities and urban sustainability more generally.

The fifth episode of this mini-series, “Circular Cities” is an interview with Dr. Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE. Dr. Rode acts as a researcher and consultant, and in addition to his role as Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme, has co-written several books: Towards New Urban Mobility: The case of London and Berlin (2015), Cities and Energy: Urban morphology and heat energy demand (2014), Going Green: How cities are leading the green economy (2012) and Transforming Urban Economies (2013). Most recently, he co-edited Shaping Cities in an Urban Age (2018).

Myra Koelle and Khiran O’Neill are joined by Dr. Rode for a thoughtful and valuable discussion on sustainability. In just 20 minutes, the conversation included a variety of topics, including LSE cities’ work, “circularity”, inequality and intergenerational justice, cycling, and optimism.