Focus and Scope

The Cities Studio Annual Review seeks to contribute poignantly to debates within the fields of urban studies and urban design by publishing diverse contributions from the dynamic, international cohort of students in the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The journal’s content comprises original research projects and proposals produced by students on the MSc City Design and Social Science degree as part of its longstanding core course, the City Design Research Studio. As such, the publication does not accept external submissions.

Publication Frequency

Cities Studio Annual Review is published once yearly in the Summer Term after the culmination of the MSc City Design and Social Science's Research Studio module.

Open Access Policy

Houghton St Press is an open access publisher, and all of our publications are free to read and published under Creative Commons licences.

Archiving Policy

Houghton St Press registers our journals and books with as many suitable indexes as possible. All of our article metadata are openly available for harvesting by indexing services via OAI-PMH and the journals are registered with Open Archives for discovery.

Houghton St Press content is LOCKSS enabled, and copies of all Houghton St Press publications are made available from LSE Research Online, the School’s open access repository.

LSE Cities Programme

The Cities Programme is dedicated to the understanding of urban society and urban change and focuses on the relationships between the social and spatial life of cities. The Cities Programme provides an innovative environment for critical engagement and creative learning, exploring the relations between city design and the political, economic and cultural organisation of cities. 

At the heart of the MSc is the City Design and Social Science Research Studio, in which students work together intensively on specific sites in London, developing innovative propositions for urban interventions out of interdisciplinary research and analysis. This work forms the basis of an annual student-produced publication. The Studio also comprises a research trip to a key international urban site. Other core courses in the MSc are focused on city-making, urban design, urban policy, and critical urban theory. The degree includes interdisciplinary optional courses, master classes with outside specialists, and an independent project.

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