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When all the World’s a City

25 January 2011

Professor Mike BattyProfessor Mike Batty

If predictions are true, all of the world’s population will be living in cities by the end of this Century - but what kind of world will this be?

Distinguished scholar and Honorary Professor of the Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning, Professor Michael Batty, will explore the probable effects of this prediction in a public lecture hosted by the School’s Innovation and Engagement Unit.

Professor Batty will argue that the most likely scenario of this prediction is that cities will become connected global entities, where it will be impossible to consider any individual city as separate from another.

Dr Narushige Shiode, lecturer at the School of City and Regional Planning who is chairing the public lecture, said: "Professor Batty has made significant contributions to urban studies including his pioneering work on rigorous analytical and computer-based approaches to understand how urban spaces and systems of cities evolve and change."

From 1979 until 1990 Professor Batty was a Professor at the University’s School of City and Regional Planning, and head of the School until 1985. During this period, he propelled the School to top ranked in terms of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Professor Batty holds a chair at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL). He is a fellow of the Royal Society, holder of a CBE, editor of Environment and Planning B and has been on several national and international committees around the world. He founded in 1995, and currently runs, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL, which is one of the leading spatial analysis labs in the world.

In 2010, he was ranked 8th out of the 81 most cited academics in an article measuring the most influential economic geographers of the last 50 years (1958 – 2008) in the Journal of Economic Geography (Vol.10, Bodman).

Dr Shiode added, "Titles such as CBE, FBA, FRS and countless other honours and accolades bestowed on Professor Batty are a true recognition of his cutting edge research. It is a genuine privilege for us to host his talk at the School, where he has previously served as Head of Department and propelling the school into the top accolade in RAE terms."

The public lecture will take place on Tuesday 1st February at 5.30pm in committee rooms 1 & 2 of the University’s Glamorgan Building on King Edward VII Avenue in Cardiff. The event is free and open to members of the public. Please register your attendance via this link:

Cardiff School of City & Regional Planning students can register their attendance via Learning Central.

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