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Age of the City: Why Our Future will be Won or Lost Together

Book Launch, Public Event

Register here by 4 March 2024

You are invited to  join us in person for a book discussion and launch of STIAS Fellow Ian Goldin’s latest work, Age of the City, on Wednesday 6 March at 5pm. Ian will be in discussion with STIAS Fellow Edgar Pieterse.

In this book, Ian Goldin and Tom Lee-Devlin show why making our societies fairer, more cohesive and sustainable must start with our cities. Globalization and technological change have concentrated wealth into a small number of booming metropolises, leaving many smaller cities and towns behind and feeding populist resentment. Yet even within seemingly thriving cities like London or San Francisco, the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to widen and our retreat into online worlds tears away at our social fabric. Meanwhile, pandemics and climate change pose existential threats to our increasingly urban world.

Goldin and Lee-Devlin combine the lessons of history with a deep understanding of the challenges confronting our world today to show why cities are at a crossroads – and hold our destinies in the balance.


Ian Goldin is Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges. Ian leads research groups on Technological and Economic Change, Future of Work and Future of Development. Ian previously was World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy and served on the World Bank Executive and other key committees. He previously was Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He has written and presented three BBC series. Age of the City is the most recent of his 24 books, with his previous books including Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World; Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years; Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of our Second Renaissance; The Butterfly Defect: How globalisation creates systemic risks; and The Pursuit of Development.  He tweets on @ian_goldin and his website is

For more information about the event, contact Ms Nel-Mari Loock at 021 808 2652 or [email protected]

Date and time

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

17:00 – 18:30​

All times are in SAST (UTC+2)


STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre

STIAS, Marais Road, Mostertsdrift

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