About this blog

The blog is built on a simple idea: that universities are undervalued development actors and can help solve global challenges.

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities.

Cities are beginning to shoulder problems that were traditionally tackled by nations.

More than 60% of cities that will exist in 2050 have yet to be built.

This blog looks at how universities can help cities and the people who live in them.


I am a Policy Researcher at Universities UK, and a PhD candidate at UCL Institute of Education. You can read some of my work here.

Email me: james{at}jcransom.com, or find me on Twitter @jc_ransom or LinkedIn.