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We are ranked 3rd in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2017

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'Reproducibility and Transparency in the Social Sciences' workshop

On 30 January Dr Ben Groom and Greer Gosnell co-ordinated a PhD workshop entitled “Reproducibility and Transparency in the Social Sciences”. The workshop gathered together experienced academics who presented on issues surrounding transparency, research ethics, data management and version control.

February 2018

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Hyun Bang Shin to speak at SEAC Research Seminar

On Tuesday 20 February Dr Hyun Bang Shin will speak on the practices of South Korean and Singaporean real estate developers in Vietnam as part of the SEAC Research Fund seminar series. Read more

February 2018

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LSE-UCT July School 2018

Prof Gareth Jones and Dr Ryan Centner will be teaching the course Urban Development and Planning in Africa as part of the LSE-UCT July School 2018 at the University of Cape Town this summer. The course explores the challenges and opportunities of African urban development. Learn more about the course and how you can sign up here

February 2018


Riccardo Crescenzi to give first ERSA-REGIO Lecture of 2018

On Monday 19 February Prof Riccardo Crescenzi will give the first ERSA-REGIO Academic Lecture of 2018 on “The EU Cohesion Policy: what works and where?” in Brussels, Belgium. The DG REGIO & ERSA Lecture Series started in 2015 with the purpose to make available to a broader range of policymakers important research in the context of the preparation for post-2020 EU Cohesion Policy Proposals. Read more.

February 2018

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Geography and Environment Winter Ball 2018

On January 27 we held our first ever Winter Ball! It was a fabulous evening, with spectacular fireworks and entertainment provided by Simon Cowell's magician! See photos from the night on the Geography Society's Facebook page

January 2018

Capstone Project

MSc Urbanisation and Development students to assist on Capstone Project

In April 2018, Prof Gareth A Jones, Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Centre, will conduct research in Argentina with the help of 3 students from the MSc in Urbanisation and Development. In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Municipality, the Capstone project aims to identify the demand, content and design for a new 'urban centre' in an extensive area of low income settlements. Read more.

January 2018

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Top rankings

We are ranked 4th in the UK in the latest Guardian subject tables. This follows success in the QS World University subject rankings, which put the Department 3rd internationally. We are ranked 7th in the Complete University Guide subject tables. A range of measures contribute to the rankings, including student satisfaction, academic reputation and career prospects.

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Geography & Environment Photography Competition 2018

On Monday 15 January we launched the newly refurbished Michael Wise Room by showcasing the shortlisted photographs from our first ever Department Photography Competition! We tied this into our Green Impact campaign, and the theme of the photos was “Sustainability”. View the winning and shortlisted entries as well as photos from the night on our Facebook page

January 2018


Spotlight on... Allan Beltran-Hernandez

LSE Fellow in Environmental Economics Allan Beltran-Hernandez discusses his current research, what advice he would give his younger self and why living in London is great. Read more

January 2018

Nancy Holman

Planning, value(s) and the market: An analytic for “what comes next?”

A new paper co-authored by Dr Nancy Holman, Oram Research Fellow Alessandra Mossa and Dr Erica Pani has been published in Environment and Planning A. The paper examines two new moments of planning deregulation and demonstrates how planners can develop a critical voice and advocate for policy interpretations that can help to create better outcomes for local communities. Read more.    

January 2018



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Awards success at European International Business Academy (EIBA) conference

Our academics have been recognised at the 43rd European International Business Academy (EIBA) Conference which took place 14-16 December in Milan, Italy. Simona IammarinoAndres Rodriguez-Pose and Luisa Gagliardi received the GSJ Global Strategy Research Prize (awarded to the best paper in global strategy). Visiting Fellow Andrea Ascani, and Luisa Gagliardi, won the Copenhagen Business School Prize (awarded to the best paper by authors under 40). Congratulations to all!

December 2017

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Nancy Holman and Alessandra Mossa at New Sciences and Actions for Complex Cities conference

On 15 December Dr Nancy Holman and Oram Research Fellow Alessandra Mossa attended the New sciences and actions for complex cities conference in Florence, Italy. Nancy gave a keynote  lecture on ‘Cities and platform economies – big, data, algorithms and regulatory flattening.’ Alessandra presented her paper titled ‘Sharing short-term housing in London: innovation or policy-led informality?’. 

December 2017

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Gentrification and the Post-socialist City Keynote Lecture

Dr Hyun Bang Shin was a keynote speaker at the 7th International Geographies of Post-Communist States Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Watch Hyun’s lecture here

December 2017

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Winter Newsletter

Our winter 2017 newsletter is out now! Discover our latest staff and student news, blog posts, articles, podcasts, upcoming events and more. Read the newsletter.

December 2017

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New book: 'Anti-Gentrification: What is to be Done'

Dr Hyun Bang Shin's new edited volume has been published in Korea by Dongnyok publishers. The volume brings together activists, artists, professionals and academics, who have been at the forefront of fighting gentrification in South Korea in recent years.

December 2017

Meredith Whitten

Meredith Whitten Q&A

Class teacher and PhD candidate Meredith Whitten discusses her favourite teaching moments and why she thinks humour is important in the classroom. Read more

December 2017


Geography student wins Generation Brexit 'Great Ideas Competition'

We are very proud of Maria Piccone, a second year BSc Geography with Economics student, who is a winner of Generation Brexit’s ‘Great Ideas Competition’. Maria’s post, Citizens are fit to rule BUT political parties are not fit to inform! has prompted a great deal of discussion on the forum. Congratulations Maria! 

November 2017

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Riccardo Crescenzi awarded Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Award

The North America Regional Science Council has awarded Prof Riccardo Crescenzi the 2017 Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Award. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to Regional Science research by scholars who have recently completed doctoral studies. The prize is among the most prestigious recognitions in the field of Regional Science and Regional Economics. Read more about the award.

November 2017

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Urban Redevelopment in South Korea

Dr Hyun Bang Shin has been quoted in an article by Korea Exposé on urban redevelopment in South Korea. Hyun comments that “apartment complexes do symbolize Korea’s housing culture in the late-20th and early-21st century, but it’s probably more accurate to think of them as symbols of developmentalist urbanization, speculation and greed for accumulating material wealth.” Read more

November 2017

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'How foreign investment changed the world': Riccardo Crescenzi's inaugural lecture reported on by FT

Martin Sandbu of the Financial Times has written a detailed commentary on Riccardo's research for his 'Free Lunch' column. Martin was guest discussant at Riccardo's inaugural lecture on 'The Multinational World' on 15 November. Read the article / Listen to the event podcast

November 2017


Graduate conference: Populism: Left, Right and Centre

PhD candidate Carl Truedsson has co-organised a graduate conference at LSE on ‘Populism: Left, Right and Centre’. It took place on 3 November. The aim of the conference was to provide PhD students with a space to discuss their research on ‘populism’. It was sponsored by the PhD Academy, European Institute and Economic and Social Research Council.

November 2017

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New blog post: Diamond Light Source and its impact on the UK geographical distribution of science

Prof Henry Overman has co-written a blog post for the LSE Business Review highlighting the impacts of big scientific research facilities on local scientists. Read more.  

November 2017


New paper on energy costs of historic preservation mentioned in The Times

A new research paper by Prof Christian Hilber, Dr Charles Palmer and Dr Ted Pinchbeck has been reported on by The Times. The research paper argues that preservation policies have inadvertently hindered some households from cutting their energy use. Read more.  

October 2017


Simona Iammarino awarded Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Prof Simona Iammarino is one of 69 leading social scientists to be conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is recognised as "a leading light in economic geography with particular interest in multinational corporations, geographies of innovation and technical change as well as regional and local development and policy". Read more.

October 2017

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Autumn Newsletter

Our autumn 2017 newsletter is out now! It has been a busy start to the academic year. Discover our latest staff and student news, blog posts, articles, podcasts, upcoming events and more. Read the newsletter.

October 2017

European Week Regions Cities panel

'The regional dimension of inequality' panel event

On 10 October Prof Simona Iammarino chaired a sold-out panel event on 'The regional dimension of inequality: territorial policy responses in a rapidly changing economic environment' as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels.

Here is Simona with her all-women panel of experts:

European Week Regions Cities panel
Tina Ambos, Rachel Franklin, Raquel Ortega-Argilés, Simona Iammarino, Luisa Gagliardi, Elisa Giuliani

Geography academics at BioEcon conference

Dr Ben Groom, Dr Charlie Palmer and Ganga Shreedar are attending the 19th conference of the BioEcon Network on 21 and 22 September.

Ben is the chair of the BioEcon scientific committee and Charlie is a member of the committee. This year the conference is held in Tilburg and celebrates the retirement of Prof Aart de Zeeuw of Tilburg University. Prof de Zeeuw has made important contributions to the field of environmental economics and has advised governments at the highest level on environmental policy. His academic work has focussed on the application of game theory to environmental problems, as well as the economics of environmental tipping points. Read more.

September 2017

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Ben Groom at Harvard Club of Boston

Dr Ben Groom has participated in a workshop organised by York and Harvard Universities for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the evaluation of long term health investments in LMICs. The meeting took place in the Harvard Club of Boston and was part of a wider project on health housed by York University's Centre of Health Economics. Dr Groom spoke about social discounting and cost benefit analysis of health interventions.

September 2017


Geography academics at European Week of Regions and Cities

Prof Simona Iammarino and Prof Riccardo Crescenzi are participating in this year's European Week of Regions and Cities in BrusselsThe event will see 100 sessions, seminars and meetings on 'Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth'.

On 10 October, Simona will chair a panel on 'The regional dimension of inequality: territorial responses in a rapidly changing economic environment'. Riccardo will speak on a panel addressing 'Integrated Planning, Design and Finance for Urban Resilience'. Read more

September 2017

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Susanne Frick wins Regional Studies Association’s PhD Student Award 

Susanne Frick, who successfully defended her PhD on 7 June, has been declared the winner of the Regional Studies Association’s PhD Student Award. The Award is given to a candidate deemed to have made an original and outstanding contribution to the field of regional studies. Congratulations Susanne!

September 2017


Geography academics and students at RGS-IBG Conference

At this year's Royal Geographical Society with IBG International Conference our academics and PhD candidates have been presenting their work. The conference is held at the RGS in London from 29 August to 1 September 2017. Our participants include: Dr Ryan Centner, Prof Gareth Jones, Dr Murray Low, Dr Austin Zeiderman and PhD candidates Laura AntonaMartina ManaraHarry Pettit and Carl Truedsson.  Read more.

September 2017


New book: 'Robustness Tests for Quantitative Research'

Prof Eric Neumayer's new co-authored book has been published by Cambridge University Press. The book presents the logic of robustness testing, providing an operational definition of robustness that can be applied in all quantitative research, and introduces readers to diverse types of robustness tests. Read more.   

August 2017


New Department video: why students should attend office hours

Our students have participated in a 3 minute video promoting office hours. They explain what office hours are, where they take place, and why attending them has proven helpful. We hope this will encourage more students to attend office hours. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

August 2017


Christian Hilber's Stamp Duty paper generates considerable media coverage

Stamp Duty has been widely reported on in the press, with many organisations acknowledging Prof Christian Hilber's argument on its negative impact on mobility. Christian has been cited in the following media: BBCSky NewsDaily MailCity AM and The Economist

August 2017


Christian Hilber's Stamp Duty paper makes Telegraph front page

The Telegraph newspaper leads with a major story on Stamp Duty, referring explicitly to a paper co-authored by Prof Christian Hilber. The article acknowledges Christian's argument that Stamp Duty significantly hampers mobility. Read more

August 2017

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Spotlight on... Megan Ryburn

LSE Fellow in Human Geography Megan Ryburn discusses her upcoming book and why Pride and Prejudice is one of her all time favourite novels. Read more.

July 2017

Henry Overman

The Local Economic Effects of Brexit 

Prof Henry Overman, together with colleagues at the Centre for Economic Performance, has produced a paper which studies the local impacts of the increases in trade barriers associated with Brexit. Read more

July 2017

Working paper on Regional Development for European Commission

Working paper on Regional Development for European Commission

Three of our professors have produced a working paper for the European Commission on 'Why Regional Development matters for Europe's Economic Future'. The paper was co-authored by Prof Simona Iammarino, Prof Andres Rodriguez-Pose and Prof Michael Storper.  

July 2017

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Ganga Shreedhar receives Marshall Institute research award

LSE Fellow and PhD candidate Ganga Shreedhar will receive a research award from the LSE Marshall Institute for her project titled ‘Unpacking Social Distance: the effect of social identity and social networks on altruism’.  

Ganga's project will examine the impact of different dimensions of social distance on giving. It focuses a social group with the explicit social norm of altruism, i.e. social workers in the UK and India, with the objective of better understanding the social mechanisms that raise altruism amongst agents aiming to serve the collective good.

June 2017

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Summer Newsletter

Our Summer 2017 newsletter is out now! It has been an exciting time for the Department with several awards for both staff and students, a new book publication, blog posts and more. Read the newsletter.

June 2017


Spotlight on... Nancy Holman

Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Nancy Holman, tells us what she'll be working on over the summer and why mudlarking on the River Thames is great. Read more.

June 2017


Journal for Economic Geography impact factor success 

The 2016 journal impact factors are out and the Journal for Economic Geography, co-edited by Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, is ranked 3rd out of 79 in Geography and 4th out of 347 in Economics. These scores are the best ever for the Journal. Congratulations Andrés! 

June 2017


New study by LSE London on overseas investors and London's housing market

LSE London have completed a study on the role of overseas investors in the London residential market for the GLA. The study looks at the proportion of new homes sold to buyers who live abroad and at the proportion of those homes left empty. The report also examines the contribution of overseas sales and finance to new development. Read more.  

June 2017


Megan Ryburn blogs on migration and Bolivians in Chile 

Dr Megan Ryburn has written a blog post for the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre: 'The experience of Bolivians in Chile reveals the need for inclusive, human-rights based migration policies'. Read more

June 2017

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Michael Storper wins Urban Studies Best Article 2016

Prof Michael Storper and Prof Allen Scott, University of California at Los Angeles, are the winners of the Urban Studies journal's Best Article 2016 for their article, ‘Current debates in urban theory: A critical assessment’. Read more.

May 2017


LSE Class Teacher Awards

Well done Megan Ryburn, winner of the Geography and Environment Class Teacher Awards! Congratulations also to Meredith Whitten, Callum Wilkie, Daniel James and Paula Prenzel, who are all 'Highly Commended'.

May 2017

Andres Rodriguez-Pose

Appointment of Prof Andrés Rodriguez-Pose to the jury of "Nobel Prize for Geography"

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose has been appointed as a member of the five-strong jury of the Vautrin Lud Prize. This prize, awarded every year at the International Festival of Geography in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (France), is globally known as the "Nobel Prize for Geography". It represents the highest international award in Geography. Past recipients of the prize include Mike Batty, Anne Buttimer, David Harvey, Ron Johnston, Doreen Massey, Allen Scott and Ed Soja. Read more on the prize.

May 2017

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LSESU Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Claire Mercer, Clare Barnes, Meredith Whitten and Janan Mousa, who have been recognised for their outstanding teaching at the 2017 LSE Students' Union Teaching Excellence Awards. See the winners.

May 2017


Spotlight on... Neil Lee

Assistant Professor of Economic Geography Dr Neil Lee tells us what he’s currently working on and why the Orkney islands is a beautiful place to visit. Read more.

May 2017


Student entrepreneurs competing to help refugees find work

We are very proud of our MSc Local Economic Development students Jon Lo, Gaelle Miollan, Aleena Waheed and Sania Haider (aka team 'Atlas'), whose 2017 Hult Prize project has been reported on by the Huffington Post. Read more.

May 2017

Steve Gibbons

Productivity in China boosted by airport construction

Prof Steve Gibbons and Dr Wenjie Wu write for the LSE Business Review on how airport construction and expansion have improved China’s manufacturing sector. They highlight that the first decade of the twenty-first century has seen a rapid expansion of airport networks in China. Read more.   

May 2017

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Geography academics present at European Commission

Prof Michael Storper, Prof Simona Iammarino and Prof Andrés Rodriquez Posé have addressed the European Political Strategy Centre at the European Commission during a day-long high level seminar on ‘Globalisation: Why Regions Matter’. They discussed ‘What are the opportunities and challenges of globalisation facing Europe’s regions?’.

May 2017

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MSc REEF ranked number 1

We're delighted that the MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance programme is ranked as the top Real Estate Management programme in the world by Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2017. See the rankings.

April 2017

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Winter/Spring Department Newsletter

Our Winter/Spring 2017 newsletter is out now! It has been an exciting time for the Department with several high profile events, awards, student successes, blog posts and more. Read the newsletter.

April 2017

Art and the City 2017

Art and the City

Dr Julie Ren's new co-edited volume 'Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion through a Critical Artscape' is due out at the end of May 2017. The book presents a global perspective on the relationship between art and the city. It extends thinking on contemporary arts practices in the urban and political context of protest and social resilience and offers the prism of a ‘critical artscape’ in which to view the urgent interaction of arts and the urban politic. Read more. 

April 2017


We are ranked 3rd in the world

We have once again performed impressively in the QS World University Rankings, reaching the top 3 spot globally for Geography!

April 2017

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Masters students' RGS with IBG grant success

MSc Urbanisation and Development student Vaishnavi Thirumala Gowri Shankar, together with two students from LSE Cities (Ravi Anand Loknath and Larissa Miranda-Heinisch) have been successful in their team bid for an RGS with IBG Geographical Fieldwork Grant to assist with their dissertations. Under the umbrella of ‘Interpreting Informal Human Geographies’, the team will undertake fieldwork in an informal settlement in São Paulo, Brazil.

April 2017

Marco Di Cataldo

Drivers of employment generation and social inclusion in the EU

Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and PhD candidate Marco Di Cataldo have written a new piece for VoxEU’s policy portal: ‘Drivers of employment generation and social inclusion in the EU’. Andrés and Marco write that EU development strategies are aimed at producing growth with “a strong emphasis on job creation and poverty reduction”. Read more.

April 2017

Mara Nogueira

Mara Nogueira wins AAG prize

Congratulations to Mara Nogueira, a final year PhD candidate, whose paper ‘Conserving the (segregated) City: The Role of the Middle-Classes in Shaping Urban Space the Case of Belo Horizonte, Brazil’ was awarded the winner of the 2017 LASG Best Paper at PhD level. The award was given by the Latin America Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers at this year's AAG annual conference. Well done Mara!

April 2017

Yimin Zhao

Yimin Zhao wins 3rd place at AAG

Congratulations to Yimin Zhao, a final year PhD candidate, whose paper "Space as Method: Field Sites and Encounters in Beijing’s Green Belts” was ranked third place in this year’s China Geography Specialty Group’s student paper competition. The competition was held as part of the annual conference of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Well done Yimin!

April 2017

Neil Lee

How can we achieve inclusive growth?

Dr Neil Lee talks to Centre for Cities, discussing what inclusive growth actually means, how it can be achieved and whether it is even desirable. Listen to the podcast.

March 2017

Hyun Bang Shin

How stubborn ‘nail houses’ take a stand against China’s rapid urbanisation

Dr Hyun Bang Shin has written an article for The Conversation on how households in China are defying state-ordered evictions and demolitions by refusing to vacate their properties. Read more

March 2017

Riccardo Crescenzi

Investment in transport infrastructure is not always conducive to stronger economic performance

Drawing on a recent study, Prof Riccardo CrescenziMarco Di Cataldo and Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose write that in contexts marked by weak and inefficient governments and widespread corruption, different types of road investments often yield low or no economic returns. Read more.

March 2017


What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth awarded funding for Brexit study

The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (one of our associated research centres) has been awarded funding from the LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund to work with a small number of local authorities and LEPs to consider the impact of Brexit on their local economic growth, and how they can respond most effectively. Read more. 

March 2017


Neil Lee contributes to PPIW Report Publication

Dr Neil Lee has contributed to a new study report funded by the PPIW and ESRC. It demonstrates that the sector in which an individual works has a significant impact on their income but that the level of local demand for labour is also important. Read more

March 2017


Eric Neumayer on terrorism and tourism

New research from Eric Neumayer finds that attacks on tourists by Islamic State are deterring people from travelling to all Muslim countries. Read more.

February 2017


Simona Iammarino appointed Publication Committee member of the RSA

Prof Simona Iammarino has become a Publication Committee member of the Regional Studies Association. Working with its international membership, the RSA enables the highest standard of policy debate to be carried out on issues of theoretical development and empirical analysis. 

February 2017


Charles Palmer and Francisco Fontes on deforestation in Brazil 

Dr Charles Palmer and PhD student Francisco Fontes have written a blog post for the LSE Business Review: 'How changes in the prices of milk and beef affect deforestation in Brazil'. When prices increase, producers who are far from the market clear forest to make room for new pasture. Read more

February 2017


National University of Singapore exchange

Do Young Oh, a final year PhD student, has written about his experience at the National University of Singapore for his doctoral research. LSE runs Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries programmes that allow a small number of research students to visit overseas partner institutions as part of doctoral training and field research. Read more.

February 2017


Geography undergraduate's Study Abroad experience

Lydia Luk, a final year BA Geography student, has written about her experience of the Sciences Po exchange programme and student life in Paris. Read more.

February 2017


BA Geography student's LSE Groups Research Project wins Booth Prize

Sally Park, a final year BA Geography student, was one of the joint winners of the Booth Prize at the LSE Research Festival. In this blog, Sally reflects on her experience of working with her colleagues on a project that was part of the LSE GROUPS initiative. Read more

February 2017

Austin Zeiderman

Will the politics of threat carry over into post-conflict Colombia? 

Dr Austin Zeiderman has written a blog post for the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre focusing on the politics of urban security in Bogotá. Read more.

February 2017


MSc LED Forum 2017

Organised annually by students on MSc Local Economic Development, the LED Forum is an occasion to learn and work on the most current pressing local issues. This year's theme is 'Inequality and Shocks'. Read more.

February 2017

Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones co-convening LMU conference

Gareth co-organised the conference 'From Stigma to Brand: Commodifying and Aestheticizing Urban Poverty and Violence' at LMU in Munich from 16-18 February 2017. Dr Romola Sanyal also took part, speaking on 'Walking the Slum: Sensing urban poverty in Mumbai' Read more.

February 2017


Michael Storper awarded Distinguished Scholarship Honors by AAG

Prof Michael Storper is to be awarded the Distinguished Scholarship Honors by the American Association of Geographers for his outstanding record of scholarly achievement and innovative contributions to the fields of global economic development and the geography of urban and regional systems. Read more.

January 2017

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Paul Cheshire awarded a CBE

Congratulations to Prof Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, who has been awarded a CBE for services to Economics and Housing in the 2017 New Year's Honours. 

January 2017


Success for MSc LED students at Hult Prize quarterfinals

A team of LED students has won the LSE Quarterfinals for the Hult Prize. Their next step is to implement a pilot project before the Regional Finals.

Team Atlas, otherwise known as Aleena, Gaelle, Jon and Sania, bring together business acumen, personal experience, academic excellence and a very novel idea to this year’s President’s Challenge. They are equipped with a strong understanding of economics, finance, and law, and are confident in their ability to create a scalable and sustainable method to tackle the refugee crisis. Good luck team Atlas!

January 2017


Simona Iammarino

Geography academics at Brussels Brexit event

Prof Simona Iammarino and Dr Andrea Ascani took part in a Brussels event organised by LSE on 8 December 2016 entitled 'Britain and Europe: Towards Brexit?'. Read more.

Riccardo Crescenzi

Riccardo Crescenzi wins 2016 Talented Young Italians Award for outstanding contribution to Research and Innovation in the UK

Prof Crescenzi has won the 2016 Talented Young Italians Prize, awarded by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and the Italian Embassy in the UK. Eight awards were conferred in four categories, with Riccardo receiving the award for ‘Research and Innovation’, in recognition of his outstanding research accomplishments. The award aims "to bring to public attention the individuals who have succeeded in their endeavour in the UK, keeping at the same time a link with Italy and fostering the exchanges between the two countries.”

The awards ceremony took place on 10 November 2016 during an event organised by The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and the Italian Embassy in London under the patronage of H.E. Pasquale Terracciano, the Italian Ambassador in the UK. Read more.

Ben Groom

Ben Groom advises Office for National Statistics

Dr Ben Groom has been advising the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the appropriate social discount rates to use for the Natural Capital Accounts (NCA). The NCA are being compiled as part of the remit of the UK Natural Capital Committee (NCC) in a collaboration between the ONS and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The project aims go beyond the standard measurements of GDP and make environmental considerations and natural capital central to the measurement of economic performance in the UK.

Details of the project can be found here. The report on social discount rates can be found here.


Prof Gareth Jones at House of Lords reception

Gareth Jones attended a reception at the House of Lords hosted by the Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH and Lord Loomba of Moor Park CBE in celebration of the United Nations General Comment on Children in Street Situations. With an audience of NGO and business groups, Gareth was interviewed about the contribution of research to assist policy-making aimed at improving the lives of children. In collaboration with the University of Dundee and the International Consortium for Street Children, it is hoped that LSE can support an initiative to monitor the General Comment which aims to hold governments accountable across the world.

Michael Storper

Michael Storper contributes to European Commission/UN-HABITAT report  

Michael has contributed to chapter 3 of the report on 'The State of European Cities 2016'. His chapter notes a big division between high-income cities and middle-income cities. The latter face a "middle income trap" because they are more expensive than the low-income cities (for attracting basic economic activities) and yet they don't have the technology and skills endowments of the very high-income cities. In Europe this makes many of them candidates for potential stagnation.

The chapter also shows that cities are generally more productive and higher-income than their national economies. In the case of Europe's superstar cities, they are often much wealthier than their national economies as a whole. This leads to issues of uneven development parallel to the USA. Read the report.

Hyun Bang Shin

Virtual issue on urban China released by top tier journal 

Hyun Bang Shin's article "Economic transition and speculative urbanisation in China: Gentrification versus dispossession", which was published in the Urban Studies journal in 2016, has been included in a Virtual Special Issue entitled "From an emerging market to a multifaceted urban society: Urban China studies" edited by Shenjing He and Junxi Qian. Read the full text.

Charles Palmer

Charlie Palmer at Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation

Charlie was invited to give a presentation at the Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation, organised by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, which was held in Montpellier on 15-16 November 2016. The talk was titled “Was Von Thünen Right? Cattle Intensification and Deforestation in Brazil”.

Clare Barnes

Spotlight on...Clare Barnes

LSE Fellow in Environment Dr Clare Barnes gives us her first impressions of LSE and tells us about her research on the governance of natural resources in the Global South. Read more.

RUPS 50 years

50 years of RUPS

On Friday 28 October 2016 we celebrated the 50th year of the MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies. Over the programme’s history we have educated over 600 students from all around the world. Many students have gone on to make significant contributions in the fields of planning, architecture and academia. The reunion was an occasion to come together and celebrate the programme and the long-lasting friendships it has inspired. Read more.

Ben Groom

Ben Groom awarded UCSIA teaching chair

Dr Ben Groom has been awarded the UCSIA teaching chair between 22 and 24 November 2016. He will speak on 'Preferring the present or the future' at the University of Antwerp: read more.


The Legacy of Peace: public lecture by Colombian President

On 2 November Prof Gareth Jones chaired an event at LSE with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. The podcast of the event is now online.

Susana Mourato

Excellence in Education Award Winners 

The teaching and education achievements of several of our staff were celebrated in a reception hosted by Prof Julia Black and Prof Paul Kelly on Wednesday 19 October 2016. The reception marked the award of the LSE’s inaugural Excellence in Education Awards as well as the 2016 Teaching Promotion Awards.

We are delighted that Prof Susana Mourato, Dr Nancy Holman, Dr Olmo Silva and Dr Romola Sanyal all won Excellence in Education Awards, while Prof Christian Hilber and Prof Riccardo Crescenzi both won Teaching Promotion Awards.

Designed to support the School’s aspiration of creating ‘a culture where excellence in teaching is valued and rewarded on a level with excellence in research’ (LSE Strategy 2020), the LSE Excellence in Education Awards are made on the recommendations of Heads of Department to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.  In turn, the Teaching Promotion Awards are given to faculty who made a significant educational contribution to LSE, upon their promotion to Professor.

Simona Iammarino

Prof Simona Iammarino at Gran Sasso Science Institute event

Simona Iammarino gave a lecture on 'Multinational enterprises, innovation & geography: global impacts on local economic development'. Read more.

Hyun Bang Shin

Dr Hyun Bang Shin at University of Toronto event

Hyun Bang Shin was the keynote speaker at an event at the University of Toronto entitled 'Speculative Urbanization in East Asia: People, Power, and Politics'. Read more.


Strong government institutions more important than geography for economic development in the EU

A new study, co-authored by Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, has found that strong government institutions are more influential for economic growth than geographic conditions. Read more.


Reassessing economic development policies for regions and cities

Simona Iammarino, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Michael Storper took part in a major conference at LSE and have contributed to a report which will inform the next round of EU Cohesion Policy. The conference was jointly organised with the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, and brought together academics and policymakers from Europe and North America to assess urban and regional economic development theory, evidence and policy. Read the report.

Simona, Andrés and Michael gave presentations on the report at the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, 10-13 October 2016. See the photos.

Riccardo Crescenzi

LSE Report on Multinationals, Local Firms and Economic Development in the Lazio Region

Riccardo Crescenzi and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose were keynote speakers at the launch of the LSE Report on “Multinationals, Local Firms and Economic Development in the Lazio Region” promoted and organised by Lazio Innova and the Regional Government of Lazio in Italy. Event website.

Felipe Carozzi

First-time buyers priced out by the 'accidental landlord'

First-time buyers have been priced out of the ownership market by richer households who keep their starter homes for renting out when trading up, according to new research by Dr Felipe Carozzi. Read more.

Cheng Keat Tang

Home owners prepared to pay a premium for lower traffic congestion

London homeowners are prepared to pay a premium to live in inner city areas where the congestion zone applies, new research by doctoral candidate Cheng Keat Tang shows. Read more.

David Jones

Prof David Jones celebrates 50 years

On 21 September 2016 staff were treated to a one-off talk by Prof David Jones, outlining the Department's varied history. We were also celebrating David's 50th year in the Department! See photos from the talk.

Christine Whitehead

Prof Christine Whitehead wins Excellence in Planning Research award

The award is made by the Royal Town Planning Institute following peer review of the best of the year’s planning research. It has recognised high quality and policy relevance of the work on planning obligations led by Emeritus Professor Tony Crook, Prof John Henneberry of the University of Sheffield, and Prof Christine Whitehead, Professor Emeritus of Housing Economics at LSE. Read more.

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A 21st Century Metropolitan Green Belt

New report by academics in Geography & Environment explores the purpose of the Metropolitan Green Belt in the context of contemporary housing need and urban development planning in the region.Read the report.

Teaching awards

Success at LSE Teaching Awards

Many of our Geography & Environment colleagues won prizes at the LSE Teaching Awards 2016.

Well done to: Austin Zeiderman, Neil Lee, Sefi Roth, Riccardo Crescenzi, Christian Hilber, Joel Gill, John Wilkie, Julius Andersson, Emanuele Campiglio and Alex Jaax! Read more.

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Influencing the content of five landmark global development reports 

Department of Geography and Environment expertise on approaches to economic growth have influenced OECD, World Bank and European Commission publications. Featured academics from the department are Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Henry Overman and Michael Storper. Read the impact case study.


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