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About us

Who we are

Hello and welcome to the LSE Department of Geography and Environment. We are a friendly and welcoming department based in the St Clement’s building, just off Portugal Street, in the heart of London.

A unique opportunity to study Human Geography, Economic Geography and Environmental Social Science/Policy

We offer a unique opportunity to study Human Geography, Economic Geography and Environmental Social Science/Policy in a university with a worldwide reputation as a centre of academic excellence in the social sciences.

Our courses are designed to benefit from and complement the strengths and aspirations of LSE. You will find a healthy balance of experienced and younger academics within the Department, and many of our staff have well-established international reputations in their fields of expertise.

We are highly regarded both nationally and internationally. In 2019, the QS World University rankings rated us 2nd globally for Geography. We have had 3 holders of the highly competitive Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellowships for researchers under 36.

We are a medium-sized Department with major specialities within the economic, development, urban, regional planning and environmental social science aspects of Geography, all with a strong emphasis on application and policy issues.

Our research frequently interacts with other disciplines within LSE, with many members of staff being active in the research programmes of:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at LSE

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university. LSE believes that diversity is critical to maintaining excellence in all of our endeavours. We seek to enable all members of the School community to achieve their full potential in an environment characterised by equality of respect and opportunity.

The School’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is one of its six strategic priorities, as highlighted in the LSE Strategy 2020, and ‘equality of respect and opportunity’ is one of the core principles set out in the School’s Ethics Code. The EDI Office acts to promote and further LSE’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion for all members of the School community.

To provide some examples of our work:

  • Athena SWAN is a national charter mark – run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) – that recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education: representation, progression and success for all. The School has been working towards an institutional bronze Athena SWAN award.
  • In 2017, LSE will be convening a self-assessment team to work towards the ECU’s Race Equality Charter Mark.  The Race Equality Charter is focussed on improving the representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff and students in Higher Education.
  • LSE is a Stonewall diversity champion and is part of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
  • LSE has also worked closely with DisabledGo to develop online access guides to all the School’s buildings, and route maps around campus. Click here to view the guide for St Clement's.