Latest stories from the Department of Geography and Environment

We are ranked 2nd in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2020


COVID-19 information for students

We have now moved all of our teaching and assessment online in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more about our response, including a message from our Head of Department.

March 2020

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We are ranked second in the world!

The Department of Geography and Environment is ranked second in the world in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2020! This is the third year in a row the department has ranked second. We would like to thank all our wonderful staff and students who have help make this possible. 

Overall, LSE is ranked top in Europe – and second in the world – in social science and management subjects. Read more.

March 2020


Dr Charles Palmer awarded British Council grant

Dr Charles Palmer has been awarded a grant worth £225,000 from the British Council to evaluate the impact of solar installations on incomes and greenhouse gas emissions in the Amazon.

The project, 'Electrifying the Amazon: the impacts of access to renewable energy in riverine communities', aims to evaluate the socio-economic impacts of two alternative configurations of solar photovoltaic systems - centralized and decentralized - in riverine communities. It will provide recommendations for expanding access to other communities in the Brazilian state of Amazonas. 

February 2020

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Geography and Environment Photography Showcase 2020

On Tuesday 21 January we held our annual G&E Photography Competition Showcase. This year's theme was World Textures.

After the top 10 were shortlisted by LSE’s Photography Department, staff and students voted for their favourites.

The prizes went to: Student Category: 1st Prize - Richard Shen, 2nd prize - Michael Thorogood and Paromita Bathija, 3rd prize - Al Lim. Winning staff prize - Dr Thomas Smith. See photos from the night here

January 2020


Prof Gareth Jones awarded British Academy grant

Congratulations to Prof Gareth Jones who has been awarded a British Academy grant for research on 'Engineering food: infrastructure exclusion and ‘last mile’ delivery in Brazilian favelas’ - a project in collaboration with Brazilian research institution Insper and LSE Research Fellow Mara Nogueira. Read more.

January 2020

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Top rankings

We are ranked 2nd in the world in the latest QS World University subject rankings and 7th in the Complete University Guide subject tables. A range of measures contribute to the rankings, including student satisfaction, academic reputation and career prospects.

View the QS table/ View the Complete University Guide table.


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Professor Sylvia Chant, 1958 - 2019

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Prof Sylvia Chant's death. Sylvia passed away on 18 December 2019. Her funeral service will be held on 15 January 2020, 2pm at St Marylebone Crematorium. A reception will be held from 6pm at LSE's Shaw Library (6th floor, Old Building). Read more.

January 2020


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Geography and Environment Winter Newsletter 

The Geography and Environment winter newsletter is out! Read all the latest news from our students, staff, research, events and alumni here.

December 2019


Department of Geography and Environment PhD Conference: Shifting Landscapes

The department is pleased to announce a student-led conference that will feature research by PhD students (and early-career researchers) on the rapid shifts that societies are facing. The conference will take place from 6-7 May 2020.

For call for abstracts and more information, see the conference website:

For any enquiries, please contact

December 2019


3rd Annual LSE Workshop in Environmental Economics - call for papers

Our annual workshop brings together top scholars from around the world to share their latest research. 

Paper submissions are due by Monday 20 January 2020. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 24 February. To submit a paper or extended abstract, please email with your document named "Lastname_Papertitle". We welcome any submission that relates to the field of environmental and resource economics.

December 2019

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Geography and Environment Autumn Newsletter 

The Geography and Environment autumn newsletter is out! Read all the latest news from our students, staff, research, events and alumni here.

October 2019


Regional and Urban Planning Group awarded KEI funding

As part of the Regional and Urban Planning Group, Dr Nancy Holman and Fanny Blanc have won £45,000 funding from LSE's Knowledge Exchange and Impact group for a new project starting in 2020: Planning, Innovations and Cities – Academic and Alumni Dialogues. This series of dialogues between academics, practitioners and alumni is designed to showcase the rich depth of the School’s profile in urban planning and actively engage alumni in a learning and consultancy community. Key lessons will be taken from these events for dissemination via the LSE London blog

October 2019


Geographers win Nick Tyrrell Prize 2019

Congratulations to Prof Christian Hilber, Dr Felipe Carozzi and Xiaolun Yu, winners of the 2019 Nick Tyrrell Research Prize for their paper, 'The Economic Impacts of Help To Buy'. The paper considers an optimum mix of liquid, publicly traded assets that may be added to a property fund portfolio to provide the enhanced liquidity required by institutional investors such as UK defined contribution pension funds which use these funds to gain exposure to real estate as an asset class. 

The Nick Tyrrell Research Prize is awarded annually to innovative and high-quality, applied research in real estate investment. Read more.

October 2019


BA Geography student awarded grants from RGS-IBG and Grantham Research Institute

Congratulations to BA Geography student Arzucan Askin and fellow LSE students Caitlan Read (International Relations) and Marta Santivanez Fernandez (Social Policy) for securing a RGS-IBG Geographical Fieldwork Grant and a Grantham Research Institute grant for their research project entitled ‘Mujeres Tarea Vida’ (Spanish: "Women of the Life Task")! 

They head off to Cuba on 7 August on a month-long research expedition, during which they will examine the socio-political factors that determine Cuban women’s resilience to natural disasters and their contribution to the country’s plan for climate action. 

Arzucan comments, “We are inexplicably happy about the RGS grant and finally being able to conduct our fieldwork after 8 intense months of planning and researching. Even more exciting is that the RGS has asked us to present this project at their Explore Conference in November! Starting this project from scratch has been a truly rewarding, exciting and (positively) challenging experience.” 

August 2019

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Prof Hyun Bang Shin awarded LSE Kuwait Programme Research Grant

Congratulations to Prof Hyun Bang Shin on being awarded £33999 from the LSE Middle East Centre's Kuwait Programme!

The funding will be used to help start a new research project in September 2019, which aims to analyse and compare how Asian cities have risen to become reference points for the development of cities in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. 

Commenting on the grant, Hyun said: “I really appreciate the support of the LSE Middle East Centre for this new research project. I believe that this work will result in having a deeper and contextualised understanding of the emergent circulation of urbanism and capital as well as knowledge transfer within the Global South."

August 2019


Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose wins Martin Beckmann Annual Award for best paper

Congratulations to Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Tobias Ketterer for winning the Martin Beckmann Annual Award for the best paper published in Papers in Regional Science in 2018! 

Their paper, 'Institutions vs. ‘first‐nature’ geography: What drives economic growth in Europe's regions?', was chosen by a jury consisting of Janice Madden, Carlos Azzoni and Erik Verhoef. Read more.

July 2019

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Prof Simona Iammarino and Dr Richard Perkins awarded STICERD Grant

Congratulations to Prof Simona Iammarino and Dr Richard Perkins on being awarded £5000 from the STICERD Small Grants Scheme!

The funding will be used for a new research project which seeks to explore the technological and geographical linkages between micro-electronics technologies and conflict minerals (used, for example, in the production of lithium-ion batteries, which are crucial components for smartphones, computers, electric cars, etc.).

Commenting on the grant Simona and Richard said: “We are extremely grateful to STICERD for supporting this new research project. We believe that this work addresses a very important gap, and could eventually shed light into the wider impact of new technology creation (largely in more industrially-advanced economies) on economic, social and political development (in developing economies).”

July 2019

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BA Geography student awarded SEAC Fieldwork Grant 

Congratulations to BA Geography student Lazarus Chok, who has been awarded a SEAC 2018/19 Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. We spoke with Lazarus to find out more about his research and how the grant will help him:

“This summer, I am conducting ethnographic research into the end-of-life management of public housing estates in Singapore. The SEAC 18/19 Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant has provided me the funding to conduct in-depth interviews in Chinese dialects such as Teochew, Cantonese, Hokkien, etc., to capture a range of experiences across the Singaporean Chinese community.

The ‘life of buildings’ is often discussed, but its metaphorical extension - what happens when buildings die? - is an under-researched area. What effect or purpose do vacant, obsolete, derelict buildings have in an ever-changing urban fabric? Singapore, where public housing estates have a non-extensible lease of 99 years, is an ideal test-bed for the end-of-life management of housing estates.”

July 2019


Prof Simona Iammarino awarded large Horizon 2020 grant

The Department has been awarded €606,345 funding from the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks Scheme for POLISS (“Policies for Smart Specialisation”). Led from LSE by Prof Simona Iammarino, this is a collaborative project (of 3.7million euros) coordinated by Utrecht University and Prof Ron Boschma, involving teams from 8 European countries. It will involve hosting 2 PhDs and an academic secondment for another PhD from a European network of universities. They will be organising a summer school to take place in Utrecht.

June 2019


Read our summer newsletter

Our summer newsletter is out! Get all the latest updates from our students, staff, alumni, research and events. Read it here.

June 2019

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Prof Hyun Bang Shin to join International Journal of Urban and Regional Research editorial board

Congratulations to Prof Hyun Bang Shin for being invited to join the editorial board of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (starting from January 2020). A groundbreaking forum for intellectual debate, IJURR is at the forefront of urban and regional research. 

May 2019


PhD alum dissertation success

Congratulations to Do Young Oh and Yimin Zhao, who have both had their PhD dissertations shortlisted for the International Convention of Asian Scholars' biennial social science Dissertation Award!

Both Do Young and Yimin completed their PhDs in the Department under the supervision of Prof Hyun Bang Shin. The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars will be held at the Law Faculty Building and Lipsius Building of Leiden University from 16-19 July 2019. Read more

May 2019

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LSESU Departmental Excellence Award winners 2019

We are extremely proud and thrilled to be named winner of the LSESU Departmental Excellence Award 2019! A big thank you to all our wonderful students who nominated us and to all the staff in the Department for providing brilliant student support. Read more

April 2019

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Prof Sylvia Chant wins Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Prof Sylvia Chant, winner of the LSESU Student-led Teaching Excellence Award 2019 for Research Guidance and Support! Congratulations also to Dr Austin Zeiderman, Dr Thomas Smith and graduate teaching assistant Jeanne Firth, who have all been recognised for their outstanding teaching at the 2019 LSE Students' Union Teaching Excellence Awards. Read more

April 2019

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Andrés Rodríguez-Pose awarded honorary doctorate

Jönköping University (Sweden) has awarded Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose a Doctorate Honoris Causa.

The conferment of the honorary doctorate will take place in a ceremony to mark the inauguration of full professors on Saturday 12 October 2019. Professor Rodríguez-Pose will be giving a public lecture to the University on 11 October. This is the second honorary doctorate awarded to Professor Rodríguez-Pose, after receiving a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Utrecht University earlier in the year. Andrés will also be receiving the Doctoral hat of Swedish Universities (pictured left) and a bespoke gold ring. 

April 2019

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MSc EPR alumna Katee Hui wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year volunteering award

Our MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation alumna Katee Hui recently won one of the most prestigious volunteering awards in the UK, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 'Unsung Hero for London' award! This was for her work founding and running Hackney Laces, a place for girls and women to play football. Here she talks to LSE Volunteering about the importance of her work and volunteering.

April 2019


Nancy Holman gives evidence at London City Hall

On 20 March Alessandra Mossa and Dr Nancy Holman gave evidence at the Draft London Plan Examination in Public at London City Hall. They were there to discuss the impacts of short-term letting in London.

Their research, undertaken with colleagues Dr Mara Ferreri, Dr Romola Sanyal and Dr Erica Pani, has shown that regulation is almost impossible to enforce. Therefore any encouragement of the practice will only serve to increase the workload of borough planning teams and may risk further exacerbating the crisis of affordable housing in London. 

March 2019

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Estall Student Citizenship Awards 2019

On Tuesday 12 March we held our Estall Student Citizenship Awards. These awards recognise students who have given outstanding service to the Department and the local community. We were delighted to welcome Joanna Estall, daughter of Prof Robert Estall, who handed out the awards on the night.

Our awards went to: William Stein (Outstanding Contribution to the Dept), Saskia Straub (Support to the Dept), Eliud Samuel Muturi (Contribution to Community). See photos from the night and students who were highly commended here

March 2019

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We are ranked 2nd in the world!

We are delighted to be ranked 2nd in the world for Geography by the QS World University Rankings 2019! Thank you to all our brilliant staff & students who have helped make this possible, and the wider LSE community.

We are also pleased to be ranked 1st with a score of 100 for Academic Reputation. Read more

February 2019

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LSESU Geography and Environment Winter Ball 2019

On January 26 the LSESU Geography and Environment Society held their second annual Winter Ball. We were delighted to once again support this wonderful event. See photos from the night on the Geography Society's Facebook page.    

January 2019


Geography and Environment Photography Showcase 2019

On Tues 22 Jan we held our second annual G&E Photography Competition Showcase! This year the theme was Cityscapes. After the top 10 were shortlisted by LSE’s Photography Department, staff and students then voted for their favourites. The prizes went as follows: Student Category: 1st Prize - Henry Parker, 2nd prize - Leanne Cass, 3rd prize - Gabriel Baudard. Winning staff prize - Dr Ryan Centner. See more photos from the night here

January 2019

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New LED Field Trip: L'Aquila, Italy

Learn more about the new MSc Local Economic Development L’Aquila field trip and hear from our students and field trip organiser, Prof Simona Iammarino, in our 2018/19 video.

The trip takes place in the first term, serving as a great opportunity to socialise with peers and staff, as well as providing real-world grounding for the concepts and theories learned during the Masters programme. Watch the video.  

January 2019 



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Prof David Jones retires 

After 52 years of teaching in the Department, we bid a fond farewell to Prof David Jones who retired at the end of Michaelmas Term. David gave his last GY220 lecture on Tuesday 11 December. Our undergraduates gave David a wonderful send-off at the UG Christmas party where they presented him with a lovely bouquet of flowers. Our academic and professional services staff also celebrated David's work at the staff Christmas party.  

From everyone at the Department of Geography and Environment we wish David the happiest of retirements - he will be missed!  

December 2018


MSc Local Economic Development alumni makes MIT 35 Innovators under age of 35 list

Congratulations to MSc Local Economic Development alumni Rodolfo Fiori on making the 'MIT 35 Innovators under age of 35' list!

Rodolfo’s company, Muove Brasil, was elected by MIT Tech Review as one of the most innovative initiatives in Latin-America. ‘Innovators Under 35’ is an annual list that recognises outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. Read more

November 2018


Utrecht University Honorary Doctor awarded to Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

The University of Utrecht – after a unanimous agreement by its Rector and the Board for the Conferral of Doctoral Degrees – has decided to award Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa. The award was made in view of his eminent achievements in Economic Geography.

The doctorate Honoris Causa will be granted in a public ceremony to commemorate the 383rd Dies Natalis of Utrecht University on Tuesday March 26 2019 in the Dom Church in Utrecht. Professor Ron Boschma, himself one of the most distinguished economic geographers of our time, has been designated as the doctorate Honoris Causa supervisor and will conduct the Laudatio.  

November 2018

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Christian Hilber gives evidence to House of Lords Select Committee

On Tuesday 6 November, Prof Christian Hilber gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision on how to incentivise downsizing, the role of Stamp Duty Land Tax & property tax and the causes of the affordability crisis. Watch Christian give evidence

November 2018


Ana Irys De Menezes Silva wins LACC-IDB Postgraduate Essay Prize

Congratulations to Ana Irys De Menezes Silva, PhD candidate in Environment and Development, for winning this year's LACC-IDB Postgraduate Essay Prize for her paper on the links between climate change and dengue fever incidence in Brazil. The Prize forms part of a collaboration between the The Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the InterAmerican Development Bank. Well done Ana! 

November 2018


LSE Excellence in Education Awards

Congratulations to Dr Neil Lee, Dr Charles Palmer, Dr Richard Perkins, Dr Sefi Roth, Dr Megan Ryburn & Dr Thomas smith for winning LSE Excellence in Education Awards for outstanding teaching!

The Excellence in Education Awards are awarded to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments. See full list of winners here

November 2018


Viola von Berlepsch wins RSAI Czamanski Dissertation Award

Viola von Berlepsch, who successfully defended her PhD on June 21 2018, has been awarded the 2018 RSAI Czamanski Dissertation Award. This prize is given by the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) to the author of the best PhD dissertation proposal judged to exemplify the philosophy and approach of Professor Czamanski, one of the pioneers of regional science.  

Viola’s dissertation supervisors were Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Dr Neil Lee. The award ceremony will take place at the North American Regional Science Conference in San Antonio, Texas in November. Congratulations Viola! Read more

November 2018

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Discounting Disentangled

How should we value returns to public projects that are in the distant future? Most experts agree on discount rates of around 2%, according to new research by Prof Ben Groom, Moritz Drupp, Mark Freeman and Frikk Nesje. Read more

November 2018 


Hidden Spaces of the City of London: Walking Tour

It was wonderful to see so many people attend the annual KCL / LSE Geography Alumni Society walking tour on 30 October 2018. Paul and James took us around the lesser known spots of the City, narrating the social history of London's East End. It was a cold but fantastic night! See photos from the walk here.

October 2018

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Hyun Bang Shin invited to give talk in Oslo

On Thursday 1 November Prof Hyun Bang Shin is giving a lecture on 'China’s Urbanisation and Gentrification as State Project' at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

Hyun's lecture discusses how gentrification has become a state project in key metropolises of China resulting in not only the mass displacement of low-income land users from existing neighbourhoods subject to redevelopment and land assembly, but also a city-wide policy to stigmatise vulnerable and low-end populations. Read more

October 2018

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Q&A with Martina Manara

PhD candidate in Regional and Urban Planning, Martina Manara, discusses her research on exploring property rights in Tanzania. Read more

October 2018

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Spotlight on... Prof Henry Overman 

Professor of Economic Geography Henry Overman discusses what he is currently working on and how he divides his time between research and duties as Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic GrowthRead more

October 2018


Geography academics at BioEcon conference 2018

Prof Ben GroomProf Susana Mourato and Dr Charlie Palmer are all attending the 20th conference of the BioEcon Network on 12 - 14 September 2018. This year the conference features as keynote speakers Prof Douglas Gollin and Prof Paul Ferraro. The conference takes place at King’s College, University of Cambridge. 

Susana is chairing a panel session on 'Preferences and Behaviour' and Charlie is one of the speakers for the session on 'Public Preferences for the Environment'. Ben is the chair of the BioEcon scientific committee and will open the conference. Read more.

September 2018

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MSc Urbanisation and Development Seoul fieldtrip

From the 2018-19 academic year, our MSc Urbanisation and Development programme is offering the chance for a week-long subsidised field trip to Seoul, South Korea (Seoul Case Study Programme) at the end of March (Lent Term). This optional trip will be an exciting opportunity for students to learn and critically engage with various urban policies implemented by a non-Western world city.

September 2018

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Michael Mason becomes new LSE Middle East Centre Director

We are delighted to share the news that Dr Michael Mason is the new Director of the LSE Middle East Centre! Michael has carried out extensive research in the Middle East on the relationship between the state, identity, land and the environment. He has published work focused on Lebanon, Israel/Palestine and Syria. Read more.

September 2018

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LSE-UCT July School 2018

This summer as part of the LSE-UCT July School, Prof Gareth Jones and Dr Ryan Centner taught the course 'Urban Development and Planning in Africa' and it was a great success! Students from as far afield as California, Zambia and Singapore urge those considering of applying to the July School to definitely “do it!”. Read more.

August 2018


Andrés Rodriguez-Pose wins ERSA European prize in Regional Science

Congratulations to Prof Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, winner of the prestigious ERSA European prize in Regional Science 2018! Andrés has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to pushing the boundaries of regional science. His research is widely cited in academic circles and frequently attracts the attention of policy-makers and the wider public. Read more

July 2018

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Marco Di Cataldo wins 2018 Giorgio Leonardi Doctoral Prize 

Congratulations to Dr Marco Di Cataldo (PhD in Economic Geography, 2018) who has been awarded the 2018 Giorgio Leonardi Doctoral Prize of the Italian Regional Science Association for his PhD thesis ‘Regional and local development in Europe: Public policies investment strategies, institutions’.

The thesis, written under the supervision of Professors Riccardo Crescenzi  and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, was successfully defended on 23 January 2018. The award ceremony will take place during the 39th Italian Regional Science Association Conference in Bolzano between 17 and 19 September 2018.

July 2018

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Simon Dietz receives new European Award for Researchers in Environmental Economics under the Age of Forty 

Congratulations to Prof Simon Dietz who is the first-ever recipient of the new European Award for Researchers in Environmental Economics under the Age of Forty! The Award is a recognition given every year to the environmental economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to environmental economic thought and knowledge. Read more

June 2018

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Art Festivals and the City

On 17 May Dr Hyun Bang Shin chaired the Urban Salon seminar on Art Festivals and the City. The seminar also featured an introduction by Visiting Fellow Dr Julie Ren. Listen to the event podcast

June 2018


LSE Leading Women

Congratulations to Prof Sylvia Chant who has been named one of LSE's leading women. Sylvia was nominated to appear in LSE women by an alumnus who said, “She has inspired me and many other generations of students to think unconventionally and put our skills, passion, and knowledge at the service of society.” Read more.  

May 2018


Gabriel Ahlfeldt wins 2018 Frisch Medal 

Congratulations to Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt and his co-authors Prof Daniel Sturm (LSE), Prof Steve Redding (Princeton University), and Prof Nikolaus Wolf (Humboldt-Universität Berlin) for winning the prestigious Frisch Medal 2018, awarded by the Econometric Society for their 2015 paper ‘The economics of density: evidence from the Berlin Wall’.

The jury commented:

“The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall" by Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Stephen Redding, Daniel Sturm, and Nikolaus Wolf, breaks genuinely new ground in the modelling of cities and the spatial organization of economic activity. From the stepping stone of a long tradition in urban economics, the authors develop a theoretical model of an asymmetric city with a large number of “blocks” in which land developers offer floor space for production or residences, firms choose where to produce and whom to hire, and workers choose where to work and where to live. The paper provides an outstanding example of how to credibly and transparently use a quasi-experimental approach to structurally estimate model parameters that can serve as critical inputs for counterfactual policy analyses”.

The Frisch Medal was established by the Econometric Society to encourage the creation of exceptional applied work and its submission to the group’s journal, Econometrica. The award is named in honor of Ragnar Frisch, the first co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics. Read more about the Frisch Medal Award here

May 2018

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Hyun Bang Shin takes part in TV roundtable discussion

Dr Hyun Bang Shin recently took part in an interesting roundtable discussion for TRT World titled Megacities: Can we build sustainable urban futures? TRT World is a 24-hour international English-language news channel based in Istanbul, Turkey. Watch the discussion here

May 2018


Green Impact Gold

We are delighted to win our first ever Gold at this year’s Green Impact awards! The Department was recognised for its innovative patchwork project.

This included our first ever photography competition to celebrate the opening of The Michael Wise Room. We held film screenings of an Inconvenient Truth and Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Both films had opening speeches from Dr Allan Beltran-Hernandez and Dr Karly Kuralbayeva. We held our very own Veganuary, raising money for the charity ‘Trees for Cities’!

The Department also picked up the special award in 'Innovation for Engagement'! By holding our photography competition, Veganuary, and films screenings we were able to reach out to a diverse range of people.

May 2018


LSESU Departmental Excellence Award runners-up

We are incredibly proud and delighted to be named runners-up at the LSE Students' Union Departmental Excellence Awards 2018! A massive thank you to all the students who nominated us and to all the staff in the Department for providing excellent student support! Read more.

May 2018


LSESU Teaching Excellence Awards 2018

Congratulations to Miranda Iossifidis, Meredith Whitten, Allan Beltran-Hernandez, Neil Lee, Andreas Diemer, Daniel Mills, Jordana Ramalho and Lutz Sager, who have been recognised for their outstanding teaching at the 2018 LSE Students' Union Teaching Excellence Awards. Read more

May 2018

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Spotlight on... Dr Tom Cowan

LSE Fellow in Human Geography Tom Cowan discusses his current research, feminist science fiction and why the Department of Geography and Environment is a great place to work! Read more.

May 2018


BSc Environment and Devlopment student awarded grant

Congratulations to BSc Environment and Development student Jorma Nuutinen Vera Tudela who has been awarded two grants to conduct volunteer work in Mbrara County, Uganda, this summer! Jorma was awarded grants by the Lord Mayor's 800th Anniversary Awards Trust and the Jack Petchey Foundation. 

Working with the charity, Education Partnerships Africa (EPA), Jorma will partner up with a rural school, carrying out activities around the school that aim to achieve EPA's five goals: facilitate learning, improving health, strengthening school organisation, supporting student welfare and rights and realising post-secondary opportunities. Read more

May 2018

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Environmental valuation and benefit-cost analysis in U.K. policy

How influential has environmental valuation been in UK policy? The new paper in the Journal of Benefit Cost Analysis by Prof Giles AtkinsonDr Ben Groom, Prof Nick Hanley and Prof Susana Mourato has the answer. Read more

April 2018

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Regional Plan Association Assembly 2018 

Dr Nancy Holman has been invited to speak at this year’s Regional Plan Association Assembly in New York on April 27. This year's Assembly will feature a series of vibrant discussions among elected officials, policy makers and industry leaders about how to transform New York’s most needed policy ideas into action. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the 2018 keynote speaker. Read more

April 2018


Cong Peng Q&A

PhD Candidate Cong Peng discusses his research on urban economics & what he enjoys most about studying at LSE. Read more

April 2018

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Spring Newsletter

Our Spring 2018 newsletter is out now! It’s been an exciting few months for the Department. Discover our latest staff and student news, upcoming events and explore our brand new Department Instagram  account. Read the newsletter.   

March 2018

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Hyun Bang Shin to give invited talks in Tokyo

On 23 and 24 March Dr Hyun Bang Shin will give two invited talks in Tokyo, Japan. On 23 March Hyun will speak at the Association of Japanese Geographers 2018 Spring Conference and on the following day will give a lecture at the Planetary Gentrification in the East Asian Context Conference. Read more

March 2018


Inaugural Student Citizenship Awards 

On Monday 12 March we held our first ever Student Citizenship Awards! These awards recognise students who have given great service to the Department during the 2017-18 academic year. William Stein was the recipient of the overall Citizenship Award for his outstanding service to the Department. Other winners include, Hannah Falshaw for department support, Tom Cope for services to societies, Vitaliy Komar for student support and Mohammed Altab for social media. See photos from the night here.   

March 2018


Social Discount Rates for Cost-Benefit Analysis: A Report for HM Treasury

HM Treasury has launched an updated edition of The Green Book. The book offers guidance on how to appraise and evaluate policies, projects and programmes. This follows on from a background report, co-authored by Dr Ben Groom, on Social Discount Rate for HM Treasury. Read more.  

 March 2018


Women in Regional Science – Really a Success Story?

To celebrate International Women's Day 2018, Prof Simona Iammarino and Paula Prenzel have co-written a blog post for The Regional Studies Association examining the data on gender skews in regional studies for keynote speakers, editorial boards & prize winners. Read the post.

March 2018


EU Cohension Policy: What Works and Where?

On 19 February Prof Riccardo Crescenzi gave 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. Watch Riccardo's presentation here

March 2018

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Juniper Hall Environmental Fieldtrip

During the wintry blizzards on March 2, a brave group of GY120 students along with Dr Thomas Smith, Dan Mills, and Dr Richard Perkins, embarked on a new two-day environmental fieldtrip to Juniper Hall in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Exploring themes of environmental pollution and urban climates, students embarked on a series of hands-on activities. This included collecting bug specimens from the river to investigate agricultural impacts on water quality; constructing, wiring, and coding weather stations to measure the urban influence on weather and climate.  

March 2018

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We are ranked 2nd in the world!

We have once again performed impressively in the QS World University Rankings, reaching the top 2 spot globally for Geography! Thank you to all our wonderful staff and students who have helped make this possible!

February 2018

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Ganga Shreedhar wins LSE Festival research competition poster prize

Congratulations to Ganga Shreedhar, LSE Fellow in Environmental Economics, for winning the poster prize at LSE's 2018 Research Festival! The judges said: "This poster’s research questions and methodology were both thought-provoking and clearly described. The poster drew our attention in and it was clear how the findings might influence others." View Ganga's winning entry here

February 2018

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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

Ryan Centner

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

Geography Society

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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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

Henry Overman

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

Susanne Frick

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 Manara, Harry 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

Michael Storper

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

Simona Iammarino

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 Crescenzi, Marco 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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