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Our events

What's on

We host a range of events, from large public lectures to smaller seminars, across a broad spectrum of topics relating to geography and the environment. Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to all.

Upcoming events

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The Multinational World: how cities and regions win or lose in the global innovation contest

Wednesday 15 November 2017
6:30-8pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker: Prof Riccardo Crescenzi
Discussant: Martin Sandbu, Financial Times

Global flows of capital, skills and knowledge bundled by multinationals have enormous transformative power. Why and how do they help some cities and regions to prosper?

 

Past events

2017

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Art and the City

Thursday 12 October 2017
6:30-8pm
Shaw Library, Old Building

Speakers: Luisa Bravo, Thierry Maeder, Nela Milic, Julie Ren, Martin Zebracki 

Artistic practices have long been disturbing relationships between art and space. This book launch features contributors introducing work from Beirut, London and Geneva.

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Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason

Monday 18 September 2017
6:30-8pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Prof David Harvey

Leading Marxist scholar David Harvey discusses the profound insights and enormous power Marx’s analysis continues to offer 150 years after the first volume of Capital was published. His latest book is Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason.

Podcast and video recording available here.

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Britain’s Housing Crisis: causes and cures

Tuesday 21 March 2017
6:30-8pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker: Prof Christian Hilber 

In his inaugural lecture, Prof Hilber will explain how Britain’s planning system and tax policy cause the country’s housing crisis and contribute to rising inequality. He will explore how we can do better. 

Listen to the podcast.

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Do we do enough for the future?

Thursday 2 February 2017
6:30-8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Christian Gollier (internationally renowned researcher in Decision Theory under Uncertainty and co-creator of the Toulouse School of Economics).

Christian Gollier will discuss the way one should value and compare projects whose benefits materialize only in the decades or centuries to come.

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Rethinking Punishment

Thursday 16 February 2017
6:30-8pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker: Didier Fassin (French anthropologist and sociologist, currently the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton).

What is punishment? Why do we punish? Who gets punished? Based on a series of ethnographies conducted on policing, the justice system and the prison institution, this lecture will critically revisit theoretical discussions related to the definition, justification and distribution of punishment.

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The Fight for Beauty: Our Path to a Better Future

Tuesday 21 February 2017
6:30-8pm
Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the Literary Festival
Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speakers: Dame Fiona ReynoldsNicholas CraneProf Giles Atkinson

We live in a world where the drive for economic growth is crowding out everything that can't be given a monetary value and it's getting harder to find space for the things that really matter but money can't buy, including our future. Fiona Reynolds proposes a solution that is at once radical and simple - to inspire us through the beauty of the world around us. Delving into our past, examining landscapes, nature, farming and urbanisation, she shows how ideas about beauty have arisen and evolved, been shaped by public policy, been knocked back and inched forward until they arrived lost in the economically-driven spirit of today.

Listen to the podcast.

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'Before the Flood' Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Friday 24 February 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment 

On the panel:
Prof Simon DietzDr Rebecca ElliottDr Michael Mason, Isabella Neuweg

Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news." Read more on the Before the Flood website.

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Seeing Our Planet Whole: A Cultural and Ethical View of Earth Observation

Thursday 2 March 2017
6:30-8pm
Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Harry Eyres

Harry Eyres will talk about his new book, Seeing Our Planet Whole: A Cultural and Ethical View of Earth Observation (Springer, 2017), which came out of a collaboration with the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna where he was a part-time senior fellow from 2013-2016.

A free event for LSE staff and students only.

 

2016

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The Political Geography of Brexit: an informal panel discussion

Weds 9 November 2016
14:00-15:45
Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Speakers: Professor Ian Gordon (LSE), Professor Ron Johnston (University of Bristol), and Professor Kevin Cox (Ohio State University).

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Post-Quito Conversations on the New Urban Agenda

Speakers: Dr Ryan Centner, Assistant Professor of Urban Geography and Prof Sandra Jovchelovitch, Professor of Social Psychology

(in coordination with the LSE Planning Society)

Tuesday 8 November 2016
11am - 12pm
Tower 2, Room 204, LSE

A discussion with two LSE academics who recently participated in UN HABITAT III in Quito, Ecuador -- a convention to set a "new urban agenda" promoting just, sustainable, smart, compact, inclusive cities. The HABITAT meetings, which happen only every 20 years, aim to define lines of debate and ways forward for a generation.

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Security, Risk and the Urban Imagination

Speakers: Dr Austin Zeiderman, Professor Matthew Gandy, Professor Gareth A Jones, Dr Kate Maclean

Chair: Dr Claire Mercer

7 June 2016
Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE

Security and risk have become central to how cities are imagined in the twenty-first century. In a forthcoming book, Endangered City, LSE Geography and Environment’s Austin Zeiderman critically examines this new political imperative to govern the present in anticipation of future harm. To mark the book’s publication, this event brings together an interdisciplinary panel of scholars to discuss the intersection of security, risk, and the urban imagination.

Podcast recording available here

Paul Van Gardingen

Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation

Speaker: Professor Paul van Gardingen 
Chair: Professor Giles Atkinson

2 February 2016
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

How can ecosystem management in developing countries contribute to poverty alleviation, as well as to inclusive and sustainable growth?

Podcast and video recording available here.  

 

2015

David Harvey 2015

The Power of Ideas: a discussion with David Harvey

Speakers: Professor David Harvey, Professor Michael Storper, Professor Jane Willis
Chair: Dr Murray Low

10 December 2015
Old Theatre, Old Building

David Harvey's politicised work on geography, social theory, urban political economy and capitalism has shaped academic debate for decades. He is one of the most cited social scientists in the world, and his works have been translated into multiple languages. Here, Harvey joins a panel of experts to explore his ideas - and alternative views. 

Podcast and video recording available here.  

LSE audience

Can the ‘weight of evidence’ on impacts shape the future of international migration?

Speaker: Professor Jacques Poot
Respondent: Professor Jonathan Wadsworth
Chair: Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

25 November 2015
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Migration has generally yielded economic benefits in terms of labour market outcomes, the fiscal position, innovation, trade and growth. However, concerns about a limited ‘absorptive capacity’ of host societies are growing. This lecture examines how the weight of the scientific evidence can assist policymakers to respond to these pressing challenges.

Podcast and video recording available.

Dieter Helm

Natural Capital: valuing the planet

Speaker: Dieter Helm
Chair: Prof Giles Atkinson

20 October 2015
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

In the face of the global, local, and national destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems, economist Dieter Helm offers a crucial set of strategies for establishing natural capital policy that is balanced, economically sustainable, and politically viable. 

Podcast and video recording available.

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Why Cities Succeed and Fail Today

Speakers: Professor Michael Storper, Dr Thomas Kemeny, Dr Naji Makarem Chair: Professor Andrés Rodriguez-Pose
Chair: Professor Andrés Rodriguez-Pose

7 October 2015
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

How well a city will cope with new opportunities and challenges relies on economic specialisation, human capital formation, and institutional factors. World-leading economic geographer Michael Storper challenges many conventional notions about economic development and sheds new light on its workings in his new book The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies. lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles (co-authored with Thomas Kemeny, Naji Makarem and Taner Osman). 

Podcast and video recording available.

Matthew Kahn

Quality of Life in Urban China: economic growth and the environment

Speaker: Professor Matthew Kahn
Chair: Professor Steve Gibbons

26 May 2015
Old Theatre, Old Building

Professor Kahn, a leading expert on environmental and urban issues, will examine China’s economic growth to present key issues from his latest research. 

Podcast and video recording available.

Inequality in the 21st Century

Inequality in The 21st Century: A Day Long Engagement with Thomas Piketty

Speakers: David Soskice, Wendy Carlin, Bob Rowthorn, Diane Perrons, Stephanie Seguino, Lisa McKenzie, Naila Kabeer, Dr. Laura Bear, Gareth Jones, Mike Savage, Sir John Hills, Sir Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty

11 May 2015
Old Theatre, Old Building

A day-long conference with Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been of global significance in shaping debates about inequality across the globe. The workshop will be hosted by LSE's new International Inequalities Institute with the Department of Sociology at LSE and the British Journal of Sociology, which ran a special issue of reviews on Piketty’s book, several of the contributors to which will be involved in these discussions.

Podcast and video recording available.

 

2014

Danny Dorling

Inequality and the 1%: what goes wrong when the rich become too rich 

Speaker: Professor Danny Dorling

7 October 2014 
Old Theatre, Old Building

It is widely accepted that high rates of inequality are damaging to society, although some skeptics remain to be convinced. Perhaps it is because the most damaging form of economic inequality now appears to occur when the very richest 1% take more and more, even if the other 99% are becoming more equal. So what exactly is it about inequality that causes most harm?

Podcast and video recording available.

Paul Cheshire

Housing: where will we all live?

Speakers: Richard Blakeway, Professor Paul Cheshire, Rachel Fisher, Wayne Hemmingway, John Stewart
Chair: Mark Easton

9 June 2014 
Old Theatre, Old Building 

BBC Home Affairs editor Mark Easton (@BBCMarkEaston) asks this expert panel why this country has failed to build enough affordable homes and looks at what can be done to solve our housing crisis.

Podcast and video recording available.

Sylvia Chant

Reflections from Sylvia Chant and Inderpal Grewal

Speakers: Professor Sylvia Chant, Professor Inderpal Grewal
Chair: Dr Sumi Madhok

9 May 2014
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

In this Gender Institute 20th Anniversary Conference keynote, two distinguished scholars – Sylvia Chant and Inderpal Grewal – will reflect on the presence of gender from the unique intersection of social science and humanities perspectives.

Podcast and video recording available.

David Harvey 2014

The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism 

Speaker: Professor David Harvey 
Chair: Dr Murray Low

2 April 2014
Old Theatre, Old Building

You thought capitalism was permanent? Think again. Leading Marxist thinker Professor David Harvey unravels the contradictions at the heart of capitalism – its drive, for example, to accumulate capital beyond the means of investing it. 

Podcast and video recording available.

Access to Justice

Access to Justice and Extractive Industries

Speakers: Aidan Davy, Richard Meeran, Juan Pablo Sáenz, Jake White 
Chair: Dr Veerle Heyvaert

3 March 2014
 Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

A panel of international legal and industry experts discuss the fraught world of environmental justice, human rights, minerals and mining and explain why it should be of concern to us all. The EJOLT project (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade) will also launch its global map of environmental (in)justice. 

Podcast and video recording available.

Alison Nimmo

Transforming a City: from London's East End to the West End

Speaker: Alison Nimmo 
Chair: Professor Paul Cheshire

11 March 2014
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

In the past 10 years London has seen the resurgence of Regent Street to one of the globe’s most iconic streets and the regeneration of London’s East End catalysed by London 2012. Hear from Alison Nimmo who helped to win and deliver the Olympic Park and is now chief executive of the Crown Estate, a business that is using its expertise and extraordinary assets to transform the heart of London’s West End.

Podcast and video recording available.

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China's Urban Policies: dilemmas facing the world's largest urban population 

Speaker: Professor Vernon Henderson 
Chair: Professor Henry Overman

6 March 2014
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

With the majority of its population now urban dwellers, China faces a unique set of challenges. Vernon Henderson examines the policy options as Chinese cities continue to grow.

Podcast and video recording available.

 

2013

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Keys to the City: how economics, institutions, social interaction and politics shape development 

Speaker: Professor Michael Storper
Chair: Professor Eric Neumayer

23 October 2013 
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

The global economy is driven by major cities: the keys to the city are the keys to global development. Michael Storper explains why economists, sociologists and political scientists should take geography seriously.

Podcast and video recording available.

Susanna Hecht

From Eco-Catastrophe to Zero Clearing: why is deforestation in the Neotropics declining? 

Speaker: Professor Susanna Hecht 
Chair: Professor Michael Storper

17 October 2013
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

An expert on tropical development, Professor Susanna Hecht will address the recent dramatic decline in deforestation in Amazonia, why it has occurred, and how likely it is to endure.

Podcast and video recording available. 

Henry Overman

The economic future of British cities: what should urban policy do?

Speaker: Professor Henry G. Overman
Respondent: Alexandra Jones, Adam Marshall
Chair: Professor Stuart Corbridge

17 January 2013 
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Britain’s cities are facing profound challenges – both in the short run as a result of the recession and in the long run as a result of underlying structural change. In this lecture Henry Overman considers the nature of these challenges and considers what urban policy should do to help cities effectively respond to them. 

Podcast and video recording available. 

LSE audience

The Power Of Zero In Driving "Breakthrough Capitalism"

Speaker: John Elkington
Chair: Dr Michael Mason

15 January 2013
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Drawing from his recent book The Zeronauts: Breaking the Sustainability Barrier, John Elkington will provide an account of his personal journey over 40 years on “the sustainability frontier” and his proposals on how to meet global challenges.

Podcast recording available. 

2012

The Land Grabbers

The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth

Speaker: Fred Pearce
Discussants: Professor Anthony Hall, Dr Charles Palmer
Chair: Professor Eric Neumayer

12 November 2012 
New Theatre, East Building

‘Land grabbing’ has been described as the most profound ethical, environmental, economic and social issue in the world today. Financial speculation and concerns over food security are driving the acquisition of vast areas of land by foreign entities from beneath the feet of its occupiers in Africa, South-east Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. This debate examines the relative impact of land grabbing on the lives of poor people across the globe.

Podcast and video recording available. 

Tropic of Chaos

Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

Speaker: Professor Christian Parenti
Chair: Dr Sharad Chari

24 October 2012 
New Theatre, East Building

An exploration of how climate change is already causing violence as it interacts with the social legacies of economic neoliberalism and cold-war militarism across conflict zones of the Global South, and why it is imperative to attend to it now.

Podcast and video recording available. 

Dambisa Moyo

Winner Take All: The Race for the World's Resources

Speaker: Dambisa Moyo
Chair: Professor Eric Neumayer

25 June 2012 
Old Theatre, Old Building

Dambisa Moyo discusses the increasingly heated competition for the world's water and land, and the likely geopolitical fallout of China's biggest commodity rush in history. Are we heading for large-scale conflict and what can governments do to avoid it? 

Podcast and video recording available. 

LSE audience

"Enough": policies for a sustainable economy   

Speaker: Professor Diane Coyle
Chair: Professor Henry Overman

14 June 2012 
New Theatre, East Building

The world's leading economies are facing many crises. What these crises have incommon is a reckless disregard for the future. This lecture examines the policy changes necessary to run the economy for tomorrow as well as today.

Podcast and video recording available. 

David Harvey 2012

Rebel Cities: The Urbanization of Class Struggle

Speaker: Professor David Harvey

10 May 2012
Old Theatre, Old Building

Given the strong relationship between urbanization and capital accumulation, and the consequent urban roots of both past and present fiscal crises, it follows that the city is a key arena within which class forces clash. The sharpening of these clashes transforms movements for the right to the city into urban uprisings and revolutionary movements. This then poses the key question of how to mobilize and organize a whole city around a movement for revolutionary change.

Podcast and video recording available.

LSE audience

Climate Treaties and Approaching Catastrophes 

Speaker: Professor Scott Barrett
Chair: Professor Eric Neumayer

12 March 2012
New Theatre, East Building

Professor Barrett discusses whether the prospect of approaching climate catastrophes makes international cooperation on climate change any easier, and examines how the international system is likely to respond to the future crossing of a ‘climate tipping point’.

Podcast and video recording available.

LSE audience

Redesigning the World's Largest Development Programme: EU cohesion policy

Speaker: Professor Philip McCann
Chair: Simona Iammarino

12 January 2012 
 Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

The special adviser to the European Commissioner for Regional Policy will discuss one of the great policy-making challenges of recent times.

Podcast and video recording available.

 

2011

LSE audience

Why the Role of the Developer Matters

Speaker: Francis Salway
Chair: Professor Paul Cheshire

26 October 2011 
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

One of the industry's most influential figures will give his views on the vital importance of property developers in strained economic times.

Podcast and video recording available.

LSE audience

Canada: a reliable, responsible contributor to global energy security and economic stability

Speaker: Joe Oliver
Chair: Dr Richard Perkins

20 October 2011 
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, will discuss Canada as a reliable, responsible contributor to global energy security and economic stability. The Minister will give an overview of Canada's energy resources including the strategic importance of oil sands and current global oil demand. He will also explore trade and investment opportunities as well as highlight the importance Canada places on responsible development of energy resources.

Podcast and video recording available.

LSE audience

Exceptional People: how migration shaped our world and will define our future

Speaker: Professor Ian Goldin
Chair: Professor Eric Neumayer

11 October 2011 
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Migration has played a critical role in human history--the circulation of ideas and technologies has benefited communities and the movement of people across oceans and continents has fuelled economies. In this lecture which draws on the issues raised in the book Exceptional People Ian Goldin shows how migrants in today's world connect markets, fill labour gaps, and enrich social diversity. 

Podcast and video recording available.

LSE audience

Cities at the Speed of Light: Asian experiments of the urban century 

Speaker: Professor Ananya Roy
Chair: Dr Gareth Jones

12 May 2011 
New Theatre, East Building

The 21st century will be an urban century. It will also be a 'Southern' or even 'Asian' century, with much of the urban growth taking place in the cities of the global South. This talk highlights these Asian experiments and the ambitious claims of the making of 'Asian' futures.

Podcast and video recording available.

LSE audience

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Speaker: Pavan Sukhdev
Chair: Dr Giles Atkinson

21 March 2011
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Pavan Sukhdev is Study Leader for the G8+5 commissioned report on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a hugely influential global study launched in Nagoya in October 2010. He is also Special Advisor and Head of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Green Economy Initiative. Prior to his work for TEEB and UNEP, Pavan was Head of Deutsche Bank's Global Markets Business in India and a founding member of the Green Indian States Trust (GIST).

Podcast and video recording available.

LSE audience

Triumph of the City: how our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier and happier

Speaker: Professor Edward Glaeser
Chair: Professor Henry Overman

14 March 2011 
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Building and maintaining cities is difficult and density has costs, but in this presentation Professor Edward Glaeser will argue that these costs are worth bearing, because whether in London’s ornate arcades or Rio’s fractious favelas, whether in the high rises of Hong Kong or the dusty workplaces of Dharavi, our culture, our prosperity, and our freedom are all ultimately gifts of people living, working, and thinking together – the ultimate triumph of the city.

Podcast and video recording available.

Sylvia Chant

Gender and Poverty in the 21st Century

Speakers: Professor Diane Elson, Professor Nancy Folbre, Professor Maxine Molyneux
Chair: Professor Sylvia Chant

11 March 2011
Old Theatre, Old Building

Each speaker will briefly reflect on a theme inspired by or departing from the International Handbook of Gender and Poverty by Sylvia Chant, after which there will be a question and answer session with the audience.

Podcast and video recording available.

LSE audience

Placing Mobilities

Speakers: Brian Chikwava, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Olumide Popoola
Chair: Dr Ranka Primorac

This panel will consider a number of complementary and competing themes around the topic of diaspora and place. Particular places, and perhaps especially cities, consist of large diasporic populations often represented as indications of cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism and conviviality. 

Podcast and video recording available.

LSE audience

An Evening with Bjørn Lomborg: Putting Global Warming into Perspective

Speaker: Professor Bjørn Lomborg
Respondent:  Dimitri Zenghelis
Chair: Professor Eric Neumayer

16 February 2011 
New Theatre, East Building

Global warming is real, but it is often presented one-sided and in exaggerated form. This leads to bad policies that will do little to tackle the warming at extremely high cost, as evidenced by the Kyoto protocol and the new EU promises. The breakdown at Copenhagen shows that we need smarter solutions focused on getting long-term solutions like  renewables that are cheaper than fossil fuels. And finally, we should remember, that if we really want to help the world, there are many other and better things we could focus on first, like malnutrition, free trade, vaccines, education, agricultural technology, education etc.

Podcast and video recording available.

Henry Overman

How did London Get Away With it? The Recession and the North-South Divide

Speaker: Professor Henry G Overman
Respondents: Professor Ian Gordon, Alex Jones, Hamish McRae
Chair: Tony Travers

20 January 2011 
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

It was widely expected that London would, in the short to medium run, be the most severely hit of the UK regions in the recession initiated by the 2007-08 financial crisis. This lecture considers why this did not happen.

Podcast and video recording available.

 

Contact us

Catherine Mitchell (Communications and Events Officer)
C.Mitchell1@lse.ac.uk
020 7107 5406