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We host a range of events across topics relating to geography and the environment. Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to all.

Upcoming events

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Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change

Tuesday 28 May 2019
6:30-8:00pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Jared Diamond

At a time when crises are erupting around the world, Jared Diamond reveals what makes certain nations resilient in the face of tremendous upheaval.

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Environmental Economics Workshop June 2019

13-14 June 2019

EBRD, One Exchange Square, London

The Department of Geography and Environment is pleased to announce the second LSE workshop on Environmental Economics. This year we have partnered with CEPR, EBRD and Economics of Transition and Institutional Change to host a symposium on “Environmental Economics and the Green Transition”. 

Organisers: Cevat Giray Aksoy (EBRD & LSE) and Sefi Roth (LSE). 

 

Past events

2019

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There is no Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years

Monday 29 April 2019
6:30-8:00pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Sustainability expert Mike Berners-Lee looks at the big environmental challenges facing Earth and offers some guidance on what we can all do to help humanity thrive on our only planet.

Hosted by The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Department of Geography and Environment.

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Participatory approaches to natural resource conservation in the Brazilian Amazon - Research Output Seminar

Wednesday 27 March 2019
5:00-9:00pm
Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Prof Kathy Hochstetler, Dr Charles Palmer, Dr Edilza Laray de Jesus, Dr Grace Iara Souza, Valcleia dos Santos Lima Solidade, Steve Bass 

Organised under the auspices of the Newton Fund Institutional Links joint research project between the London School of Economics (LSE) and the State University of Amazonas (UEA), part of the British Council, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and Schneider Electric 2016 call, this international seminar brings together academics and practitioners from both Brazil and the UK to discuss participatory approaches to natural resource conservation

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Displaceability: A New Foundation of Urban Citizenship?

Thursday 21 March 2019
4.00-5.30pm
Graham Wallas Room, Old Building

Introducer: Irit Katz, Department of Sociology, LSE
Speaker: Oren Yiftachel, Ben-Gurion University, Israel and Visiting Leverhulme Professor, UCL

Chair: Hyun Bang Shin, Department of Geography and Environment and Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, LSE

The talk develops the concept of 'displaceability' as a central, yet often overlooked, dimension of urban citizenship. Displacement denotes the involuntary removal of individuals, communities or large collectivities from their houses, lands, rights and locations, as urban regimes. On the basis of studying urban regions of the global 'southeast' (Tallinn, Cape Town, Jerusalem and Colombo) the lecture advances three key arguments:

  • The degree of displaceability provides a central foundation for understanding contemporary urban citizenship
  • Displaceability is increasingly related to strategies of urban legal and planning regimes
  • Displaceability is on the rise, creating pervasive new urban criminalities, instabilities and conflicts
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The Politics of Urban Inequality in Brazil and South Africa

Friday 1 March 2019
6:00-7:00pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders

Speakers: Dr Nate MillingtonDr Mara Nogueira-Teixeira

This comparative urban panel on Brazil and South Africa examines class, race, power and politics in the burgeoning cities of the two countries that have become influential yet unstable middle forces in the international order emergent over the last generation. 

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New Reconcilliations: the two Koreas

Wednesday 27 February 2019
7:30-8:30pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders

Speakers: Dr Jeong-Im HyunDr Owen MillerProf Vladimir Tikhonov

Since early 2018, the two Koreas on the Korean Peninsula, known to be the last remaining divided countries since the end of the Second World War, have begun the road to reconciliation. A series of summit visits have taken place and are expected to continue, together with various events and projects that are expected to increase the level of interaction in terms of economy, politics, culture and infrastructure. What does this thawing relationship mean for the future of the Koreas and of the world?

Video and podcast available here

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Innovation and the Nation: what can we learn from the history of the British case 1900-2000?

Monday 4 February 2019
6:30-8:00pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Prof David Edgerton
Discussant: Prof Ian Gordon

Among the claims made in the context of Brexit, the British Prime Minister has called for a new global Britain to lead the world into the fourth industrial revolution'. This lecture will survey the history of innovation in the United Kingdom over the twentieth century, and rationales for policy. It will also show how policy analysis has commonly profoundly misunderstood both policy and practice, and the realities of  national innovation in a global world. In particular it conflated  the nation and the world which lead to serious misunderstandings of the scope and power of national innovation. 

Copies of David’s book, The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth-Century History, will be available to purchase on the night. 

Podcast available here

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Market exuberance and exploiting legal norms in real estate finance – 'twas ever thus?

Thursday 17 January 2019
6:30-8:00pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Damian Perry (Consultant to Clifford Chance)

Damian Perry’s talk will focus on market ‘irrationality and exuberance’ leading up to the last financial crisis (2003-8) and the regulatory over-reaction that followed (2008-2015). He will then look at legal structures in the real estate debt markets that have recently emerged which are again at risk of being misused in a rising market.

Podcast available here. Slides available here

 

2018

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Cost Benefit Analysis and the Environment: Further Developments and Policy use

Thursday 22 November 2018
6:30-8:00pm
Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE

Speakers: Prof Giles Atkinson, Prof Ben Groom, Prof Susana Mourato, Nils-Axel BraathenJoseph Lowe,Tanja Wettingfeld

A number of OECD countries make extensive use of cost benefit analysis (CBA) to help inform environmental policy decisions.  This discussion panel will reflect on this use and take stock of recent developments in environmental CBA and the challenges this presents to policy makers. The panel will be comprised of some of the LSE authors of a recent book published by OECD on environmental CBA as well as policy practitioners. 

Podcast available here.  

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LSE-NHH Conference June 2018

15-16 June 2018

Shaw Library, Old Building

The Department of Geography and Environment (LSE) and the Department of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) have organised a conference on Environmental and Development Economics, which will take place on June 15-16, 2018 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

The conference will bring together top scholars from around the world to share their latest research in applied environmental and development economics. The programme features 15 papers presentations by leading scholars, as well as one session with short research sketches from PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. 

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School Autonomy, School Choice and the Quality of Education: evidence from England

Wednesday 16 May 2018

6:30-8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Prof Olmo Silva (Professor of Real Estate Economics and Finance, LSE)
Discussant: Amy Finch, OFSTED

Olmo Silva will discuss the conceptual framework and empirical evidence underpinning the idea that autonomy and choice can lead to improvements in education standards in England.

Podcast and video available here.  

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The Future of Fashion: can the industry be in vogue and sustainable?

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As fashion production processes get faster and faster, this event will ask: how can fashion brands and producers adapt their business models, in the face of growing demands to reduce the environmental impacts from the production, consumption and disposal of clothing?

This event was part of the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 running from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 February 2018.

Podcast and video available here.

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RiverBlue: can fashion save the planet?

Internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo, journeys through some of the world’s most pristine to some of the most polluted rivers, in an unprecedented global adventure.  This quest set out originally to film rivers in an effort to protect them, but in the process uncovered the dark underside of the global fashion industry. 

This event was part of the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 running from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 February 2018.

 

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A World of Food in Change

Tuesday 30 January 2018
6:30-8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Michael La Cour (Managing Director of IKEA Food Services AB)

Michael will discuss the role and responsibility of corporations in addressing current and future challenges of the food system, and how sustainability and health drives innovation.

Podcast and video available here.

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Development Collective Know-how and Us

Monday 29 January 2018
6:30-8pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Prof Ricardo Hausmann (Director of Harvard's Center for International Development)

The difference between rich and poor countries is mostly explained by differences in “technology”. But what is technology and why does it not diffuse more quickly? 

Podcast and video available here.

 

2017

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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?

Podcast and video recording available here.

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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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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.

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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 MasonIsabella 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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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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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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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.

 

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

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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

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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.  

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Contact our Events team

Catherine Mitchell C.Mitchell1@lse.ac.uk
Isobel Jones I.P.Jones1@lse.ac.uk
020 7955 6453