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Geography & Environment
London School of Economics & Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Undergraduate enquiries
Lee Mager|
+44 (0)20 7955 7903

Graduate enquiries
Sam Colegate|
+44 (0)20 7955 6089
(MSc Environment & Development; MSc Environmental Economics & Climate Change; MSc Environmental Policy & Regulation)


Mark Jenkin|

+44 (0)20 7955 7496
(MSc Human Geography & Urban Studies Research; MSc Local Economic Development; MSc Urbanisation & Development)


Laura Rozario|

+44 (0)20 7955 6061

(MSc Real Estate Economics & Finance; MSc Regional & Urban Planning Studies; PhD programmes)

Department Manager
Elaine Gascoyne|


The Department hosts numerous lectures by visiting statespeople and academics throughout the year, discussing themes of interest to the LSE community and the general public. We also run a number of seminar series that are open to all academics.

Our events are free and open to all, and we make video and audio recordings, as well as any materials used, available on this page whenever possible.

Previous events: videos, podcasts and information

Inequality and the 1%|

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

Danny Dorling (Oxford) looks at economic inequality. Today, the richest 1% take more and more, even while the other 99% are becoming more equal. What exactly is it about inequality that causes most harm?

> Video & podcast|


Housing: Where Will We All Live?|

The governor of the Bank of England recently warned that the overheated housing market represents the "biggest risk" to the country’s long-term recovery. BBC Home Affairs editor Mark Easton asks an expert panel - including LSE's Professor Paul Cheshire| - why this country has failed to build enough affordable homes and looks at what can be done to solve our housing crisis.

> Audio podcast|

Sylvia Chant, Arroyo, March 2014|

Feminisation of Poverty, Sexual Violence and the State - the LSE Gender Institute 20th anniversary lecture|

Professor Sylvia Chant| (LSE) presents her views on Feminisation of Poverty: Win-Win, Lose-Lose… or Gains at the Margin?, and Professor Inderpal Grewal (Yale) discusses Neoliberal Security and the hyper-visibility of Sexual Violence and the State in this fascinating insight into the major current issues in gender and development studies.

> Audio podcast|

David Harvey|

The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism|

Thought capitalism was permanent? Think again. Leading Marxist geographer David Harvey (City University of New York) unravels the contradictions at the heart of capitalism and the drive to accumulate capital beyond the means of investing it. Introduced by Dr Murray Low| of the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.

> Video & podcast|

photo: Stephen Codrington|

Access to Justice and Extractive Industries|

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.

With Aidan Davy (International Council for Mining and Minerals), Juan Pablo Saenz (Amazon Defense Coalition), Richard Meeran (Leigh Day & Co) and Jake White (Friends of the Earth).

> Video and podcast|

Alison Nimmo|

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

Valued at £8 billion, the Crown Estate is a giant player in the property industry with an unusually diverse portfolio. The group's Chief Executive Alison Nimmo joins LSE's Paul Cheshire| to discuss her experience leading the company, her past projects in city redevelopment and the Olympic Delivery Authority, and her plans for the future.

> Video & podcast|

Vernon Henderson|

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

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. Professor Henderson is a leading expert in urbanisation of developing countries and School Professor of Economic Geography at LSE.

> Video & podcast|

Michael Storper|

Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction and Politics Shape Development|

The global economy is driven by its major cities: the keys to the city are the keys to global development. This talk sets out the rules of economic development for policymakers, and demonstrates why economists, sociologists and political scientists must take geography seriously.

Michael Storper (LSE) is one of the world’s leading economic geographers. His latest book, Keys to the City| , is out now.

> Video & podcast|

Susanna Hecht|

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

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

Susanna Hecht (UCLA) recently received the Carl O. Sauer Award for Latin American geography. Her latest book, The Scramble for the Amazon|, is out now.

> Video & podcast| 

Henry Overman|

The Economic Future of British Cities: what should urban policy do?|

Examining how urban policy can address the profound challenges now faced by Britain’s cities, both in the short term as a result of the recession and in the long term as a result of underlying structural change.

Henry Overman is Professor of Economic Geography at the LSE and Director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

> Video & podcast|

John Elkington|

The Power Of Zero In Driving "Breakthrough Capitalism|

Discussing a new breed of innovator, determined to drive problems such as carbon, waste, toxics, and poverty to zero.

John Elkington is co-founder and executive chairman of Volans.  He is also the co-founder of SustainAbility, where he remains today as a a non-executive member of the board.

> Audio podcast|

Fred Pearce|

The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth|

Debating the controversial practice of ‘Land grabbing’ by foreign entities in Africa, South-east Asia, South America and Eastern Europe, described as 'the most profound ethical, environmental, economic and social issue in the world today'.

Fred Pearce is an environment, science, and development writer for New Scientist and the Guardian, and is author of When The Rivers Run Dry and The Landgrabbers.

Discussants include LSE's Prof. Anthony Hall| and Dr. Charles Palmer|.

> Video & podcast|

Christian Parenti

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

Exploring how climate change is causing violence as it interacts with the social legacies of economic neoliberalism and cold-war militarism across the Global South.

Christian Parenti is a professor at the School for International Training Graduate institute; his latest book is Tropic of Chaos|.

> Video & podcast|

Dambisa Moyo

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

Discussing the increasingly heated competition for the world's water and land, and the likely geopolitical fallout of China's biggest commodity rush in history.

Dambisa Moyo is author of Dead Aid| and How the West Was Lost|; she was an economist at the World Bank and has been selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

> Video & podcast|

Diane Coyle

"Enough": policies for a sustainable economy|

The world's leading economies must explore key policy changes if they are to emerge from current crises with an economy for tomorrow as well as today.

Diane Coyle runs Enlightenment Economics| consultancy, is vice chair of the BBC Trust, and a visiting professor at the University of Manchester.

> Video & podcast|

David Harvey

Rebel Cities: The Urbanization of Class Struggle|

Exploring the city as a key arena within which class forces clash.

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include A Companion to Marx's Capital and Rebel Cities|.

Watch Video|     /    Download Podcast (mp3)|

Scott Barrett|

Climate Treaties and Approaching Catastrophes|

Does the prospect of climate catastrophes make international cooperation on climate change any easier?

Scott Barrett is the Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Audio Podcast|     /    Download Slides (.pdf)|

Professor Philip McCann

Redesigning the World's Largest Development Programme:
EU Cohesion Policy

Philip McCann is Special Adviser to Johannes Hahn (European Commissioner for Regional Policy), and the University of Groningen Endowed Chair of Economic Geography.

Watch Video|     /     Download Podcast|       /       Download Slides|

Francis Salway

Why the role of the developer matters |

Francis Salway is  CE of Land Securites, Britain's largest commercial property company.

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Joe Oliver

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

Joe Oliver is the  Canadian Minister of Natural Resources.

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Professor Ian Goldin

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

Ian Goldin -  Director of the Oxford Martin School |and former VP of the World Bank

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Ananya Roy

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

Ananya Roy - Professor in department of City & Regional planning, director of Global Metropolitan Studies Centre at Berkeley

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Pavan Sukhdev

The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity

Pavan Sukhdev - UN Environment Programme

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Edawrd Glaeser

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

Edward Glaeser -  Professor of Economics at Harvard University, author of 'Triumph of the City'

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Sylvia Chant

Gender and Poverty in the 21st Century

Panel discussion -  The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty, edited by Professor Sylvia Chant

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Brian Chikwava

LSE Literary Festival 2011: Placing Mobilities

Panel discussion -  Brian Chikwava, Abdulrazak Gurnah and Olumide Popoola consider a number of complementary and competing themes around the topic of diaspora and place in literature

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Bjorn Lomborg

An Evening with Bjørn Lomborg: Putting Global Warming into Perspective

Bjørn Lomborg -  adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist

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Henry Overman

How did London get away with it?: The Recession and the North-South Divide

Henry Overman -  Professor of Economic Geography at LSE, director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre

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