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London School of Economics & Political Science

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London WC2A 2AE


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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


A centre of international academic excellence in economic, urban and development geography, environmental social science and climate change.


LSE Department of Geography and Environment ranked 1st in UK for quality of research publications|

We are delighted to announce that the department has been ranked 1st overall in the UK for quality of published research (output), and 4th overall when including research impact| and research environment.

Read more about the REF 2014 results.|


LSE academic awarded major ERC research grant to study Multinationals, Institutions and Innovation in Europe and beyond|

Dr Riccardo Crescenzi| has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant 2014|. This major personal research grant will cover 5 years of cutting-edge research on "Multinationals, Institutions and Innovation in Europe". Read more about the project|.

World Economic Forum|

LSE Geography and Environment shaping global agenda on innovation|

The World Economic Forum has invited Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose| to become one of the members of the Global Agenda Council on the Economics of Innovation. The aim of this Council is to put in place clear and realistic plans that will allow regions, countries and cities which lack the environment needed to encourage innovation to boost their innovative capacities. Read more|.

Paul Cheshire|

Video: Professor Paul Cheshire on the housing crisis|

In an interview with Conor Gearty, Director of the IPA and Professor of Human Rights Law, Professor Paul Cheshire| argues that green belt land should be used to solve the housing crisis.

Watch now|.


Dr Eduardo Rodríguez-Oreggia|

The Department is sad to announce that Dr Eduardo Rodríguez-Oreggia (PhD 2003) passed away in Mexico City on October 24th at the age of 44. Eduardo completed his PhD in Economic Geography at LSE under the supervision of Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, before going on to work at the Universidad Iberoamericana and Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico. He will be sorely missed. Read more|.

Andrés Rodriguez-Pose|

Regional Studies Best Paper 2014 Award given to Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose|

The Regional Studies Association has bestowed its Best Paper 2014 Award| on Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose| of LSE. The award was voted for by the Editors of Regional Studies, and the winning article, 'Do Institutions Matter for Regional Development?', has very quickly become one of the most downloaded papers in the journal’s history. Read more|.

Simon Wolfson|


Growth, Stagnation or Decline – a Choice|

Lord Wolfson, Chief Executive of Next PLC and founder of the Wolfson Economics Prize, will discuss the economic challenges and opportunities presented by the recent financial crisis.

Chair: Professor Paul Cheshire

25 February, 18:30, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House|

Inequality and the 1%

VIDEO & AUDIO: 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?


EVENT AUDIO: 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.

Sylvia Chant, Arroyo, March 2014|

EVENT AUDIO: 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.

David Harvey at LSE|

VIDEO & AUDIO: 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.

Vernon Henderson speaking at LSE|

VIDEO & AUDIO: 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. LSE's Vernon Henderson| examines the policy options as Chinese cities continue to grow.


Urbanised Village and its Struggle to Survive by Hyun Shin|

Honourable Mention from Royal Geographical Society for LSE BA Geography student|

Xavier Auty, an LSE BA Geography graduate, has been awarded an Honourable Mention by the Royal Geographical Society in its annual Urban Geography Research Group| undergraduate dissertation prize|. This prestigious annual award is open to any undergraduate student in a UK Department of Geography, Earth Sciences or Environmental Science. Read more|.

Study here|: if you are passionate about human geography, environmental science or climate change, and want to learn from international experts, you should explore our full range of courses|.
Katerina Kimmorley|

LSE Student Entrepreneur of the Year announced|

LSE Careers Entrepreneurship has announced that Katerina Kimmorley, co-founder of social business Pollinate Energy|, is LSE Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. Meanwhile the new 'LSE Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year’ prize went to Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston, founders of Solarbox. All three winners are students in the Department of Geography and Environment. Read more|.

Harold Craston and Kirsty Kenney|

LSE students succeed in major Low-Carbon competition|

Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston, final year students in the Department of Geography & Environment, have won £5000 in the 2014 Mayor of London Low Carbon Prize| for their idea, solarbox. The annual competition seeks the most innovative business ideas to help reduce London's CO2 emissions. Read more|.

Teaching Excellence Awards|

Geography & Environment academics take centre stage at Teaching Excellence Awards|

Four academics from the Department have been recognised for their outstanding contributions at the annual LSE Teaching Symposium. Dr Antoine Paccoud| was selected ahead of over 460 nominees to win the Award for Inspirational Teaching, while Dr Richard Perkins| and Dr Alice Evans| were Highly Commended in their categories, and Dr Carmen Marchiori| won a Major Review Award. Read more|.

Katerina Kimmorley

UN Momentum for Change initiative recognises LSE student’s solar energy project in India|

What began last year as Katerina Kimmorley’s dissertation for an MSc in Environmental Economics & Climate Change| has become a Lighthouse Activity under the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations. Katerina's work investigating the value of distributing renewable energy led to Pollinate Energy|, a social business that is bringing solar energy to the slums of Bangalore. Read more|.


LSE Geography and Environment ranked 2nd in the world|

The Department has climbed to 2nd internationally in the latest QS World University rankings, continuing its year-on-year rise up the tables. A range of measures contribute to rankings, including academic and employer reputation. Britain leads the world in the subject, with UK universities occupying six of the top ten places. See the full table|.

Global Gentrifications, edited by Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin, and Ernesto López-Morales|

NEW BOOK - Global Gentrifications: Uneven development and displacement| (Policy Press, 2015)

Ed. Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin|, & Ernesto López-Morales

Under contemporary capitalism the extraction of value from the built environment has escalated, working in tandem with other urban processes to lay the foundations for the exploitative processes of gentrification world-wide. Global gentrifications critically assesses and tests the meaning and significance of gentrification in places outside the ‘usual suspects’ of the Global North. Learn more|.


LSE academic awarded major ERC research grant to study Multinationals, Institutions and Innovation in Europe and beyond|

Dr Riccardo Crescenzi| has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant 2014|. This major personal research grant covers 5 years of cutting-edge research on "Multinationals, Institutions and Innovation in Europe". Read more|.


NEW BOOK - Transparency in Global Environmental Governance - Critical Perspectives |(MIT Press, 2014)

Ed. Aarti Gupta and Michael Mason|

The “transparency turn” in global environmental governance is seen in a range of international agreements, voluntary disclosure initiatives, and public-private partnerships. This book investigates examines transparency in global environmental governance. Learn more|.

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Responding to Climate Change: The challenge of policy-making when expert opinion is divided|

Many policy initiatives to tackle climate change threats remain economically contentious. New research reveals why it is so difficult for governments to combine conflicting views in a way that will allow for effective decision-making. Read more|.

LSE academic co-hosts annual BioEcon conference|

Dr Ben Groom| (LSE) and Dr Andreas Kontoleon (Cambridge Land Economy) co-hosted the 16th annual BioEcon conference on the economics of biodiversity conservation. The conference provided the opportunity to exchange information on the latest developments on the economics of biodiversity and conservation. Read more|.

The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014|

Professor Michael Storper named among the Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 by Thomson Reuters|

Thomson Reuters have named LSE's Professor Michael Storper| among their list of the ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014|’. The news comes in recognition of Michael’s reputation as a global leader in his field, with his academic work in the top 1% most cited in the ‘general social science’ category. Read more|  /  View the report|

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