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London School of Economics & Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE

 

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Undergraduate enquiries
Lee Mager
a.l.mager@lse.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7955 7903

 

Graduate enquiries
Sam Colegate
s.colegate@lse.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7955 6089
(MSc Real Estate Economics & Finance; MSc Regional & Urban Planning Studies; PhD programmes)

 

Amanda Gaddes

a.gaddes@lse.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7955 6061

(MSc Environment & Development; MSc Environmental Economics & Climate Change; MSc Environmental Policy & Regulation)

 

Mark Jenkin
m.jenkin@lse.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7955 7496
(MSc Human Geography & Urban Studies Research; MSc Local Economic Development; MSc Urbanisation & Development)

 

Department Manager

Elaine Gascoyne
e.gascoyne@lse.ac.uk

 

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

LondonSkyscrapers

London faces skyscraper pressure unless planning laws change

Scarcity of land in London could result in the capital becoming a city of residential skyscrapers unless existing planning laws are altered, according to research by Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development at LSE. As long as outward growth is prevented by policies such as the ‘green belt’, the city will need to grow vertically as the population increases. Read more.

 
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LSE students produce report on Mill Hill's planning challenges

A team of MSc Regional and Urban Planning students from LSE have produced a report with key recommendations for Mill Hill in north London. The area, known for its wealth of green space, faces significant challenges including congestion, high population growth, loss of jobs, and decreasing shop diversity. The report provides recommendations to ensure that the community remains vibrant, sustainable and resilient in the context of a growing Greater London. Read more.

 
© Sam Colegate

LSE Geography and Environment tops university tables

The LSE Department of Geography and Environment has been ranked 1st in the UK in the latest Guardian subject tables. This follows success in the QS World University rankings, which put the Department 2nd internationally. A range of measures contribute to the rankings, including student satisfaction, academic reputation and career prospects.

View the Guardian table / View the QS table.

 
Red earth lights

Responding to climate change: the challenge of policy-making when expert opinion is divided

Disagreement among social scientists means that many policy initiatives to tackle climate change remain economically contentious, despite a general consensus that the problem is real, man-made and dangerous. LSE's Ben Groom and Mark Freeman of Loughborough have examined the difficulties associated with reaching an appropriate policy response. Read more.

 
All Day Every Day, Faraja. © Sylvia Chant

Prize-winning photography at LSE Research Festival 2015

Professor Sylvia Chant of the Department of Geography and Environment has been awarded the Popular Prize for photography at the 2015 LSE Research Festival. The winning photograph, All Day Every Day, was selected by attendees at the Festival exhibition from a shortlist of 37 works. Sylvia captured the image while conducting research in the Gambia. Read more.

 
Professor Derek Diamond

Professor Derek Diamond

It is with great sadness that the Department of Geography and Environment marks the passing of Emeritus Professor Derek Diamond. Derek joined the School in 1968 taking over the Urban and Regional Planning programme, and was twice Convenor of the Department of Geography - among other high-profile roles in the School - in the years that followed. Read book of remembrances from LSE LondonRead obituary and leave condolences.

 
Student-led Teaching Excellence Awards 2015

Geography & Environment academics recognised at annual Teaching Excellence Awards

Alan Mace, Neil Lee, and PhD candidates Meredith Whitten and Jordana Ramalho have all been Highly Commended at the Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2015, while Simon Dietz, Alice Evans, Ashley Gorst and Ganga Shreedhar have been recognised by the School. A number of staff members were nominated in a range of categories, reflecting their great efforts to share their enthusiasm for their subject with current students. Read more.

 
Matthew Kahn

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

Professor Matthew Kahn (UCLA), a world-leading expert on environmental and urban issues, examines China’s economic growth to present key findings from his latest research.

The event was recorded at LSE and chaired by Professor Steve Gibbons of the Department of Geography and Environment.

 
Thomas Piketty

VIDEO & AUDIO: Inequality in the 21st Century

A day-long conference with Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been of great significance in shaping debates about inequality across the globe. This fascinating workshop features talks from experts including Gareth A. Jones of the Department of Geography & Environment (session 3).

 
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?

 
Houses

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.

 
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.

 
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International students produce report on Mill Hill's planning challenges

A team of MSc Regional and Urban Planning students from LSE have produced a report with key recommendations for Mill Hill in north London. The area, known for its wealth of green space, faces significant challenges including congestion, high population growth, loss of jobs, and decreasing shop diversity. The report provides recommendations to ensure that the community remains vibrant, sustainable and resilient in the context of a growing Greater London. Read more.

 
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© Sam Colegate

LSE Geography and Environment tops university tables

The LSE Department of Geography and Environment has been ranked 1st in the UK in the latest Guardian subject tables. This follows success in the QS World University rankings, which put the Department 2nd internationally. A range of measures contribute to the rankings, including student satisfaction, academic reputation and career prospects.

View the Guardian table / View the QS table.

 
Strictly Come Researching 2015

Geography & Environment students lead the way at LSE Research Festival 2015

The new LSE competition for PhD students, entitled Strictly Come Researching, was dominated by Geography & Environment students, with 2 of the 3 winners from the Department. Christopher Suckling and Pablo Navarrete were selected for their 'fresh, original and insightful research'. The winners took part in video interviews with Professor Conor Gearty as part of the LSE Research Festival 2015. Watch now.

 
Sylvia Chant, Gothenburg, 9 June 2015
Academic Abroad: Professor Sylvia Chant has recently returned from her third and final annual visit as Adlerbertska Guest Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2013-15). This year was marked by a gathering of development geographers from western Sweden which is hoped to revitalise collaborations within the country and internationally, and at which Sylvia spoke to the theme of the 'engendering' of the development agenda with particular reference to women, girls and poverty in the Global South.
 
Student-led Teaching Excellence Awards 2015

Geography & Environment academics recognised at annual Teaching Excellence Awards

Alan Mace, Neil Lee, and PhD candidates Meredith Whitten and Jordana Ramalho have all been Highly Commended at the Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2015, while Simon Dietz, Alice Evans, Ashley Gorst and Ganga Shreedhar have been recognised by the School. A number of staff members were nominated in a range of categories, reflecting their great efforts to share their enthusiasm for their subject with current students. Read more.

 
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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 Research Excellence Framework 2014 results.
 
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Double award success for LSE PhD students

LSE's Davide Luca has been awarded the Gündüz Atalık Young Researcher Prize for the best contribution in regional science for his paper on 'Votes and Regional Economic Growth in Turkey' (read more).

Meanwhile fellow PhD student Pablo Navarrete won the Academy of Economics and Finance prize for the best PhD paper in Economics, for work on policy approaches to waste-picking in Santiago de Chile.

 

 

LondonSkyscrapers

London faces skyscraper pressure unless planning laws change

Scarcity of land in London could result in the capital becoming a city of residential skyscrapers unless existing planning laws are altered, according to research by Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development at LSE. As long as outward growth is prevented by policies such as the ‘green belt’, the city will need to grow vertically as the population increases. Read more.

 
Strictly Come Researching 2015

Geography & Environment students lead the way at LSE Research Festival 2015

The new LSE competition for PhD students, entitled Strictly Come Researching, was dominated by Geography & Environment students, with 2 of the 3 winners from the Department. Christopher Suckling and Pablo Navarrete were selected for their 'fresh, original and insightful research'. The winners took part in video interviews with Professor Conor Gearty as part of the LSE Research Festival 2015. Watch now.

 
Red earth lights

Responding to climate change: the challenge of policy-making when expert opinion is divided

Disagreement among social scientists means that many policy initiatives to tackle climate change remain economically contentious, despite a general consensus that the problem is real, man-made and dangerous.

LSE's Ben Groom and Mark Freeman of Loughborough have examined the difficulties associated with reaching an appropriate policy response. Read more.

 
LSE Library

LSE academic takes best paper prize for work on EU regional policy

Dr Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE) and Dr Mara Giua (Roma Tre University) won the Competition for the Best Paper at the ‘Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy’ Conference, organised by the Presidency of the European Union, together with the European Commission DG REGIO and the Regional Studies Association (RSA). Read more.

 
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

Global gentrifications critically assesses and tests the meaning and significance of gentrification in places outside the ‘usual suspects’ of the Global North. Learn more.

 
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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.

 

 

 

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