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Department of

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


Programme administrator

Laura Rozario|
+44 (0)20 7955 6061


Programme director

Dr. Nancy Holman|

Student Profiles

LSE students

MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies - Start developing your career here!

  • A proud track record of student development
  • Professionally accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • LinkedIn A vibrant and active LinkedIn group open to all students and alumni
  • Students have gone on to careers in planning, architecture. property development, real estate, NGOs and international organisations

The following vignettes offer you an idea of what our alumni are doing now. You can look at our yearly newsletters| for more details on past graduates.

Margaux Salmon (Dual Degree, Sciences-Po & LSE RUPS)

"Since graduating from the dual degree in Urban Policy from Sciences Po and LSE, I have been working for Groupe Huit, a french consulting firm working with national and local governments, together with International Development Agencies, on urban development projects in developing countries. My background has led me to work primarily on governance issues on various projects in Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Nigeria, and Mongolia. Being part of the RUPS programme was a wonderful opportunity to experience a complementary approach to urban planning and development, and benefit from a system providing enough flexibility to explore more in-depth urban issues close to my heart. I gained specific skills (such as CBA analysis) that I apply today in my professional life, and the writing of a case study based dissertation was a truly enriching experience. All this in a stimulating working environment, with very supportive and committed professors."

Aaron Davis
"Since graduation from the LSE, I started working for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Holding dual qualifications in landscape architecture and urban planning, my focus with the EBRD is on environmental policy and planning. Currently I am working in Russia for one of the largest environmental partnerships in Northern Europe - alongside the World Bank, NEFCO and the EIB. The position allows me to use my background in physical design together with the education gained from the LSE in policy and economics research. All in all, I couldn't be happier with the doors the RUPS programme opened for me."

Solenne Cucchi (Dual Degree, Sciences Po & LSE RUPS)
Solenne is currently working for Chevrolet Foundation in Columbia as a project co-ordinator for Mobility and Environment.
"Being part of the double masters degree in Urban Policy with Sciences Po and the LSE was an amazing experience. The very different approaches of those schools are complementary, Sciences Po being more French focused and technical when the LSE gives us a broader and more global view on urban issue, and allows students to go deeper into some specific urban issues. Besides the high-quality and expertise of the professors in both institutions, what really makes the richness of this programme are the classmates, especially at LSE - I was myself part of the Regional and Urban Planning programme. We all come from different countries and different backgrounds, have all sorts of professional experience, and LSE masters students, who usually have worked before getting into the programme, really know why they are here and bring very valuable inputs to the discussion sessions. This specificity surely makes each year different from the other, but also consolidate strong friendship and academic links that will last way beyond the year at LSE, both with other students and with professors, who use to give a lot of their time to students even outside the class time."

Victoria Maguire
Victoria was appointed the Massachusetts Permit Ombudsman by the Governor Deveal Patrick. She is the Director of the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office and Chair of the Interagency Permitting Board. Victoria administers the MassWorks Infrastructure Grants and leads regional planning initiatives on land use, zoning and public infrastructure in support of new housing development and job creation.

Kamil Wipyewski
After two and a half years with DTZ London, Kamill assumed a new role as a senior appraiser at VR Wert, the appraisal arm of the Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken Financial Services Network, in early 2010, where he responsible for the coordination of international valuation projects and appraisal work in the UK, U.S. and France. After ten years abroad, spent in the SF Bay Area and then London, Kamill is now back in Germany, based in Hamburg. He completed his RICS accreditation (MRICS) last year and is a member of the Urban Land Institute to keep informed on development matters, which still form part of his appraisal work and are a continuation of some of the topics studied in the RUPS programme.

Morten Wasstol
Morten has had an amazing career since graduation. He worked as a programme manager for the UNEP/Grid-Arendal in Norway. He then became a political advisor to the Minster of the Environment and International Development during the period of the revision of the Norwegian Planning and Building Act. He led the Norwegian delegation at the World Urban Forum in Nanjing. He now works for Ramboll consultancy.