Research in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE should be seen within the context of the specialist nature of LSE and its commitment to research excellence across the social sciences.

Our research strategy has been developed from the view of geography as an integrative discipline whose contribution depends on a strong two-way engagement with other disciplines, and to leverage synergies with other social science disciplines within the School. As a result, our research agenda is a distinctive one, predicated on applying an interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse social science approach to key geographical and environmental questions. Much of the research has a strong applied, policy relevant focus.

Research is organised around three main clusters of interest:


The Department produces a high volume of world-class research. The very latest published material can be found here. You can also browse earlier published work via LSE Research Online, or find out more about a individual academics via LSE Experts.

Austin Zeiderman

Zeiderman, Austin (2016)  'Adaptive Publics: Building Climate Constituencies in BogotáPublic Culture (2016) 28(2 79): 389-413

Hyun Bang Shin
Research by Ben Groom in special issue on Climate Change from the Royal Society

Freeman M C, Groom B and Zeckhauser R (2015). ‘Better Predictions, Better Allocations: Scientific Advances and Adaptation to Climate Change’. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Volume 373, Issue 2055

Zeiderman, Austin, Sobia Ahmad Kaker, Jonathan Silver, and Astrid Wood (2015) Uncertainty and Urban LifePublic Culture 27 (2), p. 281–304

Austin Zeiderman

Eric Neumayer

Barthel, Fabian and Neumayer, Eric (2015) Spatial Dependence in Asylum Migration, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41 (7), pp. 1131-1151

Crescenzi, Riccardo, Gagliardi, Luisa and Iammarino, Simona (2015) Foreign Multinationals and domestic innovation: intra-industry effects and firm heterogeneity. Research Policy, 44 (3), p 596-609

Dr Simona Iammarino
Hyun Bang Shin

Shin, Hyun Bang and Kim, Soo-Hyun (2015) The developmental state, speculative urbanisation and the politics of displacement in gentrifying Seoul, Urban Studies, doi: 10.1177/0042098014565745

Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Garcilazo, E. (2015) Quality of Government and the Returns of Investment: Examining the Impact of Cohesion Expenditure in European Regions. Regional Studies, 49 (8), p. 1274-1290

Andrés Rodriguez-Pose
Alan Mace

Mace, Alan  (2015) The suburbs as sites of ‘within-planning’ power relationsPlanning Theory, doi: 10.1177/1473095214567027

Zeiderman, Austin (2015) Spaces of Uncertainty: Governing Urban Environmental Hazards. In Modes of Uncertainty: Anthropological Cases, edited by Limor Samimian-Darash and Paul Rabinow. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Austin Zeiderman

Ben Groom

Groom, B. and Tak, M. (2015). ‘Welfare Analysis of Changing Food Prices: A Nonparametric Examination of Rice Policies in India’. Food Security, DOI 10.1007/s12571-014-0413-x

LSE academics are authors and editors of major texts in their respective fields. The most recently published books by our Geography and Environment experts are:

Planetary Gentrification 
Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin and Ernesto López-Morales (Polity, 2016)

Rich with empirical detail, yet wide-ranging, Planetary Gentrification unhinges, unsettles and provincializes Western notions of urban development. It will be invaluable to students and scholars interested in the future of cities and the production of a truly global urban studies, and equally importantly to all those committed to social justice in cities.


The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies - Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles
Michael Storper, Thomas Kemeny, Naji Makarem & Taner Osman (Stanford University Press, 2015)

The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies challenges many of the conventional notions about economic development and sheds new light on its workings. The authors argue that it is essential to understand the interactions of three major components - economic specialization, human capital formation, and institutional factors - to determine how well a regional economy will cope with new opportunities and challenges. Drawing on economics, sociology, political science, and geography, they argue that the economic development of metropolitan regions hinges on previously underexplored capacities for organizational change in firms, networks of people, and networks of leaders.

The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies
Gender, Poverty, and Development

Gender, Poverty and Development
Ed. Sylvia Chant and Gwendolyn Beetham (Routledge, 2015)

Serious research into the problematic and contested relationship between notions of gender, poverty, and development continues to blossom. This major 4-volume work brings together cutting-edge and foundational research to provide users with a ‘mini library’ on the gendered dimensions of the causes, contexts, and consequences of international poverty.

Global Gentrifications: Uneven development and displacement
Ed. Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin, & Ernesto López-Morales (Policy Press, 2015)

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.

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

Transparency in Global Environmental Governance - Critical Perspectives
Ed. Aarti Gupta and Michael Mason (MIT Press, 2014)

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 whether transparency in global environmental governance is in fact a broadly transformative force or plays a more limited, instrumental role.

Urban Economics And Urban Policy: Challenging Conventional Policy Wisdom
Paul Cheshire, Max Nathan, Henry Overman (Edward Elgar, 2014)

This bold, exciting and readable volume illustrates the insights that recent economic research brings to our understanding of cities, and the lessons for urban policy-making. The authors present new evidence on the fundamental importance of cities to economic wellbeing and to the enrichment of our lives. They also argue that many policies have been trying to push water uphill and have done little to achieve their stated aims; or, worse, have had unintended and counterproductive consequences.

 Urban Economics and Urban Policy

Michael Storper, Keys To The City 

Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development
Michael Storper (Princeton University Press, 2013)

Why do some cities grow economically while others decline? Why do some show sustained economic performance while others cycle up and down? In Keys to the City, Michael Storper looks at why we should consider economic development issues within a regional context - at the level of the city-region - and why city economies develop unequally. Storper identifies four contexts that shape urban economic development: economic, institutional, innovational and interactional, and political. The book explores how these contexts operate and how they interact, leading to developmental success in some regions and failure in others.

Multinationals and Economic Geography: Location, Technology and Innovation
Simona Iammarino, with Philip McCann (Edward Elgar, 2013)

A landmark examination of the geography of the multinational enterprise as understood through the lens of innovation and technological change, Multinationals And Economic Geography is a must read for anyone eager to fully understand the new economic geography of globalisation.

Multinationals and Economic Geography

Alan Mace - City Suburbs

City Suburbs: Placing suburbia in a post-suburban world
Alan Mace (Routledge, 2013) 

The majority of the world’s population is now urban, and for most this will mean a life lived in the suburbs. In this book Alan Maceconsiders contemporary Anglo-American suburbia. Drawing on research in outer London, City Suburbs looks at life on the edge of a world city from the perspective of residents. It argues that the contemporary suburban life is one where place and participation are, in combination, strong determinants of the suburban experience. From this perspective suburbia is better seen as a process which is influenced - but not determined - by the history of suburban development.


The Department is associated with the following research centres:

Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Aiming to advance public and private action on climate change through rigorous, innovative research into economics and policy, the CCCEP is jointly hosted by LSE and the University of Leeds.


LSE's Grantham Research Institute is a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research, teaching and training in climate change and the environment.

Spatial Economics Research Centre

The Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) connects policy-makers with international expertise, providing high quality, independent research to further understanding of disparities in economic prosperity at all spatial levels.

What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth  

For policymakers, understanding, assessing and making use of evidence is no easy task. The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (WWG) helps decision-makers make better use of evidence on local economic growth, and work with local partners to design more effective local economic policies.