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


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Department of Geography and Environment

Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy| Grantham Research Institute| Spatial Economics Research Centre| What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth|

Research in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE should be seen within the context of the specialist nature of LSE, its commitment to research excellence across the social sciences, and the efforts made to promote cutting edge research through cross disciplinary interactions and collaborative links between its Departments, Institutes, and Research Centres. Its 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 from the decision to leverage synergies with other social science disciplines where the School has concentrations of excellence. As a result, the 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.

The Department's focus is on the social science aspects of geography. This is reflected in its research as it is in its teaching. Research is organised around three clusters of interest:

All clusters consist of academics with established international reputations, and contribute to the Department's teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. There are also a number of cross-cutting themes| running through our research.


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 at LSE Research Online|, or find out more about an individual academic at LSE Experts|.

Hyun Bang Shin

Shin, H.B. (2014) Urban spatial restructuring, event-led development and scalar politics|. Urban Studies. DOI 10.1177/0042098013515031

Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M.  and Kavetsos, Georgios (2014) Form or function?: the effect of new sports stadia on property prices in London.|  Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 177 (1). pp. 169-190. ISSN 0964-1998

Gabriel Ahlfeldt

Andres Rodriguez-Pose

Pike, Andy R.Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Tomaney, John (2014) Local and regional development in the Global North and South.|  Progress in Development Studies, 14 (1). pp. 21-30. ISSN 1464-9934

Gordon, Ian and Kaplanis, Ioannis (2014) Accounting for big-city growth in low-paid occupations: immigration and/or service-class consumption.| Economic Geography, 90 (1). pp. 67-90. ISSN 0013-0095

Ian Gordon

Andres Rodriguez-Pose

Kourtit, Karima, Nijkamp, Peter, Franklin, Rachel S. and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2014) A blueprint for strategic urban research: the 'urban piazza'.| Town Planning Review, 85 (1). pp. 97-126. ISSN 0041-0020

Neil Lee and Emma Drever (2013) The Creative Industries, Creative Occupations and Innovation in London|. European Planning Studies. 21 (12) pp. 1977-1997

Neil Lee

Nancy Holman

Pani, Erica and Holman, Nancy (2013) A Fetish and Fiction of Finance: Unraveling the Subprime Crisis.| Economic Geography.
doi: 10.1111/ecge.12027 

Cheshire, P.C. (2013) Land market regulation: market versus policy failures.| Journal of property research, 30 (3). pp. 170-188. ISSN 0959-9916

Paul Cheshire

Hyun Bang Shin

Li, B. and Shin, H.B. (2013) Intergenerational housing support between retired old parents and their children in urban China. Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098013483602.  Early view|  /  Download PDF|

Freeman, Mark C. and Groom, Ben (2013) Biodiversity valuation and the discount rate problem.| Accounting, auditing & accountability journal, 26 (5). ISSN 0951-3574

Ben Groom

Christian Hilber

Hilber, Christian A.L. and Robert-Nicoud, Frédéric (2013) On the origins of land use regulations: theory and evidence from US metro areas.| Journal of urban economics, 75 . pp. 29-43. ISSN 0094-1190

Mercer, Claire and Green, Maia (2013) Making civil society work: contracting, cosmopolitanism and community development in Tanzania|, Geoforum, 45, 106-115

Claire Mercer

Charles Palmer

Engel, Stefanie, Palmer, Charles and Pfaff, Alexander (2013) On the endogeneity of resource comanagement: theory and evidence from Indonesia.| Land economics, 89 (2). 308-329. ISSN 0023-7639

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:

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 Mace considers 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.

Geography, Institutions and Regional Economic Performance|
Riccardo Crescenzi & Marco Percoco (eds.) (Springer, 2012) 

This book brings together contributions by scholars from several countries and different “sister” disciplines (Economic Geography, Urban and Regional Economics, Innovation Studies) with different approaches to the same crucial issue: how geography, culture and institutions influence regional economic performance.

Geography, Institutions, and Regional Economic Performance|
Struggling Giants|

Struggling Giants: City-Region Governance in London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo| 
Andrew Thornley, with Paul Kantor, Christian Lefèvre, Asato Saito, and H. V. Savitch (Minnesota Press, 2012)

Struggling Giants examines the transformation of four of the most significant metropolises: London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. This volume analyzes the thorniest issues these sprawling city-regions have faced, including ameliorating social problems through public policies, the effect of globalization on local governance, and the relationships between local, regional, and national institutions.

Planning World Cities, 2nd edition|
Andrew Thornley, with Peter Newman (Palgrave, 2011) 

Fully revised edition of the major comparative text on Urban Planning, examining the role planning has played in the way cities respond to globalization, and discussing the importance of diverse planning practices.

Planning World Cities|
The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty|

The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty|
Sylvia Chant (ed.) (Edward Elgar, 2011) 

This benchmark volume presents women's and men's experiences of gendered poverty with respect to a vast spectrum of intersecting issues including local to global economic transformations, family, age, 'race', migration, assets, paid and unpaid work, health, sexuality, human rights, and conflict and violence.
This book will be essential reading for all with academic, professional or personal interests in gender, poverty, inequality, development, and social, political and economic change in the contemporary world.


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.

Grantham Research Institute

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.