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London School of Economics & Political Science
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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|.

Alan Mace

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

Shin, H.B. and Kim, S-H. (2015) The developmental state, speculative urbanisation and the politics of displacement in gentrifying Seoul|Urban Studies doi: 10.1177/0042098014565745

Hyun Bang Shin

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

Shin, H.B. (2014) Contesting speculative urbanisation and strategising discontents|. City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 18(4-5): 509-516

Hyun Bang Shin

Gareth A. Jones

Jones, Gareth A. and Thomas de Benitez, Sarah (2014) Lost opportunity: the Lydia Cacho case and child rights in Mexico.| The International Journal of Children's Rights, 22 (2). pp. 285-312. ISSN 0927-5568

Kemeny, Thomas and Storper, Michael (2014) Is specialization good for regional economic development?| Regional Studies, online . pp. 1-16. ISSN 0034-3404 (In Press)

Michael Storper

Alan Mace

Mace, Alan, Holman, Nancy, Paccoud, Antoine and Sundaresan, Jayaraj (2014) Coordinating density; working through conviction, suspicion and pragmatism .| Progress in Planning, NYP . ISSN 0305-9006 (In Press)

Cheshire, PaulHilber, Christian A. L. and Kaplanis, Ioannis (2014) Land use regulation and productivity - land matters: evidence from a UK supermarket chain.| Journal of Economic Geography, doi:  10.1093/jeg/lbu007

Paul Cheshire

Charles Palmer

Delacote, Philippe , Palmer, Charles, Bakkegaard, Riyong Kim and Thorsen, Bo Jellesmark (2014) Unveiling information on opportunity costs in REDD: Who obtains the surplus when policy objectives differ?| Resource and Energy Economics, 36 (2). pp. 508-527. ISSN 0928-7655

Lee, Neil and Drever, Emma (2014) Do SMEs in deprived areas find it harder to access finance?: evidence from the UK small business survey .| Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 26 (3-4). pp. 337-356. ISSN 0898-5626

Neil Lee

Hyun Bang Shin

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

Cropper, Maureen L. , Freeman, Mark C., Groom, Ben and Pizer, William A. (2014) Declining discount rates|American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings, 104 (5). pp. 538-543. ISSN 0002-8282  

Ben Groom

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:

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 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.


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.