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Heather Dawson

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Email: h.dawson@lse.ac.uk

Heather Dawson

Geography and Environment

Our subject guide will help you find the best resources for your studies and research.

Books on your reading list

Use Library Search to access online resources and get classmarks for print material.

The Library is divided into a number of collections so make sure to note down the full location of the item you want. 

Course Collection

The Course Collection contains copies of essential texts from your reading list. These books can be borrowed for 3 days and renewed if no one else requests them. 

Many of these books will be available as ebooks on Library Search.  

Most reading lists are now available via Reading Lists @ LSE.

Geography and Environment collections

 Some key classmarks are:

  • Climate change: QC981.8.C5
  • Development economics: HC59.7; HD75-82
  • Environmental economics: HC79.E5
  • Environmental technology: TD
  • Geography, physical and human: G-GF
  • Tourism: GV
  • Urban sociology, planning: HT

There are many other books in the Library which are of interest to students taking Geography and Environment courses. These are kept at other classmarks relating to economics, politics and social relations of specific regions of the world. To locate these you should enter keywords of countries and topics into Library Search.

Specialist dictionaries and encylopedias

Useful for quickly checking definitions, summaries of theories and thinkers. Key titles for Geography and Environment include:

Finding journal articles

Most of the time, you should be able to find and access the articles you need through Library Search. However, we also provide access to powerful databases that can help you discover articles that are not available through Library Search, or even search engines like Google.

Use these tools to discover journal articles to further support your research. When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through the interlending service

Top social science databases

  • Web Of Science - articles covering all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Dating from the 19th century onwards. Enables you to quickly locate the most important and highly cited articles.
  • Scopus - covers a wide range of science and social science subject areas. Abstracts and indexes over 20,000 titles mostly from 1996 to present. Quickly locate highly cited articles. 

Specialist Economic Geography databases

These databases focus more narrowly on geographic subject areas. 

  • ABI/INFORM complete -  articles from leading business databases and newspapers published since 1971. Includes materials on business location.
  • Econlit - produced by the American Economic Association covering all fields of economics from 1969 onwards. Feature: cross-search this database with a number of our other indexing services. Select the 'choose databases' option on the platform to see the full list.

Specialist Cities and Urban Geography databases

These databases focus more narrowly on geographic subject areas.

  • PAIS International -  covers public affairs, social policy and other social science subjects from 1972 onwards. It includes materials on city regeneration and urban policy worldwide.
  • SocINDEX - covers all aspects of sociology and urban studies published since 1908.  Feature: cross-search this database with a number of our other indexing services. Select the 'choose databases' option on the platform to see the full list.
  • CAB Direct - covers conditions in developing countries including urban economics and growth in these regions.

Specialist Environmental Policy and Economics databases

These databases focus more narrowly on geographic subject areas. 

  • Environmental impact - documents, journal articles, conference papers and reports examining the human impact on the environment including climate change, pollution and habitat loss. 
  • Greenfile - a multidisciplinary index of articles and reports covering all aspects of environmental policy, impact and conservation.   Feature: cross-search this database with a number of our other indexing services. Select the 'choose databases' option on the platform to see the full list.
  • PAIS International - It indexes the contents of journals covering public affairs, social policy and other social science subjects. Coverage is from 1972 onwards. It includes materials on environmental policy.


Many newspaper websites offer free access to the latest headlines and stories. We provide you with access to searchable back files via the Library subscription services listed below:

  • Nexis  - contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers most  from 1980 onwards. Updated daily.
  • Factiva  - has extensive English language and foreign coverage. Emphasis upon business and trade news.
  • FT.com  - register with your LSE credentials and benefit from our institutional access. Enables you to consult special reports, set up alerts and create lists of press clippings that you can share with others.

Historic newspapers

  • Gale NewsVault - cross search a number of leading historical collections including the 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers; 19th Century British Library Newspapers; 19th Century UK Periodicals.
  • ProQuest Historical newspapers  - includes the full text of the Guardian 1821-2003 and the Observer 1791-2003. Later issues can be accessed via Nexis

Policy and legislation

Geographic research often involves the consultation of government policy. Most departments have websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Some UK examples: 

  • House of Commons Parliamentary papers - contains the full text of UK government and parliamentary reports published from the 17th century onwards. More recent material can also be found on:

Intergovernmental organisations

Many international organisations' websites provide access to reports, regulations and statistics. Key bodies are: 

  • OECD iLibrary provides access to reports and statistics on international development and environmental issues. Includes a number of key series relating to development aid.
  • Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS) currently provides free access to full text documents issued since December 1992, Security Council documents since 1985. Older materials are being added gradually. They are useful for tracing materials relating to development studies.

Audiovisual materials

  • Box of Broadcasts (UK Access only)  - a streaming TV service. Access TV and radio programmes from over 60 channels. Includes BBC TV and radio plus 10 foreign language channels. Content is from 2007 onwards. Transcripts are available for TV and radio news programmes. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.
  • MediaPlus - (Formerly Jisc MediaHub) provides access to some historic media images and sound collections these include: ITN, Getty images and Wellcome Library images.


  • Private papers of politicians involved in the development of new towns, garden cities and regional and urban development.


  • Dissertations & Theses Global - an online database containing the full text of thousands of PhD from universities worldwide. It includes references to all UK and Irish doctoral theses produced since 1715 with full text content where available. If an item you need is not available online you can place a request for it through the interlending service
  • LSE Theses online - contains many full text LSE PhD theses. Older items that are not available online are available in the Library.

Data Library

Country data

The Library provides access to a number of  general databases that contain country level economic and politics data.

  • EIU Country Data provides annual, quarterly and monthly economic indicators and forecasts.
  • IMF data website provides free access to some country and finance data.
  • IndiaStat - detailed socioeconomic indicators.
  • China Data - includes economic, social and population data at national and regional levels.


GIS Data

Geographic Information Sources deal with land use, cartographic boundaries and similar categories

  • Digimap - view, annotate and print maps from a variety of geospatial data providers. LSE has access to current and historic Ordnance Survey maps, historical OS maps from the 1840s to the 1990s; and Land Cover maps from 2007, 2000 and 1997.
  • UK Data Service - provides access to some survey and boundary data sets.


Real Estate Markets

  • Orbis - has information on over 100 million companies worldwide, including company reports, balance sheets and details on market share.
  • Statista - provides reports and statistics on global markets. There is extensive coverage of real estate markets and markets for energy and renewables.
  • MarketLine - has profiles of companies and industries.


Environmental Data

  • Eurostat - has European environmental data.
  • UK Data Service - provides access to International Energy Agency datasets.


Urban Data

  • UN-Habitat – has open data on cities and urban development
  • UK Data Service -  has  census data, household and population surveys

Current research

  • Zetoc - use this service to set up alerts and receive tables of contents from your favourite journals.