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Geography and Environment

LSE Department of Geography and Environment ranked first in the UK for the percentage of its research graded world leading or internationally excellent

Having grown by 50 per cent since 2008, the LSE Department of Geography and Environment is now a leading centre for research in its chosen specialisms, with particular strengths in regional economics and economic geography, environmental economics and policy, and urban and development issues. The 2014 QS World University Ranking by Subject ranked the Department No. 2 in the world on the overall score, and No. 1 on academic reputation.

The Department’s strength has also been recognised by assessors of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, who graded 34 per cent of its research 4 star or 'world-leading' (the highest category); a further 50 per cent was judged 'internationally excellent'. This result placed the Department top in the UK for the percentage of its research graded world leading or internationally excellent.

Alongside its commitment to high quality research, the Department also aims to deliver ‘real world’ impacts and several of its research centres operate with a specific remit to tackle pressing social and political challenges. The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, for example, produce cutting-edge research informing efforts to tackle climate change.

The Spatial Economic Research Centre and recently-instituted What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth are similarly outward-facing; as part of the national What Works network, the latter is tasked with helping improve the design and delivery of policies for local economic growth and employment.

The Department’s reputation for academic excellence and its focus on the wider world means that its research is used by and influences the work of public, private and third sector organisations, with many appointing scholars from the Department to senior advisory roles. These organisations include government agencies in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Palestinian Authority, New Zealand and South Korea, as well as the UK; intergovernmental and supra-national organisations such as the European Commission, OECD, World Bank, Regional Development Banks and United Nations; NGOs including the Consortium for Street Children, Friends of the Earth, National Trust, WWF, and Green Alliance; and businesses such as Mercer, Munich Re, and CB Richard Ellis.

Engagement with these organisations allows the Department to make a real difference to work to tackle major UK and global problems. It has, for example, contributed to efforts to better protect and more sustainably manage global natural resources by developing and sharing new - and more robust - methods for natural capital accounting and carbon pricing.

Within the UK, its research has also influenced central government efforts to reduce the uneven distribution of prosperity, including by improving local economic performance and by highlighting the huge effects of land planning on the very disparate price, quality and affordability of UK property.

Departmental results: Geography, Environmental Sciences and Archaeology|

Department homepage: www.lse.ac.uk/geographyAndEnvironment|

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