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We are ranked 2nd in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021 and 7th in the Complete University Guide


Thank you to our class moderators

Huge thanks to all the undergraduate and postgraduate students who became class moderators this academic year! They provided fantastic support to staff using new online teaching methods. Read more.

March 2021

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#2 in the world for Geography

We're thrilled to retain our position as second in the world for Geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021!

LSE as a whole has been ranked top in Europe — and second in the world — in social sciences and management subjects for the ninth consecutive year. Read more.

March 2021

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Professor Susana Mourato appointed as Pro-Director (Research)

LSE is delighted to announce that Professor Susana Mourato has been appointed as Pro-Director (Research), effective from September 2021. 

Susana commented: “I am hugely honoured and excited to be taking on the Pro-Director Research role from September 2021. These are very challenging times for researchers and for the social sciences. Now, more than ever, LSE has a pivotal role in shaping the post-Brexit and post-COVID worlds, to name the two most obvious recent examples of the rapidly changing environment for research that we find ourselves in.

I look forward to working closely with the whole LSE community, to support and facilitate outstanding research, and seek opportunities to enhance the impact and visibility as well as the social value of our research, in order to secure LSE’s place as the world’s leading institution for the social sciences”.

February 2021

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G&E Virtual 10K

On 17 January we challenged our community to walk, run or roll 10km regardless of where they were in the world. The proceeds from the event were donated to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organisation who develop technologies which remove rubbish from the world’s oceans, seas and rivers. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

Check out photos from the event.

February 2021

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Mining and how it influences local communities: a Q&A with PhD student Sandro Provenzano

Sandro talks about what he's currently researching, why he chose his area of study and about resources available at LSE to help young researchers. Read more.

February 2021


Exposure to OFDI and regional labour markets: evidence for routine and non-routine jobs in Great Britain

In a new article for the Journal of Economic Geography, Prof Simona Iammarino, Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Dr Luisa Gagliardi explore the role of subnational geography in the analysis of the consequences of Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) for workers performing different typologies of jobs.

February 2021

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The hazy shade of palm oil

Peat fires, set to help clear tropical land as part of deforestation, are releasing vast quantities of greenhouse gases. Dr Thomas Smith explains how his research is helping improve air quality forecasts and carbon accounting in LSE's new online magazine Research for the World.

January 2021

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Hyun Bang Shin elected International Journal of Urban and Regional Research editor 

Prof Hyun Bang Shin has been elected by the editorial board of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) to serve as its new editor, starting from 1 January 2021.

Founded in 1977, IJURR is one of the most significant journals in the field, embracing a multidisciplinary approach to critical urban scholarship. IJURR is essential reading for social scientists, publishing articles that make a decisive and original contribution to existing urban studies literature and to advance concepts, theories, and methodologies in this field of inquiry.

January 2021


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