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We're ranked 2nd in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2024 and 3rd in the Complete University Guide


Henry Overman made OBE in King's birthday honours

Congratulations to Henry Overman, Professor of Economic Geography and Research Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, who has been recognised in the King's Birthday Honours List 2024.

Professor Overman has been made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to local growth.

Henry, who is also director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, is renowned for his work on the causes and consequences of spatial disparities.

He helped lead the Economy 2030 Inquiry, a joint initiative between CEP and the Resolution Foundation, which outlined a new economic strategy that builds on Britain’s strengths as a services superpower, prioritises public and private investment, expands its great cities, and ensures good work in every town.

His work to develop improved appraisal and evaluation methods for considering the impact of polices on local economic growth has helped support better-informed policy design and decision-making.

Commenting on the award, Henry said: “This award recognises work from many collaborations developed over my 30 years at the LSE. This would not have been possible without the support of colleagues at the LSE, the Department of Geography and Environment, and the Centre for Economic Performance. The team at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, a partnership with Centre for Cities, has helped make sure the work is useful to, and used by, policymakers in local and central government. I am grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council and other funders who have supported much of my research.” 

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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 2024! This is the seventh year running that the department has held this prestigious position.

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The best new books on economics

Neil Lee's new book 'Innovation for the Masses: How to Share the Benefits of the High-Tech Economy' (University of California Press) is one of "The best new books on economics" according to the Financial Times.

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LSE REEF index

Curious about how your property value has evolved in the past decade? Explore your neighbourhood on our interactive dashboard and discover the trends that have shaped your local property market.

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Geography and Environment excels in Stanford/Elsevier's Top 2% Scientist Rankings

A total of 12 departmental researchers earned a place on the list, underscoring our commitment to groundbreaking research and our status as a global leader in the field.

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