Sheikh Zayed Theatre

Our events

What's on

We host a range of events across topics relating to geography and the environment. Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to all.

Upcoming events


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Painful truths: resisting gendered violence against women

Tuesday 15 March 2022
Online public event

Speaker: Prof Cathy McIlwaine

This lecture discusses the nature of and resistance to gendered violence against women from scalar and interdisciplinary perspectives. The lecture draws empirically on research conducted over the last 5 years on violence against Brazilian migrant women in London and among women living in the favelas of Maré in Rio de Janeiro.

This event is part of the Sylvia Chant Lecture Series

Co-hosted with the Department of Gender Studies



Past events


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The State We're In at 25: reconsidering progressive politics

Wednesday 24 November 2021
Online public event 

Speakers: Will hutton, Geoff Mulgan, Alison McGovern MP

Will Hutton’s The State We’re In was one of the most important polemical works of the 1990s. The challenging, creative critique of the UK's political economy caught the public mood and provided intellectual underpinning for a period of progressive renewal. The book remains one of the bestselling books on UK public policy. But how relevant is it today?

Are the problems faced by the UK different now? And what lessons are there in progressive renewal? To mark the book's 25th anniversary, this event will bring together Will Hutton with leading political thinkers to update the work and consider parallels between the UK politics of the mid-90s and now.


Virtual Graduate Open Day

Thursday 11 November 2021

We will be holding a live online event for prospective Master's students. The event will enable prospective students to find out more about the graduate study opportunities offered by the department, followed by the opportunity for attendees to submit their own questions. 

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Communicating Coastal Ecologies: launch of bilingual podcast Alainagaram

Friday 29 October
Online public event

Speakers: Prof Ajantha Subramanian, Senthil Babu

Join us for the launch of Alainagaram, a new podcast exploring seacoasts, cities and the urban and political processes they’re entangled in.

Register here

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Cohesion Policy: evidence-based lessons for digital and green recovery in Europe 

Friday 24 September

This workshop explores the opportunities and challenges triggered by the digital and green transitions in Europe and its regions. High-level speakers from a diverse set of fields and institutions will engage in an evidence-based debate on how Next Generation EU and the EU Cohesion Policy could support a digital, green and inclusive recovery in all EU regions. 

This workshop is organised jointly with the Rossi-Doria Centre (Roma Tre University) in collaboration with the European Regional Science Association (ERSA).

Watch the workshop on our YouTube channel

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4th Annual LSE Workshop in Environmental Economics

21 - 22 June 2021

This workshop brings together top scholars from around the world to share their latest research in applied environmental and development economics.

This year we have partnered with Imperial College London and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

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Virtual Undergraduate Open Day

1 - 11 June 2021

Explore the Virtual Undergraduate Open Day pages to find out what it is like to study at LSE!

Watch our 'Studying Geography and Environment at LSE' information session. 

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Behavioural Transformations in the 21st century: Novel ways to make behavioural public policy more effective

27 - 28 May 2021

Join leading academic experts in behavioural science to engage in a two-day event focusing on the outreach of novel behavioural change tools like Nudge+, Thinks and Boosts. Let's go beyond nudges, and take first-class research today to apply for tomorrow.

Watch the recording on Facebook.

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The EU Recovery Fund: can governments respond to COVID-19 with a green and digital transformation of our economies?

Thursday 1 April 2021
Online public event

Speakers: Isabel Blanco (EBRD), Prof Francesca Medda, Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

This expert panel discuss the potential trade-offs between timely investments for recovery and digital and green transformations and how these objectives can be better reconciled in Europe and beyond.

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Automation and the Future of Work: what, when, where?

Thursday 25 March 2021
Online public event

Are we doomed to lose our jobs? Join us for a discussion on the future of work with Ms Laura Frigenti (KPMG), Prof Lisa De Propris (University of Birmingham) and Dr Stijn Broecke (OECD), moderated by Miquel Vidal Bover (MSc LED student).

This event is organised by the students of the MSc Local Economic Development at LSE.


We Are All in This Together: has COVID-19 taught us how to save the world?

Monday 1 March 2021
Online public event

Can the massive shift in the way we now relate to each other, and the rules we choose to live by, help us tackle other collective threats to humanity, like climate change? 

We need coordinated and cooperative collective action. Experts in behavioural public policy and sustainability discuss how the experience of the pandemic can be leveraged to enable new, transformative behaviours and policies.

This event is part of the LSE Festival.

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Gender and COVID-19: a feminist economics lens

Thursday 18 February 2021
Online public event

Professor Naila Kabeer will use a feminist economics lens to analyse a range of different impacts associated with COVID-19 and to explore the kinds of policies that such a lens would suggest for a more resilient and equitable future. This is the first event in our new annual series, The Sylvia Chant Lectures.

Co-hosted with the Department of Gender Studies

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Our Slim Window of Opportunity: what the climate change agenda must achieve in 2021

Wednesday 3 February
Online public event

In a world beset by a global pandemic and an existential climate change emergency, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Patricia Espinosa will provide her vision for 2021 and discuss why this year’s global climate change negotiations, or COP26, will play a crucial role with respect to addressing climate change, building forward from COVID-19 and reinforcing the very concept of multilateralism itself. 

Co-hosted with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

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Displacement: Global Conversations on Refuge

Thursday 28 January 2021
Online public event

A book launch and discussion around 'Displacement', co-edited by Silvia Pasquetti and Romola Sanyal. As an unprecedented number of people are displaced around the world, scholars continue to strive to make sense of what appear to be a series of constantly unfolding 'crises.'

Drawing on research in a range of regions - from Latin America, to Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, North America, post-Soviet regions, and South and South-East Asia - Displacement offers an interdisciplinary and transnational approach to thinking about structures, spaces, and lived experiences of displacement.

Watch the recording on Facebook.

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Solutions for a planet in crisis

Wednesday 20 January 2021 
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Online public event

A public lecture with Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. 

A podcast of this event is available to download from Solutions for a Planet in Crisis

A video of this event is available to watch at Solutions for a Planet in Crisis

A transcript of Inger Andersen's speech is available at Solutions for a Planet in Crisis



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Innovation, Inequality and Sustainable Development

Wednesday 9 December
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online Public Event

Speakers: Teis Hansen, Erica Pani 

In a session chaired by Nancy Holman, Teis Hansen and Erica Pani will discuss inequality and environmental sustainability in regional policy.

This event is free and open to all, and no registration is required. The event will be live streamed on the LSE Regional and Urban Planning Studies Facebook page.

Co-hosted with LSE London

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Planning for Sea Level Rise

Wednesday 25 November
8:30am to 9:30am
Online Public Event

Speakers: Kiana Otsuka, Swenja Surminski 

In a session chaired by Nancy Holman, Kiana Otsuka and Swenja Surminski will discuss planning strategies for sea level rise in urban areas.

This event is free and open to all, and no registration is required. The event will be live streamed on the LSE Regional and Urban Planning Studies Facebook page.

Co-hosted with LSE London


Virtual Graduate Open Day

Monday 9 - Friday 20 November 2020

Are you thinking about studying for a Master's or PhD at LSE? Watch the recordings from our virtual Open Day, with sessions on applying to LSE and Q&As for specific Geography and Environment programmes.

Browse Open Day events.

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Density: design and perception

Wednesday 11 November
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online Public Event

Speakers: Fanny Blanc, Javier Iñigo, Beatrix Emo

In a session chaired by Alan Mace, Fanny Blanc, Javier Iñigo and Beatrix Emo will discuss how density is designed and perceived in cities. 

This event is free and open to all, and no registration is required. The event will be live streamed on LSE Regional and Urban Planning Studies Facebook page.

Co-hosted with LSE London

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Can Urban Agriculture Play a Role in the Time of Crisis?

Wednesday 28 October 
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online Public Event

Speakers: Alexandra Payne, Sarah Williams, Tom Henderson

In a session chaired by Dr Nancy Holman; Alexandra Payne, Sarah Williams and Tom Henderson will discuss how cities around the world can tackle the issue of food security. 

This event is free and open to all, and no registration is required. The event will be live streamed on LSE Regional and Urban Planning Studies Facebook page.

Co-hosted with LSE London


Regional Growth, Local Development and Euroscepticism

Wednesday 7 October 
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online Public Event

Speakers: Prof Lewis Dijkstra, Prof Riccardo Crescenzi

Cities and regions across the world are experiencing pressures on the housing, governance and sustainability fronts. Challenges such as creating sustainable transport links, enhancing local democracy or tackling housing shortage push urbanists to think creatively. In this event, Lewis Dijkstra will discuss regional growth, local development and Euroscepticism with Riccardo Crescenzi. 

This event is free and open to all, and no registration is required. The event will be live streamed on LSE Regional and Urban Planning Studies Facebook page.

Co-hosted with LSE London


Industrial Policy, Agility and Innovation: COVID-19 as a new beginning

Thursday 2 July
2:45pm to 4:00pm
Online Public Event

Speakers: Prof Philippe Aghion, Prof Riccardo Crescenzi, 
Dr Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Dr Daria Taglioni

Chair: Prof Robert Wade

As governments around the world deal with the catastrophic economic impacts of COVID-19, industrial policy has taken centre stage. Previously considered a tool ‘that-shall-not-be-named’, in recent years there has been a fundamental shift in scholarly and policy thinking in this space, provoked in part by the failure of austerity measures to tackle the long-lasting negative effects of the Great Recession of 2008.

This panel will explore key questions that must be answered - from the dynamics of globalisation vs reshoring, to uneven development, and the need for effective operational tools if we are to design and implement the right industrial policy to navigate this crisis and promote inclusive and sustainable outcomes, both now and in the future.

This online public event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required.


3rd Annual LSE Workshop in Environmental Economics

22-23 June 2020

Our annual workshop brings together top scholars from around the world to share their latest research. Keynote speakers are Ann Harrison (University of California, Berkeley) and Matthew Kahn (Johns Hopkins University).

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Behind the Tin Sheets: city makers of Bangalore

Friday 6 March 2020
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building 

Speakers: Prof Laura Bear, Ekta Mittal
Chair: Dr Sunil Kumar

Stories of ghosts, love and labour of the workers who made the Bangalore Metro are told in this screening and Q&A of two films by filmmaker Ekta Mittal.

This event is part of the LSE Festival.

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The Carbon Conscious Consumer: going beyond nudges with nudge plus

Wednesday 4 March 2020
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Sanchayan Banerjee, Prof Peter John, Prof Theresa M Marteau, Prof Gerry Stoker
Chair: Dr Ganga Shreedhar

Recent advancements made by the UK's Committee on Climate Change (UKCCC) towards achieving the Paris Agreement goals by announcing their net zero emissions target shows the UK's commitment to tackling one of the most important challenges of the 21st century: the climate change dilemma. Can we sustain this behaviour change through old-school nudges only? Or is there a need for greater reflection on the part of individuals?

This event is part of the LSE Festival.

Listen to the podcast

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Precarity, temporality and translocality in Africa's urban archipelagos

Wednesday 5 February 2020
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Prof Loren B Landau, Oxford University
Discussant: Prof Claire Mercer, LSE
Chair: Dr Romola Sanyal, LSE

Prof Loren B Landau will explore questions of solidarity, integration, the meaning of politics, rights and the city in Africa’s rapidly expanding, diversifying and mobile urban populations.

Read the lecture and see the slides


Less Poverty, More Precarity: Squaring the Circle of Southeast Asian Development

Thursday 30 January 2020
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker: Prof Jonathan Rigg, University of Bristol
Chair: Prof Hyun Bang Shin, LSE

Professor Rigg will give a public lecture on the different, but intertwined, narratives that paint Southeast Asia as exemplar of development success yet with deepening inequality.

Co-hosted with the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre


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Centring housing questions in (neoliberalising) Asian cities: book launch

Tuesday 3 December 2019
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Sumeet Valrani Lecture Theatre (Centre Building, LSE)

Prof Hyun Bang Shin, along with Co-Editor Dr Yi Ling Chen (University of Wyoming), will be launching their new book, “Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia”, which explores a range of Asian cities including Bangkok and Hanoi. This event is co-hosted with the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre


'Protection Space': the humanitarian order and the rationalisation of rightless relief

Tuesday 19 November 2019
6 - 8pm
Vera Anstey Room, Old Building

Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment, the LSE Human Rights Centre and Birkbeck, University of London.

Speaker: Daniel Bertrand Monk, Professor of Geography and Middle East Studies, Colgate University

This presentation is part of a forthcoming monograph: Global Shelter Imaginary: The Rationalization of Rightless Relief, co-authored by Daniel Bertrand Monk and Andrew Herscher.

Podcast available here

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The Case for the Green New Deal

Monday 4 November 2019
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Speaker: Ann Pettifor

To protect the systems that sustain life on Earth we need to do more than just reimagine the economy – we have to change everything.

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'Paris to Pittsburgh' film screening

Thursday 17 October 2019
6 - 8pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Paris to Pittsburgh is a National Geographic documentary film about climate change mitigation, celebrating how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.

The film will be introduced by Dr Thomas Smith. Following the film there will be short Q&A.

Only open to LSE students and staff. Please register here. 

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The Price of Risk: planning, infrastructure and community building

Wednesday 16 October 2019
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Peter Freeman (Co-founder of Argent)

Peter Freeman will argue that long-term, institutional investors should support mixed-use, master-planned developments because their social and commercial aims create value and reduce risk. 

Podcast available here


Given Half A Chance: ten ways to save the world

Thursday 10 October 2019
32L.G.03, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, ground floor, room 3

Speaker: Ed Davey, World Resources Institute

Ed Davey (MSc Environment and Development 2007-08) returns to LSE to present his new book about how we can address the climate and environmental challenges of our time.

Podcast available here


Environmental Economics Workshop June 2019

13-14 June 2019

EBRD, One Exchange Square, London

The Department of Geography and Environment is pleased to announce the second LSE workshop on Environmental Economics. This year we have partnered with CEPR, EBRD and Economics of Transition and Institutional Change to host a symposium on “Environmental Economics and the Green Transition”. 

Organisers: Cevat Giray Aksoy (EBRD & LSE) and Sefi Roth (LSE). 


Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change

Tuesday 28 May 2019
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Jared Diamond

At a time when crises are erupting around the world, Jared Diamond reveals what makes certain nations resilient in the face of tremendous upheaval.

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There is no Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years

Monday 29 April 2019
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Sustainability expert Mike Berners-Lee looks at the big environmental challenges facing Earth and offers some guidance on what we can all do to help humanity thrive on our only planet.

Hosted by The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Department of Geography and Environment.

Watch video here

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Participatory approaches to natural resource conservation in the Brazilian Amazon - Research Output Seminar

Wednesday 27 March 2019
Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Prof Kathy Hochstetler, Dr Charles Palmer, Dr Edilza Laray de Jesus, Dr Grace Iara Souza, Valcleia dos Santos Lima Solidade, Steve Bass 

Organised under the auspices of the Newton Fund Institutional Links joint research project between the London School of Economics (LSE) and the State University of Amazonas (UEA), part of the British Council, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and Schneider Electric 2016 call, this international seminar brings together academics and practitioners from both Brazil and the UK to discuss participatory approaches to natural resource conservation

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Displaceability: A New Foundation of Urban Citizenship?

Thursday 21 March 2019
Graham Wallas Room, Old Building

Introducer: Irit Katz, Department of Sociology, LSE
Speaker: Oren Yiftachel, Ben-Gurion University, Israel and Visiting Leverhulme Professor, UCL

Chair: Hyun Bang Shin, Department of Geography and Environment and Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, LSE

The talk develops the concept of 'displaceability' as a central, yet often overlooked, dimension of urban citizenship. Displacement denotes the involuntary removal of individuals, communities or large collectivities from their houses, lands, rights and locations, as urban regimes. On the basis of studying urban regions of the global 'southeast' (Tallinn, Cape Town, Jerusalem and Colombo) the lecture advances three key arguments:

  • The degree of displaceability provides a central foundation for understanding contemporary urban citizenship
  • Displaceability is increasingly related to strategies of urban legal and planning regimes
  • Displaceability is on the rise, creating pervasive new urban criminalities, instabilities and conflicts
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The Politics of Urban Inequality in Brazil and South Africa

Friday 1 March 2019
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders

Speakers: Dr Nate MillingtonDr Mara Nogueira-Teixeira

This comparative urban panel on Brazil and South Africa examines class, race, power and politics in the burgeoning cities of the two countries that have become influential yet unstable middle forces in the international order emergent over the last generation. 

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New Reconcilliations: the two Koreas

Wednesday 27 February 2019
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders

Speakers: Dr Jeong-Im HyunDr Owen MillerProf Vladimir Tikhonov

Since early 2018, the two Koreas on the Korean Peninsula, known to be the last remaining divided countries since the end of the Second World War, have begun the road to reconciliation. A series of summit visits have taken place and are expected to continue, together with various events and projects that are expected to increase the level of interaction in terms of economy, politics, culture and infrastructure. What does this thawing relationship mean for the future of the Koreas and of the world?

Video and podcast available here

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Innovation and the Nation: what can we learn from the history of the British case 1900-2000?

Monday 4 February 2019
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Prof David Edgerton
Discussant: Prof Ian Gordon

Among the claims made in the context of Brexit, the British Prime Minister has called for a new global Britain to lead the world into the fourth industrial revolution'. This lecture will survey the history of innovation in the United Kingdom over the twentieth century, and rationales for policy. It will also show how policy analysis has commonly profoundly misunderstood both policy and practice, and the realities of  national innovation in a global world. In particular it conflated  the nation and the world which lead to serious misunderstandings of the scope and power of national innovation. 

Copies of David’s book, The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth-Century History, will be available to purchase on the night. 

Podcast available here

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Market exuberance and exploiting legal norms in real estate finance – 'twas ever thus?

Thursday 17 January 2019
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Damian Perry (Consultant to Clifford Chance)

Damian Perry’s talk will focus on market ‘irrationality and exuberance’ leading up to the last financial crisis (2003-8) and the regulatory over-reaction that followed (2008-2015). He will then look at legal structures in the real estate debt markets that have recently emerged which are again at risk of being misused in a rising market.

Podcast available here. Slides available here



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Cost Benefit Analysis and the Environment: Further Developments and Policy use

Thursday 22 November 2018
Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE

Speakers: Prof Giles Atkinson, Prof Ben Groom, Prof Susana Mourato, Nils-Axel BraathenJoseph Lowe,Tanja Wettingfeld

A number of OECD countries make extensive use of cost benefit analysis (CBA) to help inform environmental policy decisions.  This discussion panel will reflect on this use and take stock of recent developments in environmental CBA and the challenges this presents to policy makers. The panel will be comprised of some of the LSE authors of a recent book published by OECD on environmental CBA as well as policy practitioners. 

Podcast available here.  


LSE-NHH Conference June 2018

15-16 June 2018

Shaw Library, Old Building

The Department of Geography and Environment (LSE) and the Department of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) have organised a conference on Environmental and Development Economics, which will take place on June 15-16, 2018 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

The conference will bring together top scholars from around the world to share their latest research in applied environmental and development economics. The programme features 15 papers presentations by leading scholars, as well as one session with short research sketches from PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. 

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School Autonomy, School Choice and the Quality of Education: evidence from England

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Prof Olmo Silva (Professor of Real Estate Economics and Finance, LSE)
Discussant: Amy Finch, OFSTED

Olmo Silva will discuss the conceptual framework and empirical evidence underpinning the idea that autonomy and choice can lead to improvements in education standards in England.

Podcast and video available here.  


The Future of Fashion: can the industry be in vogue and sustainable?


As fashion production processes get faster and faster, this event will ask: how can fashion brands and producers adapt their business models, in the face of growing demands to reduce the environmental impacts from the production, consumption and disposal of clothing?

This event was part of the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 running from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 February 2018.

Podcast and video available here.


RiverBlue: can fashion save the planet?

Internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo, journeys through some of the world’s most pristine to some of the most polluted rivers, in an unprecedented global adventure.  This quest set out originally to film rivers in an effort to protect them, but in the process uncovered the dark underside of the global fashion industry. 

This event was part of the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 running from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 February 2018.



A World of Food in Change

Tuesday 30 January 2018
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Michael La Cour (Managing Director of IKEA Food Services AB)

Michael will discuss the role and responsibility of corporations in addressing current and future challenges of the food system, and how sustainability and health drives innovation.

Podcast and video available here.


Development Collective Know-how and Us

Monday 29 January 2018
Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Prof Ricardo Hausmann (Director of Harvard's Center for International Development)

The difference between rich and poor countries is mostly explained by differences in “technology”. But what is technology and why does it not diffuse more quickly? 

Podcast and video available here.




The Multinational World: how cities and regions win or lose in the global innovation contest

Wednesday 15 November 2017
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker: Prof Riccardo Crescenzi
Discussant: Martin Sandbu, Financial Times

Global flows of capital, skills and knowledge bundled by multinationals have enormous transformative power. Why and how do they help some cities and regions to prosper?

Podcast and video recording available here.


Art and the City

Thursday 12 October 2017
Shaw Library, Old Building

Speakers: Luisa Bravo, Thierry Maeder, Nela Milic, Julie Ren, Martin Zebracki 

Artistic practices have long been disturbing relationships between art and space. This book launch features contributors introducing work from Beirut, London and Geneva.


Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason

Monday 18 September 2017
Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Prof David Harvey

Leading Marxist scholar David Harvey discusses the profound insights and enormous power Marx’s analysis continues to offer 150 years after the first volume of Capital was published. His latest book is Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason.

Podcast and video recording available here.


Britain’s Housing Crisis: causes and cures

Tuesday 21 March 2017
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker: Prof Christian Hilber 

In his inaugural lecture, Prof Hilber will explain how Britain’s planning system and tax policy cause the country’s housing crisis and contribute to rising inequality. He will explore how we can do better. 

Listen to the podcast.


Seeing Our Planet Whole: A Cultural and Ethical View of Earth Observation

Thursday 2 March 2017
Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Harry Eyres

Harry Eyres will talk about his new book, Seeing Our Planet Whole: A Cultural and Ethical View of Earth Observation (Springer, 2017), which came out of a collaboration with the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna where he was a part-time senior fellow from 2013-2016.

A free event for LSE staff and students only.


'Before the Flood' Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Friday 24 February 2017
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment 

On the panel:
Prof Simon DietzDr Rebecca ElliottDr Michael MasonIsabella Neuweg

"Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news." Read more on the Before the Flood website.


The Fight for Beauty: Our Path to a Better Future

Tuesday 21 February 2017
Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the Literary Festival
Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speakers: Dame Fiona ReynoldsNicholas CraneProf Giles Atkinson

We live in a world where the drive for economic growth is crowding out everything that can't be given a monetary value and it's getting harder to find space for the things that really matter but money can't buy, including our future. Fiona Reynolds proposes a solution that is at once radical and simple - to inspire us through the beauty of the world around us. Delving into our past, examining landscapes, nature, farming and urbanisation, she shows how ideas about beauty have arisen and evolved, been shaped by public policy, been knocked back and inched forward until they arrived lost in the economically-driven spirit of today.

Listen to the podcast.


Rethinking Punishment

Thursday 16 February 2017
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker: Didier Fassin (French anthropologist and sociologist, currently the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton).

What is punishment? Why do we punish? Who gets punished? Based on a series of ethnographies conducted on policing, the justice system and the prison institution, this lecture will critically revisit theoretical discussions related to the definition, justification and distribution of punishment.


Do we do enough for the future?

Thursday 2 February 2017
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Christian Gollier (internationally renowned researcher in Decision Theory under Uncertainty and co-creator of the Toulouse School of Economics).

Christian Gollier will discuss the way one should value and compare projects whose benefits materialize only in the decades or centuries to come.




The Political Geography of Brexit: an informal panel discussion

Weds 9 November 2016
Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Speakers: Professor Ian Gordon (LSE), Professor Ron Johnston (University of Bristol), and Professor Kevin Cox (Ohio State University).


Post-Quito Conversations on the New Urban Agenda

Speakers: Dr Ryan Centner, Assistant Professor of Urban Geography and Prof Sandra Jovchelovitch, Professor of Social Psychology

(in coordination with the LSE Planning Society)

Tuesday 8 November 2016
11am - 12pm
Tower 2, Room 204, LSE

A discussion with two LSE academics who recently participated in UN HABITAT III in Quito, Ecuador -- a convention to set a "new urban agenda" promoting just, sustainable, smart, compact, inclusive cities. The HABITAT meetings, which happen only every 20 years, aim to define lines of debate and ways forward for a generation.

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Security, Risk and the Urban Imagination

Speakers: Dr Austin Zeiderman, Professor Matthew Gandy, Professor Gareth A Jones, Dr Kate Maclean

Chair: Dr Claire Mercer

7 June 2016
Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE

Security and risk have become central to how cities are imagined in the twenty-first century. In a forthcoming book, Endangered City, LSE Geography and Environment’s Austin Zeiderman critically examines this new political imperative to govern the present in anticipation of future harm. To mark the book’s publication, this event brings together an interdisciplinary panel of scholars to discuss the intersection of security, risk, and the urban imagination.

Podcast recording available here

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Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation

Speaker: Professor Paul van Gardingen 
Chair: Professor Giles Atkinson

2 February 2016
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

How can ecosystem management in developing countries contribute to poverty alleviation, as well as to inclusive and sustainable growth?

Podcast and video recording available here.  



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