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Student Life in Geography and Environment

How do we enhance your student experience?

Throughout the year we hold a variety of academic and social events, many in conjunction with the LSESU Geography and Environment Society.

We want your time at LSE to be the best it can be!

Welcome Receptions

Start your time in the department the right way by attending our Welcome Receptions. This is a great opportunity to meet students and staff from your programme. 

Prof Susana Mourato talking to students at our Undergraduate Welcome Reception.
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Master's Welcome Reception. 


Photography Competitions

We've held several photography competitions, encouraging entries from staff and students based on a chosen theme. Past themes include 'World Textures' and 'Cityscapes'.

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Photo by Richard Shen.
michael thorogood second
Photo by Michael Thorogood.
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Photo by Al Lim.


Lunchtime with a Geographer

Come along to these free lunchtime sessions with our Geography staff. Held throughout the Autumn and Winter terms, this is your opportunity to find out more about your lecturers. 

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Lunchtime with Prof Hyun Bang Shin.


Breakfast Club

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Breakfast treats in the Michael Wise Room.

Every Tuesday morning throughout term time we deliver delicious breakfast treats to CKK 3.15 for students and staff to enjoy.

Estall Student Citizenship Awards

These awards are a celebration of student involvement and collaboration with the department. They are an important provision in valuing the hard work students put in to improve their experience and the Geography student community.

The awards are named in honour of Prof Robert Estall, whose legacy gift to the School funds the cash prizes. Prof Estall was Professor of Geography at LSE until 1989, and an Emeritus Professor thereafter. He was also an undergraduate student at LSE from 1952-55, and completed his PhD here in 1964.

Our 2020 awards went to:

Undergraduate prizes

Outstanding Contribution to the Department
Emily Douglas (winner)

Outstanding Services to Societies
Muhammad Shafay Sohail  (winner)
Ser Jin Tan  (runner up)
Daniel Giesemann and Issam Jamaleddine (highly commended)

Outstanding Support to Students
Lorenz Reinemer and Aarushi Arora  (winners)

Outstanding Collegiality
Auriane Moch (winner) 
Sarah Tan and Milan Shah (runners up)

Support to the Department
Saskia Straub (winner)
Natalie Yu (runner up)

Social Media
Mohammed Altab (winner)

Master's prizes

Outstanding Services to Societies
Suzanne Greenwood and Alice Bessonnet (winners)
Angela Estrada (highly commended) 

Outstanding Support to Students
Benedikt Stranak (winner) 
Sarah Pagel (runner up) 

Support to the Department
Elena Castellano (winner) 
Beth Crankshaw (runner up) 

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Student Citizenship Award winners and staff.
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Mohammed Altab receiving his award for services to Social Media from Prof Susana Mourato.


Field Trips

Our undergraduate students are given the opportunity to go on a field trip and carry out field work. Our trips have included visits to Havana and Kerala.

Havana Street taken by Nikhil Rawal.
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From left to right: Dr Tom Cowan, Dr Megan Ryburn, Dr Ryan Centner and Dr Austin Zeiderman in Havana, Cuba.
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Prof Steve Gibbons, Dr Felipe Carozzi and Dr Thomas Smith in Kerala.

Our first years also visit Juniper Hall in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Students explore themes of environmental pollution and urban climates, and embark on a series of hands-on activities. 

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Juniper Hall. 

We offer students on some of our master's programmes the chance to carry out research abroad. Our MSc Local Economic Development students have visited L'Aquila, Italy, and our MSc Urbanisation and Development students have travelled to Seoul, South Korea. 

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Local Economic Development field trip. 


LSESU Geography and Environment Society 

The LSESU Geography and Environment Society runs lots of events throughout the year, including a Winter Ball. The Society is open to all LSE students. 

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Geography and Environment Winter Ball.
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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia.


Public Lectures 

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

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Cost Benefit Analysis and the Environment: Further Devlopments and Policy use book launch.


Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Our Undergraduate Research Fellowships scheme gives students the opportunity to be paid to provide research assistance for our academic staff. Through this scheme, our undergraduates work on live research projects, many of which are published in leading academic journals.

Learn more about our Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

Careers Events

We run a number of careers events throughout the year. These events are a great opportunity for students to network with recent alumni and professionals from a range of sectors. These include:  

  • Property and Real Estate
  • Careers in Policy, Planning and Regulation
  • Careers in the Urban Space
  • Careers in the Environment
  • Working in the Charity and Development Sector