Geography & Environment Newsletter - Spring 2016
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 Department of Geography and Environment

Spring 2016 Newsletter

In this issue of the Geography and Environment Newsletter we bring you student news, staff news, research news, new publications and recent events. 

Student news

MSc U&D success

Four MSc Urbanisation and Development students - Daniela Schofield, Femke Gubbels, Anders Magnusson and George Barnett - have been awarded a Royal Geographical Society-IBG Fieldwork Project Grant of £1,000 for their MSc dissertation fieldwork in Tanzania this summer. As a team, they will travel to Dar es Salaam to carry out individual research projects on themes of mobility, informal employment, climate change and culture. Their success in gaining fieldwork funding from RGS-IBG is an historical first for the U&D programme.

Ranked 4th globally

We are delighted to be ranked 4th in the latest QS World University subject rankings! Overall, QS put eight LSE subjects in the world’s top five, while a total of 13 LSE disciplines are ranked in the global top 10. We are still ranked no.1 in the Guardian University Guide.

Staff news

Simona Iammarino

Our Head of Department has been elected with a majority vote to the School’s Court and Council, the governing body of the LSE. The Council's role is to oversee decisions about the educational character and mission of the School, ensure the School's financial and operational viability, act as arbiter in strategic matters concerning the School's values and safeguard the reputation of the School.

Lee Mager
Research news

Charlie Palmer

Dr Charlie Palmer was part of a group which has been awarded a £7.3 million grant from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) for Climate and Forest Funding for Civil Society.

Influencing 5 global development reports

Departmental expertise on approaches to economic growth have influenced OECD, World Bank and European Commission publications. Read more.

New articles

A selection of recent articles from the Department

Lee, N., with Ross Brown (2016) 'Innovation, SMEs and the liability of distance: the demand and supply of bank funding in peripheral UK regions'. Journal of Economic Geography (forthcoming)

Shin, Hyun Bang (2016) Economic transition and speculative urbanisation in China: gentrification versus dispossession. Urban Studies 53 (3)

Carozzi, F. and Repetto, L (2016) 'Sending the Pork Home: Birth Town Bias in Transfers to Italian Municipalities'  Journal of Public Economics (134)

Iammarino, S., Crescenzi, R. and Gagliardi, L. (2015) Foreign multinationals and domestic innovation: intra-industry effects and firm heterogeneity. Research Policy, 44 (3)

Mace, A. (2015) Spatial capital as a tool for planning practice. Planning Theory

Jones, G. A. and Sanyal, R. (2015) Spectacle and Suffering: The Mumbai slum as a worlded space, Geoforum, 65

New books

A selection of recent books from the Department

Hyun Bang Shin with Loretta Lees and Ernesto López-Morales Planetary Gentrification (Polity, 2016)

Austin Zeiderman Endangered City: The Politics of Security and Risk in Bogotá (Duke University Press, 2016)

Sylvia Chant with Cathy McIlwaine Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South: Towards a Feminised Urban Future (Routledge, 2016)

Michael Storper, Thomas Kemeny, Naji Makarem & Taner Osman The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles (Stanford University Press, 2015)

Sylvia Chant and Gwendolyn Beetham (ed.) Gender, Poverty and Development (Routledge, 2015)

Contributions welcome!
If you have any news items you'd like us to share in future newsletters, please send them to Catherine Mitchell (Communications and Events Officer).
Daniela Schofield, Femke Gubbels, Anders Magnusson and George Barnett

World Bank sponsorship

The MSc in Local Economic Development has secured sponsorship from the World Bank for six students who will be conducting research in the framework of their MSc dissertation on urban development issues in Kampala and Addis Ababa.

Also in the news...

We are pleased to announce there is now a microwave in the Department kitchen on the 5th floor. There is also a whiteboard now installed in the undergraduate common room. Enjoy!

Hyun Bang Shin

Hyun Bang Shin has been appointed as a new trustee to sit on the Board of the Urban Studies Foundation, a charitable body involved in the support of urban studies research and education, owning the journal Urban Studies.

Lee Mager

Our Undergraduate Manager and Deputy Department Manager has been awarded his PhD from the LSE’s Sociology Department. After more than 11 years in the Department, Lee will be leaving us in August to pursue a career in international journalism. We wish him the best of luck in his future career!

Nancy Holman

Dr Nancy Holman has been named as one of three ‘LSE Innovators’ by the School. The project seeks ways to integrate technology to enhance the student experience, renew their teaching practices and transform the way the discipline is shaped and taught.

Nancy Holman as an LSE Innovator (video)

Academic promotions

Christian Hilber, Riccardo Crescenzi and Charlie Palmer have all been promoted following the 2015/16 Academic Promotion cycle - Christian and Riccardo to Professor and Charlie to Associate Professor. Congratulations to all three!

Ben Groom

Dr Ben Groom has been awarded a STICERD grant worth £4,965 to put towards his research topic ‘Combining expert opinion and public preferences’.

Lights, camera, action!
Have you seen the videos showcasing our Master's programmes? Here are a few currently online:
MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change at LSE
MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change (video)
MSc Human Geography and Urban Studies: Research (video)
MSc Urbanisation and Development at LSE
MSc Urbanisation and Development (video)
MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance (video)
MSc Local Economic Development (video)
Public lectures and seminars
On 2 February 2016 the Department jointly hosted (with the Grantham Research Institute) a public lecture with Prof Paul van Gardingen. He spoke on 'Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation'. Watch the video / listen to the podcast.

Other recent LSE events which may capture your interest:

In Conversation with Hilary Benn about Britain and Europe
Recorded on: 17 March 2016
Speaker: Hilary Benn

Panama: consolidating democracy, growth and human development
Recorded on: 2 March 2016
Speaker: Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado
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