Geography & Environment Newsletter - Winter/Spring 2017
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Note from the editor

Welcome to the Winter/Spring 2017 Newsletter. It's been a busy few months for both staff and students and there are plenty of interesting news items to report. Not least the fact that our new website is now live, showcasing the Department at its best. We hope you enjoy exploring it!

With best wishes,
Communications & Events Officer
Student news

We are ranked third in the world!

The Department has once again performed impressively in the QS World University Rankings, reaching the top 3 spot globally for Geography! Read more.

BA Geography student wins Booth Prize

At the end of Michaelmas Term, the LSE Research Festival announced a number of category winners. Sally Park, a final year BA Geography student, was one of the joint winners of the Booth Prize. Sally reflects on her experience of working with her colleagues on a project that was part of the LSE GROUPS initiative: Read more.

MSc LED Forum 2017

Organised annually by students on MSc Local Economic Development, the LED Forum is an occasion to learn and work on the most current pressing local issues. This year's theme was 'Inequality and Shocks'. Read more.

Staff news

Dr Sefi Roth on BBC World Service

Sefi recently appeared on the BBC World Service programme The Food Chain, speaking about the economics of indoor air pollution. Sefi's interview begins at 6:24. Listen here

How can we achieve inclusive growth?

Dr Neil Lee recently took part in a Centre for Cities podcast, discussing what inclusive growth actually means, how it can be achieved and whether it is even desirable. Listen here

Prof Paul Cheshire awarded CBE

Congratulations to Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, who was awarded a CBE for services to Economics and Housing in the 2017 New Year's Honours.

Dr Ben Groom advises Office for National Statistics

Ben has been advising the ONS on the appropriate social discount rates to use for the Natural Capital Accounts (NCA). The NCA are being compiled as part of the remit of the UK Natural Capital Committee (NCC) in a collaboration between the ONS and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Read more.

Prof Riccardo Crescenzi wins 2016 Talented Young Italians Award

Riccardo has won the 2016 Talented Young Italians Prize for ‘Research and Innovation’, in recognition of his outstanding research accomplishments. It is awarded by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and the Italian Embassy in the UK. The award aims "to bring to public attention the individuals who have succeeded in their endeavour in the UK, keeping at the same time a link with Italy and fostering the exchanges between the two countries.” Read more.

Green Impact
The Department's Green Impact team has been working hard to raise awareness and reduce our environmental impact as part of the School-wide Green Impact Challenge. We have submitted our project report and, if successful, the Department will receive a level of certification to be awarded at the Celebration of Sustainability, which takes place in May. Fingers crossed!

'Before the Flood' Film Screening and Panel Discussion

On 24 February we co-hosted, with the Grantham Research Institute, a film screening of Leonardo Di Caprio's 2016 documentary Before the Flood. Speakers included LSE academics Prof Simon Dietz, Dr Michael Mason, Dr Rebecca Elliott and Isabella Neuweg.


Prof Christian Hilber’s inaugural lecture 

On 21 March we were delighted to welcome a packed out audience to Christian’s inaugural lecture on ‘Britain's Housing Crisis: causes and cures’. Watch the video and listen to the event podcast here.

Brussels Brexit event

Prof Simona Iammarino and Dr Andrea Ascani took part in a Brussels event organised by LSE on 8 December 2016 entitled 'Britain and Europe: Towards Brexit?'. Podcasts from the day are available here.
Contributions welcome!
If you have any news items you'd like to share in future newsletters, please send them to Catherine Mitchell.

Study Abroad Experience

Lydia Luk, a final year BA Geography student, has written about her experience of having applied for the Sciences Po exchange programme and student life in Paris. Read more

50 years of RUPS

On Friday 28 October 2016 we celebrated the 50th year of MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies. Over the programme’s history we have educated over 600 students from all around the world. Congrats MSc RUPS!

National University of Singapore Exchange

Do Young Oh, a final year PhD student, has written about his experience at the National University of Singapore for his doctoral research. Read more

Prof Michael Storper awarded Distinguished Scholarship Honors by AAG

Michael has been honoured by the American Association of Geographers for his outstanding record of scholarly achievement and innovative contributions to the fields of global economic development and the geography of urban and regional systems. Read more

Excellence in Education Award Winners

We are delighted that Prof Susana Mourato, Dr Nancy Holman, Dr Olmo Silva and Dr Romola Sanyal all won Excellence in Education Awards, while Prof Christian Hilber and Prof Riccardo Crescenzi both won Teaching Promotion Awards.

Spotlight on...Clare Barnes

Get to know Clare Barnes, LSE Fellow in Environment, a little more through our spotlight series!

New blog posts

Will the politics of threat carry over into post-conflict Colombia?

Dr Austin Zeiderman has written a blog post for the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre focusing on the politics of urban security in Bogotá. Read more.

How changes in the prices of milk and beef affect deforestation in Brazil

Dr Charles Palmer and PhD Student Francisco Fontes have written a blog post for the LSE Business Review: when prices increase, producers who are far from the market clear forest to make room for new pasture. Read more.

Transport infrastructure and economic performance

Prof Riccardo Crescenzi, Marco Di Cataldo and Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose write that in contexts marked by weak and inefficient governments and widespread corruption, different types of road investments often yield low or no economic returns. Read more.

New articles
Sylvia Chant:Addressing World Poverty through Women and Girls: A feminized solution?’ Sight and Life Vol. 30 2 2016

Vernon Henderson: 'The roles of nature and history in world development', CentrePiece, Spring 2017  

Eric Neumayer: 'Spatial spill-overs from terrorism on tourism: Western victims in Islamic destination countries' in Public Choice (2016) 169: 195

Hyun Bang Shin: 'Economic transition and speculative urbanisation in China: Gentrification versus dispossession’, Urban Studies, 53 (3). pp. 471-489.  

Hyun Bang Shin:How stubborn ‘nail houses’ take a stand against China’s rapid urbanisation’ The Conversation (March 2017)

Austin Zeiderman: 'Adaptive Publics: Building Climate Constituencies in Bogotá' Public Culture (2016) 28(2 79): 389-413
Local Economic Growth: do we know (or care) what works?
Prof Henry Overman discusses what we know about the effectiveness of different policies in driving local economic growth and asks what role, if any, this evidence plays in formulating policy. Watch the video above or download the podcast here.
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