Our programme is unique among graduate planning schools in being based upon the disciplines of social science, particularly economics, geography, politics and social policy. We offer a cross-disciplinary teaching team with a wide range of research expertise as well as experience in professional practice. The MSc programme enjoys an international reputation and attracts students from all over the world including Japan, the USA, Canada and Europe. LSE maintains strong ties to other European planning schools through its membership of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

We are practice focussed and encourage students to critically evaluate current planning policy. Our emphasis is on ‘understanding the causes of things’, to quote the School’s motto. We seek to develop broad analytical thinking about urban and regional questions rather than focusing on a fixed set of town planning skills. Teaching is based primarily on lectures, seminars, a fieldwork project and tutorials. The skills which our graduates develop lead to a range of  planning careers in both the public and private sector; including planning consultancies, local and regional government, real estate and property development and community advocacy organisations. We are fortunate to have an active and vibrant network of former graduates in cities across the world working in a range of planning careers.

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Staff Research Interests

  • Professor Ian Gordon: Spatial labour markets and migration; urban and regional development, particularly in metropolitan regions; urban policy and spatial modelling.
  • Dr Nancy Holman: Urban planning; community participation; heritage conservation; governance, and sustainable development.
  • Professor Gareth Jones: Access to land and market deregulation; housing finance and NGOs; conservation and identities, focus on Latin America and southern Africa.
  • Dr Murray Low: Political geography, especially spatial aspects of democracy; urban policy; geography of political parties.
  • Dr Alan Mace: Suburbanisation; community involvement; planning and governance; shrinking cities; second homes.
  • Professor Diane Perrons: Economic geography, particularly cohesion in Europe, focusing on region and gender; flexible working.
  • Dr Andres Rodriguez-Pose: Economic growth, regional and local development, and global restructuring in Europe and Latin America; regional devolution and regional disparities and policy in Europe.
  • Dr Hyun Bang Shin: Contemporary urban (re-)development; urban governance; housing and social change; social welfare; transitional cities, especially in China; Korea; East Asia.
  • Professor Michael Storper: Economic geography; globalisation, trade, location and specialisation; regional development in Europe, North America, Brazil.
  • Professor Andrew Thornley: Urban planning; globalisation; world cities; city competition.
  • Professor Christine Whitehead: Urban economics; housing and land markets; privatisation.