Student Profile

Josephine Precetti

BSc Economic History and Geography (graduating 2022-23)

The concentration of so many different sectors and people enhances just about any kind of opportunity, whether academical, social, and professional ... the topics you study will often involve a historical building, a company, or an institution within a two mile radius from the School.


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I was born in Paris, and have lived in the USA, France, and Belgium. I attended the French Lycée in Brussels before enrolling at LSE in 2020.

Why did you choose to study Economic History & Geography at LSE?

I’m passionate about geography and history, and studied economics in high school, so this programme was the perfect combination and only LSE offers it. What I particularly like is its multi- and inter-disciplinary nature. Compared to other programmes, it is less quantitative, but I’ve still been able to enjoy quant-based content in economics modules and research methods modules.

The programme allows you to gain unique strong analytical and reasoning skills applicable to a wide range of fields such as policy design. Unique because I’ve found that this specific programme teaches you how to look at issues from multiple perspectives and use historical case studies to inform current policy issues. It’s a great advantage when you do teamwork.

The programme offers flexibility in the second year -  you can decide on a specific geographical region of focus for the economic history modules, or choose which type of geography you’d like to explore in more depth. In my first year I was surprised to learn there is a really wide range of geographies beyond economic geography, including social, political, and urban. I’ve acquired a broad understanding of the different facets and similarities of economic history and geography and I am planning to look at urban economic mechanisms through a historical lens for my final year dissertation.

Career plans after LSE

I have strong interests in sustainability, consultancy and innovation. and am still deciding which sector I will go into. Once I decide which sector I need specialization in, and have gained a more complex understanding of world issues, I’ll go back for a master’s degree.

What are you enjoying outside of the classroom?

I enjoy the diversity of events organized at LSE’s departments and societies. Being curious, prepping before events, networking with the speakers (often top-notch professionals, recent graduates, and academics expert in their field) has an amazing upside. It will help you to decide your career path and develop interest or strengthening knowledge of a specific sector.

I also play tennis on the competitive team, which has been fun and I’ve met a great range of people from different countries and years of study.

I’d also recommend taking part in as many case studies and academic competitions, which -challenging, but very rewarding too. The Economic History department’s investment competition I took part in was a highlight of that.

What are the benefits of studying in London?

The high concentration of so many different sectors and people enhance just about any kind of opportunity, whether it be academic, social, or professional. Also, as economic history students, the topics we study often involve a historical building, a company, or an institution that is just a few miles away. We have access to some of the world's richest archival collections and to multiple historic libraries in addition to LSE's, like the Senate House Library.

As an international student at LSE, I have had the opportunity to meet and make friends with people from incredibly diverse backgrounds and also people from my home country, either studying at LSE or in other London unis.