London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) studies the social sciences in their broadest sense, with an academic profile spanning a wide range of disciplines, from economics, politics and law, to sociology, information systems and accounting and finance.

Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and is one of the most international universities in the world. Its study of social, economic and political problems focuses on the different perspectives and experiences of most countries. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe. To date, 16 Nobel prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni and 34 past or present world leaders have studied or taught at LSE.


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Coal stockpiled before being loaded on to ships at a terminal in Gladstone. researchers say Labor should not “cozy up” to the coal industry. Dave Hunt/AAP

Coal miners and urban greenies have one thing in common, and Labor must use it

Labor will not win an election by cozying up to coal or weakening its climate target. Instead, it must find the common ground uniting workers in the cities and the regions - job insecurity.
Larval black sea bass, an important commercial species along the US Atlantic coast. NOAA Fisheries/Ehren Habeck

Fish larvae float across national borders, binding the world’s oceans in a single network

Fish can't read maps, and their eggs and larvae drift across national boundaries. Recent research shows that local problems in one fishery can affect others across wide areas.
Le président rwandais Paul Kagame. Le Rwanda a une économie en plein essor qui est contrôlée par un régime autoritaire. Christian Marquardt/EPA-EFE

La croissance économique du Rwanda a donné encore plus de pouvoir à son État autoritaire

Vingt-cinq ans après le génocide, la croissance économique et le contrôle de la société vont de pair au Rwanda, sous la direction autoritaire de Paul Kagame.
Seulement le tiers des scientifiques dans le monde sont des femmes, mais cette proportion chute brutalement pour celles issues des pays d'Afrique francophone. Shutterstock

Chercheuses, francophones, et issues de pays en développement: il est temps d'abattre les barrières !

Seulement le tiers des scientifiques dans le monde sont des femmes, mais cette proportion chute brutalement pour celles issues des pays d'Afrique francophone.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and China’s President Xi Jinping at the 2018 summit in Beijing. EPA-EFE/Andy Wong (Pool)

Ties between African countries and China are complex. Understanding this matters

Not enough credit is given to the agency African governments have in their dealings with China.
One government transparency movement may now be threatened by the other. Shutterstock

Could the open government movement shut the door on Freedom of Information?

During Sunshine Week, three scholars of government transparency look at a potential collision between the old freedom of information movement and the new open government movement. Is there room for both?

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