The Ralph Miliband programme

The Ralph Miliband programme is one of the LSE's most prestigious public lecture series, receiving attention not only at the LSE but across London, the UK, and globally. 


The programme was set up in 1996 thanks to a generous anonymous benefaction from a former PhD student inspired by "Ralph Miliband's contribution to social thought". He specified that the funds be used in memory of his friend and mentor 'to advance his spirit of free social inquiry' and the diversity of thought that has always been the hallmark of LSE.

Convenor: Dr Robin Archer, Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Political Sociology

Turbulent Times

This year we aim to explore some of the dramatic and often unexpected political and social changes that are currently taking place, and which leave many people feeling like we are living through a period in which history has ‘sped up’.

Upcoming Events


Politics and Language in the Age of Trump 

Speaker: Mark Thompson

Date and time: Wednesday 27th September, 18.30-20.00

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building



Where next for Labour? 

Speakers: Dr Stephen Fisher, Rachel Shabi and Lord Wood

Date and time: Thursday 5th October, 18.30-20.00

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building


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Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis

Speaker: George Monbiot

Date and time: Tuesday 10th October, 18.30-20.00.

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building



Does protest really work?

Speaker: Steve Crawshaw

Date and time: Wednesday 25th October, 18.30-20.00

Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House



Exploitation and the Gig Economy

Speakers: Brhmie Balaram and Jason Moyer-Lee

Date and time: Thursday 7th December, 18.30-20.00

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building