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Academic Leadership

The Academic Leadership team are responsible for planning and implementing the Institute's range of research and engagement initiatives, as well as developing prospective projects and external links.

Professor Tony Travers

Professor Tony Travers

Director of the Institute of Public Affairs

Department of Government

Simon Hix

Professor Simon Hix

IPA Academic Director

Harold Laski Professor of Political Science

Babken Babajanian

Dr Babken Babajanian

Associate Professorial Lecturer

Daniel Sturm

Professor Daniel Sturm

EMPA/EMPP Programme Director

Professor of Economics

Joachim Wehner

Dr Joachim Wehner

EMPA/EMPP Programme Director

Associate Professor in Public Policy


Teaching Faculty

Nava Ashraf

Professor Nava Ashraf

Professor of Economics

Oriana Bandiera

Professor Oriana Bandiera

Professor of Economics

Simon Bastow

Dr Simon Bastow

LSE Fellow

Tim Besley

Professor Tim Besley

School Professor of Economics and Political Science

Gwyn Bevan

Dr Gwyn Bevan

Professor of Economics

Gharad Bryan

Dr Gharad Bryan

Lecturer in Economics

Robin Burgess

Professor Robin Burgess

Professor of Economics

Francesco Caselli

Professor Francesco Caselli

Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics

Torun Dewan

Professor Torun Dewan

Professor of Political Science

Jeremiah Dittmar

Dr Jeremiah Dittmar

Lecturer in Economics

Patrick Dunleavy

Professor Patrick Dunleavy

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Greg Fischer

Dr Greg Fischer

Lecturer in Economics

Conor Gearty

Professor Conor Gearty

Professor in Human Rights, Former Director of the IPA

Lloyd Gruber

Dr Lloyd Gruber

Associate Professor of Political Economy of Development


Dr Sara Hagemann

Assistant Professor

Dominik Hangartner

Dr Dominik Hangartner

Assistant Professor in Political Science


Professor Sara B Hobolt

Sutherland Chair in European Institutions 


Rafael Hortala-Vallve

Dr Rafael Hortala-Vallve

Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Ethan Ilzetzki

Dr Ethan Itzetski

Lecturer in Economics

Stephen Jenkins

Professor Stephen Jenkins

Professor of Economic and Social Policy

Mathias Koenig-Archibugi

Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi

Associate Professor in Global Politics

Camille Landais

Professor Camille Landais

Associate Professor of Economics

Martin Lodge

Professor Martin Lodge

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Henry Overman

Professor Henry Overman

Professor of Economic Geography

Berkay Ozcan

Dr Berkay Ozcan

Assistant Professor of Social Policy

Gerard Padró i Miquel

Professor Gerard Padró i Miquel

Professor of Economics, MPA Programme Director

Thomas Sampson

Dr Thomas Sampson

Lecturer in Economics


Dr Waltraud Schelke

Associate Professor of Political Economy

Johannes Spinnewijn

Dr Johannes Spinnewijn

Lecturer in Economics

Daniel Sturm

Professor Daniel Sturm

Professor of Economics, EMPA/EMPP Programme Director

Joachim Wehner

Dr Joachim Wehner

Associate Professor of Public Policy, EMPA/EMPP Programme Director

IPA Fellows

The Institute of Public Affairs is delighted to host a cadre of high-quality Fellows who have made a significant and sustained impact on policy-making. Each Fellow works with the IPA, its faculty and its students to harness academic insight and complement it with real-world experience to make effective public policy.

Thierry Balzacq

Thierry Balzacq

Thierry is a Francqui Research Chair (Belgium’s most prestigious academic title) and visiting professor at the IPA, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He was formerly the Scientific Director of the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), the French Ministry of Defense’s research center (2014-2016). Balzacq holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. A former Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard, Balzacq held a Honorary Professorial Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, where he was also Fellow for “outstanding research” at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. In 2015, he was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Diplomacy and International Security (valued at CAD $200,000 per year). “Tier 1 Chairs are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields.” He is author/editor of over 12 books in English and French. He is the co-convenor of The Global Initiative on Comparative Grand Strategy (GICGS).

David Davis

David Davis MP

David has been a Parliamentarian Fellow of the IPA since 2014, the Member of Parliament for Haltemprice and Howden since 1997, and in July 2016 was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. A strong defender of civil liberties, he is also a former Foreign Office Minister, and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.  

John Denham

John Denham 

John is a Professorial Research Fellow of the IPA. From 1992 until 2015 he served as the Member of Parliament for Southampton Itchen. He held a variety of Ministerial posts, including Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. John has completed a research project on policy towards employment and skills training.

Paul Kirby

Paul Kirby

Paul is a Visiting Professor of Practice at the IPA. Paul was previously a Partner at KPMG LLP (2005-2011 and 2013-2015), Head of the No. 10 Policy Unit (2011-2013) and former advisor the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2009-10). Paul is contributing to IPA student’s understanding of policy-making through lectures and Policy in Practice Seminars, and is authoring a book on the reform agenda for public services in OECD countries. 


Support and Development Team

The Support and Development team are responsible for organising and supporting the Institute's teaching, research, and engagement initiatives, as well as dealing with student and staff enquiries.

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Asmaa Akhtar

Communications, Events and Alumni Officer

Michelle Batten

Michelle Batten

MPA Programme Manager

Andrew Brennen

Andrew Brennen

Executive Programmes Development Manager


Adrianna Collins

MPA Programme Coordinator

Jessica Leonard

Jessica Leonard

EMPA/EMPP Programmes Manager

Paul Sullivan 2

Paul Sullivan

Institute Manager

Lynette York

Lynette York

MPA Student Advisor and Life Coach, and Admissions Manager


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at LSE

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university. LSE believes that diversity is critical to maintaining excellence in all of our endeavours. We seek to enable all members of the School community to achieve their full potential in an environment characterised by equality of respect and opportunity.

The School’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is one of its six strategic priorities, as highlighted in the LSE Strategy 2020, and ‘equality of respect and opportunity’ is one of the core principles set out in the School’s Ethics Code. The EDI Office acts to promote and further LSE’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion for all members of the School community.

To provide some examples of our work:

  • Athena SWAN is a national charter mark – run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) – that recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education: representation, progression and success for all. The School has been working towards an institutional bronze Athena SWAN award.
  • In 2017, LSE will be convening a self-assessment team to work towards the ECU’s Race Equality Charter Mark.  The Race Equality Charter is focussed on improving the representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff and students in Higher Education.
  • LSE is a Stonewall diversity champion and is part of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
  • LSE has also worked closely with DisabledGo to develop online access guides to all the School’s buildings, and route maps around campus.


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