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School of Public Policy

LSE's new School of Public Policy to launch
in September 2018

In September 2018, LSE will launch a School of Public Policy to provide a dynamic new home for the MPA, Executive MPA and Executive MPP degrees, superseding the current Institute of Public Affairs (IPA).

As part of LSE, the School of Public Policy will be located in the heart of London, close to both the City and Westminster and therefore ideally situated to develop a valuable network of practitioners who will reinforce students’ understanding of policy making in the real world. This will facilitate the School of Public Policy’s teaching to ensure direct interaction with policy-making professionals both in the UK and internationally.

Professor Tony Travers, Interim Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, said:
"This landmark development echoes one of LSE’s founding purposes: to address social and economic issues through systematic training in economics and political science. The creation of the School of Public Policy ensures LSE will continue to meet the need for a more informed public policy analysis and public management which are crucial to understanding and resolving the challenges of contemporary governance. I firmly believe effective public policy is founded on three pillars of understanding: economics, political science and empirical analysis – LSE is a global leader in each of these fields. LSE’s School of Public Policy will harness this talent to train the leaders and decision makers of tomorrow."

From mid-2019, the School of Public Policy will be located in the new LSE Centre Building on Houghton Street, where it will sit alongside departments such as Government and International Relations. The LSE Centre Building is designed by the world-leading architects Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, and is one of LSE’s largest ever capital development projects.

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For LSE's press statement on the School of Public Policy, please visit: