The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is at the core of LSE’s public policy offering, the hub in which the public policy expertise of LSE comes together. Established in 2011, the IPA delivers world-class teaching for current and future government advisors, policy makers and policy analysts from around the world, placing them on a rapid trajectory to becoming leaders in their fields. At the IPA, senior government officials, experienced public officials from around the world and future practitioners in the field of public policy mix in an atmosphere of scholarly reflection which is nevertheless firmly rooted in solving real world problems.
There is an urgent and global demand for graduates who can understand and analyse a broad range of evidence to devise effective and targeted policy. The IPA’s policy training will equip you with the skills required to develop policy and address some of the world’s most pressing problems. What better place to learn and grow than at one of the world’s pioneering universities and in one of the great global cities?
The IPA provides a rich and vibrant experience in which to study, where students, policy-makers, political figures and leading academics mix and share knowledge experience in a collective endeavour to address some of today's most challenging policy concerns, from climate change and poverty, to systemic risk and global markets, to health and inequality. The IPA acts as a forum for the exchange of policy ideas and developments: our research projects focus on practical solutions not dry academia, and our Visiting Fellows bring their direct experience of policy-making to our scholarship. Our students draw on all these resources to enrich their experience, deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills.