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Research programmes

The III currently supports three research programmes - our Research Innovation Fund projects, the Poverty and Inequalities programme with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the IGA-Rockefeller Resilience project.

Research Innovation Fund projects

Since 2015, the III has been delighted to run competitions for LSE-based projects which would benefit from pump-priming support, and lead to larger externally funded projects in the future or other increased research activity in the School. Members of all departments and research centres are eligible to apply for these; we hope to hold a further competition in 2017. Those receiving support will be presenting their findings in future III seminars and/or in our working paper series.

Seven projects were successful and received funding in round one in 2015 for research taking place in the 2015-16 academic year (in some cases extending to 2016-17). Another seven projects received funding in round two (2016-17 academic year), as have seven additional projects in round three (2017-18 academic year).

Read about the different research projects here.

Partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: investigating the empirical evidence for causal links between inequality and poverty

This research aims to review the relationship between inequalities of various kinds and poverty. It will investigate areas such as the consequences of living in an unequal society for the lives of those in poverty; how people's prospects of social mobility are affected if parental resources are unequally distributed between families; the links between poverty, inequality and geographical and neighbourhood segregation; how inequality affects risks of poverty for different groups, such as by ethnicity, gender, disability and migration status; and the political and attitudinal effects of inequality for support (or otherwise) for effective collective action against poverty. 

There are four main parts to the 3-year programme of research:

1. Exploring the conceptual issues

2. Extending the evidence base

3. Understanding the mechanisms

4. Analysing policy responses

The programme is based in the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE and the III. The programme will be interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of colleagues across the III at LSE and beyond, including in economics, sociology, political science, geography and social policy.

Find out more about the programme here.

IGA-Rockefeller Resilience Research

The III has been awarded funding for the project "Challenging urban decline narratives: enhancing community resilience" through the IGA's "Research and Impact Seed Fund", supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The goal of this project is to develop an innovative synthesis of both political economy and narrative approaches to resilience, and to use this to understand different urban areas in England. 

Read more about the project here.