About LSE Thinks

LSE Thinks showcases LSE academics and researchers who are applying their expertise to some of the most pressing issues facing us today.

The series is designed to highlight examples of our world-leading academics informing key public debates and discussions through research, blog posts, interviews, public lectures, podcasts and news stories.

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Recent highlights of LSE Thinks include:

Latest news



Healthcare complaints made by patients can provide unique insight on aspects of healthcare delivery not easily evaluated by hospitals, a new study has found. Read the full story 


Drug laws 

Criminalising people who possess drugs for personal use is counterproductive and ineffective according to a new report from the Ana Liffey Drug Project and the International Drug Policy Unit at LSE. Read the full story

Latest blogs


Women's rights in 'weak states': the promises and pitfalls of gender advocacy in transition 

Dr Milli Lake, Assistant Professor in LSE's Department of International Relations, explores how and to what extent the spotlight on sexual violence has restructured judicial priorities in eastern DR Congo and South Africa.  Read the full blog


What is wrong with the Nordic model? 

Michael Cottakis, President of the 1989 Generation Initiative at LSE, argues that unless the Swedish government can facilitate better education of foreigners and promote more flexible recruitment policies, the country could soon become an archetypal example of the hollowing out of the much-vaunted Nordic model. Read the full blog

Latest podcasts

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The ballpark

This episode visits Tennessee to see how healthcare is impacting one of the most competitive Senate races in the country. Listen to the podcast

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LSE IQ: Do we need to rethink foreign aid? 

This month’s episode of the LSE IQ podcast takes a look at development and humanitarian aid. In 2013, the UK became one of only six countries to meet the UN’s target of spending 0.7 per cent of its gross national income on overseas development aid. But while some claim aid is helping build a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for all, not everyone supports the concept of aid. Listen to the podcast

Past issues of LSE Thinks

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March 2018