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Professor Craig Calhoun
Director of LSE
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Email: directorsoffice@lse.ac.uk

Introduction to the Directorate

LSE is an institution focused on world class teaching and research. The coordination and strategic planning behind this dynamic educational activity is the Directorate which covers both academic and non-academic concerns.

The Directorate is composed of the Director, Deputy Director and Provost and three Pro-directors (who are senior academics) and their support staff.

The Director, Deputy Director and Provost and Pro-directors help shape new ideas and initiatives and keep the School forward-thinking. In collaboration with expert academics and administrators, the Directorate seeks to keep LSE at the leading edge of contemporary intellectual thought.

The LSE's strategic leadership is provided by the Directorate and covers both academic and non-academic concerns.  

Professor Craig Calhoun, Director

The School's Director is Professor Craig Calhoun. Professor Calhoun, is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on
1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council.

For more background information, see Meet the Director. See also Professor Calhoun's profile and publications in the LSE Experts Directory. 

The Director is appointed for a fixed term. The pro-directors are appointed from within the School's senior academics, again for fixed terms. The Directorate reports to the School's Court of Governors.

The Director is assisted by the Deputy Director and Provost and three Pro-directors with defined areas of activity:

Professor Robin Mansell

Professor Mansell is Deputy Director and Provost.

Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communications. She joined LSE in 2001 as Professor in the Department of Sociology before moving to Media and Communications when it was created in 2003.

Professor Mansell was appointed Deputy Director and Provost from 1 September 2015. In this role, she is responsible for academic affairs, including recruitment, review and promotion and oversight of the teaching offer.

See Deputy Director and Provost for more information.

Professor Paul Kelly

Professor Kelly is Professor of Political Theory and Pro-director for teaching and learning.

He joined the LSE in 1995 after teaching for five years at the University of Wales Swansea. Prior to that he held a visiting research fellowship at the University of Chicago Law School and at the Bentham Project, University College London. He graduated from York University with a First in Philosophy and an MA in Political Theory. His PhD is from the University of London, where he spent two years at LSE and a further year at UCL.

See Professor Paul Kelly's profile and publications in the LSE Experts Directory.

Professor David Webb

Professor David Webb is Professor of Finance and Pro-director for planning and resources.

David Webb joined the directorate in Sept 2014 as Pro director of Planning and Resources. Professor Webb's research interests lie in financial economics and monetary theory, specifically the analysis of bankruptcy and financial contracts.

See Professor David Webb's profile and publications in the LSE Experts Directory.

Professor Julia Black

Professor Black is Professor of Law and Pro-director for research

Julia Black is Pro Director for Research and Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an independent member of the Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. She was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015. Julia completed her first degree in Jurisprudence and her DPhil at Oxford University, and joined the Law Department of the LSE in 1994. Her primary research interest is the dynamics of regulatory systems. She specialises in financial regulation but has written extensively on regulatory issues in a number of areas, and has advised policy makers, consumer bodies, law reform bodies and regulators on issues of institutional design and regulatory policy in the UK and overseas over many years. She has received grants from the British Academy & Leverhulme Trust, the ESRC and the Canadian SSRC. She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Sydney, All Souls College, Oxford and in 2014 was the Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the Victoria University, Wellington, NZ. She is a research associate of the LSE & ESRC Systemic Risk Centre and LSE’s Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), and co-chairs CARR’s Regulators’ Forum.  She is also General Editor of the Modern Law Review and on the editorial boards of Regulation and Governance and Law and Policy. She served as an external member on the Education and Training Committee for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2013 and joined the SRA Board as an independent member in January 2014. She has been a member of the SRA’s Regulatory Risk Committee and currently chairs the SRA’s Standards Committee.  

See Professor Julia Black's profile and publications in the LSE Experts Directory.