The School is a world centre for advanced research. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise carried out jointly by the four funding councils for higher education in the UK, the School had the highest percentage of world leading research of any UK university, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence.
Individual subject areas, notably economics, law, social policy and European studies, also headed national tables of excellence. Two-thirds of LSE staff work in LSE departments ranked in the top five in the country, and 26 per cent work in departments ranked first in the country. The School is now working towards the new Research Excellence Framework, due in 2014.
There are currently 19 research centres and numerous smaller units at the School, ranging from large multidisciplinary centres with substantial financial support to small units with more modest resources. Most of LSE's research centres and units are financed by research councils, charitable foundations, industry or commerce. There are three centres funded mainly by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Others are funded through public or private partnerships.
LSE's Research Lab is the base for more than 260 staff - one of the largest concentrations of applied economic, financial and social researchers anywhere in the world. The Lab includes the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, the Centre for Economic Performance, the Financial Markets Group and the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines.
See Academic Departments and Research Centres indexes.
See also Research and expertise for quick access to the full range of social science research and expertise available online at LSE.