LSE aims to support and enable strategic knowledge exchange between businesses and academia to ensure research remains current with industry practice and that LSE’s research is fully exploited to the benefit of society.
In support of this aim, Business Partnerships develop and manage long-term research partnerships with industry. Many partnerships are interdisciplinary, or multidisciplinary, and are designed to deliver knowledge and expertise to partners while supporting and driving forward the School's research profile.
Meet the team:
Horatio Mortimer - business partnerships manager
Horatio develops LSE’s research partnerships with business, helping academics gain access to data as well as funding for their research, while maintaining their academic independence. He first joined LSE in 2000 working for LSE Enterprise, but now works part-time (three days per week) in the Research Division. For the remainder of his time he is a public affairs consultant, and has served as a non-executive director of several companies and as a charity trustee. He has managed a venture capital fund and also worked for the UN in New York and in the film industry.
Kathryn Darling - business partnerships officer
Kathryn Darling is business partnerships officer within the Research Division. She is responsible for identifying and feasibility assessment of potential corporate collaborations, liaising with industry partners, and producing bespoke events and communications materials.Kathryn holds an MA (Hons) in Philosophy & Theology from the University of Edinburgh and has experience working in partnerships and communications in central government, higher education and the private sector. Prior to joining LSE she worked in external relations at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills across higher education, small business, and science & innovation policy areas.