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Catalan Observatory
London School of Economics and Political Science
Clement's Inn, Tower 2, room 5.02
London WC2A 2AE


Tel.: +44 (0)207 955 6119/6058




Research at LSE

LSE is a world-leading pioneer of the social sciences, having played a unique role in defining and developing key academic subjects.

International relations, social policy, sociology and social anthropology all have their origins as subjects of university study in the innovative work carried out by LSE academics. The London School of Economics and Political Science has confirmed its position as a world-leading research university, with an outstanding performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

An analysis of the results show LSE  at the top, or close to the top, of a number of rankings of research quality. It is:

  • the top university in the UK based on the proportion of ‘world leading’ (4*) research produced.
  • second in the UK overall when universities are ranked using a ‘grade point average’ (GPA) 
  • the top university in its social science disciplines, whether using a GPA or the percentage of research receiving the top 4* grade as a measure
  • joint second when universities are ranked according to the percentage of research receiving either a 4* or 3* (internationally excellent) grade.

This is the first year where the UK’s national research assessment has taken account of the impact of universities’ research on public life, as well as its quality. Using these specific measures, LSE is:

  • ranked as the top university in the UK for research quality both when using an average score or using the percentage of output receiving the top 4* grade
  • the top university for impact in its social science disciplines, whether judged on GPA or the proportion of research impact awarded 4*.  

Need to find an expert on a particular topic?

The LSE Experts Directory contains profiles of academics and their full publications lists with links to their full texts where available, in LSE open access research collection. It also has contact points for media or consultancy enquiries and links to other experts using the same keywords. To see our open access collection of research produced by LSE academics: articles, working papers, book chapters, conference papers and more, go to LSE Research Online.

Research at the European Institute

Research at the European Institute is structured around three themes: EU Governance; European Ideas and Identities and European Political Economy.

More about Research Centres and Projects at the European Institute: 

Visiting Researchers

Among its objectives, the Observatory works in order to disseminate and encourage knowledge of contemporary Catalonia by providing facilities for visiting researchers. 

For past visiting researchers of the Catalan Observatory, see the full list of researchers at the Cañada Blanch Centre (data from 2007 onwards).

If you would like to do research at the LSE and the Catalan Observatory, please go to the Visitor Guidelines section of the Cañada Blanch Centre. All applications will be considered following these guidelines.

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