Global Policy Lab

Generating fresh thinking and research-based policy solutions to urgent global challenges 

G-POL joins up emerging and advanced economies in designing and testing innovative, research-based and locally-rooted solutions to their common challenges
Professor Erik Berglof



The IGA’s Global Policy Lab is the right place to explore many of the most pressing global debates in order to provide an ‘antidote’ to the current wave of populism and autarky
Duncan Clark, OBE



The Global Policy Lab is an important innovation which deserves widespread support
Rt Hon Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister



The Launch of the Global Policy Lab (G-Pol) The Launch of the Global Policy Lab (G-Pol)


LSE IGA’s Global Policy Lab (G-POL) aims to harness the world’s combined brainpower to generate fresh thinking and research-based policy solutions to urgent global challenges. Global collaboration and international institutions are under threat from both sides: emerging economies has been questioning their underrepresentation in global decision making for quite some time, but some advanced economies have also started raising  questions about the benefits of globalization and its supporting international system. 

G-POL joins up emerging and advanced economies in designing and testing innovative, research-based and locally-rooted solutions to their common challenges, drawing on LSE’s Nobel-prize winning faculty, top-tier students as well as IGA’s extensive international network of high-level policymakers.

Read more about LSE IGA’s Global Policy Lab here and click here for the version in Chinese.

LSE IGA Launch of the Global Policy Lab (G-POL)

LSE IGA marked the launch of its Global Policy Lab (G-POL)  on May 16. Participants included Professor Raghuram RajanLord Adair TurnerLord Nicholas SternProfessor Philippe AghionProfessor Sergei GurievAssistant Professor Keyu JinVisiting Professor Mario BlejerMichael Sohlman and Duncan ClarkProfessor Erik Berglof, Director of LSE IGA welcomed and led the event, which showcased two of G-POL’s initiatives: Rethinking Global Finance, and a new growth model – Avoiding the Middle Income Trap, under the newly established Transformation Commission. 

Full event programme and photos.

LSE IGA Thought Leaders Event on "Fractures in Globalisation & Implications for Emerging Economies"

LSE IGA, along with its constituent centre LACC, the Institute for New Economic thinking (INET) and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) organised a major Thought Leaders Event on Fractures in Globalisation & Implications for Emerging Economies on June 19 in Mexico City during the 18th World Congress of the International Economic Association (IEA). World renowned speakers included Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, LSE's Tim BesleyErik Berglof and Mario BlejerAndres Velasco of Columbia University, Kaushik Basu of Cornell University, Anne Krueger of John Hopkins SAIS, Robert Johnson of INET, and Chong-En Bai of Tsinghua University, along with policy makers Guillermo OrtizAlicia BarcenaMonica Aspe, Enrique Cardenas, Eva Arceo and Jorge Suarez Velez

The event covered three main topics: rethinking the global financial systempopulism from left and right; and sustainable growth to avoid the "middle income trap". The final session hosted the launch of INET's Global Transformation Commission. More information on the event's official webpage.

Read the full programme.

Erik Berglof serves on Secretariat of newly formed G20 Group of Eminent Persons

Ahead of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Hamburg this weekend, LSE IGA is pleased to announce that its Director, Professor Erik Berglof, has been invited to serve on the Secretariat of the newly formed G20 Group of Eminent Persons - of which Professor Nicholas Stern is a member. The Group's mission is to take forward the G20's work on the global financial architecture with special attention to financial stability and capital flows and the structure of multilateral development institutions (including the IMF), and to prepare realistic proposals for enhancing the global architecture and the leadership of the G20.

LSE IGA is proud to support the G20's desire to engage directly with excellent academia both in advanced and major emerging economies, in line with the vision of IGA and its new Global Policy Lab (G-POL) to enhance the research capacity and global policy voice of emerging economies. 


Jin Speaking
Keyu Jin, Assistant Professor of Economics, LSE
Professor Raghuram Rajan, University of Chicago
Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, LSE
Ning Speech
Pofessor Zhu Ning, Deputy Director of NIFR, Tsinghua University