How to contact us

Department of International Development
6-8th Floors, Connaught House
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street


Tel: +44 (020) 7955 7425/6252 


Frequently Asked Questions|


Please submit enquiries through our online query form|


twitter-32|   facebook-32|


image by CIFOR

The Department of International Development is committed to the pursuit of excellence in interdisciplinary research to further understanding of the processes of social, political and economic change within the developing world and in the international political economy. We aim to promote research that addresses the problems and policy options facing actors in both the South and the North who are concerned with poverty reduction and the ultimate improvement of social, economic and political life in poor countries and regions across the world. Our faculty and research associates include scholars committed to research at the local level, as well as those working on issues of national development and international relations and policy.

International Development encourages both individual scholarly research and collaborative research within the Department, across the London School of Economics and with partners throughout the developed and developing world. We believe our research is enhanced by the interface with our postgraduate teaching and research student programmes and collaborative and consultancy work with national and international development agencies, non-governmental organisations working on development and the private sector at home and abroad. Most of our faculty and research associates have experience in the world of development practice or policy-making.

Research Themes

The Department conducts research across six broad themes:

  1. Complex emergencies, security, and humanitarianism in war-torn societies.
  2. Comparative politics of development.
  3. Governance, civil society, and informal politics.
  4. Development management.
  5. Development economics.
  6. The politics of global health.

In addition, there are also research units:

  1. The Justice and Security Research Programme.
  2. The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit.
  3. The International Growth Centre (an LSE-wide initiative).