The Centre for International Studies was established on an inter-disciplinary basis as an exercise in inter-departmental collaboration in 1967, with the initial aid of a five-year grant from the Ford Foundation. Its prime purpose has been to encourage research in international studies, broadly conceived. Much of the research of its visiting fellows has had a regional focus, though the Centre welcomes applications for visiting positions from any scholar whose research has an international dimension. The Centre is now part of the International Relations Department but is maintained and administered by an inter-departmental Management Committee. The current Director of the Centre and Chair of the Management Committee is Dr Kirsten Ainley (Department of International Relations).
The Management Committee assumes responsibility for recommending the appointment of visiting researchers from the UK and abroad to occupy the eight places in the available facilities. Visiting appointments can be held from a minimum period of ten weeks up to a maximum period of one year. Post-doctoral students are encouraged to apply and one place at least will normally be kept for them.
The Centre sponsors the LSE International Studies monograph series published by Routledge.
International Social Research Training [Word doc] - In the fourth round of the ESRC's Researcher Development Initiative, the Centre for International Studies received an ESRC award of £56,000 to develop a series of training modules for international social research.