The Global South Unit (GSU) is a research and teaching initiative based in the International Relations Department of the LSE. It is a decentralised ideas hub aimed at investigating the changing role of the South in shaping the global order. The unit was co-founded by Professor Chris Alden and Dr. Alvaro Mendez from the International Relations Department.
We aspire to lead the debate through our research, analysis and innovative ideas. Our network of academics, practitioners, policy-makers and business leaders are from, and embedded in, the Global South.
Our remit is, and always shall be to take the perspective of the Global South. We aim to ‘de-centre’ the study of International Relations and refocus it on the emerging dynamic of South-South cooperation. We achieve this through a combination of original academic research and an active outreach programme of events and publications.
Our work is not based on theory alone; contributors have real experience of social and economic development in the Global South and feed these learnings back into their work and to the wider academic community. We capture and accurately analyse the shifting global landscape of economic ties and political relations now in process of re-constituting the structures and institutions of the international system.
Through established links in Africa, China, India and Latin America, the GSU is creating a global network that will serve as a virtual and substantive centre of excellence on South-South Cooperation. Our vision and mission is to help create a prosperous Global South that will pioneer sustainable and responsible approaches to social and economic development. The unit is led by Professor Chris Alden.