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The LSE Department of Mathematics is internationally recognised for its teaching and research. Located within a world-class social science institution, the Department aims to be a leading centre for Mathematics in the Social Sciences.

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The research strengths of the Department are in Discrete Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Operations Research, Game Theory and applications of Mathematics to the Social Sciences. You can find out more about our research by clicking here.

"The London School of Economics has the highest proportion of "world-leading" research among UK universities..."

The results for REF 2014 have now been published. Click here to find out how the Department and the School overall performed.

Recent research publications

Recent Publications

A list of recent research publications of the staff (and PhD students) of the Department can be found on our Publications page.


Research Seminars

The Department hosts regular well-attended research seminars during term-time covering topics in all our main research areas.

Students studying

Current Students

You can find information about our course modules, including links to the course materials hosted on Moodle, and lecturers' and class teachers' office hours by clicking here.

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May 2016: 2016 Colloquia in Combinatorics

2016 sees the tenth year of the Colloquia in Combinatorics and we were excited to celebrate this milestone by making this Colloquia our biggest and best yet. And that's just what we did on 11-12 May, hosting two consecutive one-day events at QMUL and LSE.  Read more about the event here.

March 2016: Alumni Reception: celebrating 20 Years of the Department

On 1 March 2016 we hosted a special evening reception for alumni, staff (both past and present) and current MSc and PhD students in honour of a momentous occasion: the Department of Mathematics' 20th anniversary.

It was a great chance to reconnect and build networks, catching up with familiar faces and meeting new LSE faculty and students.  Celebrating with our friends was simply the best feeling!  A full write up of the event can be read here, with accompanying photos.
Young, Peyton

Public Lecture: The Diffusion of Social and Technological Innovations

Date: Monday 7 March 2016
Speaker: Professor H. Peyton Young
Professor Martin Anthony

Professor Peyton Young is Centennial Professor of Mathematics at the London School of Economics. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

In this lecture, Peyon considered how new ideas, technologies, and ways of doing things are the key to economic growth and development. Yet it often takes many years after the introduction of an innovation before it comes into widespread use. Delays result from many issues; we examined these in the context of several well-documented cases.  The event was chaired by Professor Martin Anthony (@MartinHGAnthony), Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department of Mathematics at LSE.

A video of the lecture can be viewed on our YouTube channel here, with accompanying slides available here.


Joint Mathematics and Philosophy Reading Group on Game Theory

We are pleased to announce the launch of an interdisciplinary reading group on game theory which is jointly organised by LSE's Mathematics and Philosophy Departments.

Primary focus of the group is on foundational and philosophical issues in game theory, but applications will also play a role. We particularly aim to promote interdisciplinary research projects among graduate students from any disciplines.

The group will meet every second week starting in Lent Term 2016.  For more information, please contact seminar@maths.lse.ac.uk.

Wilson, Robin

Public Lecture: Non-Western Mathematics

Date: Monday 18 January 2016
Speaker: Professor Robin Wilson
Professor Jan van den Heuvel

Professor Robin Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics, LSE.  In this lecture, he explored the mathematics of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and the Mayans.  The event was chaired by Professor Jan van den Heuvel, Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, LSE.

The podcast and video of the lecture can be found here, with accompanying slides available here.


Using Mathematics: Making Big Economics Visible to the Human Eye

Date: Wednesday 9 December 2015
Speaker: Professor Danny Quah
Chair: Professor Jan van den Heuvel

World-renowned Professor Danny Quah (Professor of Economics and International Development, LSE) discussed large economic facts about the world which mathematics helps to uncover.  The event was hosted jointly by the LSESU Applicable Maths Society and the Department of Mathematics and was chaired by Professor Jan van den Heuvel (Mathematics, LSE).

The video of the lecture can be viewed here, with accompanying slides available here.


New blog post: Philippe van Basshuysen – Towards a fairer distribution of refugees

With the current refugee crisis showing no sign of abating, a fair and efficient method for distributing people to different countries is urgently needed. In this new post (which was originally published on the Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method blog), Philippe van Basshuysen looks at matching systems. 


Prizewinners aplenty!

Summer Term is a time for celebration and we're very pleased to announce the following winners in 2016:

  • LSESU Teaching Excellence Award Winner in Innovative Teaching: Dr Eleni Katirtzoglou (Mathematics).  Students from all over the LSE nominate their teachers for the LSESU Awards, and Eleni is to be congratulated on this significant achievement.
  • LSE Teaching Promotion Award: Dr Julia Böttcher, on promotion to Associate Professor, was also awarded a Major Review teaching prize for her outstanding teaching. Congratulations to Julia
  • LSE Class Teacher Awards: Barnaby Roberts, Michael Yiasemides, Elisabeth Grieger, Phil Johnson, Tom Lidbetter. Well done to them all.
  • Departmental Prizes for New Class Teachers (those in their first two years of teaching for us): Aaron Lin, Amal Merhi and Michael Yiasemides.Thank you to you all. Full details can be read here.
Veraart, Luitgard

New Research Award

Dr Luitgard Veraart, Mathematics, has been awarded a Bank of England George Fellowship to develop a rigorous methodology to assess systemic risk when information about the underlying financial network is only partially available. This will enable regulators such as the Bank of England to account for higher-order financial contagion effects in macroprudential stress tests even if the full network is not observable.  Congratulations Luitgard!

Norman Biggs

New blog post: Norman Biggs - Calculus on Clay?

Norman Biggs is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at LSE.  Follow him on Twitter: @norman_biggs.  In this new blog article, Norman comments on the recent discory of a Babylonian clay tablet thought to contain material that resembles ‘calculus’.


Improvements in the sequential change-point detection schemes for finance

The implementation of detection procedures by Dr Pavel Gapeev, Department of Mathematics, by certain analytic research groups in the financial industry led to improvements in the existing methods for trading and hedging in financial markets.

Read Pavel's impact case study here.

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New blog post: Paul Dütting – Designing auctions for re-allocating spectrum rights

Paul Dütting is a Senior Researcher at ETH Zürich; during the the academic year 2014-2015, he was an LSE Fellow in the Department of Mathematics. In this new blog article, Paul considers the Federal Communications Commission Incentive Auctions and the Algorithmic Game Theory processes behind them.

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