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Department of Mathematics
Columbia House
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, UK


Email: maths.info@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0)207 955 7732/7925
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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.


Maths at LSE Blog launch - October 2015

The Department celebrated the launch of our blog (Maths at LSE) by joining together with Communications and Research colleagues across the School for an afternoon reception.  We are very grateful to Adrian Thomas (Director of Communications), Chris Gilson (Managing Editor LSE USAPP blog) and Sierra Williams (Managing Editor LSE Impact blog) for presenting their experiences of academic blogging, social media and communications strategy.  It was a very fun event and really inspired us all to get blogging!


Macmillan Coffee Morning - September 2015

The Department took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan.  Lots of staff got their bake on, with sweet treats including Black Forest gateaux, luschious lemon fairies and chocolate orange cupcakes, and savoury delights such as Spanish tortilla and feta parcels.  It was a great opportunity to shares elevenses and raise money for a fantastic cause.

Frank Wilczek

A Beautiful Question: finding nature's deep design

Date: Wednesday 8 July 2015
Speaker: Professor Frank Wilczek
Chair: Professor Bernhard von Stengel

World-class physicist and Nobel laureate Professor Frank Wilczek (MIT) discussed his new book, "A Beautiful Question", which argues that beauty is at the heart of the logic of the universe, a principle that had guided his pioneering work in quantum physics. A Beautiful Question is the culmination of Wilczek's life work, a work that looks to combine the age-old quest for beauty with the age-old quest for truth.The press release can be read here.

The event was chaired by Professor Bernhard von Stengel.  The podcast for this event is now available here, the video of the lecture can be viewed here  and photographs taken by Dr Tugkan Batu can be seen


Workshop on Search Games and Rendezvous
The Shard, Warwick Business School London Campus
July 6 and 7, 2015


Shmuel Gal (Haifa, Israel)
Robbert Fokkink (TU Delft, Netherlands)
Thomas Lidbetter (LSE, UK)
Noemi Zoroa (Murcia, Spain)


Steve Alpern, ORMS Group, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.  steve.alpern@wbs.ac.uk
Thomas Lidbetter, LSE, t.r.lidbetter@lse.ac.uk

Talks on all topics related to search and patrolling, including predator-prey games, were welcome. Rendezvous problems were also covered.

Zambelli, Giacomo

Giacomo Zambelli (LSE) awarded the 2015 Lanchester Prize by INFORMS

Giacomo Zambelli, Associate Professor in LSE’s Mathematics Department (with co-authors Gerard Cornuejols (Tepper School of Business) and Michele Conforti (University of Padova)) has been awarded the prestigious Frederick W. Lanchester Prize for 2015 by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the largest professional body in the world in the field of operations research, management science, and analytics. The prize, which honours “the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences published in English in the past three years”, was awarded for their book “Integer Programming”, published by Springer in December 2014.  Read more about Giacomo's award here.


New blog post - Tom Lidbetter (LSE) - Being Hunted

Viewers of Channel 4's intense reality television show Hunted might have been stunned by the degree to which our behaviour can be monitored and predicted by hidden surveillance systems and the state.  Tom Lidbetter's blog article "Being “Hunted”: how randomness can help" looks at the best randomised strategies both for searching and hiding using game theory.


Departmental Teaching Prize Winners – 2014-15

We are very happy to announce the winners of the Departmental Teaching Prizes for academic year 2014-15: Hao Hang, Matthew Jenssen, Amal Merhi & Barnaby Roberts.  Thank you to them all for the excellent teaching they delivered as Graduate Teaching Assistants.

LSE teaching awards 2015

Prizewinners aplenty!

Summer Term is a time for celebration and we're very pleased to announce the following winners in 2015:

  • LSE Teaching Promotion Awards: Dr Amol Sasane was promoted to Professor in recognition of his exemplary contributions to teaching and to the Department.
  • LSE Class Teacher Awards: Elisabeth Grieger, Matthew Jenssen, Philip Johnson, Tony Whelan and Georgios Zouros were nominated by our department in recognition of the special contribution made to teaching.
  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Prize Shyamal Patel, BSc Mathematics and Economics, is this year’s Joint Winner of the IMA Prize for Outstanding Performance in the Final Year of an Institute of Mathematics and its Applications approved course.
  • The Cyril Offord Prize 2015 for outstanding performance in Mathematics was awarded to Jeremy MacRae, BSc Mathematics and Economics.

Full details of all prizes can be found here.


Maths at LSE blog launches!

We're very excited to announce the launch of our research blog, 'Maths at LSE'! The core mission of this blog is to increase public awareness and understanding of the research we undertake within our Department. Blog entries will highlight news and views on the work of our academic colleagues, both those based here in the Department and our esteemed guests. Take a look here.

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