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BP to fund a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at LSE

BP is to fund a Distinguished Visiting Fellow and research programme at the LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance.

The Distinguished Visiting Fellow scheme, to start later this year, will spearhead a three-year, multi-disciplinary research programme, addressing the issues facing the globalised world.

A series of seminars will take place, initially in London and then across the world, drawing on LSE and worldwide academic expertise. BP is investing £1.5 million in the Fellow and research programme.

The Centre for the Study of Global Governance is one of LSE's flagship research centres, led by Professor Lord Desai. Established in 1991, CsGG staff have published over 28 discussion papers to analyse such areas as poverty, international conflicts, and international economic co-operation.

Lord Desai said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the LSE and the Centre to make a serious impact in the current debate on globalisation. The BP Distinguished Fellow and research programme is a bold innovation, combining theory and practice in this fast growing area."

BP is the UK's biggest company and one of the world's leading energy and exploration companies. Bryan Sanderson, Group Managing Director, BP Amoco, said: "We are delighted to be working with LSE on this. We hope that the programme will raise the level of debate internationally on a range of issues of global governance and thus help us to develop a better understanding of how to address the challenges which lie ahead in the rapidly changing global arena."

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Contact Lord Desai on T: 020 7955 7583
Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on T: 020 7955 7060
David Nicholas, BP Amoco Press Office, on T: 020 7496 4708

24 July 2000

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