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Professor Andrés Velasco, Dean of LSE School of Public Policy



November 2019


13 December 2019

SPP live at the LSE Election Night Party

Last night the School of Public Policy was on the scene of the LSE Election Night Party, reporting on political reactions and developments as the exit poll was published.

We listened to analysis from leading experts in the political field, which involved the implications of the General Election on British Politics, Law and the Constitution, Europe and Vrexit, Economy and Welfare and Foreign and Trade Policy.

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The night wholly kicked off with the release of the exit poll at 22:00 GMT, where a full Sheikh Zayed Theatre reacted with a mix of joy and misery at the predictions.

Following this, a continuous stream of expert panellists discussed a whole range of implications for the UK and its relations with the world going forward, as well as commenting on issue areas the election campaign neglected.

We caught up with individuals throughout the night.

MPP student Henry argued argues there are two ways of interpreting the outcome of the exit poll. First, as an endorsement of Brexit. Second, as a rejection of Jeremy Corbyn's policies (adding that it will be hard to disentangle the link between Corbyn & Labour's policies).

Henry also suggested the outcome gives PM Boris Johnson a clean mandate to reject everything the Labour Party ran on the basis of, and to pursue whatever he wants on Brexit. To him, both of these mean bad news for people who stand behind a progressive agenda.

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SPP Academic Director Prof Sara Hagemann argued the election result might not be unwelcome in Europe. It has significant consequences for the Brexit we have because the EU now know what government they're dealing with.

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Prof Nicholas Barr, Professor of Public Economics at the LSE European Institute, responded to the question: "Does lying on the campaign trail matter?"

He answered: The exit poll results prove we need to regulate social media. If democracy is to continue being viable, people need to be able to believe what they're told.

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Dean of the SPP Prof Andrés Velasco responded to the question: "If you were to add one issue to the election discussion that was missed, what would it be?"

He responded: Given the amount of technological change, and change in the world economy, any future growth in the UK will require a "reskilling" to an extent that no candidate or party was talking about. This is important for reasons of growth, employment and social equity. It is shocking how absent this was in this election.

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Panel 5 of the night was titled "Economy and Welfare". Prof Velasco argued, using his experience with trade agreements in Chile, the perceived idea of jumping out of the EU and quickly into a set of trade agreements with the rest of the world is unlikely.


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Panel 5, with Professor Andres Velasco, Professor Stephen Machin, Vicky Pryce and Professor Nicholas Barr.

Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Advisor at CEBR, further made the point that there has been a move away from evidence; evidence-based policy has been thrown out of the window.

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Concluding remarks by Professor Tony Travers

Final remarks were given by Professor Tony Travers, who concluded the First Past the Post voting system, and the UK's two-party system, is here to stay.

If you are interested in revisiting moments from the election night, visit our Twitter (@LSEPublicPolicy).



9 December 2019

The School of Public Policy welcomes new Visiting Professor

The LSE School of Public Policy is delighted to announce that Mr Antonio Roldán is joining as a Visiting Professor in Practice.

Mr Roldán is Director of the Center for Economic Policy and Political Economy at Esade Business School. He is a MPA graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and holds an MPhil from LSE in European Political Economy. Until July 2019, he was a member of the Spanish national congress and during that time served as Economics Spokesperson and Head of Policy for the Spanish Ciudadanos political party.

Mr Roldán’s research at LSE will be in collaboration with Professor Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy, to write a joint book that compares and contrasts liberalism in Latin America and Europe. The idea of the book is to build a global agenda for a renewed progressive liberalism, which includes an actualisation of the theoretical foundations, innovative policies and the best experience to defend liberal democracy. Previously, Prof Velasco completed, in 2019, a book entitled ‘Liberalismo in tiempos de Cólera’ [Liberalism in a time of Cholera], while Mr Roldán has also published extensively on the dilemmas and challenges to Liberalism as a political force in Spain. 

In accepting his Visiting Professorship in Practice, Mr Roldán commented “I am delighted to be joining the LSE School of Public Policy as it continues its rapid development since being founded in 2018. As my own alma mater, I relish the chance to return to LSE and the campus I know so well. I am particularly looking forward to working with Prof Velasco and other LSE colleagues on interests that we all find so fascinating, and so crucially important to the current politics.”


29 November 2019

Andrés Velasco publishes article on Bipolar Economics

SPP Dean Professor Andrés Velasco has published his latest article with Project Syndicate, titled "Bipolar Economics". In it, he explores the effectiveness of randomised controlled trials for better economic policies.

Read here.


22 November 2019

Nine SPP staff members awarded LSE Excellence in Education Awards

Congratulations to all SPP staff members who were awarded 2018/19 Excellence in Education Awards at yesterday evening's awards ceremony.

These awards are made, on the recommendations of Heads of Department, to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.

The following winners teach at the SPP: Simon Bastow, Gharad Bryan, Tasha Fairfield, Lloyd Gruber, William Matcham, Niclas Moneke, Berkay Ozcan, Jonathan Roberts and Daniel Sturm.


8 November 2019

Alumnus Hugh Cole gives seminar on Cape Town water crisis

Yesterday we welcomed back SPP alumnus Hugh Cole, Director of Policy and Strategy at the City of Cape Town, for the first SPP Policy in Practice Seminar of the term.

Mr Cole delivered an insightful seminar to our students on the 2017 Cape Town water crisis, how the city government responded and the role of data in building a future resilience.

SPP Policy in Practice Seminars, organised by Prof. Adnan Khan, are aimed at engaging with professionals, policy actors and practitioners involved in public policy in various capacities in order to bring together practice and academia and to deepen the learning experience of SPP students.


7 November 2019

Margaret Trudeau gives talk to SPP students on the topic of mental health

The SPP was honoured to welcome Margaret Trudeau, author, mental health advocate and former Canadian First Lady, to LSE for the second SPP Women's Network event of the term.

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Ms Trudeau shared a personal, moving and inspiring recollection of her long journey with Bipolar disorder, with the goal of inspiring others and erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness.

The evening began on a heartening note, with Margaret emphasising the importance of kindness to live in a mentally happy world, and ended with a joke to instill the importance of laughter for mental wellbeing.

Throughout, she offered powerful words of advice on how to maintain a healthy mind, reminding the audience of the importance of nurturing the body, mind and spirit through actions such as getting enough sleep, giving the body the nutrition it needs, and taking time to recharge.



6 November 2019

Professor Tony Travers quoted on impact of General Election on HS2 review

Professor Travers, panellist on the Oakervee Review of the HS2 project, comments that the pre-election purdah period - where the government faces restrictions in its communication with the public - means the HS2 review is unlikely to be published before the election. 

Read full article here.

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4 November 2019

MPP student attends prestigious British Council programme

Congratulations to Toluwalola Kasali, currently studying for a Master in Public Policy, who won the opportunity to attend the prestigious British Council 2019 Future Leaders Connect programme.

Toluwalola was selected as one of five representatives of Nigeria, presenting her policy ideas on internally displaced persons, written in her book "My Name is Aisha".


Past News



29 October 2019

Andrés Velasco on the Santiago protests

Professor Andrés Velasco has written a new article for Project Syndicate, "Santiago Under Siege", in which he explores the protests in Santiago and what this means for citizen dissatisfaction and the potential for violence in modern societies.

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22 October 2019

Professor Tony Travers quoted on London 2020 election

Professor Travers was quoted in an Evening Standard article on next year's 2020 London mayoral election, commenting on the position of lead candidates Sadiq Khan and Rory Stewart.

“I think the big question now is how far Rory Stewart, given he will have relatively high name recognition, can style himself as a sort of ‘Emmanuel Macron figure’ and stand above politics.

“Sadiq Khan starts in quite a good position, in that the Labour Party remains in a strong position in London. It’s very much Sadiq Khan’s to lose.”

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17 October 2019

Professor Alex Voorhoeve awarded funding

Congratulations to Professor Alex Voorhoeve, SPP faculty and Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, who has been awarded funding from the University of Bergen to participate in the Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS). 

BCEPS aims to develop and provide methods, evidence and normative guidance for ethically acceptable, fair, and efficient priority setting for improved population health and wellbeing in national health systems.

BCEPS, with support from Norad, will provide decision support to countries for fair and efficient priority setting – on the path to Universal Health Coverage, for public health, and for intersectoral action – in partial fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals.


15 October 2019

Professor Andrés Velasco on The Temptations of Populism

The Dean of the School of Public Policy will be participating in an event on populism at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, on 29 October.

See full details.

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4 October 2019

Professor Tony Travers named in The Progress 1000

Yesterday Professor Travers was named in the Evening Standard's list of London's most influential people 2019, a celebration of the people changing London's future for the better. Coming tenth in the category Business: Property out of an overall list of 1000, Professor Travers is described as: "the go-to man for comment on the intricate web and bureaucratic process of running London — through its boroughs, councils and beyond. His opinion is sought after by our policymakers and he has sat on enough think tanks to turn him into a saint. Quiet, considered and reliable, Travers has more of a sense of humour than any academic specialising in local government has a right to possess."

See full list.


27 September 2019

Article: Argentina's Recurring Nightmare

Professor Andrés Velasco has written a new article for Project Syndicate, reflecting on Argentina and the country's President Mauricio Macri.

Read article here.


12 September 2019

An insightful week for EMPA and EMPP students

Last week EMPA and EMPP students attended their Economic Policy Analysis module, heard from three expert guest speakers, participated in a student-led Insight event and heard from LSE Careers.

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Attending Economic Policy Analysis: Led by Dr Sandra Sequeira and Dr Ethan Ilzetzki, this course was about giving students the tools to critically analyse economic policy questions, with real-world contemporary issues under discussion.

Guest speakers: As well as learning from leading SPP faculty, the students also heard from three expert guest speakers, who gave deep insights into their areas of professional practice.

These speakers were Professor Sir Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Institute for Research and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy; Reza Moghadam, the Vice Chairman of Sovereigns & Official Institutions - Global Capital Markets, at Morgan Stanley; and Professor Paul Dolan, who heads the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE and is author of the best-selling books “Happiness by Design” and “Happy Ever After”.

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Student-led Insight event: This was a chance for EMPA and EMPP students to give lectures on topics of their choice to their peers – a great opportunity for the students to learn from one another’s huge breadth of experience, interests and expertise. 

enrique_garciaEnrique Garcia spoke about the topic of migration in relation to Venezuela

This time Insight addressed the topic of migration, with students including Enrique Garcia speaking about policy issues through practical experiences from Venezuela, and Luisa Higuera Joseph who spoke about Colombia.

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LSE Careers: During their time on campus the students had a session on strengths finding by LSE Careers, as well as one-on-one executive career coaching, to give tailored support and careers advice.

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This was the first EMPA module that took place in the Centre Building, the new home of School of Public Policy, and the students really appreciated the fantastic newteaching and student spaces.



24 July 2019


Yesterday saw the graduation ceremony for the School of Public Policy, with MPA, Executive MPA and Executive MPP students joining staff and faculty to celebrate their achievement of completing their studies at the LSE. 

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24 June 2019

Professor Andrés Velasco on the gap between policy experts and voters

Professor Velasco published last week his latest column for Project Syndicate, examining the divide between policy experts and voters. Read the column here.


05 June 2019

SPP London alumni chapter launch

Last Thursday was the launch of the SPP alumni association’s new London chapter. The event took place at the Rugby Tavern pub in Bloomsbury, and saw over twenty five former students of the school come together to catch up, enjoy the free drinks and buffet and take part in a pub quiz. Also attending was the School of Public Policy’s manager Paul Sullivan, who described the night as a “great success”.

The School of Public Policy's Alumni Symposium, for MPA, EMPA and EMPP alumni, will take place next weekend, on Saturday the 15th June. It will include a keynote speech from the SPP Dean Professor Andrés Velasco, as well as several panels discussing topics such as technology, Brexit and climate change. Tickets also include lunch, refreshments and an evening drinks reception.

Click here for more details on the alumni symposium, including a link to buy tickets.

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22 May 2019

Executive MPA and MPP Policy in Practice weekend

This past weekend, students of the Executive Master’s in Public Administration and Executive Master’s in Public Policy came together at LSE for a Policy in Practice weekend.

The students attended talks covering topics such as social entrepreneurship, post-truth politics and combatting terrorism. Expert practitioners in these policy areas shared their insights alongside LSE faculty teaching the latest academic approach.

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 We caught up with some of the second-year EMPA students after their talk from Lucy Lake, CEO of the Campaign for Female Education, who spoke about social entrepreneurship in a session on Friday.

Andrew, a second-year EMPA student, appreciated the linkages between social entrepreneurship and global issues. Fellow student Marlon was also inspired by this talk, seeing social entrepreneurship as a potential solution to challenges in his home country of Honduras.

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On Friday, Lucy Lake – CEO of the Campaign for Female Education – delivered a Policy in Practice session to EMPA students on the importance of social entrepreneurship.

Students were also excited for the rest of the weekend’s activities. Misha, a second-year EMPA student, was looking forward to Saturday’s focus on trade and protectionism, because of the prominence of this issue in the current global context. This was echoed by his classmate Gabriel, who thought that in an “era of the rise of protectionism” the talk was especially relevant, and that it would complement the Global Market Economics module that they studied in November.

For their talks on Friday, first-year EMPA students were exploring post-truth politics in a module led by Dr Alexandra Cirone. As well as looking at the most recent research and policy solutions on the issue, the day included a session from the New York Times journalist Amanda Taub.

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Journalist Amanda Taub of the New York Times spoke on the topic of post-truth politics and fake news.

Saturday’s session included a talk from Susan Haird, Associate Director for Trade and Investment at IMC Global, as well as lectures from LSE’s Dr Thomas Sampson, on the subject of trade agreements in a time of rising protectionism.

On Saturday evening, EMPA and EMPP second-year students were treated to a closing dinner in the magnificent 15th century Old Hall of Lincoln’s Inn to mark the last modular session of their studies.

The weekend closed for second-year students with Sunday’s talks on combatting terrorism, including one from Sir Richard Mottram, former permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence. First-year students studied migration and integration policy, with LSE’s Dr Dominik Hangartner. He was joined by the policy practitioner Cornelia Lüthy, the Vice Director of the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration, and an EMPA alumna herself.

It was a weekend of challenging policy discussion and debate, but also with plenty of time for the students and faculty to socialise and enjoy their time in London.

The weekend was perhaps best summarised by first-year EMPA student Enrico, who said that his key advice to next year’s cohort would be to take advantage of the “full package of LSE” and to use the Policy in Practice weekends to build friendships and expand your network as well as to learn cutting edge insights on policy issues.



14 May 2019

Andrés Velasco on emerging market central bank policies

SPP Dean Andrés Velasco has written an article for Project Syndicate on the propensity for Central Banks in emerging market economies to intervene in currency exchange rates, a topic that Agustin Carstens, General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), spoke about at the LSE earlier in May. Read Dean Velasco’s full article here.

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21 April 2019

Student blog: Relflections on a WTO simulation

Over on the SPP blog, first year MPA student Sachiko Kureta has written an article reflecting on the 2019 model WTO conference in Switzerland. The conference - a simulation of WTO negotiations - lasted a week, and Sachiko talks about what they were doing during the simulation as well as what he was able to take from it. Read the full article here.

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20 March 2019

Student blog: MPA alumnus reflects on capstone project

Former MPA student Jesús Silva has written on the public policy student blog about his reflections, one year on, from the capstone project of his degree, which helped inform recent written recommendations from the British Chamber of Commerce to the UK Parliament’s Select Committee on Trade. Read the full post here.

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19 February 2019

MPA student publishes climate change article

First year MPA student Iqbal Ahmed has written an article for The Public Sphere journal on the challenges posed to capitalism by climate change. Read the full article here.


18 February 2019

Professor Andrés Velasco interviewed in The Telegraph India

Dean Velasco, in an interview with the Indian newspaper, spoke on topics ranging from globalisation and faith in democracy to the challenges faced by the Indian Economy. Read the interview here.


29 January 2019

Professor Nava Ashraf – Rated as one of the top 25 behavioural economists in the world

Professor Nava Ashraf of the School of Public Policy has been included as one of the top twenty-five behavioural economists in the world, according to a new ranking published by Currently, Nava teaches PP452 Applying Behavioural Economics for Social Impact: Design, Delivery, Evaluation and Policy, which is a half-unit course offered by the School of Public Policy. In addition to her teaching duties, Nava serves as the Research Director for LSE’s Marshall Institute, a research centre that examines the effectiveness of private action for public benefit. The ranking details Nava’s impressive contributions to academia and society as a whole.

“In the scant dozen years since her dissertation (as of 2017), Ashraf has authored or co-authored some 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports (some of the most important of which are listed below). She has been a Faculty Research Fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is currently a Fellow with the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), as well as an Affiliated Professor with MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Editor of the journal Economica. In 1995, at the age of 20, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia, the youngest person ever to receive that honor.”

Read the entire ranking of Behaviour Economists from

View Nava’s academic profile.


28 January 2019

LSE MPA Students and British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)

As Brexit continues to consume Westminster, businesses are in search for clarity over the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.

With assistance from the School of Public Policy’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) students, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) provided written recommendations to the UK Parliament’s Select Committee for Trade on business-government relations, during the UK’s Brexit transition process.

Read the full article.

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18 January 2019

Professor Tony Travers

Professor Tony Travers offers his assessment on the various Brexit possibilities, as the Government seeks to resolve the current stalemate.


09 January 2019

Professor Thomas Sampson

Professor Thomas Sampson was quoted in the FT's latest Brexit Breifing. The article, entitlted, "Should the world care about Brexit?" examined the rest of the world's reaction to the UK's eventual departure from the EU. 

"The period since world war II has been marked by
growing economic and cultural globalisation and, in Europe, increasing political integration under the auspices of the European Union," he wrote.

"Brexit marks a departure from this trend … More broadly, Brexit raises questions about the future
stability of the EU and the extent to which further globalisation is inevitable," Sampson explained.


03 January 2019

Professor Andrés Velasco

Professor Velasco tackles the mass protests against President Emmanuel Macron's fuel tax in his latest op-ed for Project Syndicate

"The economics of gas taxes is as old as the politics. The price of fuel in terms of other goods (what economists call a relative price) plays two roles at once. It guides consumption and production decisions: if diesel is dear, consumers will use less and producers refine more of it," Professor Velasco writes. 

Velasco also details his own experience with "diesel-fueled rage," as Chile's Finance Minister.


Governing England

17 December 2018

Professor Tony Travers of the LSE School of Public Policy has recently published a chapter in a new book examining governance in England.

In his chapter, Tony considers the development of London and its existence of a separate civic identity from the rest of England and the United Kingdom.

He takes into account London’s expansive geographical boundaries, separate governing institutions, and national responsibilities.


10 December 2018

Professor Tony Travers

Professor Tony Travers was recently quoted by the New York Times concerning the seizure of the cermonial mace in the UK Parliament. Professor Travers seeks to explain the theatre and politics surrounding the UK's departure from the European Union. 

Read The New York Times article.


05 December 2018

School of Public Policy Coffee Chat

Tinghua Yu is an LSE Fellow, who joined the School of Public Policy in 2017. She currently teaches PP478 Political Science for Public Policy, which examines important political phenomena, such as voting behaviour, elections, and lobbying.


03 December 2018

Patrick Ronk

First-year MPA student Patrick Ronk analyses the 2018 US midterm results in an article for the Public Sphere, the student-run journal of the LSE School of Public Policy. 

"The Democratic Party now finds itself in its strongest position thus far in the Trump presidency," writes Ronk.

"Their hold on the House not only affords them the ability to keep Trump’s worst policy impulses in check, but also gives them the ability to deeply investigate the President’s tax returns, ties to foreign entities, and host of other potential corruption scandals lying under the surface," he said. 

Please visit the Public Sphere to read Patrick's article.


30 November 2018

Professor Andrés Velasco

'Populism Is Rooted in Politics, not Economics'

"Some one billion people around the world are now being ruled by populists of one sort or another. That number will continue to grow if we continue to view populism as the result of economic rather than political dysfunction," writes Professor Velasco. 

In his latest column for Project Syndicate, Professor Velasco explains why global populism has been largely concentrated on the right, rather than on the left.

Read Professor Velasco's latest column on Project Syndicate.


27 November 2018

LSE SPP Official Launch Event

Across the globe, liberal democracy is under threat from populism. In this landmark event, the Director of the LSE, Dame Minouche Shafik, and the Dean of the LSE School of Public Policy, Professor Andres Velasco, will be joined by an esteemed panel to understand the causes of this trend and how it can be reversed.

Why have populists been able to gain public traction so easily? Where have establishment politicians and institutions gone wrong? Why have liberals’ responses to this challenge been so ineffective and at times so inaudible? What skills do policy-makers need to survive and thrive in this environment, and how can schools of public policy –perhaps the ultimate bastions of reasoned judgement in the pursuit of public service– contribute to the defence of liberal democratic values?

 To learn more about the LSE SPP launch event, please visit our dedicated event webpage.


15 November 2018

Professor Andrés Velasco, the inaugural Dean of the LSE School of Public Policy, hosted this year's House of Commons Alumni Gala Dinner.

"Professor Velasco shared with guests his excitement at joining the School and his enthusiasm for the new School of Public Policy – especially with reference to its positive actions in relation to the forthcoming Strategy 2030. He also introduced the host for the evening, the Rt Hon. Mark Field, MP for City of London and Westminster – the constituency in which LSE is located – who shared his experiences of representing such a diverse community," according to the LSE Alumni press release.

"More than 150 alumni and guests joined together, representing every generation, with graduation years spanning seven decades. A large group of recent graduates who were attending their very first LSE alumni event were welcomed into the alumni network," said the press release. 

To learn more about alumni activities, please visit the LSE Alumni website.


13 November 2018

2018 Midterm Elections: What Happened in Texas?

Mariana Adame, a first-year Master of Public Administration candidate at the School of Public Policy, discusses Beto O'Rourke's unprecedented rise to political stardom within the Democratic Party. 

In her article, which was posted in the student led Public Sphere journal, Mariana aruges,"O’Rourke led one of the most impressive campaigns of this year’s midterm elections."

"Beto became a household name. His campaign raised a staggering 70 million dollars, smashing all previous Senate campaign fundraising records. His campaign rally, a concert with Texas legend Willie Nelson, drew 55,000 people. In comparison, Hilary Clinton drew about 44,000 individuals to her biggest rally and Donald Trump had a turnout of 28,000 at his largest rally in Mobile, Alabama," she said.

Prior to attending LSE, Mariana served as a policy aide for U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela. 

To read Mariana's entire article on the rise of Beto O'Rourke, please visit the Public Sphere.


6 November 2018

Executive degree students return to campus

Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) and Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) students are on campus to participate in Global Market Economics module.

"LSE’s cherished on-campus pub, the George IV, was busier than usual this Monday night. Students, professors, and alumni from the School of Public Policy’s two executive programmes - the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) and the UK Civil Service and LSE Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) – were gathering for a well-earned rest.

This week marks the start of the executive degree programmes’ option module in Global Market Economics. Nearly thirty five students from the EMPA and EMPP programmes are on campus to complete the module, which analyses the geographic and macroeconomic factors of world trade."

Read the full article.

Sara Hagemann

31 October 2018

Professor Sara Hagemann

Dr. Sara Hagemann, offers expert testimony to the UK House of Commons on the ramifications of Brexit.

On Wednesday 31 October, Sara appeared before the Exiting the European Union Commitee to offer insight on the progress of the UK's Brexit position. In response to a question from the Chair of the Committee about the future relationship between the UK and the European Union in a post-Brexit world, Dr. Hagemann said, 

"Everything depends on the withdrawal agreement and the kind of relationship the UK itself is proposing and willing to get into. From the very beginning, from the rest of the EU there has been a whole range of options available, from the Norway model to the Canada model and others."

Learn more about Sara's testimony.

Taming the Flow of Global Capital

22 October 2018

Professor Andrés Velasco

"Taming Capital Flow Volatility"

Professor Andrés Velasco discusses the importance of taming capital flow volitatilty in a new piece for Project Syndicate. 

Professor Velasco, who recently attended the 2018 Annual Meeting of the IMF and World Bank in October, examines the prevelance of bilateral trade swaps and regional financial agreements in today's international system.

In his argument, Professor Velasco emphasizes the need for a global financial safety net, so that emerging economies, "are well protected against excessive capital-flow volatility and self-fulfilling financial market panics." 

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18 October 2018

Professor Tony Travers

Quoted in the Financial Times about local councils and the UK property market.

"They will continue looking for any revenue they can to try to prop up their much-reduced resources, and I suspect there will be more [property] investment unless the government decides it wants to cap it off more than it has already," argued Professor Travers. 

To access the full article, please visit the FT's website.

Paul Sullivan

15 October 2018

Our Newest Degree

Paul Sullivan discusses the creation of our new Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree.

Paul Sullivan - manager of the LSE School of Public Policy - explains how a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree will equip you with the necessary skills to address the world's most pressing public policy challenges.

"Our MPP offers grounding in many key specialisms of policy-making. Since the degree is at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), we make economics and political science the core of what we teach, alongside quantitative methods of analysis," said Paul.

With regard to the structure of the degree, Paul explains, "the MPP core includes a ground-breaking course on the management of public organisations and an ‘Applications’ course at the nexus between frontier academic research and policy-making, showing how the two combine. Students then add electives – option courses as they are known in LSE – in law, philosophy, development and more, or other graduate courses from across LSE."

For the full interview, please visit our MPP homepage.

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3 October 2018

Professor Andrés Velasco

Writes on the ramifications of a post-Maduro government in Venezuela for Project Syndicate. 

"No one in Venezuela or abroad can be sure how President Nicolás Maduro's regime will go, but it seems increasingly clear that it will. When it does, Venezuela’s transition to democracy and a market economy will be filled with perils and pitfalls, and much sacrifice will be required," writes Professor Velasco. 

Read Professor Velasco's entire article.