Join us at one of our events

The School of Public Policy frequently hosts public and private events encompassing a broad range of public policy topics, both of a national and international focus.

This webpage will give you details of our forthcoming events as well as sharing podcasts from our previous public lectures.

Forthcoming events:  

Below is a list of our forthcoming events:

Parliamentary Health and Service Ombudsman annual lecture: 
Avoiding the Avoidable: Comparative Approaches to Patient Safety

6.30-8.00pm, Wolfson Theatre
Thursday 13 December, 2018

Rob Behrens, the Parliamentary Health and Service Ombudsman will be joined in conversation by Sir Liam Donaldson, who was previously the Chief Medical Officer for England. Together, they will discuss the importance of patient safety.   


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Policy-Making in an Age of Populism - Launch of the School of Public Policy

6.30-8.00pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre
Thursday 29 November, 2018

Across the globe, liberal democracy is under threat from populism. Through Europe, the Americas and Asia demagogic figures of both the left and the right have come to power with simplistic solutions to entrenched policy dilemmas, bringing often authoritarian and sometimes brutal methods to achieve their political ends. The practice of good governance is being eroded, the international settlement up-ended, experts derided and societies polarised. The global effect is nothing less than an assault on liberalism and democratic institutions. 

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. Yascha Mounk, a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow at New America will discuss the importance of freedom in a democracy, Sara Hobbolt, Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and professor in the Department of Government and the European Institute will comment on the causes of populism given her work on European Politics. Together the panel will discuss: 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?

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Jamie Suss: Future Politics: living together in a world transformed by tech book launch

6.30-8.00pm, Old Theatre
Tuesday 6 November, 2018

This event featured an exploration of Jamie's new book "Future politics: living together in a world transformed by tech". He was joined in conversation by Professor Tony Travers, the Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy and a Professor in the Department of Government. 

Listen to the podcast for this public lecture

The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Liberation Nation: how to free the economy and modernise the state 

6.30-7.30pm, LSE campus
Tuesday 26 June, 2018

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury gave a speech on the state of the economy. 

At this event, the Rt Hon Liz Truss discussed what should happen after eight years of fiscal restraint, where should the state go next and what does that mean for the public finances? She also argued that to be effective at delivering the public good, government should adapt to reflect the modern age, and boost growth through economic liberalisation and taking on vested interests.

Professor Sir Tim Besley chaired this discussion.

Read a transcript of the speech

Sir Nick Clegg: flying the flag for openness: why liberalism still matters

6.00-7.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE campus
Tuesday 12 June, 2018

Battered, bruised and blamed for so many of the world's problems, liberal values have found themselves under attack from left and right. But these values have multiple virtues and with many enduring strengths. In his inaugural lecture as a Visiting Professor in practice at LSE's School of Public Policy, Sir Nick Clegg will set out the case for liberal values at a time when stark social and generational divisions threaten to pull the country apart. If Open versus Closed is the pivotal divide in British politics today, then liberalism, a far richer philosophy than its critics allow, is best placed to bridge that divide. Sir Nick Clegg will explain why liberalism must be defended, must be cherished, but must also adapt to face the challenges of the future -  and why there is nothing inconsistent with being both a liberal and a patriot.

This public lecture will be chaired by Professor Tony Travers. 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. 

Listen to the podcast for this public lecture

Robert Peston: WTF: what the f--- happened and what happens next? 

6.30-8.00pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE campus
Monday 6 November, 2017

To celebrate the release of his new book WTF: What the F--- Happened and What Happens Next? Robert Peston spoke at the LSE to help us make sense of the significant events which are changing our lives.

It has never been a scarier time and never has there been more uncertainty in every arena of public life. Peston went through it all, answering the questions everyone is asking around their breakfast tables. He explained what happened, how it happened and where we might be going. Peston was in conversation with LSE's Director, Minouche Shafik.

Robert Peston (@Peston) is ITV's political editor, presenter of the politics show Peston on Sunday and founder of the education charity, Speakers for Schools. He has written three books, How Do We Fix This Mess?Who Runs Britain?, and Brown's Britain. For a decade until the end of 2015, he was at the BBC, as economics editor and business editor. Previously he was City editor at the Sunday Telegraph, political editor and financial editor at the FT, a columnist for the New Statesman, and at the Independent in various roles. Peston has won more than 30 awards for his journalism, including Journalist of the Year from the Royal Television Society. His blog is

Minouche Shafik is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

Listen to the podcast for this public lecture

Evan Davis: Post-Truth: why we have reached peak bullshit and what we can do about it

6.30-8.00pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE campus
Wednesday 18 October, 2017

Never has there been more concern about dishonesty in public life. From President Trump to the Brexit debate, we hear constant talk of falsehoods and fake news, and appeals to alternative facts.

In his new book, Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It, which he discussed at this event, Evan Davis steps inside the panoply of deception and spin employed not just in recent politics, but in all walks of life to explain why bullshit is both pervasive and persistent. Drawing on behavioural science, economics, psychology and his knowledge of the media, Evan discussed why bullshit has apparently become the communications strategy of our time. 

Evan Davis (@EvanHD) is a well-known broadcaster, presenting the current affairs programme Newsnight, on BBC 2; The Bottom Line on Radio 4 and Dragons’ Den on BBC 2. He was a presenter on Radio 4s The Today programme for six years and prior to Today he was the Economics Editor of the BBC.

Professor Charlie Beckett is Director of LSE's Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology, and Director of Polis, LSE's journalism think-tank.

Listen to the podcast for this public lecture

Sadiq Khan:  Good Growth by Design – A Vision for London

6.30-8.00pm, Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street
Monday 10 July, 2017

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, set out his personal vision for London's future development, and discussed his plans to ensure that the city’s growth benefits all Londoners.

London’s population is at an all-time high, and continues to grow as fast as any period since the 19th century. This growth brings challenges of increasing pressures on housing, workspace, local services, infrastructure and heritage, but also brings opportunities to strengthen London’s position as one of the world’s greatest cities.

In A City for All Londoners, Sadiq Khan set out his intention to write this new chapter in London’s development according to the principles of ‘good growth’. For this one-off event, the Mayor describes what good growth will mean for London and Londoners, and how he intends to work with London’s developers, architects, planners, local authorities and communities to deliver it. 

Following his speech, Sadiq Khan joined a panel who will respond to his vision. 

Listen to the podcast for this public lecture

Download the brochure for 'Good Growth By Design' (pdf).