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At a time when the practice of good governance is being eroded, experts derided and societies polarized, the LSE School of Public Policy is committed to the promotion of democratic values and the use of reasoned judgement in the pursuit of public service.

Professor Andrés Velasco, Dean of LSE School of Public Policy



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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.


12 September 2019

Last week EMPA and EMPP students were at the School for their Economic Policy Analysis module. 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.

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”.


Professor Dolan speaking to students about happiness and public policy

The week also included the student-led Insight event, where EMPA and EMPP students 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 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.


Luisa Higuera Joseph giving her presentation

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.


One of the student working spaces in the new Centre Building

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 new teaching 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.


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.

Lucy Lake_3_smallOn 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.

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.

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. 

News from 2018


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

Join us on Thursday 29 November for the offical launch of the LSE School of Public Policy.

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." 

Tony Travers

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.


Planning for Post Maduro Venezula

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