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Academic Leadership

The Academic Leadership team are responsible for planning and implementing the Institute's range of research and engagement initiatives, as well as developing prospective projects and external links.

Tony Travers

Professor Tony Travers

Interim Dean of the School of Public Policy

Department of Government


Professor Simon Hix

SPP Academic Director

Harold Laski Professor of Political Science


Dr Babken Babajanian

Associate Professorial Lecturer


Professor Daniel Sturm

EMPA/EMPP Programme Director

Professor of Economics

Joachim Wehner

Dr Joachim Wehner

EMPA/EMPP Programme Director

Associate Professor in Public Policy


Teaching Faculty

Nava Ashraf

Professor Nava Ashraf

Professor of Economics

Oriana Bandiera

Professor Oriana Bandiera

Professor of Economics


Dr Simon Bastow

LSE Fellow

Tim Besley

Professor Tim Besley

School Professor of Economics and Political Science

Gwyn Bevan

Dr Gwyn Bevan

Professor of Economics

Gharad Bryan

Dr Gharad Bryan

Lecturer in Economics

Robin Burgess

Professor Robin Burgess

Professor of Economics

Francesco Caselli

Professor Francesco Caselli

Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics

Torun Dewan

Professor Torun Dewan

Professor of Political Science


Dr Jeremiah Dittmar

Lecturer in Economics

Patrick Dunleavy

Professor Patrick Dunleavy

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Greg Fischer

Dr Greg Fischer

Lecturer in Economics

Conor Gearty

Professor Conor Gearty

Professor in Human Rights, Former Director of the IPA

Lloyd Gruber

Dr Lloyd Gruber

Associate Professor of Political Economy of Development


Dr Sara Hagemann

Assistant Professor

Dominik Hangartner

Dr Dominik Hangartner

Assistant Professor in Political Science


Professor Sara B Hobolt

Sutherland Chair in European Institutions 


Rafael Hortala-Vallve

Dr Rafael Hortala-Vallve

Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Ethan Ilzetzki

Dr Ethan Itzetski

Lecturer in Economics

Stephen Jenkins

Professor Stephen Jenkins

Professor of Economic and Social Policy

Mathias Koenig-Archibugi

Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi

Associate Professor in Global Politics

Camille Landais

Professor Camille Landais

Associate Professor of Economics

Martin Lodge

Professor Martin Lodge

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Henry Overman

Professor Henry Overman

Professor of Economic Geography

Berkay Ozcan

Dr Berkay Ozcan

Assistant Professor of Social Policy

Thomas Sampson

Dr Thomas Sampson

Lecturer in Economics


Dr Waltraud Schelke

Associate Professor of Political Economy

Johannes Spinnewijn

Dr Johannes Spinnewijn

Lecturer in Economics


Professor Daniel Sturm

Professor of Economics, EMPA/EMPP Programme Director

Joachim Wehner

Dr Joachim Wehner

Associate Professor of Public Policy, EMPA/EMPP Programme Director

SPP Fellows

The School of Public Policy is delighted to host a cadre of high-quality Fellows who have made a significant and sustained impact on policy-making. Each Fellow works with the SPP, its faculty and its students to harness academic insight and complement it with real-world experience to make effective public policy.

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Sir Nick Clegg

Sir Nick Clegg served as Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2015 and as Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015. He was the MP for Sheffield Hallam from 2005 to 2017 and was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004. He now heads a think-tank, Open Reason

David Davis

David Davis MP

David has been a Parliamentarian Fellow of the SPP since 2014, the Member of Parliament for Haltemprice and Howden since 1997. A strong defender of civil liberties, he is also a former Foreign Office Minister, and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.  

Paul Kirby

Paul Kirby

Paul is a Visiting Professor of Practice at the SPP. Paul was previously a Partner at KPMG LLP (2005-2011 and 2013-2015), Head of the No. 10 Policy Unit (2011-2013) and former advisor the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2009-10). Paul is contributing to IPA student’s understanding of policy-making through lectures and Policy in Practice Seminars, and is authoring a book on the reform agenda for public services in OECD countries. 


Support and Development Team

The Support and Development team are responsible for organising and supporting the School's teaching, research, and engagement initiatives, as well as dealing with student and staff enquiries.

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Asmaa Akhtar

Communications, Events and Alumni Officer

Michelle Batten

Michelle Batten

MPA Programme Manager

Andrew Brennen

Andrew Brennen

Executive Programmes Development Manager


Anne Clinton

SPP Careers Consultant


Adrianna Collins

MPA Programme Coordinator


Heather Gorrie

Executive Programmes Coordinator


Monika Hockenhull

Executive Programmes Manager

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Paul Sullivan

School of Public Policy Manager

Lynette York

Lynette York

MPA Student Advisor and Life Coach, and Admissions Manager


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at LSE

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university. LSE believes that diversity is critical to maintaining excellence in all of our endeavours. We seek to enable all members of the School community to achieve their full potential in an environment characterised by equality of respect and opportunity.

The School’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is one of its six strategic priorities, as highlighted in the LSE Strategy 2020, and ‘equality of respect and opportunity’ is one of the core principles set out in the School’s Ethics Code. The EDI Office acts to promote and further LSE’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion for all members of the School community.

To provide some examples of our work:

  • Athena SWAN is a national charter mark – run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) – that recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education: representation, progression and success for all. The School has been working towards an institutional bronze Athena SWAN award.
  • In 2017, LSE will be convening a self-assessment team to work towards the ECU’s Race Equality Charter Mark.  The Race Equality Charter is focussed on improving the representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff and students in Higher Education.
  • LSE is a Stonewall diversity champion and is part of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
  • LSE has also worked closely with DisabledGo to develop online access guides to all the School’s buildings, and route maps around campus.

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