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About us

Psychology@LSE : the home of Societal Psychology
Psychology for real-world issues

We study and teach Societal Psychology: the psychology of Humans in complex socio-technical systems (organizations, communities, societies). Our research deals with real-world issues, we train the future global leaders.

As professionals well know, most challenges and bottlenecks in managing such systems as corporations or cities are not technical, but rather psychosocial: inducing or avoiding specific individual motivation and behavior, solving inter-group conflicts, overcoming resistance to change, fostering constructive decision-making, avoiding exclusion, etc.

These issues are urgent considering the limits to sustainability of the current global system. Psychology@LSE provides psychological science and tools to current and future managers and professionals; it trains the new generation of leaders who will face the acute problems of governance foreseeable around 2030-2050.

Why come to us

Psychology@LSE's specific approach of the Psychology of human behavior in large socio-technical systems is an illuminating and necessary part of the study of Organizations, Societies, Markets and Policies.

It enlightens the link from Micro to Meso and Macro, based on models and empirical studies of human psychology.

It provides solid basis and tools for social engineering to practitioners and leaders.

It opens new grounds from a more humanistic yet not naive approach to industrial and social governance.

Last but not least, Psychology@LSE is a friendly place: we believe one can be world-class and still human.

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‘Students are introduced to a wide range of perspectives and forms of research methodology drawn from Social Psychology and across the social sciences.

This kind of integrative approach to the subject matter is, I think, unique in the UK and quite possibly the world.’

Professor Susan Condor, External Examiner