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Research at LSE Human Rights

We foster interdisciplinary collaboration on relevant and timely topics about human rights

Current research projects 


Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy

The Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, directed by Dr Margot Salomon, probes the challenges posed by the complexities of the global economy and their implications for human well-being. The Lab has been set up to create a dynamic space for research, from the conceptual to the practical and across disciplines, on the myriad places where questions of human rights, fairness and justice intersect with economic globalisation.


The Regulation of Palestinian Everyday Life

This research seeks to examine the way Palestinians are influenced and transformed by complex regulatory and normative systems, and the ways in which Palestinians in their everyday life perceive, negotiate, manipulate, adapt and resist such frameworks. The research empirically explores the forms of plural subjectivity which replicate themselves through engagement with different norms, institutions, and actors in a non-sovereign state-like apparatus, within a context of Israeli political and economic domination and the rise of neoliberal modes of governance.

Read about some of LSE Human Rights past projects.  

Inter-disciplinary research groups

LSE Human RIghts hosts four discreet research / discussion groups which foster interdisciplinary collaboration, drawing their members from departments across LSE and beyond.

  • Atrocity, Suffering and Human Rights
  • Globalisation, Poverty and Responsibility
  • Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity
  • Philosophies of Violence

Find out more about our research groups.

Doctoral students

LSE Human Rights does not have a formal doctoral programme, but academic staff supervise PhD students via their home department (e.g. Law, Sociology etc). We welcome registered LSE MPhil and PhD students from any department or discipline who are conducting human-rights related research to join the LSE Human Rights Doctoral Network.  

The LSE Human Rights Doctoral Network 

The Human Rights Doctoral Network is open to LSE MPhil / PhD students from any department or discipline who are working in the area of human rights. The Network has a Moodle page to assist LSE doctoral students from a wide variety of departments to share information and ideas, support each other and develop new collaborations.

Human Rights Doctoral Research Forum

LSE Human Rights is a member of the Human Rights Doctoral Research Forum - a collaboration with Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge.

The Forum  aims to encourage participation and  collaboration by doctoral students researching human rights from the partner institutions. Students from all all three partner institutions have presented and commented on their work at special networking and workshop events. 

PhD Scholarship

The Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship programme is aimed at combating intolerance. It supports research to this end from any academic discipline. One scholarship is available for October 2014 entry, which will be awarded to an eligible student studying at either LSE or University College London. The following information is for applicants from LSE.

Who can apply?

  • LSE MPhil/PhD students from the UK or an EU country who are:
  • entering their first or second year at LSE, in any department, in October 2014; and
  • pursuing research relevant to the aims of the scholarship.


  • (up to) four-year award beginning in October 2014;
  • the award will cover Home/EU student fees and provide annual living expenses of £18,000; 
  • the award is renewable annually subject to satisfactory academic performance;
  • to be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the potential to lead to practical steps to combat intolerance.

The scholarship is coordinated by LSE Human Rights so, in addition to joining the academic department of their supervisor, the scholar will have the opportunity to become a junior research associate of the Centre.

The scholar will be required to report annually in writing to the Trustees of the scholarship to ensure that the focus on the practical impact of the research is maintained.

Application procedure

If you are not already registered on (or have yet to be accepted onto) an LSE doctoral programme, please contact the staff member you are interested in working with at the earliest available opportunity. Prospective students will need to submit an application for admission to the School via the LSE Graduate Admissions Office. In order to be considered for the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship, you will need to have a formal offer of a place on an LSE doctoral programme and be nominated by your prospective supervisor.

The scholarship application should take the form of the following:

  1. a completed application form, which includes a personal statement of no more than 1500 words;
  2. a curriculum vitae which includes your academic background; and
  3. a supporting statement (in the form of a letter of reference) from your (prospective) supervisor.

The supporting statement may be sent via the applicant or directly from the supervisor.

Interviews with short-listed candidates will be held at LSE in early June. Facilities for remote interviewing (via phone/Skype) will be made available should candidates be unable to attend in person.

If you wish to be considered for other LSE scholarships, including the LSE Research Studentship Scheme, you will need to complete the Postgraduate Research Scholarship Application Form, available from the Financial Support Office. Prospective students may apply for funding under any scheme for which they are eligible however it is only possible to hold one LSE scholarship at any one time.

More information about the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust, including current scholars.  

Visiting Fellowships

Our Visiting Fellowship Scheme enables human rights academics, researchers and practitioners to spend a period of time conducting research at LSE Human Rights.

LSE Human Rights Library

The LSE Human Rights Reference Library is home to three collections, which are also catalogued on MSc Human Rights students have open access to the Library. Students and staff from other programmes and members of the public may visit the Library by appointment only.

The Stan Cohen Collection is comprised of books, reports and other published works owned by the late Professor Stanley Cohen (a founding member of the LSE Human Rights) and has been entrusted to LSE Human Rights by his family. The collection contains publications spanning Stan’s interests in deviance, sociology, psychology, criminology, human rights and much more.

The General LSE Human Rights Collection is a small but diverse collection of human rights-related books and reports.

The SO424 Course Core Collection contains some key reading material for MSc Human Rights students.