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LSE Global Governance to close on 31 July 2011

The co-directors of LSE Global Governance have announced that a shift in research priorities means they and their academic colleagues will now pursue their work in their respective Departments. LSE Global Governance will close as a formal research centre of the School on 31 July 2011.

Professor Mary Kaldor will base herself in the Department of International Development while Professor David Held will work from the Department of Government. Research colleagues currently working in LSE Global Governance will move with them. The centre has close links with both departments and the directors felt the evolving nature of their research made a move timely and logical.

LSEProfessor Kaldor has won a grant of 2.4 million euros from the European Research Council to conduct a pioneering five-year study of the changing security risks facing global populations and the effectiveness of policies taken to meet them. At the same time she is part of a new Research Programme Consortium (RPC) on Governance, Security and Justice in Conflict Affected Areas. Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, the RPC is led by Professor Tim Allen, also in LSE’s Department of International Development.

Professor Held’s work is increasingly organised around the issues of global policy dominating our time and is interlinked with the successful and influential international journal Global Policy which he co-edits and which will move with him to the Department of Government.

LSE Global Governance was set up in 1992 to increase understanding and knowledge of global issues, to encourage interaction between academics, policy makers, journalists and activists, and to propose solutions. Under Professor Held and Professor Kaldor, it has pioneered research into globalisation. In 2010 Professor Danny Quah, who is a member of the Department of Economics, joined as the third co-director.

In March the LSE Council agreed to ask Lord Woolf to carry out an independent inquiry on the School's links to Libya. They also asked that a review committee be appointed to enquire into the structure and operations of LSE Global Governance. This review body, chaired by Professor John Sutton, recommended that a steering committee be put in place to oversee its work. In the meantime, the three directors of the centre had reviewed its developing research strands and concluded that they could best be pursued separately and from within other academic departments.

Among the matters being considered by Lord Woolf is the School’s decision to accept a £1.5 million donation from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation for LSEGG in 2009. The School only received a small part of the above donation and Council decided on 1 March to put aside £300,000 in scholarship support for students from North Africa. Professor Judith Rees, Director of LSE, said: “The research conducted within LSE Global Governance has been outstanding and will now thrive anew within departmental homes. The School will make every effort not only to ensure that the ideas fostered within the centre continue to have impact, but also to secure the future of staff who work in Global Governance.”

20 July 2011