Understand today, influence tomorrow

Our guiding principles

Our vision is clear, but there are challenges to overcome: our world faces economic uncertainty, political divisions, social transformations and a tide of anti-intellectual sentiment. In this context, our guiding principles are crucial and will shape our decision-making in the years ahead.

Sustain excellence through an inclusive and diverse community 

We will draw together talent from all places and backgrounds, diversifying our faculty and widening access for students to ensure LSE is a vibrant and stimulating place to work and study, where different perspectives thrive through robust but respectful debate.

Extend our impact and reach

We will use our convening power to bring global leaders, innovators and change makers together to tackle difficult issues and deliver meaningful benefit to individuals and communities in all parts of the world. We will collaborate with local, national and international partners to forge new connections and challenge old ways of thinking involving our alumni, friends and partners in the debate.

Ensure a sustainable future

We will lead the way in building a sustainable future for the social sciences, by upholding rigorous standards of enquiry, securing funding for research and scholarships, diversifying our income and making the best possible use of our resources.

Dr Ria Ivandic, Postdoctoral Research Economist

Dr Ria Ivandic draws a graph demonstrating theories

Ria and her colleagues use big data in crime and policing to inform evidence-based decisions in the public sector. Working with a number of police forces, the National Crime Agency and the Home Office, their research agenda aims to understand which factors foster reduction in reoffending and revictimisation, informing the way society understands the role of policing and the justice system.