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Working in partnerships within LSE and externally

In advancing the sustainability agenda we work closely with the LSE community: be it students and LSE Students' Union, alumni, professional services staff, and academics many of whom are themselves experts in sustainability topics. We also work with a range of external partners, including our suppliers, other universities, and a range of national and international organisations.

Theme lead:

Professor Julia Black, Strategic Director of Innovation

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Professor Julia Black introduces the key theme of collaboration

A key theme, collaboration is embedded across our Sustainability Strategic Plan:

  • Education We will create new collaborations amongst key stakeholders within and beyond the School, with a particular emphasis on working in partnership with students and LSESU to respond to and promote the sustainability agenda.

  • Research We will foster stronger internal cross-disciplinary collaboration within LSE to leverage and extend our external partnerships.  

  • Engagement and Leadership We will continue to build and contribute to national and international networks and alliances to promote dialogue and action on sustainability. 

  • Investment We will leverage and extend our external partnerships, using our influence to advocate for positive change.   

  • Our School We will progress the sustainability agenda in close collaboration with the LSE community, and other institutions in the higher education sector and beyond. 

Examples of supporting initiatives:

Within LSE


  • LSE co-founded and co-chairs the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC), which encourages and supports universities around the world to address climate change as a core part of their mission. 

  • LSE is a member of the Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education (EAUC), collaborating with other universities in the UK and Ireland on sustainability. 

  • LSE is part of the COP26 Universities Network, a growing group of more than 40 UK-based Universities working together to raise the ambition for tangible outcomes of the 2021 UN COP26 Climate Summit.   

  • LSE is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation network, working with others to enable the transition from a linear to a circular economy. Find out more about our circular economy initiatives on the Foundation’s website.  

  • Sustainability is a key consideration of our purchasing decisions and supplier relationships as part of our approach to responsible procurement.