Who we are

The DSI involves academic researchers and instructors from departments across the School. It also involves affiliated staff through its Affiliate scheme, and external and visiting researchers through the LSE Visiting Appointments Scheme.

The DSI unites researchers across the LSE's range of social science disciplines through data science.

Academic Staff


Professor Kenneth Benoit

Director, Data Science Institute
Professor of Computational Social Science, Department of Methodology, LSE

Research interests: Computational social science; Quantitative text mining and natural language processing; Political communications and social media; Analysis of big data; Comparative party competition; European Parliament; Electoral systems

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Dr Erica Thompson

Senior Policy Fellow in Ethics of Modelling and Simulation

Research Interests: Ethics of modelling and simulation; Inference from models; Decision-making; Climate modelling; Modelling for humanitarian applications; Forecast evaluation model evaluation; Probability, uncertainty and risk; Deep uncertainty; complexity and nonlinear dynamics; Causality; Epistemologies of statistical methods

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Dr Jonathan Cardoso-Silva

Assistant Professorial Lecturer

Research Interests: Complex Network Analysis; Machine Learning; Data Science Management

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Jinshuai Ma

Research Officer in Data Science

Research Interests: Text analysis; Natural language processing; Human-centered software design; Physiological signal analysis

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Professional Services Staff


Jill Beattie

Institute Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7759
Office: PEL 9.01E


Dave Poole

Communications and Events Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7626
Office: PEL 9.01G

Lou Flandrin

Lou Flandrin

Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 6116
Office: PEL 9.01G

Nathaniel Ocquaye

Nathaniel Ocquaye

Teaching Support and Events Officer
Office: PEL 9.01

GTAs and Guest Teachers


Anton Boychenko

Anton Boychenko 


Mustafa Can Ozkan

Mustafa Can Ozkan



Dr Stuart Bramwell


Xiaowei Gao

Xiaowei Gao


Yijun Wang

Yijun Wang



The LSE Data Science Institute (DSI) provides an innovative teaching and learning environment, placing value on an interdisciplinary focus and high levels of student satisfaction.

Due to ever-increasing student interest in DSI courses, GTAs and Guest Teachers with a passion for teaching, providing excellent academic and pastoral support, and delivering academic activities to enhance the student experience are required.

Our posts are designed to offer outstanding teachers the chance to develop their skills and educational practice within supportive surroundings.

Would you like to join our teaching team? Please express an interest in joining us below. We will be in touch during the next selection window.

 You are eligible if:

  • You have a Masters in data science or related fields*

  • OR you are a PhD student in data science or related fields*

*: areas that involve programming, data wrangling and machine learning.


Please complete this form to express your interest

DSI GTAs and Guest Teachers

PhD students


Sarah Jewett
PhD candidate in Government

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Wendy Wang

Wendy Wang
PhD Candidate in Social Research Methods

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Visitors to the DSI

DSI Affiliates

DSI Affiliates are current staff from across the LSE community who are engaged with data science in their research or teaching. Affiliates participate in the activities of the institute and have special access to its resources.

Please note that only LSE staff are eligible to apply for DSI Affiliate status and that this status is subject to review after a period of two years. Find out more about the DSI Affiliate Scheme here. (pdf)

Apply to become a DSI Affiliate

If you have any queries please email

Miqdad Asa

Dr Miqdad Asaria

Assistant Professor - Department of Health Policy

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Dr Marcos Barreto

Assistant Professorial Lecturer - Department of Statistics

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Dr Tuğkan Batu

Assistant Professor - Department of Mathematics

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Dr Michael Blackwell
Associate Professor of Law - Department of Law

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Dr Chris Blunt
Assistant Professorial Lecturer and Co-Director of LSE100

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Dr Siân Brooke
LSE Fellow in Computational Social Science / Leverhulme ECR Fellowship - Department of Methodology

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Professor Umut Cetin
Professor of Statistics - Department of Statistics

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Y Chen

Dr Yunxiao Chen
Assistant Professor - Department of Statistics

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Dr Neil Cummins
Associate Professor - Department of Economic History

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Zachary Dickson

Zachary Dickson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Department of Government

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Giulia Ferrari

Dr Giulia Ferrari
Research Fellow - Centre for Women, Peace and Security

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Dr Florian Foos
Assistant Professor in Political Behaviour - Department of Government

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Alexandra Gomes
Research Fellow - LSE Cities

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Patrick Gildersleve

Dr Patrick Gildersleve
LSE Fellow in Computational Science - Department of Methodology

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K Kalogeropoulos

Dr Kostas Kalogeropoulos
Assistant Professor - Department of Statistics

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Dr Joshua Loftus
Assistant Professor - Department of Statistics

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Jens Madsen

Dr Jens Koed Madsen
Assistant Professor - Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

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B Miller

Dr Blake Miller
Assistant Professor - Department of Methodology

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Michael Muthukrishna

Dr Michael Muthukrishna
Associate Professor of Economic Psychology - Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

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Dr Mathias Poertner
Assistant Professor in Political Science - Department of Government

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A Powell

Dr Alison Powell
Associate Professor - Department of Media and Communications

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Elly Power

Dr Eleanor Power
Assistant Professor - Department of Methodology

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Dr Xinghao Qiao
Assistant Professor - Department of Statistics

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J Ruf

Professor Johannes Ruf
Professor - Department of Mathematics

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Tom Robinson

Dr Thomas Robinson
Assistant Professor - Department of Methodology

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Melissa Sands

Dr Melissa Sands
Assistant Professor of Politics and Data Science - Department of Government

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Chengchun Shi

Dr Chengchun Shi
Assistant Professor - Department of Statistics

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Dr Rachel Spicer
Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

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Professor Zoltan Szabo
Professor of Data Science - Department of Statistics

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Dr Johanna Thoma
Associate Professor - Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

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Dr Milena Tsvetkova
Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science - Department of Methodology

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L Vegh

Professor László Végh
Professor - Department of Mathematics

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K Vredenburgh

Dr Kate Vredenburgh
Assistant Professor - Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

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Yan Wang

Dr Yan Wang
Research Fellow - School of Public Policy

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Professor Henry Wynn
Emeritus Professor of Statistics - Department of Statistics

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Visiting Appointments

The Visiting Appointments scheme allows staff from other institutions to benefit from the level of involvement similar to that enjoyed by DSI Affiliates.

If you are interested in learning more about this scheme or applying for a DSI visiting appointment please email


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Professor Leonard Smith
Visiting Professor

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John Burn-Murdoch
Visiting Senior Fellow

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T Maynard

Dr Trevor Maynard
Visiting Senior Fellow

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Hadi Alagha

Dr Hadi Alagha
Visiting Senior Fellow

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Tom Pas

Dr Tom Paskhalis

Visiting Fellow

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Josh Townsley

Dr Joshua Townsley
Visiting Fellow

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Visiting Research Students


Phillip Darius

Philipp Darius (MT 2021)

PhD Candidate in Governance at the Centre for Digital Governance, Hertie School

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Fintan Oeri

Fintan Oeri (MT 2021)

PhD candidate at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel

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Clint Claessen

Clint Claessen (LT 2022)

Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Basel.

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Riccardo Ricciardi

Riccardo Ricciardi (MT 2022)

Ph.D. Candidate in Statistics and Data Science at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Brescia, Italy.

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Paride Carrara

Paride Carrara (LT and ST 2023)

Ph.D. Candidate in Political and Social Sciences at University of Bologna, Italy.

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People that advise the DSI

DSI Management Committee

The DSI Management Committee exists to ensure the coordination of DSI activities with research, teaching, and outreach in data science across the various units of the school.

The Committee also provides input that shapes the goals of the DSI and its strategy for meeting those goals. 


Professor Jan van den Heuvel | Department of Mathematics

Professor Patrick Sturgis | Department of Methodology

Professor Zoltan Szabo | Department of Statistics

Dr Kate Vredenburgh | Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method

Professor Steve Gibbons | Department of Geography and Environment

Professor Michael Laver | Department of Methodology

Professor Susana Mourato | Department of Geography and Environment

Data Science Education Forum

The Data Science Education Forum exists to ensure the quality and coordination of data science teaching and learning across the School. 

The responsibilities of the DSI Education Forum include facilitating effective communication with stakeholders across the School, collaborating on the provision and design of data science components offered by the Digital Skills Lab (DSL), and overseeing content development of DSI-led modules.


Professor Kenneth Benoit | DSI Director

Professor Irini Moustaki | Department of Statistics

Professor Johannes Ruf | Department of Mathematics 

Dr Milena Tsvetkova | Department of Methodology 

Dr Melissa Sands | Department of Government

Dr Thomas Smith | Department of Geography and Environment

Jeni Brown | Head of LSE Digital Skills Lab

Dr Claire Gordon | Head of LSE Eden Centre for Education Enhancement

Data Support Services

As the institutional cornerstone of data science activity at the London School of Economics, the DSI works closely with teams across LSE that provide support services for those working with data.

Our Data Support Services page brings together information about the activity of teams such as The LSE Digital LibraryLSE Data and Technology Services (DTS) and LSE LIFE.

Find details on the resources available to the LSE community here.