Foundations of Data Science

The DSI aims to host, facilitate and promote research in social and economic data science

The use of data to support social decision-making requires a philosophical, methodological and ethical foundation.

We are interested in questions relating to the mathematical foundations of data science, with particular focus on the social context of data science research, including the ethical implications of methodological choices.

This page is currently under development as the DSI expands its range of activities. Contributions to DSI research are being actively sought. Please get in contact in order to become involved.

Current DSI activity

DSI Staff


Professor Ken Benoit

Professor of Computational Social Science


Dr Erica Thompson

Senior Policy Fellow in Ethics of Modelling and Simulation

DSI Affiliates


Dr Joshua Loftus

Assistant Professor

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Xinghao Qiao

Assistant Professor


K Kalogeropoulos

Kostas Kalogeropoulos

Associate Professor

DSI Visiting Staff

Are you working on this topic? See your research published here by submitting an application to become a DSI Affiliate or to join our Visiting Appointment Scheme.

All applications are welcomed to these schemes that allow staff from across LSE and from other institutions to benefit from special access to DSI resources. Find out more here or via email.

Related LSE research

The strong research community at the London School of Economics also takes an interest in this research theme. As the cornerstone of data science at LSE, the DSI acts as a nexus for research and learning, working alongside other Departments and Institutes across the School.

The Department of Statistics focuses its research activities in the data science area in the area of developing machine learning and statistical methods, their theoretical foundations, and applications.  

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