The Ralph Miliband Programme

The Ralph Miliband programme is one of the LSE's most prestigious public lecture series, receiving attention not only at the LSE but across London, the UK, and globally. 



The programme was set up in 1996 thanks to a generous anonymous benefaction from a former PhD student inspired by 'Ralph Miliband's contribution to social thought'. He specified that the funds be used in memory of his friend and mentor 'to advance his spirit of free social inquiry' and the diversity of thought that has always been the hallmark of LSE.

Convenor: Dr Robin Archer, Associate Professor in Political Sociology at LSE, and Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Political Sociology.

This year's theme is "Opportunities and Dangers", in which we:

Take stock of the various dislocations that continue to define global politics. How might the continued labour militancy we see around the world reshape politics? What hope is there for a progressive future in Russia? And what lessons can the history of failed revolutions teach contemporary social movements?



The Indian Election and the Future of Progressive Politics

Speaker: Prof Sanjay Kumar, Prof Christophe Jaffrelot and Prof Mukulika Banerjee

Co-chairs: Prof Alnoor Bhimani and Dr Robin Archer

Date: Tuesday June 11 2024

Time: 6:30PM - 8:00PM (BST)

Place: Sumeet Valrani Theatre, Centre Building

We are proud to co-host this panel with the South Asia Centre

This event is public and open to all - seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


PAST EVENTS: October 2023 - May 2024

 Are Universities Creating a New Political Divide?

Speakers: Professor Maria Sobolewska, Dr Elizabeth Simon, Professor Jonathan Hopkin.


Place: Old Theatre, Old Building

This is an online public event, find out more here


 This Time No Mistakes

Speaker: Will Hutton.

Discussant: Dr Abby Innes. 

Date: Monday April 29 2024

Time: 6.30PM - 8.00PM (BST)

Place: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

This is an online public event, find out more here 


 The Politics and Philosophy of AI

Speakers: Professor Geoffrey Hinton and Dr Kate Vredenburgh

Date: Tuesday 19 March 2024

Time: 6:30-8:00pm (GMT)

Place: Auditorium, Centre Building

This is an online public event, find out more here


Can Russia be Remade?

Speaker: Professor Nina Lvovna Khrushcheva

Date: Thursday 05 October 2023

Time: 6:30-8:00pm (BST)

*Co-hosted with the Department of Sociology*

This is an online public event, find out more here


 Organised labour and future of British politics

Speaker: Paul Nowak

Date: Monday 23 October 2023

Time: 6:30-8:00pm (BST)

This is an online public event, find out more here