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, Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Political Sociology

This year's theme is RECONSTRUCTION.

What are the opportunities and dangers for progressives in the wake of the sustained shock produced by the coronavirus pandemic? Many think that social and political life is likely to change. Some foresee an opportunity to remould society and establish a new social contract, through a process of reconstruction, like that which took place after the Second World War. But what sort of change is possible, and what sort is desirable?


Upcoming Events

Science and Politics after the Pandemic 

Speakers: Professor Neil Ferguson and Laura Spinney

Date: Thursday 01 October 2020                     

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm                                      

This is an online public event, find out more here.

The rise and rise of big tech

Speakers: Pilita Clark, Professor Helen Margetts and Chi Onwurah MP

Date: Thursday 28 October 2020                     

Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm                                  

This is an online public event, find out more here.

The Origins of Our Discontents: the inheritance of caste and hierarchy in America 

Speaker: Isabel Wilkerson

Date: Thursday 05 November 2020                 

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm                               

This is an online public event, find out more here.

The US Election and the Left 

Speakers: Mike Davis, Jennifer Epps-Addison and Professor Jeff Manza 

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020             

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm                           

This is an online public event, find out more here.