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We believe that rigorous research can and should engage with practice and policy, and we seek to promote linkages between theory, empirics and practice.
Rigour: We seek to promote research of the highest academic standards, all the more so because we intend it to inform practice and the policy debate. We will promote innovative research on the global political economy of inequality, to draw out the dynamics of economic and social change, and to use these insights to address contemporary political challenges.
Interdisciplinarity: Based at one of the world’s premier social science universities, we believe that bringing together scholarly perspectives from across the social sciences enriches the analysis of inequality in its multiple dimensions. We will use the LSE’s distinctive profile as a highly international platform to learn from models and experiences across the world where there are positive stories to tell about how inequality has been addressed.
An international scope: Through the ebbs and flows of globalization, the world is increasingly interconnected and so are its inequalities. We promote research on inequality around the world, ranging from the local to the global in scope
Engagement: We believe research can be rigorous and intellectually independent while simultaneously informing and being informed by the challenges of practice and policy.
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