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About the III

The International Inequalities Institute (III) was launched in 2015 with enthusiastic support from across the LSE. Recognising the LSE’s distinctive strengths, the III provides co-ordination and strategic leadership on the inter-disciplinary analysis of inequalities.

III welcomes courageous, imaginative scholars, researchers, activists, and practitioners from around the world use rigorous interdisciplinary approaches to foster greater economic and social equality and justice, linking theory, research and practice. We will work together to challenge dominant narratives and craft alternative futures and amplify the voices of marginalised groups.

The III aims to bring together research and teaching that crosses disciplinary - and in LSE's case, departmental - boundaries.

Mission Statement 

  • We will nurture inter-disciplinary research drawing together economic analysis with social scientific concerns to shed light on the lived experience of inequality.
  • 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.
  • We will act as a beacon bringing together critical scholarship on inequality to cross fertilise with leaders, activists, campaigners, and artists, to promote ‘real world’ models which make a difference to advancing equity.
  • We will use the LSE’s distinctive profile as a highly international to learn from models and experiences across the world where there are positive stories to tell about how inequality has been addressed.
  • We will provide a platform to support students and Atlantic Fellows who are passionate about addressing inequality from across the globe to enhance their knowledge, expand their repertoires and provide confidence and support.

The III aims to...

Connect research on inequality across LSE:

  • Act as an umbrella institute facilitating co-ordination between different Departments and Research Centres to allow research synergies to take place and to support innovative research programmes.
  • Run regular seminars and workshops to allow better understanding between different centres and departmental initiatives, including staff and PhD students working on relevant issues, and to build research synergies to develop larger-scale interdisciplinary research bids.
  • Develop a website to act as a portal to related research published in different places across the School and to other centres.

Engage with the public and policy-makers:

  • Support a programme of public engagement, including high profile events, social media activities, an annual high profile lecture, and an annual Inequalities report/brief to showcase our research.
  • Give advice on inequality issues to public and private sector bodies, and to promote a powerful LSE public presence in debates on inequality both within the UK and globally.
  • Develop links with leading NGOs and INGOs (including bodies such as UNESCO and the World Bank)

Develop & support new world-class research on inequalities:

  • Develop new proposals to raise major research funding. The research itself would predominantly be carried out within departments and centres and aimed at producing high quality academic publications.
  • Run a cross-departmental MSc programme on inequalities, drawing on existing courses across a range of departments, but with its own bespoke core course.
  • Support interdisciplinary doctoral students with interests in inequalities.