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About the III

The III is a centre for rigorous research into the nature, causes and consequences of the multiple inequalities afflicting our world today. Because social, economic, political and cultural inequalities are inherently intertwined, the institute welcomes methods and approaches from across the social sciences and encourages interdisciplinary dialogue. Because those inequalities inevitably cut across national boundaries, our work is international in scope. We believe that rigorous research can and should engage with practice and policy, and we seek to promote linkages between theory, empirics and practice. These are our core values:

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.

    •  As a core part of that engagement, we provide a platform to support students and Atlantic Fellows from across the globe who are passionate about addressing inequality. We learn from their experiences, help them enhance their knowledge and expand their repertoires, and provide them with confidence and support.