About CIVICA

Our mission, our members, our people

...now, more than ever, it is essential we work closely with our CIVICA partners to overcome these enormous challenges.

Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

LSE is one of the ten leading European higher education institutions that form CIVICA. Specialising in the social sciences, humanities, business management and public policy, we have a total of 72,000 students and 13,000 faculty members.

Visit the CIVICA website for further information about the alliance, news and events, and opportunities for students and researchers.

Our people

CIVICA at LSE is run by the Global Academic Engagement Team. Use civica@lse.ac.uk as a first point of contact to find out more. Many more LSE staff and students are involved in bringing CIVICA to life for our community, including three student ambassadors

Our mission

Together, CIVICA members build on an ever-stronger combination of teaching, research and innovation to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond. 

Our activities are focused on four key topics:

  • Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth
  • Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
  • Europe Revisited
  • Data Driven Technologies for the Social Science.

Our members

CIVICA was selected in 2019 by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities, funded under the Erasmus+ program. LSE became full members of CIVICA in June 2020. In March 2022, a new strategic plan and new members were announced, followed in July 2022 with a greenlight from the European Commission for further expansion.

The ten members of CIVICA are:

  • Bocconi University, Italy
  • Central European University, Austria
  • European University Institute, Intergovernmental
  • Hertie School, Germany
  • IE University, Spain
  • National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania
  • Sciences Po, France
  • SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
  • Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Find out more about CIVICA's purpose and members.

Past membership news

Celebrate CIVICA's second birthday!

Read about the achievements and milestones of our first two years.

"After 18 months of working on the PhD during the pandemic, this was a great way to start the academic year": Jacob van de Beeten

LSE PhD Jacob describes attending the first CIVICA doctoral summer school in 2021, held in Florence.

“It should be at the top of the agenda for any student who wants to tackle the big questions in society”: interview with Ronit Anand

LSE BA Social Anthropology student Ronit Anand shares his perspective on CIVICA European Week.

"I strongly encourage LSE students to check and engage with what they have on offer": LSE PhD Camille Bou 

Read about Camille's experience using the Early Stage Researcher Course Catalogue to take an online course at another CIVICA university.

"I was genuinely excited as I saw a synergy between CIVICA and my vision of a Connected Curriculum": interview with LSE's Dilly Fung

LSE’s Pro-Director for Education explains how the CIVICA Engage Track connects civic responsibility with learning and inspires students to create societal change, and why this bachelor experience is great preparation for work and life. Read the full interview

"In my opinion, a dual degree offers the opportunity to develop a kind of cultural fluency": interview with Stefan Pfalzer

Stefan is a master’s student undertaking the dual degree programme at Sciences Po and LSE. Find out more about his reasons for pursuing a dual degree.

"We can do better research by learning from each other": interview with CIVICA ambassador Fiona Gogescu

Fiona's research is around education and meritocracy in Europe. Find out about her priorities for connecting students across the alliance.

Responding, adapting and (virtually) socialising: life in 2020

Whether "fall semester," "autumn trimester" or "Michaelmas," the first term of the academic year 2020/21 started with an open, socially-distanced campus for most of the students, faculty, researchers and staff at the eight universities in our CIVICA alliance. Explore this photo essay.

Student ambassadors welcome you to a new academic year

What does CIVICA mean for students and PhD researchers across the alliance? Watch the video

LSE's Simon Hix on his ambitions for the alliance

Our Pro Director for Research introduces CIVICA activities and his ambitions for the alliance. And he'd love to see democracy re-imagined. Read more

Safeguarding academic freedom in Europe

The Presidents of CIVICA's member institutions jointly welcome the European Court of Justice ruling that “Lex CEU,” a 2017 Hungarian law aiming to restrict the activities of foreign universities and specifically targeting Central European University (CEU), is incompatible with EU law. They also call on all relevant EU bodies to continue to strengthen the legal and cultural conditions for higher education and research institutions. Read the full statement.

Contact us

Contact the Global Academic Engagement team at LSE by emailing global@lse.ac.uk.

Find out more at CIVICA.