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

What is CIVICA?

CIVICA was selected in 2019 by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities Alliances, funded under the Erasmus+ program. The successful pilot of the alliance completed in September 2022, and the second phase of CIVICA began in October 2022, with a mandate for an additional four years. LSE is a founding member of the alliance.

CIVICA combines teaching, research and innovation to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond. It seeks to give voice to European social sciences in the world, and aims to be the 'European Research University of Social Sciences' offering impactful and policy-relevant research.


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

Why are we a member of CIVICA?

CIVICA is now our core platform of engagement with European partners. The alliance offers a unique multilateral and interdisciplinary educational and research approach for LSE's community who are interested in European social and policy issues.  Among staff, students, and faculty, it is a primary institutional-level avenue for networking, teaching mobility, student mobility to Europe, and research collaboration with European partners. Visit CIVICA's website to see whats on offer for LSE students, faculty, and researchers.

What programmes do they offer?

Examples of programmes offered through CIVICA include the Undergraduate Engage Track; the online Multi-Campus Course for Post-Graduates, the PhD Summer School, thematic workshops, conferences, collaborative research, and faculty exchanges. 

Do we receive any funding from the European Commission towards our membership?

As the UK is no longer a member of the European Union and no longer holds a valid Erasmus charter, LSE does not recieve any funding from the European Commission to finance our membership. Our other partners in the alliance receive funding through an EC grant, which we are ineligible to receive.  LSE has limited internal funds to support CIVICA activities. For quesitons about CIVICA funding or if you wish to participate in a CIVICA activity, please email Helen, our CIVICA Coordinator at h.v.rosemont@lse.ac.uk.

Our people

Helen Rosemont, CIVICA Coordinator, h.v.rosemont@lse.ac.uk

Professor Paul Apostolidis, CIVICA Academic Coordinator, p.apostolidis@lse.ac.uk