Who we are

The DSI involves academic researchers and instructors from departments across the School. It also involves affiliated staff through its Affiliate scheme, and external and visiting researchers through the LSE Visiting Appointments Scheme.

The DSI unites researchers across the LSE's range of social science disciplines through data science.

Academic Staff


Professor Kenneth Benoit

Director, Data Science Institute
Professor of Computational Social Science, Department of Methodology, LSE

Research interests: Computational social science; quantitative text mining and natural language processing; political communications and social media; analysis of big data; comparative party competition; European Parliament; electoral systems

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Erica Thompson website

Dr Erica Thompson

Senior Policy Fellow in Ethics of Modelling and Simulation

Research Interests: Ethics of modelling and simulation; inference from models; decision-making; climate modelling; modelling for humanitarian applications; forecast evaluation model evaluation; probability, uncertainty and risk; deep uncertainty; complexity and nonlinear dynamics; causality; epistemologies of statistical methods

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Professional Services Staff

Jill Beattie
Institute Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7759


Communications and Events Officer

Business Development Officer
Current vacancy

DSI Affiliates

DSI Affiliates are staff from across the LSE community who are engaged with data science in their research or teaching. Affiliates participate in the activities of the institute and have special access to its resources.

Find out more about the DSI Affiliate Scheme (pdf)

Apply to become a DSI Affiliate

If you have any queries please email

Visiting Appointments

The Visiting Appointments scheme allows staff from other institutions to benefit from the level of involvement similar to that enjoyed by DSI Affiliates. We will be publishing details of this scheme and how to apply soon.