About the Centre for International Studies

To contact us, please email cis@lse.ac.uk

The Centre for International Studies (CIS) was established in 1967 as one of the first major interdepartmental and interdisciplinary initiatives at LSE, supported by a 5-year grant from the Ford Foundation. The Departments of International Relations, History, Sociology, Law, Government, Social Policy and Economics supported its creation and remain represented today in the Centre's Management Committee, along with the Department of International Development. The CIS is formally housed in the Department of International Relations but retains its interdisciplinary identity.

Read more about the Centre's history in the book written by Dr Aaron C. McKeil, The LSE Centre for International Studies. A History: 1967-2017.  


The primary purpose of the Centre is to encourage innovative research in international studies, broadly conceived. The Centre has hosted more than 300 visiting scholars from around the world, working on an extremely diverse range of topics. These Fellows connect the Centre to more than 70 countries through their home affiliations or research topics, and are drawn not just from universities but also from international organisations, government departments, NGOs, media organisations and think tanks. The CIS supports both individual scholarship and, through its events programme, intellectual dialogue among communities of scholars, reflective practitioners, students and engaged members of the public.

The Centre for International Studies aims to:

  • Enable a diverse range of visiting scholars to undertake research at LSE and to contribute to the intellectual life of the School.
  • Facilitate in-depth dialogue on international issues.
  • Serve as an interlocutor between Departments and research units within LSE to identify and build shared research agendas and to design interdisciplinary research projects.
  • Stimulate research collaborations between LSE academics and scholars and practitioners in other institutions.

Applications for visiting fellowships are invited from any scholar whose research is innovative, interdisciplinary and has an international dimension. Applications are particularly welcomed from: female candidates; candidates from the Global South; postdoctoral candidates; and scholars whose interests complement the research of CIS Management Committee members.

The Centre does not run degree programmes and does not supervise PhD students. Students interested in studying at LSE should explore the programmes offered by the various teaching departments and units.

The research interests of the CIS Management Committee include

  • Ethics, Law and International Politics
  • War, Conflict, Culture and Risk
  • Human Rights, Democracy and Welfare
  • Transnational Social Movements and Revolution
  • State- and Institution Building and Institutional Change
  • Imperialism and Postcolonial Studies
  • History and Theory in International Relations
  • Ideas and Intellectuals in Policy-Making
  • Area studies: East Asia; Southeast Asia; India; Russia; Africa; Middle East; U.S.


The Centre is housed on the 9th floor of the new LSE Centre Building in Houghton Street. The CIS area is fully equipped with telephones, computers, printer/photocopier/scanner.

Fellows have reading and borrowing rights in the British Library of Political and Economic Science at LSE and (by arrangement with the Senior Common Room Committee) membership of the Senior Common Room. They may attend the public lecture programme at the LSE and, by arrangement with Course Coordinators, participate in seminars that interest them. Fellows are also entitled to attend the annual Cumberland Lodge conference organised by the Department of International Relations.

How to contact us

Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi
Centre for International Studies
Department of International Relations
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

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