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Policy in Practice

Seminar Series

The Policy in Practice Seminars are aimed at engaging with professionals, policy actors and practitioners involved in public policy in various capacities in order to bring together practice and academia and to deepen the learning experience of SPP students. These seminars are organised by Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice at the SPP.

Upcoming Seminars

Details of upcoming seminars will be added soon.

Past Seminars

Policy in Practice seminar with Frank Muci

Thursday 25 March, 18-19:30

Speaker: Frank Muci, Policy Fellow, Growth co-Lab, LSE
Chair: Vanessa Rubio-Márquez, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy

Please note, this session was not recorded.


Policy in Practice seminar with Valerio Riavez - Harnessing Digital Persuasion For Politics and Policy-Making

Thursday 18 March, 18-19:30

Speaker: Valerio Riavez, Co-Founder of political technology start-up Electica and Professor of Political Entrepreneurship
Chair: Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy

Please note, this session was not recorded.


Policy in Practice seminar with Mirian Vilela

Thursday 4 March, 18-19:30

Speaker: Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat
Chair: Professor Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice at the School of Public Policy

Listen to the podcast.


Policy in Practice seminar with Carlos Raúl Morales

Thursday 25 February, 18-19:30

Speaker: Carlos Raúl Morales, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala 2014 - 2017 
Chair: Vanessa Rubio-Márquez, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy

Listen to the podcast. 


 Policy in Practice seminar with Sir Peter Hendy

Thursday 11 February, 18-19:30

Speaker: Sir Peter Hendy, Chair of Network Rail
Chair: Professor Tony Travers, Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy

Listen to the podcast.


 Policy in Practice seminar with Vanessa Rubio-Márquez

Thursday 4 February, 18-19:30

Speaker: Vanessa Rubio-Márquez, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy
Chair: Professor Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy

Listen to the podcast.


Policy in Practice seminar with Greg Fischer

Thursday 3 December, 18-19:30

Speaker: Greg Fischer, Chief Economist at Y Analytics
Chair: Professor Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy, LSE

Listen to the podcast.


How we think, who we trust and what we do… What do public policy professionals need to get better at?

Thursday 19 November, 19:00-20:30 

Speaker: Nick Rowley, Former Advisor on Sustainability and Climate change to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair
Chair: Professor Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy, LSE

Listen to the podcast


State capacity and what it takes to reform from the grassroots 

Thursday 5 November, 16:00-17:30 

Speaker: Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive of Centre for Policy Research India 
Chair: Professor Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy, LSE

Listen to the podcast


"What I wished I knew then..."

Thursday 29 October, 18:00-19:30 

Speaker: Lant Pritchett, RISE Research Director at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK 
Chair: Professor Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy, LSE 

Listen to the podcast.


Transforming Governance in Africa: Insights from a Personal Journey

Thursday 15 October, 18:00-19:30 

Speaker: Jennifer Musisi, City Leader In Residence at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School  
Chair: Professor Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy, LSE 

Listen to the podcast.


Being a Policymaker

Wednesday 11 March, 18:00 - 19:15

Speaker: Dame Minouche Shafik, LSE Director
Chair: Professor Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy, LSE


The Craft of Governance for Development in Africa

Wednesday 4 March | 18:30 – 20:00

Speaker: Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Chair: Professor Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy, LSE



The Office for Budget Responsibility: external watchdog, executive agency, or both?

Wednesday 12 February | 18:00 – 19:30

Speaker: Robert Chote, Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Chair: Professor Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy, LSE.


Evidence-based policymaking: how do you make it work in practice
Wednesday 5 February | 18:30 – 20:00

Speaker: Rachel Glennerster, Chief Economist, Department for International Development.
Chair: Professor Adnan Khan, Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy, LSE.


Reflections on Policymaking: From the World Financial Crisis until Today
Tuesday 28 January | 15:30-17:00

Speaker: Baronness Shriti Vadera, Chairman of Santander UK and Senior Independent Director of BHP
Chair: Professor Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy, LSE