Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

at the Department of Social Policy

The Department of Social Policy endeavours to build an inclusive and supportive research community and learning environment. We support all staff and students regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion and age. The Department and its staff work to ensure respectful, inclusive and supporting working relationships, within the Department.

Our commitment to EDI is embedded in the LSE Ethics Code and LSE 2030 strategy. LSE strives to enable every member of the school community to excel, by investing in every part of LSE community; by facilitating lasting relationships with our alumni, friends and partners; by ensuring that LSE works for everyone. 

The School is committed to a working and learning environment where people can achieve their full potential free from any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying and is committed to providing an inclusive culture of equality, diversity and respect between individuals. Read the LSE Policy here.


EDI in the Department of Social Policy

The Department's EDI Representative acts as the point of contact and is responsible for monitoring, promoting, and protecting equity, diversity and inclusiveness in the Department. Equity, diversity and inclusiveness refer primarily to matters of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion and age, but also more generally to ensuring respectful working relations across departmental hierarchies.

Purpose of having an EDI Representative is to: 

  • Review and monitor department policies and processes with regard to their impact on equality and diversity and, where appropriate, making recommendations for change;
  • Promote a working environment where concerns about equality and diversity can be freely raised and discussed, and where all members of the department feel treated as equals;
  • Promote a greater awareness of equality and diversity issues;
  • Support the department to ensure that teaching and administrative workloads are informed by equity and transparency;
  • Encourage departmental diversity through its hiring and recruitment processes, and in its public events programme;
  • Assist with the development of inclusive curricula, teaching and research plans, as required;
  • Support the department to develop proactive policies that can address unconscious bias.

The Department's current EDI Representative is Professor Almudena Sevilla

The Department's current student EDI Representative is Cynthia Ebo (n.ebo@lse.ac.uk). Cynthia is currently studying the MSc in International Social and Public Policy (General Stream). She has been managing policies at a UK government department and has interests in policy design, in particular innovation and social inclusion. She welcomes your views on EDI for feeding back to the Social Policy Department and your perspectives on promoting inclusivity and equity within our campus community.


EDI contacts

LSE’s EDI Office is the primary contact point for EDI issues throughout the School. Their work is informed by LSE's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2017–2022, which was developed in the context of the Equality Act 2010LSE Strategy 2030, the LSE Ethics Code and the School's Effective Behaviours framework. The EDI office also provides support to a number of staff networks.

The EDI team can be reached at edi@lse.ac.uk.


Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN is a national charter mark – run by Advance HE – that recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education: representation, progression and success for all.

The School it proud to have been awarded the bronze Athena SWAN award.

Race equality

LSE has convened a self-assessment team which works towards the Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter Mark.

The Race Equality Charter is focussed on improving the representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff and students within Higher Education.


RACE MATTERS is a practical initiative developed by Dr Sunil Kumar and Dr Vanessa Hughes in the Department of Social Policy, LSE. Now coordinated by Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey, LSE Social Policy, it executes a plan of concrete action via four spaces that enable students, faculty and staff to talk about ‘race’ and other racialised discriminations and how they can contribute to a decolonised International Social and Public Policy education and experience. Read more here.


LGBTQ+ diversity

In the Department of Social Policy we firmly believe in creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for all students, staff, and faculty members. Our commitment to the LGBTQ+ community is unwavering, and we actively work to ensure that every individual feels respected, valued, and empowered.

We foster research and create safe and welcoming spaces where LGBTQ+ individuals can gather, share experiences, and receive support.

Disability and wellbeing

LSE works with AccessAble to maximise independence and choice for disabled people, to develop online access guides to all the School’s buildings and route maps around campus.

Find out more about LSE's Disability and Wellbeing service here.


Reporting and safe contacts

The School's website, Making a Choice, is specifically designed to report any type of discrimination, sexual violence, bullying, harassment and hate crime experienced on campus, and to provide sources of support.

The Safe Contacts and Support scheme is made up of trained volunteers who are committed to supporting anyone in our community with bullying, harrassment or sexual violence. We have 39 Safe Contacts across 25 Departments and Divisions.

Report it, stop it allows individuals to confidentially report any form of violence or harassment to the School, whether they have experienced it themselves or have been a witness.

Racism, homophobia/transphobia, sexism, discrimination, bullying and harassment are all unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the Department of Social Policy or at LSE.

Please feel free to join Professor Almudena Sevilla at her office for an informal and constructive chat before the seminar every Thursday during term time, where she welcomes discussions, questions, and insights related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Almudena is our current EDI Representative.

If you are a student, feel free to have a chat with our student EDI champion Cynthia Ebo (Msc International Social and Public Policy Programme) who will be happy to provide support, answer your questions, and collaborate with you on promoting inclusivity and equity within our campus community. 

If you have any concerns, or if you have been personally affected, you can contact the Head of Department, Professor Stephen Jenkins (s.jenkins@lse.ac.uk), or the Department Manager, Damian Roberts (d.p.roberts@lse.ac.uk), directly.
All messages will be treated confidentially.