Public Affairs Team

The advice from the Public Affairs Team was incredibly helpful. They offered invaluable advice on how academics should deal with sensitive/controversial questions. Avoiding academic jargon and using 'on the one hand' is extremely useful. I practised that throughout my oral session.
Dr Cherry Yu, LSE IDEAS. Dr Yu gave evidence to the Foreign Affair Committee in March 2017

Public Affairs at LSE

The Public Affairs Team manages the School’s relationships with policy-makers and key political opinion formers in the UK, the EU and across the world.

We help LSE’s academics maximise the policy impact of their research. We facilitate influencing opportunities at national and local level, with ministers, politicians and officials, as part of our KEI support.

We work to integrate LSE expertise into Government and political priorities, including the Industrial Strategy “Grand Challenges”, securing the UK’s success post-Brexit, and other pressing economic and social issues.

Our activities

What we offer policy makers

Good policy needs good research

LSE can help match policy areas up to cutting edge and pertinent research.

A gallery of current research briefings on topics being discussed in Parliament can be found here. 

What LSE can offer

LSE has a wealth of research expertise underpinned within the social sciences disciplines.

Depending on your requirements, we can signpost relevant research to your policy problem or identify an academic to speak to. We can provide research summaries or arrange meetings with relevant academics in topical subjects.

LSE is a member of UPEN, the Universities Policy Engagement Network, a network of UK universities working together to increase the public policy impact from their research. 

Get in touch

Get in touch with the Public Affairs team here at LSE via email or or give us a call on 0207 107 5428. 

Helping your research influence policy

The Public Affairs Team helps take LSE research into the heart of political debates.
From advising on written and oral committee evidence, to condensing research into punchy briefings for Parliamentary debates, and setting up meetings with politicians, the Team offers the full range of political advice to LSE’s academics.

See our Top Ten Tips for giving evidence to Parliament

We work with our network across organisations from the CBI and Local Government Association, to think tanks like Policy Exchange and the Centre for Cities, to build influential alliances to increase understanding of research and push for change.

We also find opportunities to present research through political roundtable events, dinners and panels, connecting researchers with Parliamentarians, civil servants, and partner organisations to facilitate knowledge exchange and impact.

And we organise high-profile fringe events and meetings at annual party conferences - excellent opportunities to showcase new research alongside ministers, MPs and influential partners.

Birmingham Conservative Party Conference 2018
Conservative Party Conference 2018, Birmingham


The Public Affairs Team at LSE are fantastic. They have a firm grasp of what it takes to get research into the public domain and have the know-how and connections to make it happen. This is a team who care about their work. It has been one of my best experiences working with colleagues at LSE.

Dr Grace Lordan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. LSE panel events at the 2018 party conferences

The Week in Westminster Bulletin

We send out weekly email bulletins highlighting the latest opportunities to influence government consultations and select committee inquiries, and outlining UK political news.

The bulletin also flags up mentions of LSE research in Parliament and beyond, and the impact that LSE researchers are having on policy-making and scrutiny.

You can read our special Bulletins, and sign up to receive future ones, here if you are a member of LSE staff. Or alternatively please email us at

International engagement

The Team manages LSE’s institutional relationships with international organisations such as the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

LSE is pleased to partner with the OECD and participate in its annual forum – if you would like to attend, or collaborate with the OECD in other ways, please get in touch.

Get in touch 

If you have any questions about the work the Team does, or would like to talk about your research, please get in touch:

Greg Taylor, Head of Public Affairs, +44 (0)20 7107 5428, 

Megan Marsh, Senior Public Affairs Officer, +44 (0)20 7955 7643,

Brian Walker, Public Affairs Assistant, +44 (0)20 3486 2607,