LSE Research Briefings

Recent research from LSE 

A selection of the latest research on policy priorites across the social sciences


Levelling Up the UK 

Foreign Direct Investment and Levelling Up

Ongoing research into regional and local devolution opportunities of Foreign Direct Investment.

Domestic Abuse Bill

Committee Stage Briefing for the Domestic Abuse Bill

LSE research from the Centre for Economic Perfomance (CEP) shows how AI can help police identify future domestic abusers and how better data use can help them target their resources effectively. The research is being used to support amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill in the House of Lords: read about the amendments and the need for change in the briefing above. 

Party Conferences 2019

UK Regions and Their Pathways To Prosperity 

LSE research looking at how regions across the UK can best thrive and grow.



A new report from LSE’s Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) and Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) exploring trends in apprenticeship take-up from 2015 to 2020.

Science funding and Social Science Research

A briefing for a House of Lords debate on science funding that makes the case for the importance of social sciences, and includes a summary of LSE social science research into issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early Education Inequalities  

Inequalities experienced in early education, which could have life-long ramifications for children experiencing them, are explored. 

Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) 

Academy schools have varying governance structures that make it difficult to hold such schools to account on issues such as financial responsibility and the curriculum being taught in classes. 

SEN and Life-long Mental Health

Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) have been found to suffer mental health concerns throughout all stages of their life, including an increased level of loneliness. 

Media and Culture

Truth Trust and Technology Commission Recommendations 

The UK’s news media landscape is changing quickly, and long-held tenets of independence, verification and accountability have been undermined by the variety of new ways of accessing information. The Commission makes recommendations to improve our understanding of the current media landscape. 

Work and Pensions 

COVID Effects on the Self-Employed

New research shows how badly the self-employed have been hit by the pandemic, looking at their finances, fears for their health, and need for support from the Government.

Two Decades of Changing Inequalities in the UK

A nuanced picture of two decades of inequalities data from across the UK, from 1995/96 to 2015/16 with findings broken down by by age, ethnicity, region, housing tenure, and disability status showing some winners and losers of the last twenty years. 

Brexit Social Policy Implications

Predicting the effects on delivery of social policy objectives across the country following the UK leaving the single market and ending free movement of workers.  

How People Understand and Spend Benefits Received

Opportunities to improve the design and delivery of working-age social security benefits, including Universal Credit following research on how benefits claimants understand and use their money. 


Ending New Transmission of HIV Transmission 

Exploring the provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to those at high risk of contracting HIV and public perceptions of such provision.

The Impact of Perfectionism on Mental Health

A briefing on research from Prof Curran from the Department of Psychological and Behavioral Science analysing the impact of peer-induced perfectionism on young people's mental health.