Support for LSE research staff

Involved with research at LSE? What to consider during your project.

Get involved with LSE’s research environment, contributing to and benefiting from LSE’s research culture


Field trips in risky environments

Does your research involve?

  • empirical data collection
  • field trips
  • research respondents who are vulnerable (e.g. patients, children), in difficult to reach areas (e.g. detention centres, prisons, war and conflict zones) or overseas

If so, consult your unit head and manager and get advice from LSE’s own travel insurance officers.


Safeguarding your intellectual property rights

Is your research externally funded and are you collaborating with other scholars?  

To protect your (and your collaborators’) research activity and findings you need to ensure that the IP rights of all parties are clearly detailed in the award contract or collaboration agreement. 

Discuss IP negotiations with the Research Development Team.

Dissemination and knowledge exchange

Knowledge exchange can happen with anyone, anywhere, and there are many ways to engage audiences outside LSE – and outside academia – with your research. The School supports a variety of approaches and methods for engagement with all kinds of audiences.

These can be activities supporting dissemination (the process of telling other people about your research and related insights), knowledge exchange (more two-way processes of engagement with end users or beneficiaries), or activities and approaches more likely to lead directly to impact (for example, consultancy or policy work).

Practical advice and information on all aspects of KEI

Examples of knowledge exchange and impact activities

Knowledge exchange toolkit

Research impact - why think about it?


Most funders require that you outline your expected non-academic impact and your pathway to impact. See our guidance:

Knowledge exchange and impact (KEI) toolkit

KEI guidance for grant applications 

Impact for REF


If you would like assistance in exploring the potential for creating impact from your research, email Research Impact Manager, Kieran Booluck,


Research ethics

Ethics in research could have two connotations:

1. relates to ethical “ways” of conducting research and the extent to which you treat your research data sources as confidential

2. the extent to which an end result of a research piece is ethical (i.e. new knowledge leading end users to normative and legitimate activity)

Research and Innovation's Research Policy Team, through the Research Ethics Committee, ensure that the School upholds a high level of scrutiny for research projects requiring ethical consideration. 

Learn more about research policy and ethics

Research funding

Do you need funding for your research?

Learn about research funding and how to apply for funding.

LSE Careers

PhD students and research staff

LSE Careers has a dedicated support for your career development. Whether you are unsure of your career direction, are planning an academic career, or looking at careers in other sectors, you can access support from a specialist careers consultant. This includes support in:

  • building experience for an academic career
  • making contacts and creating professional networks
  • understanding and applying for a range of appropriate opportunities 

Find out more about how LSE Careers helps PhD and Research Staff 

HR Professional Training

LSE Human Resources run a number of training sessions throughout the year providing transferable skills such as project management, balancing family life and career, stress management, managing others, and working in a team.

Browse HR's training programme.

Research Briefing newsletter

Research Briefing is an electronic newsletter produced by Research and Innovation. It is published every two months throughout the year and contains updates on research activity across LSE.

External support for the career development of researchers


VITAE is a useful UK organisation committed to the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. 

Learn more about VITAE

VITAE runs training events and meetings for researchers all over the country, as part of its Researcher Development Programme.


Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network

The LSE Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network is open to all staff who identify as early-career with regards to their research and are typically within 10 years of their PhD award date. The Network encourages LSE Fellows, and Policy and Research Staff as well as Faculty to join. 

Learn more about the ECR Network and how to join

LSE Research Online

What is LSE Research Online?

LSE Research Online (LSERO) is the institutional repository containing research produced by LSE staff, including journal articles, book chapters, working papers, posters and reports. It aims to be a complete database for research produced by LSE staff where permitted by publishers and copyright law. 

Access LSE Research Online

Do I need to add my research to LSERO?

Yes. The School’s policy encourages all LSE staff to upload their research outputs in full text where possible. Your research outputs will then automatically appear in the LSE Experts Directory. Being on LSERO and LSE Experts will maximise your research visibility. 

Add your research to LSE Research Online

LSE Experts Directory

What is the LSE Experts Directory?

LSE Experts Directory is an extensive information source for any external or internal stakeholder seeking research on a specific topic or looking for experts to collaborate with. Putting your profile on LSE Experts allows you to promote your research and be searched (and found) more easily via key words. 

Why should I create a profile?

These profiles are used by the media and LSE’s own press office to direct enquiries.

Set up your profile on LSE Experts Directory.


Further guidance