Examples of Knowledge Exchange and Engagement Activities at LSE

Browse case studies of activities supported by the LSE KEI fund

Knowledge exchange can happen with any non-academic audiences, and there are many ways to engage these audiences with your research.

The School supports a variety of approaches and methods for engagement with all kinds of audiences throughout the research life cycle. Here you will find just a few examples of the innovative work being done around the School.

For more KEI inspiration see Central KEI Initiatives and Methods and Activities for Supporting KEI, and read through our guide to planning your KEI. To discuss the most effective activities for your research please contact the KEI Integrated Service, research.kei@lse.ac.uk

Browse these case studies:

Global Kids Online

An international research project that aims to generate and sustain a rigorous cross-national evidence base around children’s use of the internet by creating a global network of researchers and experts.

Beneficiaires (research users, partners, audiences)
UNICEF - UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - Internet Governance Forum - World Summit on the Information Society - International Telecommunications Union - parents - children - teachers

Methods and Activities
KEI best practice training and toolkit  - Policy and practice briefs - Child friendly resources (created with the participation of children) to promote digital citizenship - Resources for parents and teachers - Social media promotion

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Presenting Research Findings to Children Presenting Research Findings to Children
Presenting Research Findings to Children - EU Kids Online James Rattee, LSE


Configuring Light

An interdisciplinary research programme exploring the role lighting plays in our everyday life, to help build a better social knowledge basis for lighting design interventions. It has centred on collaborations with designers, developers and municipalities. Projects explore how lighting is configured into social life: as infrastructure, as technology, as ambiance or as a particular kind of material that we make and shape through our everyday practices and professional expertise. The KEI Fund supported a project tackling social inequalities in public lighting, focussing on an urban space in Southwark.

Beneficiaires (research users, partners, audiences)
Local community members- Social scientists- Lighting design professionals- Urban professionals- Urban designers- Local authority

Methods and Activities
Workshops- Website- Film- Training session- Symposium- Creating a handbook- Report- Exhibition

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Tackling Lighting Inequalities Tackling Lighting Inequalities
Tackling Lighting Inequalities by Configuring Light/Staging the Social LSE



A public engagement project, a fictional beauty brand, created to inform and engage women in thinking about their options in relation to social egg freezing and fertility, whilst also raising public debate on how these advances in biomedical science may impact on the world of work, relationships and wider society.

Beneficiaires (research users, partners, audiences)
Wider publics- Students- Media- Researchers

Methods and Activities
Pop-up shop in London- Interactive workshops- Graphic visualisations- 2 short films- Exhibitions- 3 talks- Website- Media articles and engagement

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Timeless Timeless
Timeless The Liminal Space


Housing Plus

This project aimed to use the research expertise in LSE Housing and Communities, and CASE, to develop new thinking and solutions for the complex, interacting problems of housing, poverty, work, community and environment.

The Housing Plus Academy promoted knowledge exchange and participative learning among decision-makers, frontline staff and tenants of social landlords; tackling burning problems affecting both housing association and local authority landlords, such as benefit cuts, Universal Credit financial pressures, energy saving, work and skills, community enterprise, estate regeneration, private renting, community resilience, supported housing, housing young people

Beneficiaires (research users, partners, audiences)
Businesses and industry - Public sector bodies -Charities and the third sector - Wider publics - Landlords - Private and social housing tenants - Homeowners - Builders and Developers - Engineers, architects, construction and energy companies

Methods and Activities
Production of a practical guide for practitioners and policy-makers -Themed residential ‘think-tank’ days - Morning roundtable sessions - Creation of a Housing Plus Network - Policy Forum

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Open Minds

An exhibition to improve public understanding of the unique perspectives of people with autism.

Beneficiaires (research users, partners, audiences)
People with autism spectrum conditions - Charities - Research community - Students - Parents/carers of people with autism

Methods and Activities
Sensory installations- Augmented reality experience- Posters- Recorded talks- Workshops

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Open Minds Open Minds
Open Minds James Rattee, LSE


Tackling the War on Drugs

As part of the work of the International Drug Policy Unit at LSE, they ran a KEI project to meaningfully engage police, the public and key stakeholders in drug policy reform in Ireland.

The overall aim is to sensitise audiences to the evidence in relation to drug policy, thereby providing people with the knowledge to regard existing assumptions with a critical eye.

Beneficiaires (research users, partners, audiences)

Affected population - Civil society actors - Community leaders and activists - Local politicians and policy makers - Local businesses - Local health services - Local law enforcement - Senior police - Public health professionals - Government ministers - International policy audiences

Methods and Activities
Comic book series highlighting the life situations of drug involved individuals and how they interact with society - Series of posters and short factsheets on key drug policy topics for use in media and townhalls - Feature length piece on the project for publication in national and local media - Podcast - Town hall sessions in locations around Ireland - Policy summit on law enforcement and policy change

After the War on Drugs After the War on Drugs
After the War on Drugs James Rattee, LSE