KEI case studies

Examples of knowledge exchange and engagement activities at LSE

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

LSE 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,

Browse these case studies:

Global Kids Online

Topic: children's use of the internet

This international research project generated and sustained a rigorous cross-national evidence base around children’s use of the internet by creating a global network of researchers and experts.

The team created a best practice training and toolkit, policy and practice briefs, child-friendly resources (created with the participation of children) to promote digital citizenship, and resources for parents and teachers.

Their beneficiaries (research users, partners and audiences) were:

  • UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Internet Governance Forum
  • World Summit on the Information Society
  • International Telecommunications Union
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Teachers

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


Configuring Light

Topic: social inequalities in public lighting

This interdisciplinary research programme explored the role lighting plays in our everyday lives, 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.

The team created a website, film, handbook, report and exhibition. They held workshops, a training session and a symposium.

Their beneficiaries (research users, partners and audiences) were:

  • Local community members
  • Social scientists
  • Lighting design professionals
  • Urban professionals
  • Urban designers
  • Local authority

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Tackling Lighting Inequalities by Configuring Light/Staging the Social LSE



Topic: Egg freezing and fertility

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

The team held a pop-up shop in London, interactive workshops, graphic visualisations, talks and exhibitions. They made two short films, a website, and produced media articles and engagement.

Their beneficiaries (research users, partners and audiences) were:

  • Media
  • Students
  • Researchers
  • Wider publics

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Timeless The Liminal Space


Housing Plus

Topic: housing policy for practitioners and policy-makers

This project used 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 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 and housing young people.

They produced a practical guide for practitioners and policy-makers, held themed residential ‘think-tank’ days, morning roundtable sessions and a policy forum, and created a Housing Plus Network.

Their beneficiaries (research users, partners and audiences) were:

  • 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

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Open Minds

Topic: the perspectives of autistic people

Open Minds was an exhibition to improve public understanding of the unique perspectives of autistic people. It contained posters, sensory installations and an augmented reality experience. There were also recorded talks and workshops.

Their beneficiaries (research users, partners and audiences) were:

  • People with autism spectrum conditions
  • Charities
  • Research community
  • Students
  • Parents/carers of autistic people

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Open Minds James Rattee, LSE


Tackling the War on Drugs

Topic: drug policy reform in Ireland

As part of the work of the International Drug Policy Unit at LSE, this KEI project aimed to meaningfully engage police, the public and key stakeholders in drug policy reform in Ireland. The overall aim was 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.

The team produced a comic book series highlighting the life situations of drug involved individuals and how they interact with society, a series of posters and short factsheets on key drug policy topics for use in media and townhalls, a feature length piece on the project for publication in national and local media, and a podcast. They held town hall sessions in locations around Ireland and a policy summit on law enforcement and policy change.

Their beneficiaries (research users, partners and audiences) were:

  • 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
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After the War on Drugs James Rattee, LSE