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The Institute of Global Affairs aims to maximise the impact of LSE’s leading expertise across the social sciences by shaping inclusive and locally-rooted responses to the most important and pressing global challenges.

LSE IGA's collaboration with MigrationMatters and their first ever course: 'Six Impossible Ideas (After Brexit)' has won the Special Multimedia Award at last week's Migration Media Award 2017 ceremony in Malta. For more details, click here

Today at the UN ocean conference in New York the Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) released Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean: The Role of Regional Ocean Governance in Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 14

This major new report assesses the mandates of different regional cooperation frameworks, showcases existing regional efforts, and identifies key contributions that regional institutions and initiatives can make to the implementation of the ocean SDG14 and the overarching challenges of the 2030 Agenda.

IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele contributed to the report.The full report and a summary for decision makers can be downloaded here:
Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean – Report
Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean – Summary

From June 5-9 the United Nations are hosting the first https://oceanconference.un.org. The Conference aims to be the game changer that will aim to reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele, Lead on our blue finance initiative, will be attending both the main conference and a number of side events. Follow us here for daily updates. This week Torsten participated in a London expert panel on key issues for the conference, a link for further information can be found at the bottom of this article.

LSE IGA hosted a joint event on May 23 in London with the International Transport Forum at the  OECD, which, in collaboration with the UK National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), recently published a report on Strategic Infrastructure Planning: International Best Practice. There were presentations by the OECD, Oxford University, LSE, EBRD and Meridiam. The report was introduced by Philip Graham, the CEO of the NIC. The report can be found here.

LSE IGA hosted renowned political economist Tarek Osman on May 22 to present his new book Islamism, the political form of Islam: what it means and why we may witness a pluralisation of Islam in the Middle East as millineals are exposed to social media and new technology.

Dr Marten Blix of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics delivered a lecture to the LSE Migration Working Group on migration and digitalisation, and its implications for fiscal policy and challenges to the welfare state, drawing on his recent book Digitalization, Immigration and the Welfare State. A summary by Dr Blix will be available shortly.


LSE IGA marked the launch of its Global Policy Lab (G-POL)  on May 16 with a economics star-studded event, featuring Professor Raghuram RajanLord Adair TurnerLord Nicholas SternProfessor Philippe AghionProfessor Sergei GurievAssistant Professor Keyu JinVisiting Professor Mario BlejerMichael Sohlman and Duncan ClarkProfessor Erik Berglof, Director of LSE IGA welcomed and led the event, which showcased two of G-POL’s initiatives: Rethinking Global Finance, and a new growth model – Avoiding the Middle Income Trap, under the newly established Transformation Commission. 

G-POL aims to harness the world’s combined brainpower to generate fresh thinking and research-based policy solutions to urgent global challenges. Global collaboration and international institutions are under threat from both sides: emerging economies has been questioning their underrepresentation in global decision making for quite some time, but some  advanced economies have also started raising  questions about the benefits of globalization and its supporting international system.  G-POL joins up emerging and advanced economies in designing and testing innovative, research-based and locally-rooted solutions to their common challenges, drawing on LSE’s Nobel-prize winning faculty, first rate-students as well as IGA’s extensive international network of high-level policymakers. 

Please click here for more information on LSE IGA’s Global Policy Lab. 

For the full event programme click here and see photos here.

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LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Jawad Iqbal in The Times on how marriage laws are letting down vulnerable Muslim women not only in India, but also here in Britain.
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Mario Blejer, Visiting Professor at LSE IGA, chaired a Roundtable event on the Internalisation of the Reminbi, organised by the Bank of China (Hong Kong) in Mexico City on May 10. The following day he delivered the closing speech at a conference on Redefining the Roles of Central Banks, organised by Central Banking, London, and the National Association of Liability Management (NALM) and supported by the Banco de Mexico.
LSE IGA hosted a PowerBreakfast on the Pathology of Presidential Power on May 9, with presentations by David Leblang and Bill Antholis from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and LSE US Centre’s Professor Peter Trubowitz. The discussion was moderated by Lord Desai. A short summary will be available here soon.
The Italian G7 Sherpa invited the Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM) to provide a non-paper with research-informed specific policy recommendations for the G7 Sherpas’ attention ahead of the G7 Taormina Summit on May 26-27 2017. Following the successful first ALUM conference in Siracusa last year, the Siracusa II conference was devoted to this endeavour and focus on the G7’s areas of policy attention:  Investing in countries of origin and transit; Protection of children (countries of transit), hosting and integration unaccompanied minors as well as other vulnerable groups; Valuing the positive contribution of migrants (particularly in view of G 7 demographics), including net fiscal impact and possibly also political dimensions and perceptions. In addition, the workshop assessed the role of business, international institutions and the record so far of the new regional and bilateral “package deals”. Mr. Francesco Aureli of Italy’s G7 Sherpa Unit delivered the keynote speech. Preliminary findings can be found here.

More news about IGA in the following pages


The LSE Power Breakfasts are a private conversation convened by the LSE Institute of Global Affairs to which around 25 distinguished people are invited. The series examines the underlying forces that are causing shifts in global power structures. 

There are normally two speakers at each session, who talk for around 15 minutes each before the discussion is opened to the group. LSE’s most renowned experts as well as other prominent people from around the world come to share their thoughts in private with a diverse group of insightful and influential people.

The discussions are held under Chatham House Rules so that opinions expressed may be reported but not attributed.


More events in the following pages.  


Rethinking Global Finance 

The Rethinking Global Finance initiative aims to strengthen the research capacity and policy voice of key emerging economies. Only on this basis can a truly global and inclusive financial architecture be developed. The project brings together lead academic and policy-makers from key emerging economies and advanced countries.


Avoiding the Middle Income Trap

As part of the INET Transformation Commission chaired by Nobel Laureates Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz, IGA has initiated a policy research initiative “Avoiding the Middle Income Trap” (MIT). The MIT project will produce a large number of background papers and a final report, accompanied by a series of case studies elucidating the experiences of individual countries that have recently transitioned from middle to high income status.



The Governance initiative aims to contribute with targeted research and policy advice to two key pillars of good governance: political governance and corporate governance. These are covered by two distinct though interrelated projects that IGA is undertaking, with the engagement of academia, government, civil society, international financial institutions and the private sector.


Global Migration

The Global Migration initiative aims to find workable policy solutions, both emergency measures and long term thinking, for the truly global and urgent challenge of international migration.

Blue Initiative

Blue Finance

The Blue Finance initiative aims to make to strengthen the case for ocean resilience solutions. This requires a multi-disciplinary engagement, including economics and other social and natural sciences with policy and governance to identify and address the underlying drivers and risks.




The IGA aims to build a vibrant intellectual environment for original, rigorous and significant thinking and broader impact in London, but also to form an alliance of centres of excellence in research and policy thinking in emerging economies. By employing multidisciplinary approaches and encouraging evidence-based policy making, it also aspires to promote deeper understanding and peer-to-peer transfer of knowledge across emerging and developing economies. The IGA wants to offer a 'safe space' that is open, fair and transparent and where students, government, private sector and civil society from all around the world can meet to address the challenges of the 21st century.

More information about the IGA here.