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Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

World societies and economies are transforming. It's our job to understand that change, and to make a positive contribution to human welfare, security and sustainability. We make impacts by giving our students the confidence and skills to embrace and shape change, and through our connected and engaged research.

We are home to one of the largest UK university communities for social research and education. We have world-leading expertise across the social sciences, from political economy to management, security studies to international development, geography to global health, education to communication. We want our knowledge to matter in the world and believe this can be achieved by collaboration on real-world problems, combining insights and methods from across the disciplines. Our students are central to our academic enterprise.

Our global institutes for China, India, Brazil and Russia and departments of European & International and Middle Eastern studies offer specialist expertise about important and dynamic regions of the world. The Policy Institute at King’s connects and informs policy across government and business.

We take an international approach to advancing social science scholarship. Our teaching and research community includes politicians, business leaders, policy-makers, activists and teachers in London, the UK, Europe and internationally, while our students come from about 130 countries.

The Dean of Faculty is Professor Frans Berkhout. He is supported in his role by SSPP Professional Services staff.


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