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Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

London is a global centre of political and economic power as well as a dynamic and connected hub of social change.

It provides a unique location for the university’s ambitious and internationally orientated Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy.

King's is home to one of the largest UK university communities for social research and education, with world-leading expertise across topics as diverse as politics and economics, security studies, global affairs, education, communication and society. The Global Institutes based within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy provide in-depth knowledge of key regions of the world and through the Policy Institute we seek to understand and influence the societies in which we live.

Key London priorities for the faculty:

  • To develop new London modules and co-curricular activities such as Global London Advocates and the London History and Governance MA module.
  • To realise the opportunities arising from the collaboration agreement between King's and the Universite de Paris, such as the Ipsos MORI research on perceptions of residents in London and Paris.
  • To build and extend relationships with key London policy organisations including the GLA, the Mayor's Office and Centre for London.

Current initiatives include:

  • Our Politics students can explore the history and governance of London and how power operates at the very centre of government through modules by The Strand Group run in partnership with No. 10 Downing Street and the Treasury.
  • The School of Education, Communication & Society partners with 150 schools in Greater London to provide placements for King's PGCE teacher training students across the capital.
  • Our School of Security Studies works in partnership with London’s security and government services, providing expert advice and insights to help prevent future terrorist attacks and influence the emergency responses. The School has also worked alongside public and private organisations to help keep the capital’s diverse communities safe from cyber-attack and sabotage.
  • Our International Development students explore London as a financial hub, entrepreneurial cluster and centre of policy-making affecting industry. As well as drawing in speakers, students also visit the London Stock Exchange as part of their learning.
  • Geography students regularly take part in field trips to see street art, cultural activities and examples of urban developments as part of their courses and have taken part in workshops to help local children create air pollution sensors.
  • Our Global Health undergraduates visit the British Museum and Freud Museum for their studies. The Policy Institute has participated in events at City Hall and contributed to work on London's population and economic growth.
  • Our academics have worked with City of London insurers and risk assessors in the development of new risk assessment tools, improving community resilience to flooding and enhancing community capacity to monitor and manage local flooding.
  • Through regular events within the Schools and the The Policy Institute, we bring diverse groups together, facilitating engagement between academic, business, philanthropic and policy communities to investigate current and future societal issues.
  • During 2018-19 the faculty hosted 24 arts-based events in The Exchange space at Bush House, which were attended by more than 4,000 people from across London and beyond.

King’s faculties work in London