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Who We Are

The Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) were established in 1978 with funds donated by Suntory Limited and the (then) Toyota Motor Company Limited of Japan, with further donations from Suntory Limited in 1984 and 1989 and the Toyota Motor Corporation in 1995. We have also enjoyed the support of the Saji Research Lectureship in Japanese Economic and Social History.

Since January 2013, STICERD has been co-located with the Economics Department and affiliated research centres in 32 Lincolns Inn Fields.

STICERD is both a thriving research community within the London School of Economics and Political Science and a source of funding for a variety of School-wide initiatives. We currently hold a total of £1.84 million in grant funding in addition to the support received from the endowment.

We have nine research programmes. The resident researchers principally comprise graduate students and members of the LSE teaching faculty. On average seventy-five resident researchers are involved in the work of the centres at any one time.

On behalf of the research programmes, STICERD hosts academic visitors and research associates from all over the world.

As well as supporting internal research, the centres fund:

  • Small research grants for LSE academic staff;
  • Public lectures including the Morishima Lectures, the Amartya Sen Lectures and Atkinson Lectures;
  • Seminars in a variety of subjects, including Theoretical Economics, Econometrics, Public Economics, Economics of Industry, Development, Growth, Political Science and Political Economy, and Psychology and Economics;
  • Discussion papers
  • The visitors programme

These benefit the entire research community at the LSE.

CASE, the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion is located within STICERD and benefits from the centres' support.