LSE's Knowledge Beyond Boundaries Conference: CIVICA Students Gear Up to Tackle Power and Politics


As the academic year comes to an end, students across CIVICA are eagerly preparing for Knowledge Beyond Boundaries, an interdisciplinary student research conference to be held on 10 June at LSE.

This annual event fosters collaboration, innovation, and the exchange of ideas among budding undergraduate and graduate scholars from diverse disciplines at LSE and CIVICA partner universities. 

Held as part of the LSE Festival, which takes place this year from 10-15 June, the conference is a highly successful annual event. It provides a platform for students to showcase their research and engage in meaningful discussions on pressing societal issues. This year, the topic of the festival is Power and Politics. The conference invited students across CIVICA to submit abstract proposals earlier in April, allowing final presentations in various formats, such as traditional academic papers, poster flash talk sessions, creative show-and-tells, and performances. After a rigorous selection process, over 100 research projects were chosen, addressing themes like the future of work, power and participation in policymaking, gender justice, digital democracy, AI and politics, among many more. 

Many conference participants are working with assigned mentors from LSE in their respective fields to help them structure and refine their presentations before the event. The conference offers an unparalleled opportunity for CIVICA students to gain exposure to a broader academic audience, including faculty members, industry experts, and fellow students from across Europe. It provides a unique platform for young researchers to receive constructive feedback, engage in critical discussions, and build networks that can support their academic and professional careers. 

This year, 18 students from various CIVICA member institutions—Bocconi University, Central European University, Hertie School, IE University, Sciences Po, and SGH Warsaw School of Economics—will present their research at the conference alongside their peers from LSE. 

With less than a week to go, students are working with their mentors to finalise their presentations, ready to contribute to a dynamic exchange of ideas and knowledge. The LSE Knowledge Beyond Boundaries student research conference highlights the importance of interdisciplinary research in addressing the complex challenges of our time. 

Anticipation is high for a successful conference filled with inspiring research, meaningful dialogues, and the continued strengthening of the CIVICA network. Best wishes are extended to the LSE organising team and all participants for the Festival. 

For those interested in attending, conference tickets are available via the LSE Festival website. In-person and online tickets are available, and ticketholders are welcome to attend whichever panel sessions they would like throughout the day. 

Article credits: Sonakshi Saha. 

Photo credits: LSE.