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Mile End Institute

About us

The Mile End Institute is Queen Mary University of London's primary centre for the study and public discussion of the major challenges facing British politics, policymaking, and public life. 

The Mile End Institute sustains Queen Mary’s fine tradition of involvement in public and political life at a time of fascinating, if not perilous, uncertainty for our country.
— Lord Peter Hennessy

Established in 2015 under the patronage of Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, the Mile End Institute has hosted hundreds of public events, produced research papers and policy briefings, and hosted dozens of Visiting and Honorary Research Fellows. Directed by Professors Michael Kenny, Philip Cowley, Tim Bale, Dr Robert Saunders, and now Professor Patrick Diamond, the Mile End Institute has cemented Queen Mary's reputation as one of the UK's leading universities for the study of British politics.

Alongside our regular events programme, based at Queen Mary's campus in Mile End, the Institute has hosted high-profile lectures to commemorate the life and work of Queen Mary's own Professor John Ramsden and the scholarship of our patron, Lord Hennessy. As part of Queen Mary's ambition to be an 'anchor institution' in East London, the Institute works with local communities and policymakers to tackle the key political and policy questions facing the East End. In addition to our Polling London project which regularly surveys public opinion in the Capital, we regularly undertake research with the Centre for London and the University's Lifelong Health Team, and co-convene the East London Research Network. 

Our team

Meet the Mile End Institute's core team and learn about their work.

Our Team

Visiting fellows

We host a number of Honorary Research Fellows and Professors.

Visiting Fellows

Our strategy

Discover more about our work and research interests in our strategy 2023-28.

Our Strategy


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