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Analysis of LSE’s Sustainability Consultation

The brief

Creating a Sustainable LSE is one of the commitments of LSE’s 2030 strategy. 

To fulfil this commitment, LSE carried out an open sustainability consultation, recognising the critical need for the entire LSE community to have an opportunity to shape the #SustainableLSE new Sustainability Strategic Plan.

LSE sustainability consultation

The approach

  • LSE had used a mixed-methods approach for this research in order to gain an understanding of the broad trends across the community, as well as digging into the deeper nuances behind individuals’ attitudes around sustainable actions and environmental behaviours.
  • An eSurvey was designed and disseminated internally to staff, students, alumni and friends of LSE by the client. This yielded 668 responses, which Shift interpreted using cluster analysis to provide a breakdown of the attitudes held by different groups within the LSE community.
  • Shift then combined the findings from this sustainability consultation analysis with the results of the LSE themed workshops involving staff and students, also carried out internally. The analysis resulted in a Key Findings report and presentation.

The value

Shift delivered expert analysis via a fully visual report, which simultaneously identified areas in which the community supported LSE’s sustainability actions and sought to inform their Sustainability Strategic Plan. The report focused on the following themes: Education, Research, Engagement and Leadership, Investment, Operations, Collaboration. The survey gave a clearer understanding of the LSE community’s views on a number of key topics, such as LSE using carbon offsets and specific areas of action on which they should focus their efforts.