Head of Foundation and Business Partnerships, LSE

As a modern religious and economic historian, Sarah’s research touches upon a wide variety of wider themes: the changing nature of the relationship between Church and state in the nineteenth century; Church-party tensions in the mid nineteenth century; the economic history of London, in particular the industries of brewing and banking; the development of an urban home missionary strategy; Anglican church building; the professionalisation of charitable fundraising; gender and philanthropy ; corporate philanthropy; anonymous giving; the theological doctrines that underpin philanthropic action; the influence of evangelicalism; and secularisation, the dominant theme in modern religious history. My research methodology is very data led, reflecting earlier careers in banking and funding, and has involved the evaluation of 100,000 charitable subscriptions and donations through the design of an Access database.

In her position at the LSE, Sarah is responsible for the strategic direction of both the foundation and business partnership teams. In addition, her portfolio includes a focus on the International Inequalities Institute, the Marshall Institute on Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change Policy.

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