Our story

In our time as academics and policy makers, we experienced a disconnect between theory and practice. To change this, we decided to start a company that provides Political Economic Analysis and Consulting Strategies - in short, PEACS.

PEACS aims to connect scientific debates with current policy and business challenges. We want to be the gateway between our vast network of top researchers in the social sciences and the world of practical application.

Together with the PEACS expert network, our core group of highly-trained knowledge partners distil and convert academic findings into bespoke gap analyses, research, training and strategic consulting for your organisation.

Our mission

PEACS is founded on principles of equality, non-discrimination and social and environmental sustainability. We aspire to build a community of policy makers, academics, businesses, and think tanks that informs, debates and evaluates questions and proposals from society.


With our PEACS products, including immediate dossiers, short-term studies, longer-term research projects, one-on-one interviews and training seminars, we aim to lead the way to this communal knowledge creation. In our work with clients, we adopt standard confidentiality and intellectual property clauses.


We also believe in the value of communication and open exchange and take seriously our pro bono work in the shape of blogs and op-ed contributions.

Meet the team

Founder & Managing Director

Laurenz Mathei

Laurenz holds a MSc in Political Economy of Europe from the London School of Economics. In his previous role as economic adviser for the government of the United Kingdom, he advised leading policy officials and ministers on Brexit and trade negotiations with the EU.


Laurenz' extensive knowledge of Brexit-related topics and trade negotiations, is complimented by his experience in designing quantitative and qualitative evidence gathering. He was also a guest speaker for EuropeDirect, has interviewed with the Austrian broadcaster ORF, and contributed to the Austrian Chamber of Labour's blog.


PEACS expert network

Our exclusive access to a large network of academics from leading universities (incl. LSE, Oxford, CEU, MIT, Berkley, and Harvard) enables us to offer you the additional detailed expertise that your organisation requires.

Founder & Managing Director

Bob Hancké

Bob is currently Associate Professor of Political Economy at the London School of Economics. He obtained his PhD in Political Economy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previous appointments were at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, at the J.F. Kennedy School and at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. His previous consulting experience includes projects with the European Trade Union Confederation, the UK Parliament, and various private consulting firms.

Bob's extensive practice in training seminars stems from teaching post-graduate and executive classes in European political economy at LSE, EADA Business School, the Basque Programme, and the European Political-economy Infrastructure Consortium​. He also frequently interviews with the press (eg. Washington Post, Bloomberg, BBC) and posts blogs on Fox, LSE EUROPP, and NETUF.

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