The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development (Wheeler Institute) is our response to the world’s most urgent economic and social problems.

Named after Tony and Maureen Wheeler, founders of The Lonely Planet Guide, the Wheeler Institute was launched in 2018 to build awareness and to help solve the most pressing global issues impeding development.


We are an alliance of thinkers and doers from business, academic, NGOs and government, united round a shared mission. From poverty to illiteracy, disease to environmental pollution, we are committed to bringing our collective research, experience and expertise to bear on the challenges faced by the world’s most underprivileged communities. And to tackle them head on.


We believe that business can and should be a force for good. 


We believe in inspiring and empowering next-generation leaders to make their own positive impact. 


And we believe in the power of collaboration to bring about positive change.



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We are now inviting proposals for our second round of funding with a deadline of Monday, 26 August 2019.

This call for proposals is open to LBS tenured and tenure-track faculty, research fellows as well as post-doctoral and PhD students.

LBS: Apply Now

As part of the 19th Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Conference (TADC) we are also inviting proposals from PhD students who have been invited to present their paper at the conference.

TADC: Apply now

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LBS awarded major donation by co-founders of Lonely Planet

Tony and Maureen Wheeler gift

£10 million for the new London Business School Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

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Business and Fragile States

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Doing business in a war zone

Mo Ibrahim on the role business can play in strengthening fragile states

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