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School for Social Care Research Annual Conference 2013
Wednesday 27th March 2013
Venue: London School of Economics

The SSCR annual conference brings together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, among others and provides an opportunity for those interested in adult social care practice research to learn more about the NIHR School for Social Care Research, its research and wider activities. This year's conference presented some research study findings, and featured contributions from experts in the adult social care field.

Healthy African Cities - LSE Cities, LSE Health and Africa Talks public lecture
Thursday 7th March 2013
Time: 18:30-20:00
Location: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
Speaker: Dr Ama de Graft Aikins, Dr Gora Mboup, Professor Vanessa Watson
Chair: Dr Ernestina Coast

Notwithstanding improvements, urban health in Africa remains a particular challenge, with 70 per cent of urban dwellers living in informal settlements, facing multiple disease burdens. How might we move towards healthy African cities?

Ama de Graft Aikins is a visiting fellow at LSE Health and senior lecturer at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana.

Gora Mboup is a senior demographic and health expert and the chief of the Global Urban Observatory of UN-HABITAT.

Vanessa Watson is professor and deputy dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town.

Event poster| (PDF)


Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain and Canada
Wednesday 27th February 2013
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: NAB 2.06
Speaker: Dr Drew Halfmann, University of California, Davis
Organiser: Dr Ernestina Coast

Since Roe v. Wade, abortion has continued to be a divisive political issue in the United States. In contrast, it has remained primarily a medical issue in Britain and Canada despite the countries' shared cultural heritage. Doctors and Demonstrators looks beyond cultural or religious explanations to explain why abortion politics and policies differ so dramatically in these otherwise similar countries. Halfmann argues that political institutions are the key. In the United States, federalism, judicial review, and a private health care system contributed to the public definition of abortion as an individual right rather than a medical necessity. And the porous structure of American political parties gave pro-choice and pro-life groups numerous opportunities to move the issue onto the political agenda.
Event flyer| (PDF)


PIRU (Policy Research Unit in Policy Innovation Research) presents: Payment-for-performance: incentivising quality in public services
Tuesday 19th February 2013
Time: 17:30 - 19:15
Venue: John Snow Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1E 7HT

P4P aligns financial rewards with predefined performance targets. This payment mechanism is dominating the policy agenda in many countries and numerous schemes have been introduced with the aim of improving the quality and outcomes of public services. However, the current evidence base is incomplete and current schemes vary in design with differences in performance measurement, appraisal and reimbursement making it difficult to generalise about the benefits, risks and costs of P4P. 

For further details, please see the PIRU website:|

"Health Care in Germany - Now and in the Future" in cooperation with LSE Health and Social Care
Wednesday 6th February 2013
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
Venue: Tower One, Room G.01 (TW1.G.01)
Keynote speaker: Federal Minister Daniel Bahr
Chair: Professor Elias Mossialos, Director LSE Health

This event was held as part of the German Symposium 2013 hosted by the LSESU German Society. For more details click here|


PSSRU and ILPN present: How private LTC insurance can supplement state systems (End of project workshop)
Date: 30th January 2013
Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Venue: CLM 2.02, (Clement's House) LSE
Speakers: Joshua Wiener (RTI International), Christophe Courbage (Uni. Of Geneva), Raphael Wittenberg (Department of Health/LSE), Adelina Comas-Herrera (LSE), Montserrat Guillen (Uni. Of Barcelona)
Chair: Martin Knapp

This workshop presented and discussed the findings of the AXA Research Fund sponsored study on how private long-term care insurance can supplement state systems.

Please see the event page| for further information, including slides from the workshop.

QORU seminar: Understanding outcomes for people with long-term conditions
Date: 11th January 2013
Time: 2pm - 4:05pm
Venue: NAB LG.01 (New Academic Building at LSE)
Speakers: Ray Fitzpatrick, Jose Valderas, Julien Forder

For further info, please see the flyer| (PDF).