Dr David Motadel of the Department of International History, Dr Suzanne Hall of the Department of Sociology and Dr Bryan W. Roberts of the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method have been awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes.
The £100,000 prize, which recognises the achievements of outstanding scholars, is to be spent on activities to promote the winners’ future research.
The Leverhulme Prize, founded in 2001, recognises the achievements of researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. This year, the Trust offered five prizes in each of the following areas: Biological Sciences, History, Law, Mathematics and Statistics, Philosophy and Theology, Sociology and Social Policy.
Dr David Motadel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International History. His work focuses on the history of modern Europe and Europe’s relations with the wider world. He said: “I am honoured to have been awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize. It is wonderful encouragement for my research. I am indebted to my family and my colleagues for their support. It is a great privilege to be working in LSE's International History Department, which provides a unique environment for scholarship and research.”
Dr Suzanne Hall, Director of the Cities Programme and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, said: “I’m totally thrilled to have been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize. It allows me to expand my research on the ‘migrant margins’ and how global migration, urban marginalisation and human capacities intersect. Having worked on economies and spaces shaped by migrants across UK cities, I now have the opportunity to explore the urban life of migrant traders in Cape Town, South Africa.”
Dr Bryan W. Roberts, Doctoral Programmes Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, said: “My research project is about the philosophy and physics of observation, from what sorts of experiences count as observations in physics, to the nature of the unobservable.
“One of the leading places in the world to do this kind of research is right here at LSE, thanks to our incredibly active research group in this area — the Sigma Club philosophy of physics group, the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, and the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences. It’s an honour to receive the Leverhulme Trust’s support for this research, and an exciting opportunity to carry it out here at LSE.”