Winner: Aurelia Streit, Department of International Development
Aurelia's winning research abstract: "It Was Not Syria But the War That Gave Us Women Rights!" How Forced Displacement Can Be a Catalyst for Women's Empowerment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
The judges said: "In addition to meeting our four criteria of ‘Making the world a better place’, ‘Communication’, ‘Creativity’ and ‘Self-Understanding’, Aurelia’s research offers hope for the 22 million refugees throughout the world in general, and for women refugees in particular, and shows how something really positive can emerge out of a very difficult environment."
Mujina Kaindama, Department of Law for Unwelcome Home: Managing Migration and Constructing Citizenship
The judges said: "By daring to ask difficult questions and challenging government policies on migration, this project highlights most potently the discriminatory practices currently taking place, amongst other places, in the housing sector in the UK and how these make it very difficult for migrants to successfully integrate into their new community."
Claudine Provencher is Head of LSE LIFE and an LSE alumnus.
Asi Sharabi founded Wonderbly (previously known as Lost My Name) as a DIY project with some friends. It's now a funded tech + storytelling start up with the ambition of making millions of kids around the world more curious, courageous and kind.
The LSE LIFE prize was selected from shortlisted photograph, poster and research abstract submissions from undergraduate and Master’s students. The criteria for this prize was based on LSE LIFE’s guiding principles and values within the LSE community. Specifically, submissions were evaluated on:
Making the ‘world’ a better place: How well does the submission offer knowledge that could contribute to a change for the better for a community, big or small?
Communication: How well does the submission use written and/or visual forms of communication to interact with the Festival audience in a way that is clear and coherent?
Creativity: How well does the submission demonstrate inventive or unique ways of thinking and/or offer alternative perspectives?
Self-Understanding: How well does the submission demonstrate researcher self-awareness and reflexivity?
This prize was awarded at the LSE Festival on Wednesday 21 February 2018 by Julia Black.