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Summer 2009

Mag Summer 2009Africa on the march| (PDF) Thandika Mkandawire, the first holder of LSE's new chair in African Development, talks to Jo Beall about his role in the School's developing African Initiative.

Raising the red lantern in Africa| (PDF) Chris Alden explores the burgeoning relationship between China and Africa.

How does your country grow?| (PDF) Gobind Nankani explains how the new LSE-Oxford International Growth Centre is offering practical help to developing countries facing extreme poverty.

Surviving the crunch| (PDF) Howard Davies considers what the recession means for LSE and its newest, job-hunting graduates.

Finance, failure and fairness| (PDF) The recent failure of the global financial system points to profound faults in our system of global governance. David Held and Kevin Young explore the options for reform.

A world of difference| (PDF) The world has invested an enormous amount of hope in President Obama. But, asks Michael Cox, will we really see much change in US foreign policy?

A line in the sand| (PDF) LSE is training Libya's new civil servants to carry forward the country's reforming agenda. Francis Terry describes the challenges.

Young lives online| (PDF) Sonia Livingstone reports on the latest findings of a major project charting the changes in children's internet use throughout Europe.

Making history| (PDF) Alumna Lindsey Hall delves into the School's archives.

Romance or reason?| (PDF) Richard Bronk and Jon Adams debate the place of literature in the social sciences.

Rodent's rambles: food for thought| (PDF) by Rodney Barker.

Winter 2008


mag2008winterFrom LSE to Liberty| (PDF) Alumna Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights organisation Liberty, talks to Conor Gearty about LSE, justice and challenging the status quo.

Aiding the War on Terror| (PDF) Is international aid being used to foster allies rather than development in the 'War on Terror'? Jude Howell and Jeremy Lind discuss their research.

The endless city| (PDF) The shape of cities defines the environmental, economic and social sustainability of global society, argues Ricky Burdett as he reveals the latest findings of the Urban Age project.

Keeping the nation healthy| (PDF) Howard Glennerster reflects on the role of LSE academics in the creation and shaping of the National Health Service, throughout its 60 years.

Testing times| (PDF) Waiting for your results can be an anxious time - and this time it's the academics who are feeling the strain, writes Howard Davies.

A Nobel story| (PDF) Peter Miller describes heated debate at the Nobel symposium where he was asked to present his latest research; and we look back on the Nobel laureates with LSE connections.

Mediating the media| (PDF) Warwick Smith gives an overview of LSE's links with the media and interviews Jana Bennett, director of BBC Vision and Daniel Finkelstein, chief leader writer for The Times.

Willing volunteers| (PDF) LSE's Volunteer Centre works with over 150 organisations and students are eager to offer their time and energy for free. Alumna Lindsey Hall finds out why.

Sculpting space| (PDF) Joy Gerrard's Elenchus-Aporia is one of two spectacular new sculptures to commemorate the opening of the School's New Academic Building.

Rodents Rambles: the crisis in the social sciences| (PDF) Rodney Barker puts the case for misinformation.

Summer 2008


The power game| (PDF) Paul Kennedy debates American power in today's fractured world.

Beyond borders| (PDF) The dynamics of migration are evolving with remarkable speed. Peter Sutherland examines these issues.

Shaping the Middle East| (PDF) Fred Halliday sets out the five themes he believes should govern future study of the region at LSE.

Josef Ackermann| (PDF) Claire Sanders introduces Deutsche Bank's CEO, currently a visiting professor in the Department of Finance.


How well do 'facts' travel?| (PDF) Mary Morgan and Jon Adams discuss what happens to 'facts' and what roles they play as they make their way around the different groups who use them.

LSE Asia Forum| (PDF) The politics of knowledge was the theme of the School's fourth Asia Forum, held in Singapore in April.

Who rules the money markets?| Is international regulation keeping pace with today's financial markets? Howard Davies recommends an overhaul.

From Moll to modernity| (PDF) Nicola Lacey explains what connects a book by an 18th century novelist with research into the development of ideas of criminal responsibility.

Generating business| (PDF) Student Lindsey Hall interviews two enterprising young alumni about their new LSE-inspired business, G2G.

Rodent's rambles: rerum cognoscere... Darwin| (PDF) Rodney Barker and the insurgent mammals.

Winter 2007


Winter 2007 MagazineEnergy| (PDF) Yahia Said examines the challenges presented by energy security, climate change and the 'resource curse'.

Families shamed| (PDF) Rachel Condry discusses the consequences of crime for relatives of serious offenders.

Professor to watch: Luis Garicano| (PDF) An interview with the Department of Management's new director of research, by Della Bradshaw.

Bill Phillips: a life less ordinary| (PDF) As we approach the 50th anniversary of the 'Phillips Curve', Nicholas Barr reflects on Bill Phillips' unconventional life and innovative work.

Learnt it? think again| (PDF) Luke Freeman and Jerome Lewis describe how a joint project with Columbia University is breaking new ground in the teaching of anthropology.

Judging the Booker Prize| (PDF) Howard Davies reflects on his experience as chair of judges for the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Ashanti Goldfields: rise and fall of a corporation| (PDF) Ayowa Afrifa Taylor argues that research into this African mining company is important to imperial as well as African and business historians.

LSE and Singapore| (PDF) The School's new alliance with the National University of Singapore; and plans for the 2008 Asia Forum.

Music at LSE| (PDF) Music at the School is alive and kicking.

China: the 1970s golden group| (PDF) Brendan Smith reports on a highly successful group of Chinese alumni.

Rodent's rambles: the desktop guru| (PDF) Rodney Barker on electronic nagging.

Summer 2007


The Brown Inheritance| (PDF) - What will UK politics be like in a post-Blair era? Patrick Dunleavy considers the scenarios.

Culture clash or culture club?| (PDF) As national identity remains a topic of much discussion, who feels British? Alan Manning and Sanchari Roy explain their research findings.

Table talk| (PDF) Howard Davies discusses the ups and downs of university league tables.

Workforce 2010| (PDF) What's on the mind of global graduate students soon to enter the workforce? Christine Robers reports.


Turkey| (PDF) Is the glass more than half full? Şevket Pamuk contemplates Turkey's economy and political prospects.

My mentor and me| (PDF) The LSE Alumni Mentoring Network has expanded rapidly since its inception in 1999. Mentors and mentees explain why it works.

A passionate advocate| (PDF) Lord Grabiner QC steps down in December as chair of the School's Court of Governors and Council, to be succeeded by Sir Peter Sutherland. He reflects on what's kept him so involved with LSE.

LSE and India| (PDF) An Asia Forum in Delhi, the new IG Patel Chair, Urban Age in Mumbai - India remains in the spotlight.

All kinds of artistry| (PDF)
It has been a year of fresh arts projects at the School.

Rodent's rambles| (PDF) Rodney Barker on how to enjoy an International No.1 Bestseller.

Winter 2006


Oceans 13: small sea changes, big decisions| (PDF) - Professor Lenny Smith, director of CATS, explains about the LSE/IOC Business Programme for Observing Systems, its work and ambitions.  

The economics of climate change| (PDF) - Ralf Martin assesses the policy suggestions of Sir Nicholas Stern's Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published this October.   

Management matters| (PDF) - LSE's new Department of Management brings together four units within the School that will, for the foreseeable future, continue to operate as distinct, fairly autonomous units. So why create a federated department? Saul Estrin explains.


A global perspective| (PDF) - Matt Mulford explains the global appeal of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA programme, offered jointly with NYU Stern School of Business and HEC School of Management, Paris.

Forever foreign| (PDF) - What does it feel like to be a citizen of a global world? Khue Pham offers her experience.

Food glorious food| (PDF) - Bridget Hutter and Clive Jones remind us that some may suffer from more than indigestion before the holiday season is out. Researcher Keith Stafford asks them if we should be worried.  

Chancellors' tales| (PDF) - Howard Davies introduces the recent publication of The Chancellors' Tales: managing the British economy.

A corner of London: the Library quadrilateral| (PDF) - In LSE Magazine, summer 2006, George Kiloh wrote about the history of the Clare Market area before LSE arrived. Here he reveals more about the patch of land now home to the Library and other notable School buildings. p17

Rodent's Rambles| (PDF) - What am I bid for the Beaver? Worldwide academic and organisational warming is leading to an acute shortage of acronyms, finds Rodney Barker

Update: Tom Ketteley in Kazakhstan - update Nov/Dec 2006|
In the Summer 2006 issue of LSE Magazine, final year student Tom Ketteley wrote about where he thought he would be in five years. Click here to download original article. Tom updates us with his progress 

Summer 2006


Stranded in the middle?| (PDF) - Richard Sennett considers a crisis for those on the career ladder.

The Fabian window| (PDF) - Designed in 1910, mysteriously found in Arizona, then sold at auction, the Fabian window now has a home at LSE.

Listen to the voices| (PDF) - The School launches a new journalism initiative this year. Roger Silverstone explains why POLIS is needed.

Treasure seekers| (PDF) - Julie Masal looks at how national treasures are bought and sold across continents.


A corner of London, the heart of the campus| (PDF) - George Kiloh delves into the history of Clare Market and Houghton Street before LSE arrived.

A Cold War legacy of intervention| (PDF) - Arne Westad considers the Cold War and its after effects.

A brief encounter with Sudoku| (PDF) - Not heard of Sudoku? Gautam Appa, Kai Helge Becker and Katerina Papadaki test your logic skills. Did you complete the Sudoku puzzle? Check your solution here| (PDF)

Rodent's Rambles| (PDF) - The academic Olympics. Rodney Barker looks ahead to 2012.

David Kingsley's anagram quiz on p36 - for the answers, click here|

Winter 2005


A matter of power, not religion| (PDF) - Fred Halliday, International Relations, considers the war against terrorism, how long it might last and religiously motivated terrorism.

Aspire to be more| (PDF) - Raihan Alfaradhi, LSESU anti-racism officer 2005-06, offers a personal insight into growing up in London.

Health in a bottle| (PDF) - Dr David Boyd Haycock and Dr Patrick Wallis, from the Department of Economic History, are researching the production, retailing and consumption of medicines from the English Civil War to the mid-18th century. Read the fascinating tale of Daffy's Elixir.


China, 2006 and beyond| (PDF) - The Chinese financial system has come of age. LSE Director Howard Davies examines potential financial reforms, while Dr Linda Yueh, Economics, summarises China's challenges.

Exploring the mind| (PDF) Ruth Maclennan, BIOS artist in residence, describes the State of Mind project, see more about cultural activities at the School at LSE Arts and Music|.

Do we trust U?| (PDF) - Professor Robin Mansell, Media and Communications, considers issues of trust in the decades to come as new technology offers ubiquitous computing possibilities.

100 years of LSE sociology| (PDF) - Dr Christopher Husbands celebrates 100 years of sociology at the School.

Helping the poor and the planet| (PDF) - Nicholas Bayne, Shinichiro Uda and Dr Heidi Ullrich reflect on the Gleneagles G8 and its achievements, as Russia prepares to host its first summit in 2006.

Rodent's Rambles| (PDF) - LSE the opera. With a new hall of residence now open on Drury Lane, Rodney Barker introduces a new phenomenon - Beaver the diva!

Summer 2005


HIV/AIDS - the true cost to us all| (PDF) - LSEAIDS has been created to bring together academics at the School to confront the social and economic implications of HIV/AIDS. Tony Barnett outlines the issues.

The knowns and unknowns of productivity| (PDF) - Romesh Vaitilingam quizzes John Van Reenen, director of the Centre for Economic Performance, on the latest research evidence about the UK's productivity gap.

Choice in health care - what kind of patient are you?| (PDF) - Does being a patient always mean waiting? In future, will patients choose to take more control? Anna Dixon and Sarah Thomson look at the European case.


The school of rock| (PDF) - School may be out for summer but the music lives on. Students Hemant Grover and Alex Habachi fill you in on the rock and roll, while alumnus Louis Schwarz puts the pop into population studies.

Lawyering in the international community| (PDF) - Since the 1990s international courts have become far more significant. Christopher Greenwood QC notes a sea change, while Robert Weinberg highlights a transatlantic contrast in legal rights.

A record of UK gay activism| (PDF) - The archive and journal collections of the Hall-Carpenter Archives (HCA) have been housed at LSE since 1988. Now available online, archivist Sue Donnelly explains their origin.

Play to win| (PDF) - Innovation, academic research, complex sciences, LEGO - alumni Lewis Pinault and Florian Lennert explain how these elements are being combined in a new research venture.

Rodent's Rambles| (PDF) - Invasion of the body snatchers by Rodney Barker.

Winter 2004

Voting for democracy| (PDF) - How do you best 'do' democracy? Has slick campaigning obscured the essence of voting? Maggie Scammell and Zuhra Bahman offer their perspectives.

Drops of gold| (PDF) - 2005 marks the start of the UN's International Decade on Water for Life, beginning on World Water Day, 22 March. Judith Rees and Everisto Mapedza tell us more about the water problems the world needs to manage.

War, soldiers, children| (PDF) - doing the right thing - Jenny Kuper's new book looks at the complex issue of how the military are trained to treat children.


Anyone for tennis, netball, rowing...?| (PDF) - Jarlath O'Hara offers a guide to the School's sporting prowess.

The play's the thing| (PDF) - Ashes to Ashes was a play performed by LSE students at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. Director Ion Martea gives a flavour of their Edinburgh adventure.

The tartan talks| (PDF) - Gleneagles - G8, Gleneagles, Scotland, July 2005: Nicholas Bayne, Shinichiro Uda and Heidi Ullrich covered the Sea Island G8 and look ahead to 2005.

Are we fashioning ourselves into psychotics?| (PDF) - Henrietta Moore and Renata Salecl consider the increase in self-delusion.

Making universities universal| (PDF) - How do you fund university education? Nicholas Barr takes stock of a global question.

Rodent's rambles| (PDF) - Read, mark and inwardly digest by Rodney Barker

Summer 2004

Welcome to the bio age| (PDF) - A new MSc in Biomedicine, Bioscience and Society begins in October 2004. Nikolas Rose explains why LSE has a part to play in the bio age.

A force for change| (PDF) - Alumni Jamshed Kazi, Claudia Melim-Mcleod, Kjetil Hansen and Vibeke Risa giver personal insights into their work for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Other people's lives| (PDF) - What makes a good biography? Nicola Lacey and Anthony Howe share their experiences.


India: Ambedkar and democracy| (PDF) - LSE's connections with India date back almost to the School's foundations. John Harriss considers academic themes, while alumnus Selman Ansari recounts his first trip back.

The Olympics and beyond| (PDF) - What do this year's Olympics mean to Greece? Kevin Featherstone, head of LSE's Hellenic Observatory, considers past and present Games and the School's connections with Greece.

Rodent's Rambles| (PDF) - Rodney Barker muses on Fabians and the fun factor.

Winter 2003


Human rights - the need to stand strong| (PDF)
In an age of globalisation, Conor Gearty believes it is time for human rights to mature.

Evian: water on the flames| (PDF)
Nicholas Bayne, Heidi Ullrich and Shinichiro Uda assess what the Evian G8 summit achieved and look ahead to 2004.

LSE on screen| (PDF)
Helen Pang writes about her fascinating job classifying films.

Fifty years of international exchange| (PDF)
What was established in the UK by an LSE student and now has 50,000 members worldwide? Sabine Ziem explains the School's AIESEC links.  


The other Woolf| (PDF)
Husband of novelist Virginia, Leonard is usually seen as solid and companionable but not especially gifted. Peter Wilson reveals a different Mr Woolf.

TRIUM celebrates| (PDF)
Catherine Manthorpe applauds the School's first TRIUM Executive MBA graduates.

Rodent's rambles| (PDF)
LSE, the movie by Rodney Barker

Summer 2003


Weather roulette| (PDF) 
What's the connection between the weather, epilepsy and CATS? Lenny Smith explains how statistics has the answer. 

Introducing Howard Davies| (PDF)
The School welcomes its 12th director in October. Howard Davies talks about his career so far and why he's looking forward to joining LSE. 

Happiness| (PDF)
What makes us happy? Richard Layard says more tax could help.


History matters: trading technologies and the ideas market| (PDF)
Danny Quah considers economic growth and how one market has been overlooked.

Politics and postbags| (PDF)
Would you become an MP? Harry Mann shares his experience of shadowing UK politician Chris Smith on a scheme to encourage broader representation from ethnic minority groups. 

Cell research| (PDF)
Women offenders face particular pressures in the UK penal system. Judith Rumgay explains how LSE research aims to improve the quality of treatment they receive.

LSE and China| (PDF)
The School's links with China date back almost to its foundation. Nien Cheng recalls life at the School in the 1930s while Henrietta Moore looks to the future. 

Rodent's rambles| (PDF)
The place to just be, by Rodney Barker 

Winter 2002


The fall and rise of cities| (PDF)
Are cities on their way out? Paul Cheshire and other LSE urban researchers don't think so. 

A Marshall Plan for Africa?| (PDF)
The G8 invited African leaders to their summit at Kananaskis and announced an African Action Plan. Nicholas Bayne was there for LSE Magazine. 

History matters: the liberal international economic order today| (PDF)
More economic globalisation is needed in a world of sovereign nation-states, argues Razeen Sally.


Postcards from the eco edge| (PDF)
Antonis B Petropoulos and Tim Forsyth provide food for thought before you book your next vacation.

Experimental economics| (PDF)
Clare Lombardelli, James Proudman and James Talbot explain how LSE economics students took part in a Bank of England experiment.

Meet your mentor| (PDF)
Looking for some friendly career advice? LSE has launched an alumni professional mentoring network. 

Art at LSE| (PDF)
Ben Eastop reports back on the success of the artists in residence initiative. 

Rodent's rambles| (PDF)
This time it's personal, says Rodney Barker. 

Summer 2002


The challenges to our way of life| (PDF)
UN secretary-general Kofi Annan urged an LSE audience to re-think their views and personal values in a speech at the School this year. 

Africa's priorities - image and economy?| (PDF)
What are Africa's main priorities at the start of the 21st century? Chris Alden spoke to KY Amoako, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Grievous loss| (PDF)
How do people grieve? How does a nation or victim express devastating loss? Stephan Feuchtwang hopes to find out more. 


Men and their bodies| (PDF)
Erotic images, naked torsos - Rosalind Gill considers why men are more conscious than ever of the way they look. 

History matters: lessons from the marketplace| (PDF)
European integration and globalisation - not such new phenomena, argues Stephan R Epstein. 

A Royal occasion| (PDF)
HM The Princess Royal formally re-opened the newly transformed Lionel Robbins Building. 

Rodent's rambles| (PDF)
Follow the lady with the umbrella, by Rodney Barker. 

Winter 2001


After 11 September| (PDF)
The date is etched in world history. Some of the School's leading commentators consider the implications of the terrorist attacks - Anthony Giddens, Lord Dahrendorf, Gwyn Prins, Fred Halliday, John Gray, David Held and Mary Kaldor.

Research active| (PDF)
LSE's new Research Lab opened this year. Richard Layard explains the idea and the Lab's grand ambitions.  

Pedal power| (PDF)
How far would you go for charity? Student Ian Curry shifts up a gear.


100 not out| (PDF)
Social anthropologist Sir Raymond Firth was 100 this year. Peter Loizos celebrates the man and his achievements. 

A 24 hour a day intellectual| (PDF)
John Worrall tells the story of one of the School's most famous philosophers, Imre Lakatos, with John Darwin considering one of this key ideas.

Does anyone here speak global English?| (PDF)
This has been the European Year of Languages. Nick Byrne, director of the School's Language Centre, considers the value of language learning. 

Rodent's rambles| (PDF)
Rodney Barker on the view from the riverbank. 

Summer 2001


Winter 2000


Educational alchemy: will the web change the way we learn?| (PDF)
Andy Rosenfield testified before the US Web-based Education Commission on the role of web-based education. Here he expresses his vision for the internet and UNext. 

Knowledge in depth| (PDF)
Ann Kirschner explores the idea and potential of Fathom.com

The 'G' force| (PDF)
Globalisation - Meghnad Desai on the meaning of globalisation today and LSE's areas of future development.


Ice-cold adventure on top of the world| (PDF)
You've reached the North Pole. What do you do while you're there? LSE alumnus Brett Cormick writes of his adventure in uncharted waters. 

Dotcompetition: surviving in e-business| (PDF)
What are these dotcoms? Are they businesses with a future? Edgar Whitley considers what has been learnt so far, while Daniel Osei-Joehene tells of student and LSE entrepreneurs experiences in e-land. 

The Webbs and LSE| (PDF)
Sidney and Beatrice Webb left various legacies, including LSE. Guy Lodge reflects on the couple and their partnership. 

Charitable change - creating a new culture of giving in Britain| (PDF)
Do we still give money to charity? Why and why not? Karen Wright considers 'new philanthropy'. 

Rodent's rambles| (PDF)
Worldwidewebb, by Rodney Barker

Summer 2000


Mandela at LSE| (PDF)
Nelson Mandela visits the School.

Double-clicking on democracy| (PDF)
Is the internet leading us towards a golden era of citizenship or a darker age of dystopia? Ian Angell, Simon Davies and Patrick Dunleavy agree to differ.

No guarantees, real risks| (PDF)
A summary of former US Secretary of the Treasury Robert E Rubin's lecture at LSE this year.


Rebuilding Kosovo| (PDF)
The war is over...but is there peace? LSE student Jehona Gjurgjeala offers her personal view.

Can culture, market and state relate?| (PDF)
Helmut Anheier explores the idea of a civil society and why it is gaining in significance.

Clarke concludes| (PDF)
Former UK chancellor Kenneth Clarke reveals more insights into cabinet government to John Barnes.

Brought to book| (PDF)
What is LSE's role in literature? Edwin Shaw investigates the School's fame in print.

Where values, politics, science and technology meet| (PDF)
As the School's Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences (CPNSS) celebrates its 10th anniversary, Nancy Cartwright, FBA, looks to the future.

Rodent's rambles| (PDF)
Will ye no come back again?, asks Rodney Barker