LSE and ETNO launch telecoms research
The main topics of research conducted by LSE will include: broadband investment; network management and the future of the internet in the face of rapidly increasing data traffic. Further information can be accessed here.
Nokia-LSE launch Near Field Communications (NFC) and privacy study
LSE will investigate how information generated by customers of mobile services is being used and whether customers' behaviour is affected by concerns about privacy. The use of NFC in public transport ticketing schemes, such as the Oyster card in London and the Octopus card in Hong Kong, and applications in retailing will provide case studies for the research. This study is expected to be published by summer 2011. For outline information click here.
AXA-LSE Research Programme
Two major new research initiatives have been announced by the AXA Research Fund and the London School of Economics and Political Science. The first was awarded to the Financial Markets Group in June 2009, to look at risk management and the regulation of financial institutions in light of the current financial crisis. The second research project was awarded to the Personal and Social Services Research Unit in April 2010, to be conducted in collaboration with the University of Barcelona, the University of East Anglia and the Nuffield Trust. The study will explore how private long-term care insurance could supplement state systems, with the UK as a case study. The AXA Research Fund also sponsors a PhD student in the Operational Research Group, awarded in October 2009, to look at decision support models to evaluate the impact of action on uncertainty.
APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe Series
The LSE European Institute – APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe public lecture series is one of Europe's leading platforms for informed debate on the critical issues facing the European Union, its member states and its relations with the rest of the World. The Perspectives on Europe series features substantive presentations by opinion-leaders from politics, public administration, academia, business and media, in a format designed to maximise interaction and engagement with a wider community of experts, commentators and interested public.
The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Bringing together international expertise on economics; finance; geography; the environment; international development and political economy; The Grantham Research Institute has established itself as a world-leading Centre for policy-relevant research and training in climate change and the environment. The Institute is chaired by Lord Stern of Brentford, author of the 2006 Stern Review on the economics of climate change and is supported by a £12 million donation from US philanthropists Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham.
Reinsurance company Munich Re joined the Grantham Research Institute for a five year research cooperation agreement, to provide significant new findings in evaluating the economic impact of climate change. Munich Re is a founding corporate partner and is sponsoring an independent research programme worth £3 million. Its innovative research programme will include the work at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (chaired by Professor Lord Stern) which announced joining forces with Munich Re in October 2008.
In June 2009, the creation of LSE Cities was announced, an international centre for urban excellence, with an endowment of £1 million from Deutsche Bank each year over a period of five years. LSE Cities will carry out research, outreach and teaching activities in the urban field. Its principal aim is to contribute to knowledge production, dissemination and application; critical for the development of cities worldwide. The new centre will continue to hold an annual Urban Age conference in different cities on emerging themes that affect the social, economic and environmental life of cities. LSE Cities, to be located within the Department of Sociology, will start on 1 January 2010 and will be directed by Ricky Burdett, LSE Professor in Architecture
The LSE has collaborated with Deutsche Bank to create the Deutsche Bank Chair in Risk Management. A core component of this collaboration is the MSc Management and Regulation of Risk, an interdisciplinery Master's Programme which is designed to provide a comprehensive view of risk perception, management and control as encountered in a wide variety of contexts.
Urban Age is a joint initiative of the Cities Programme at LSE and Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society. Urban Age takes as its starting point the 21st Century as the age of the City around the world, as it will be the first time that more than half of the world's population will live in an urban area.
Since 2005, Urban Age has coordinated research and conferences globally to bring together academic study and policy makers. In 2007, at the Urban Age conference in Mumbai, Urban Age also presented for the first time the Deutsche Bank Urban Age prize to projects transforming the lives of citizens in the host city. Angela Merkel awarded the $100,000 prize to be split between the Triratana Prerana Mandal initiative and the Mumbai Waterfronts Development Centre.
EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and LSE have established a partnership agreement for collaborative research and knowledge exchange. The aim is to promote research into innovation and its drivers and processes, and explore new methods of knowledge exchange between business, policy-makers and academia. The EDS Innovation Research Programme is a programme based at LSE and funds academic research in to all aspects of innovation. Evening seminars and conferences are regularly hosted at the LSE, covering topics such as the impact of China on new technology; how patients experience health information through the internet; and facilitating innovation, creativity and communication within complex organisational contexts.
The IG Patel Chair
In October 2007, Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the Stern Review on Climate Change, became the first holder of the IG Patel Chair in Economics and Government at the LSE, leading a new India Observatory within LSE's Asia Research Centre. The Chair is named after Dr IG Patel, the distinguished former governor of the Reserve Bank of India and the ninth director of the LSE between 1984 and 1990, who died in 2005. The IG Patel Chair in Economics and Government will lead the LSE India Observatory and honour the contribution IG Patel made to public life, UK-India relations and the School. The IG Patel Chair is supported by the Reserve Bank of India and the State Bank
Other active knowledge transfer projects
LSE has a long and successful history of knowledge transfer. Engagement with commercial and public sector research users and supporting the development of informed and evidence-led policy has been part of the School's mission since its establishment. As part of a new Government initiative, the School has expanded its knowledge transfer portfolio to increase the scale, scope and impact of its knowledge transfer activities, enabling collaborations with such organisations as the NHS confederation, Social Care Institute for Excellence, Institute for Government, The Runnymede Trust and the International Peace Institute. See a list of successful proposals under this programme.