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This month has been award winning, with LSE academics receiving fellowships, history prizes and honorary doctorates. The Summer 2010 edition of Risk&Regulation has also been published, with articles from both CARR and guest researchers exploring the theme 'disasters'.

Is morality intrinsic to the law? Why do tyrannical regimes tend to possess chaotic legal systems? In this month's interview, Dr Kristen Rundle explores these questions on the moral structure of legal systems.

The Research and Project Development Division would also like to inform staff that they have changed their name to the Research Division, with immediate effect.




June 2010



RiskRegulationRisk&Regulation Summer 2010 out now

The Summer 2010 edition of Risk&Regulation has been published. The theme of this edition is 'disasters', with articles from both CARR and guest researchers exploring issues such as:

  • Societal preparedness for natural catastrophes
  • Public engagement in potentially risky technologies
  • The difficult role of experts in disaster forecasting systems
  • The role of human factors in precipitating financial and other organisational disasters
  • The usefulness of voluntary agreements in managing environmental risk

The magazine can be downloaded from the CARR webpages|.

surveysSocio-economic Sciences and Humanities Experiences Questionnaire

The network of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities National Contact Points, 'net4society', would like to invite researchers who have been involved in Framework Programmes five, six or seven to complete a questionnaire. This exercise will feed in to a report on 'SSH experiences with FP7' which will complement the European Commission’s FP7 Interim Evaluation.

The questionnaire can be found at www.net4society.eu/public/survey| and will be open until 31 July 2010.

Sumantra_Bose2Professor Sumantra Bose awarded Leverhulme Fellowship

Sumantra Bose, professor of international and comparative politics in LSE's Department of Government, has been awarded a two year research fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust.

To run from 2010 through to 2012, the fellowship will support work on Professor Bose's book Transforming India: the world's largest democracy at home and in the world.

The book has two parts: 'India at Home', on the transformation of India's politics over the past two decades, and 'India in the World', on India's regional and international relations as a rising power of the early 21st century. Transforming India will be published by Harvard University Press.

Mia Rodriguez-SalgadoLSE academic appointed to research grant panel

LSE professor Mía Rodríguez-Salgado has been appointed as one of 12 experts on a panel for the European Research Council Advance Grants 2010 in the Humanities.

The experts who make up the panel are from academic institutions across the globe and will look for ambitious and methodologically advanced research projects, including 'blue-skies' research.

Professor Rodríguez-Salgado has welcomed the invitation to serve with distinguished scholars and to have the opportunity to experience first-hand the cutting-edge research being done across the world in the humanities.

Dominic LievenLSE academic wins prestigious Wolfson History Prize

Professor Dominic Lieven has been awarded the Wolfson History Prize for his book about Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Dominic Lieven, professor of Russian history, is only the second LSE academic to win the esteemed award.

Professor Lieven shares the 2009 award with Jonathan Sumption, author of The Hundred Years War III: divided houses.

Russia Against Napoleon: the battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814  was awarded the prize by The Wolfson Foundation, a charity that aims to support excellence through funding in the fields of arts, humanities, science, medicine, health, and education. More|

Michael BarzelayProfessor Michael Barzelay awarded honorary doctorate

Professor Michael Barzelay, professor of public management at LSE, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of St Gallen, one of the leading schools in Europe for business, economics and public administration.

The degree honours his outstanding research in the field of public management and governance, in particular his contributions to theory development and the internationalisation of the field as well as his explicit interdisciplinary approach.

GlobeRegional champions sought for Middle East, South America, USA or India

Do you have expertise in any of these regions? We are seeking academic staff to help promote the School and its work.

You might be able to suggest opportunities overseas which the School should follow up, for example, or play a role in representing the School to visitors from a region. This could help you gain institutional experience which would be valuable if you aspire to take on a head of department role or one with School-wide responsibility. You could gain visibility among your colleagues in a leadership position, and perhaps find leads and make contacts which would directly help your research and other academic interests.

For more information, see Regional Champions|.


The Interview - on film

Kristen RundleThe moral structure of legal systems

Is morality intrinsic to law? In the first of two films on the moral structure of legal systems, Dr Kristen Rundle explains how an argument between two legal philosophers rumbles on fifty years later.

Part two concerns a peculiar correlation: tyrannical regimes tend to possess chaotic legal systems. Dr Rundle asks why?

Click here to watch the films|

These films have been produced by LSE research video producer Jon Adams for the External Relations Division.


Funding opportunities

Candidates interested in applying for any of the opportunities below should contact Michael Oliver in the Research and Project Development Division at m.oliver@lse.ac.uk| or call ext 7962 (unless otherwise stated). 

Students05John Templeton Foundation 2010 Funding Priorities

Deadline: Various
The Foundation's 2010 funding priorities probe the science of complexity, the sources of creativity, how beliefs shape behaviour, and a range of other Big Questions. More|

The Future UK Labour Market: skills, jobs and poverty

Deadline: 8 July 2010
This call is for a joint project between the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills examining the links between skills, employment poverty and inequality as well as the likely impact of skills projections on poverty levels and inequality. More|

Students07DFID Future Challenges and Opportunities

Deadline: 12 July 2010
To help anticipate and respond to future trends and technology that will impact on the lives of poor people. Two new research programmes to be established: the future of aid and beyond, and new and emerging technologies. More|

ESRC Targeted Fellowship Opportunities

Deadline: 12 August 2010
The ESRC is launching a new call to fund a cohort of one year postdoctoral research fellowships as part of its Capacity Building Initiative in Macroeconomics in partnership with Her Majesty's Treasury, HMT. The fellows will be expected to undertake substantive new research which will address the macroeconomics of financial sector regulation and macro-prudential policy.

AandFAxa Research Fund

Deadline: 3 September 2010
The Axa Research Fund recently announced the next funding call for the post-doctoral fellowships proposals. Eligible research fields are environmental, life and societal risks. Applicants are invited to contact Julia Zanghieri, Corporate Relations Unit, at j.zanghieri@lse.ac.uk| in the first instance. More|

ESRC Initiative on Collaborative Analysis of Micro Data Resources: China-South Africa pathfinder research projects

Deadline: 12 October 2010
The projects are aimed at building and strengthening research networks joining social scientists in China and South Africa with UK counterparts by fostering research collaboration and knowledge around the secondary analysis of existing microdata resources. The ESRC is seeking to fund eight to ten research projects per country which will address research questions under one or more of the following themes: economic restructuring; higher education; skills, labour migration and infrastructure provision.


Recent awards

Campus083The Asia Research Centre has been awarded £6,200 from the British Academy to fund a Visiting Research Scholarship for Dr Shunji Cui.

Dr Jennifer Beecham, LSE Health and Social Care, has been awarded £73,312 from King's College London. The research will investigate effective treatments for people with neurodevelopment disorders across the lifespan and intellectual ability.

Professor Luc Bovens, Philosophy, received £7,500 from the British Academy to research Fairness and Equal Burden Sharing in EU Asylum Policies.

Professor Catherine Campbell, Social Psychology, has been awarded £9,046 from Imperial College to undertake research on evaluating and enhancing the scale up and impact of concurrent HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services in a well characterised, previously declining, HIV epidemic in Africa.

Dr Mark Manger, Government, has been awarded £7,496 from the British Academy. He will be undertaking research into the Politics of the International Investment Regime.

Professor Patrick O’Brien, Economic History, has been awarded £3,600 from the British Academy. The Useful and Reliable Knowledge in the East and West (URKEW) programme is an international collaborative project with the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr Eiko Thielemann, Government, has been awarded £7,442 from the British Academy. The research will investigate International Migration Policy and Law Analysis.

Dr Zhichao Yuan, Finance, has been awarded £15,000 from the Bank of England. The Houblon Norman Fellowship provides a secondment to the Bank for a period of two months during 2010.



CSRC LogoReport finds Taliban commanders believe they are managed by Pakistani intelligence service

Taliban commanders inside Afghanistan believe that their organisations, and the war efforts they are currently undertaking, are closely managed by the Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI. This was the key finding of a report authored by Matt Waldman, fellow at the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy, published in the discussion papers series of the LSE's Crisis States Research Centre.

Centre director, Professor James Putzel, commented, 'This report is based on research carried out inside Afghanistan, including interviews with important Taliban commanders, who clearly believe that they are being "run" by Pakistan's intelligence service. The prevalence of such beliefs among the insurgents themselves and the critical stance they take towards the relationship between their leadership networks and elements of the Pakistani military and intelligence services may prove to be important as Afghans continue to explore the prospects for reaching a peace agreement. We believe the publication of these findings can advance the public and policy debates about the prospects for peace and development in Afghanistan'. More|

LondonCapital spending

Public services in London provide essential services for Londoners, London’s workers and visitors. London generates 18 per cent of the UK's output and tax revenues but only receives 14 per cent of government spending.

A new report from LSE London, for the Greater London Authority, looks at public spending priorities in the nation's capital. For the full report, visit www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSELondon/|

Eco SymbolSmall land sites could solve housing crisis

Reusing small empty sites of up to two hectares could more than meet the UK's housing demand without building on green field land. This must be coupled with upgrading existing buildings, reclaiming and remodelling empty buildings, converting and upgrading homes to make existing neighbourhoods attractive.

These are key findings of a new research report from LSE, which was commissioned by the Federation of Master Builders. This approach would generate local jobs but requires new skills, more training and apprenticeships, the report argues.

The report, Housing Futures: our homes and communities, written by Professor Anne Power and Laura Lane of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE, examines the four big pressures - supply and affordability of homes; environmental limits; social cohesion; and economic change - driving the future of housing policy in the UK. More|

StadiumSports stadiums with the 'Wow!' factor deliver extra economic impact finds study

Dramatic and eye-catching sports stadiums like London's Olympic arena can drive up local property prices by as much as 15 per cent through the sheer quality of their architecture alone concludes a new study by urban economists.

It finds that unconventional and iconic stadium architecture can create new landmarks and a sense of local identity which deliver economic benefits beyond those generated simply by increased tourism or commerce.

The study by Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt, lecturer in urban economics and land development at LSE, and Wolfgang Maennig, a professor in the department of economics at the University of Hamburg, was published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. More|



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