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This month a ground-breaking LSE research project, Reading the Riots, which aimed to understand the roots of and responses to the 2011 riots, won the Innovation of the Year award at the Press Gazette's British Journalism Awards 2012.

Plus a new research article from LSE, which investigated the impact of legalised prostitution, found that countries where prostitution is legal experience larger reported inflows of human trafficking.

We hope you have enjoyed the Research Division e-Briefing this year. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


December 2012



LSEReading the Riots

A ground-breaking LSE research project, Reading the Riots, which aimed to understand the roots of and responses to the 2011 riots, has won the Innovation of the Year award at the Press Gazette’s British Journalism Awards 2012.

The project was also shortlisted for a Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Research Project of the Year’ award for 2012.

Reading the Riots, a joint project led by Professor Tim Newburn at LSE and Paul Lewis of The Guardian, sought to show how large-scale, rigorous social research could be launched, undertaken and reported in a timescale that would parallel the fast-moving political and public debates about the disturbances.

Judges for the Press Gazette award commended the 'unique exercise' as a 'massive piece of work and beautifully presented'.

Professor Newburn said: ‘It is an honour to be associated with Reading the Riots and The Guardian deserves great credit for its extraordinary work on this study. This particular award is especially pleasing as all of us involved feel that this innovative project illustrates the potential for research partnerships between universities and news organisations in conducting policy-relevant social research.’ More|

LSEExhibit your research in visual form

The LSE Research Festival is seeking submissions in four categories - posters, films, photographs and apps - for its exhibition on 1 March 2013.

Open to research students, research staff and academic staff across the School, it is a chance to have your work exhibited during LSE’s Space for Thought Literary Festival and to win prizes.

Submissions close on 18 January 2013. Find out more and submit online at LSE Research Festival|.

LSEAXA Research Fund in 2013

The AXA Research Fund has announced that the only additional call for applications in 2013 will be for AXA Fellowships (Post-Docs). The School can submit up to two candidates for this scheme. The Corporate Relations Unit will circulate information shortly.

Three new funding schemes are proposed for 2013: AXA Outlooks, AXA Joint Research Initiatives, and AXA Awards. There will be a new selection process where search committees will seek potential candidates fitting to the corresponding scheme and topic. The School will no longer be allowed to submit applications to these new funding schemes.

AXA Outlooks (up to three years, €300,000) will help innovative researchers with high potential for popularisation on key topics to disseminate their findings; the objective is to reach a wider audience through many possible formats, thus facilitating the dialogue between academic communities, policymakers, decision-makers, experts, and other opinion-formers.

AXA Joint Research Initiatives (up to three years, €300,000) will, under the leadership of a senior academic researcher, offer entry points and a collaborative framework to team up with an in-house expert team, providing them with essential elements for the success of their projects; such research will aim to produce research publications available to everyone.

AXA Awards (up to two years, €250,000) are aimed at supporting mid-career researchers with extremely high potential for innovation in their fields to develop and test their hypotheses, thus accelerating the pace of innovation in risk research areas of greatest concern.

The three new schemes will replace the previous project funding scheme. Moreover, there will be no more calls for new AXA Doctoral Fellowships. For more information, contact Marie Yau in the Corporate Relations Unit at|.

LSEESRC Impact Prize: apply now

The ESRC has launched an exciting new prize to celebrate the outstanding economic and social impacts achieved by ESRC-funded researchers.

There are six categories with a prize of £10,000 in each category, a further £10,000 will be awarded to the department with the Impact Champion of the Year.

The application deadline is 14 February 2013. For more information, click here|.

LSEESRC media training

For high profile programmes and projects, media training is invaluable, particularly if you are likely to do live interviews in front of the camera or on the telephone.

To assist researchers, the ESRC runs a number of media training courses, depending on your needs. For more information, click here|.

LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre also offers media training. For further details on future courses, contact TLC|.

LSEChampion sought for the RCUL Global Uncertainties Programme

Bids welcome from an exceptional individual, small group or organisation - ‘the champion’ - to act as a high-profile ambassador and spokesperson for the programme, nationally and internationally, and to provide strategic input on the direction of the programme. More|

LSELSE Research Online most downloaded

The top five downloads of recent additions to LSE Research Online| are:

1. Kirwil, Lucyna (2011) Polskie dzieci w Internecie: Zagrożenia i bezpieczeństwo – część 21 - Częściowy raport z badań EU Kids Online przeprowadzonych wśród dzieci w wieku 9-16 lat i ich rodziców|. EU Kids Online, London School of Economics & Political Science, London, UK.

2. Shin, Hyun Bang (2012) Looking back and ahead: lessons from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games|. British Politics and Policy at LSE (01 Aug 2012) Blog Entry.

3. Blaya, Catherine and Alava, Seraphin (2012) Risques et sécurité des enfants sur Internet: rapport pour la France - résultats de l’enquête EU Kids Online menée auprès des 9-16 ans et de leurs parents en France|. EU Kids Online, London School of Economics & Political Science, London, UK.

4. Hunter, Janet (2012) Book review: why nations fail: the vicious circle of extractive political and economic institutions|. LSE Review of Books (21 Aug 2012) Blog Entry.

5. Puppis, Manuel and Broughton Micova, Sally and Tambini, Damian (2012) Reforming the PCC: lessons from abroad|. Media policy brief, 6. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Funding opportunities

Candidates interested in applying for any of the opportunities below should email| (unless otherwise stated).


The European Investment Bank (EIB) is running a research support programme and is looking for researchers (PhD or postgraduate students) who would participate in this initiative.

The programme aims at sponsoring junior researchers working on research topics suggested by the EIB. The programme supports the joint interests of university centres and EIB staff sponsoring research topics that would directly benefit the operations of the bank and the academic work of the chosen university.

The EIB is seeking a researcher and his/her tutor for the following topic: Liquidity concern in the banking industry and answers from regulators and rating agencies.

This is an ongoing call for a paid, maximum one-year research, and the final study should be presented to EIB in Luxembourg. Interested applicants should send their CV and a support letter from their supervisor to: Ildiko Buruts, Financial Engineering and Advisory Services European Investment Bank, Luxembourg. Email:|.

For more information, contact Ildiko Buruts at EIB or Julia Zanghieri at the Corporate Relations Unit at|. More|

LSEThe Ken Minogue PhD Scholarship

Deadline: 10 January 2013
Applications are invited for The Ken Minogue Scholarship for a PhD working on a topic in political philosophy or political thought in the Department of Government at LSE.

Applications are especially encouraged from students working in areas of special interest to Professor Minogue, including, but not limited to, Hobbes and Machiavelli, conservatism and classical liberalism, and the language of political thought. The value of the scholarship is LSE fees plus £18,000 maintenance per annum for up to four years or up to the point of submission, whichever is earlier.

For more information on how to apply, click here|.

LSEAHRC theme large grants

Deadlines: Digital Transformations: 10 January 2013; Science in Culture: 15 January 2013; Translating Cultures: 17 January 2013
Large grants under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes are now available.

To support research activities of a scale and ambition beyond that normally required for a standard AHRC grant. Projects should display significant transformative potential within the relevant theme area.

The Translating Cultures theme may be of particular interest. This theme looks at the role of translation, in the transmission, interpretation and sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives. It addresses issues of substantial policy relevance in areas such as diplomacy, conflict and security, law and migration, and engages with key concepts such as multiculturalism, tolerance and identities. It also explores interactions such as youth language and online language and identity, and promotes opportunities for researchers in all these fields to work across language areas and across disciplines. More|

LSEESRC-funded National Centre for Research Methods call for methodological innovation projects

Deadline: 23 January 2013
Projects to run between 1 April 2013 and 30 September 2014. As a complement to the research programme being undertaken by the National Centre for Research Methods through its Hub and Nodes, the Centre wishes to commission between eight to ten short-term methodological research and development projects. Funding of up to £160,000 (ESRC contribution); £200,000 (fEC) is available per project.

The focus of these projects will be on topic areas that have been identified as representing important gaps in existing national coverage, they are: survey methods; administrative/linked data; qualitative longitudinal methods; social media analysis; methods which exploit potential synergies at the boundaries of the arts, humanities and social sciences; and biosocial data methods. More|

LSEESRC seminar series

Deadline: 29 January 2013
The seminars competition aims to create networks and bring people together from a range of disciplines, countries and career stages to exchange information and ideas to advance research within their fields.

The scheme provides up to £30,000 to cover costs such as travel and expenses of speakers and participants, secretarial support and venue hire. Seminar series should have a duration of two to three years and a minimum of two seminars should be held each year. Seminar groups should involve international participants.

Please note that ESRC may choose not to run this competition in 2013-14 and may move instead to a bi-annual competition. More|

LSEESRC (and other overseas agencies) collaborative grant (open research area)

Deadline: 15 February 2013
In order to strengthen international co-operation in the field of social sciences, ESRC and other funding agencies are launching a third common call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in social sciences.

Proposals must involve three of the five participating countries and can be in any area of the social sciences. More|

LSEAHRC research networking

Open until 31 December 2013
To support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events.

The aim of these activities is to stimulate new debate across boundaries, for example, disciplinary, conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and/or international. Highlight notice calls for collaboration with India, Brazil, Taiwan and China in particular. More|


Recent awards

Dr Matteo Galizzi, LSE Health and Social Care, has been awarded £174,671 from the ESRC, to assess the validity of data collected through experimental methods by linking them with survey data.



See LSE Research Online| for more LSE research outputs and deposit your work to|.

LSELegalised prostitution increases human trafficking

Countries where prostitution is legal experience larger reported inflows of human trafficking, according to new research that investigates the impact of legalised prostitution on what is thought to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.

Every year, thousands of men, women and children are trafficked across international borders. The vast majority of countries in the world are affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. The United Nations estimated in 2008 that nearly 2.5 million people from 127 different countries had been trafficked into 137 countries around the world.

Research on human trafficking is still in its early stages, but is growing as the seriousness of the problem becomes more apparent. It is thought to be second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry.

The article, Does Legalised Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking?, by Professor Eric Neumayer of LSE, Dr Seo-Young Cho of the German Institute for Economic Research, and Professor Axel Dreher of Heidelberg University, is due to be published in the January 2013 edition of the journal World Development. More|

Tony TraversChancellor risking 'fatal error' on growth, warns independent report

The chancellor risks making the 'fatal error' of undermining the potential of local economies to drive economic growth if councils are made to bear the brunt of further cuts to public spending, warns a report by LSE professor Tony Travers (pictured).

The warning comes as new figures reveal that cuts to the funding councils received from government have already forced a reduction of between 16 and 44 per cent in councils’ spending on pro-growth services such as roads and transport, culture, housing and planning and development. These cuts sit alongside smaller, but still significant, reductions in the amount of money available for core services such as adult social care and child protection.

The figures, contained in an independent report for the Local Government Association by Professor Tony Travers, also show that since 2009-10 funding for local government has fallen by 15 per cent in real terms at the same time as central government spending has risen. This is down to the fact that central spending on health, schools, international development and social security has been protected from spending cuts. More|

LSELSE research supports major report on NHS funding

The Nuffield Trust, backed by LSE research, has published a major report showing that the NHS could experience a £44-£53 billion funding gap in 2021-22.

This will occur unless it delivers unprecedented productivity gains over the next decade, or public finances improve enough to allow health funding to increase faster than inflation, the report warns.

The figures were released alongside new polling data commissioned by the Trust which shows that the NHS is the number one area the public want to be protected from the cuts.

The report was partly based on research by LSE's Personal Social Services Unit (PSSRU) which set out projections of public expenditure on social care and continuing health care for people aged 65 or over in England from 2010 to 2022.

The key finding by PSSRU is that net public expenditure on social care and continuing health care for older people is projected to rise from £9.3 billion (0.74 per cent of GDP) in 2010 to £12.7 billion (0.78 per cent of GDP) in 2022, assuming that current patterns of care and the Office for National Statistics principal population projections keep pace with expected demographic and unit cost pressures. More|

LSEMinister launches cutting-edge LSE Housing report

Nick Hurd MP, minister for civil society, responsible for the Community Organiser’s programme of the Big Society, has launched a report by LSE and Orbit on how housing associations can empower tenants to help their communities and tackle society’s toughest challenges.

LSE Housing and Communities researchers conducted 170 in-depth interviews with local people, community leaders and Orbit staff about their community investment priorities to inform the development of a framework to guide future investment decisions. Specially trained resident ‘peer researchers’ helped to carry out more than half of the resident interviews. The top five community investment priorities identified were:

  • youth activities, support and job access
  • employment and job training for adult residents
  • tackling crime and anti-social behaviour
  • welfare and money advice
  • support and provision for older people and families.

For more on the report, click here|.

LSE'Catch up' strategies for developing countries

The dynamic economic growth of China and other large emerging markets provides an unprecedented opportunity for industrialisation and growth in Africa and other low income countries, according to a paper in the November issue of the LSE journal Global Policy.

According to Justin Yifu Lin, formerly of the World Bank, nearly 100 million labour intensive manufacturing jobs will be freed up by the graduation of China, and other growing middle income countries, from low skilled manufacturing. This could quadruple manufacturing employment in low income countries.

In his paper, From flying geese to leading dragons, new opportunities and strategies for structural transformation in developing countries, Lin says: 'To fully benefit from these opportunities, policy makers in low income countries must quickly plan and implement economically viable growth strategies.'

He argues that the successful strategy for developing countries is to exploit their latecomer advantage by building up industries that are growing dynamically in more advanced countries with similar resources to theirs, in terms of land, labour and capital. More|



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