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This month, new LSE research found that an increased risk of divorce encourages women to work longer hours outside the home, plus schizophrenia costs society £11.8 billion a year, much of which could be spent more effectively, according to an LSE PSSRU report.

Don't miss the LSE Bridging Fund Scheme, which supports valuable research ventures within the School, enabling principal investigators to retain individual researchers where they are important to the successful delivery of a secured grant.

 
 
 

November 2012

 
 

News

LSEPost Award Notice: Christmas payment deadlines

To ensure that your research expenses and/or purchase invoices are processed before the Finance Division's Christmas cut off, please ensure that they are sent to the Research Division no later than Friday 30 November.

Any expense claims or invoices received after this date may not be processed in time for payment before the Christmas closure.

US FlagUS Election Analyses

The Centre for Economic Performance has launched a series of US Election Analyses modelled on their successful UK Election Analyses series in 2010 and 2005.

The series provides non-technical, evidence-based and politically neutral introductions to the main economic issues facing the American people: taxes, spending and public debt; economic recovery and policy uncertainty; healthcare reform; and inequality and opportunity. More|

ESRCThe Future of the UK and Scotland

The ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme of activities aims to both inform the debate in the run-up to the referendum and assist in planning across a wide range of areas which will be affected by the outcome of the vote, whether for independence or the Union.

These include voting, culture and identity, business intelligence, fiscal and monetary policy, policy development, building of new constitutional arrangements, and defence and administrative practice, particularly in public service delivery.

The ESRC is currently developing several projects and will announce them as they are finalised. More|

 
 
 

Funding opportunities

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

LSEBridging Fund Scheme

Open call during the 2012-13 academic year
The scheme supports valuable research ventures within LSE, enabling Principal Investigators to retain individual researchers where they are important to the successful delivery of a secured grant. More|

FlyingSantander Travel Research Fund

Open call during the 2012-13 academic year
To support visits by LSE academic staff and PhD students to universities and other organisations in the Santander Universidades Network. The object is to forge contacts with other universities, educational establishments and organisations within the Network. Funding will support two travel scholarships to the sum of £2,500 each. More|

LSEESRC-DFID Development Frontiers Research Fund

Deadline: 29 November 2012
The third phase of this joint fund has just been launched for Poverty Alleviation Research. Funding is in two stages with initial funding of up to £100,000 for 18 months. Successful projects may then bid for a further £200,000. More|

ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research: phase three

Deadline: 29 November 2012
Funding for a third phase of this joint fund has been launched for Poverty Alleviation Research. Outline projects are invited for projects with a value of between £100,000 and £500,000. Projects may range from one to three years. More|

LSE Corporate RelationsAXA Research Fund 2013 Campaign: call for proposals for an Endowed Distinguished Permanent Chair

Deadline: 1 December 2012
Only one proposal for this campaign can be submitted by the School. Interested applicants should submit a short summary to the Research Committee by the deadline above.

Applicants are strongly recommended to consult with Julia Zanghieri, Corporate Relations Unit, at j.zanghieri@lse.ac.uk| as soon as possible on their intention to submit an application. More|

LSEAHRC New Generation Thinkers 2013

Deadline: 13 December 2012
A chance to develop your programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of workshops with the chance to become one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers. Applicants should be undertaking an arts or humanities postgraduate or postdoctoral project. More|

ESRC Transforming Social Science: transformative research call

Deadline: 24 January 2013
This new pilot aims to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of social sciences and to trial a mechanism that enables research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed. More|

LSEFramework Programme 7: cooperation grants in social sciences and humanities (SSH)

Deadline: 31 January 2013
The Research Division would like to highlight two calls under the final round of FP7. If LSE researchers are intending to apply to either of these, please contact rescon@lse.ac.uk| at your earliest convenience.

The SSH Cooperation Programme invites multi-partner, multi-national consortium grants under a wide range of directed research themes. For the full range, please refer to the Work Programme|.

Details for the large, integrated collaborative research projects (€4-5 million) are available here|. whilst information for the small and medium-scale, focused collaborative research projects; coordination and support actions (€1.5-2.5 million) can be accessed here|.

British AcademyBritish Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme

Deadline: 6 February 2013
This scheme aims to support the development of partnerships between the UK and other areas of the world where research excellence would be strengthened by new, innovative initiatives and links. The scheme provides up to £10,000 per year for either one-year awards to initiate new collaborative partnerships or three year awards for more extensive programmes of collaboration and exchange.

In this round the scheme is open to partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and South-East Asia. Awards cover any branch of the humanities or social sciences and are intended to focus on collaborative research on a specific theme of mutual interest. More|

LSEResearch Committee Seed Fund

Deadline: 15 February 2013
The second call of the year for the Research Committee Seed Fund has just opened. The prime criterion is to provide support that will allow the researcher to develop research grant proposals for submission to external funding bodies. Each award may be up to £25,000. More|

LSEERC Consolidator Grants

Deadline: 21 February 2013
Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.

Awards are for researchers with seven to 12 years’ experience post-PhD and provide up to €2 million funding for up to five years. The scheme is open to any area of research with the main assessment criterion being research excellence. The ERC has recently published the Guide for Applicants for the ERC 2013 CoG Consolidator Grants call for proposals. More|

 
 
 

Findings

See LSE Research Online| for more LSE research outputs and deposit your work to lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk|.

LSEOlder children with emotional problems and high levels of sensation seeking are most at risk of excessive internet use

Older children with emotional problems and those who have high levels of sensation seeking are most at risk of developing excessive internet use a new report by EU Kids Online has found.

Parents with concerns over their children's internet use, however, should not simply focus on how much time a child is spending online, but ask whether the child is displaying one or more of the five signs of excessive use which could indicate a problem: not sleeping or eating; feeling bothered when they cannot go online; not doing schoolwork or socialising because of the time spent online; unsuccessfully trying to spend less time online; and surfing despite not being interested in doing so. A child experiencing all five of these signs could be at risk of internet addiction.

Researchers from the EU Kids Online project, based at LSE, surveyed children aged 11-16 across the EU to find out how often they experienced these five signs of excessive internet use. Their research reveals that only 1 per cent of European children experience all five of the signs listed above. However, it was the older children who had emotional problems or high levels of sensation seeking who were most at risk of displaying several of these indications of excessive use. More|

LSESchizophrenia costs society 11.8 billion pounds a year, says LSE PSSRU report

Schizophrenia costs society £11.8 billion a year, much of which could be spent more effectively, according to an LSE PSSRU report.

Only one in ten patients is currently offered potentially life-changing psychological therapies. The report, An Abandoned Illness, describes 'shameful' standards of care on some acute mental health wards, which can make patients worse rather than better. It calls for every ward in England to be brought to a standard where people would recommend it to a friend or relative.

The report highlights the disparity between the money spent on people with physical illness and those with mental illness; only 13 per cent of the NHS budget goes towards treating mental ill health, even though 23 per cent of conditions dealt with by the NHS are mental rather than physical. More|

DivorceWorking for a divorce

An increased risk of divorce encourages women to work longer hours outside the home according to new research from LSE.

According to the research by Dr Berkay Özcan, published in the latest issue of European Economic Review, for every one per cent increase in the risk of marital breakdown, women work an extra 12 minutes per week.

Dr Özcan and his co-researchers used the legalisation of divorce in Ireland in 1996 to determine how the subsequent marriage breakdown rates affected women’s participation in the workforce.

Dr Özcan said: 'We see that women who are at a higher risk of divorce significantly increase how much they work. And it isn’t that women working outside the home are more likely to get divorced. Rather, faced with a rising probability of divorce, women work more, whether they ultimately separate or not. They are working as a form of insurance in case of divorce or in anticipation of it.' More|

The New Geopolitics of Southeast AsiaASEAN ill equipped to stand up to China and the US, says new LSE IDEAS report

As world leaders gather this week for the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh, an LSE report concludes that the group is ill equipped to defend its own interests against those of China and the US.

The New Geopolitics of Southeast Asia, from LSE IDEAS, a centre for the study of international affairs, features articles by academics from LSE and leading universities in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Although ASEAN represents a market of over half a billion people, with a combined GDP growth currently double the global average, the report argues that its consensual approach to fostering regional economic integration leaves it unable to lead in the task of forging a regional strategy, meaning that Southeast Asian states risk becoming pawns in a geopolitical clash between the two superpowers. It therefore requires reform and renewal to enable it to serve as a third pole in the new geopolitics of Southeast Asia, with the capacity and authority to stand up to China and the US. More|

Energy and the EconomyEnergy and the Economy: the 2030 outlook for UK businesses

Five years into the financial crisis, the uncertainties go beyond economics to social trends, environmental concerns and technology. How will Britain’s demographics change? When will renewable energy get cheaper? What might be the impact of different policy developments?

RWE npower commissioned Professor Sam Fankhauser, co-director of LSE's Grantham Research Institute, and his colleague Dr Alex Bowen, to explore three alternative scenarios for how these issues could affect UK energy in 2030.

The scenarios range from a recovered Eurozone to economic stagnation and the report suggests ways for UK businesses to prepare for this uncertain future, including focusing on energy efficiency, making energy management a senior management issue and taking advantage of self generation opportunities. It was commissioned via LSE Enterprise.

To read the report, click here|.

LSEFinancial institutions are increasingly investing in programmes to understand and manage their risk cultures, finds new report

Despite near universal agreement that the organisational risk culture of banks and other financial institutions (BOFIs) played a major role in the global financial crisis, a new report has found that there is still no clear consensus on how such risk cultures can be effectively managed. Yet there is considerable activity and BOFIs are now starting to identify ways of making risk culture more visible and manageable.

Risk Culture in Financial Organisations: an interim report, published by LSE and University of Plymouth, looks at how BOFIs have sought to address the problems of risk culture identified in the fallout of the financial crisis.

The authors interviewed 15 corporate risk officers and senior managers from nine major financial organisations. Their answers indicate that although risk culture is difficult to render manageable, change programmes are underway and companies are experimenting in varying ways. More|

LSEAmerican voters value honesty over strength in future president

Americans look for honesty over strength when voting for a president, according to research from LSE.

A unique electoral psychology research initiative, led by Dr Michael Bruter and Dr Sarah Harrison, reveals that 32 per cent of American voters rank honesty as the most important quality they would like to see in a future president. The next most highly ranked quality was ‘intelligence’, which was selected by 31 per cent of voters. ‘Common sense’ and ‘experience’ were chosen by nine per cent and ‘strength’ by just seven per cent.

Two thousand Americans were surveyed between 20-24 October as part of the initiative. They will be re-interviewed just after the election in an attempt to understand what goes on in the mind of voters and the importance of their personality, memory and emotions in their vote.

The survey results revealed that 29 per cent of respondents reported that they had previously changed their mind about who to vote for on the day of a presidential election. Previous research by the initiative suggests that 20-30 per cent of voters will change their minds or finalise their decision about who to vote for between now and the time they vote. More|

Meena KotechaPromoting inclusive practice in mathematics and statistics

Meena Kotecha (pictured), a teacher in the departments of Management and Statistics at LSE, has published an article which describes a teaching approach which she designed, the student-centred teaching approach, which maximises student participation and enhances students’ learning experiences in undergraduate mathematics and statistics courses.

The article, Promoting Inclusive Practice in Mathematics and Statistics, was published in the National Association of Disability Practitioners’ Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education.

In the article, Meena aims to address issues arising from neurodiversity identified with students’ specific learning differences that are possibly manifestations of their negative attitudes towards mathematics and statistics. These differences influence the student’s abilities to learn in normal learning environments by conventional methods, and may be either because of previous unpleasant experiences of engaging with the subjects or other contributory factors such as specific learning differences. Further, based on Meena’s experience described in the article, it is proposed that students who identify with Asperger Syndrome may benefit from her approach.

The article reports on how positively Meena’s approach has contributed towards improving students’ perceptions of mathematics and statistics. A copy of the article can be found at meenakotecha.wordpress.com/papers-and-articles-in-publications|.

 
 
 

Information

To find out more about research opportunities, contact Research Division, Seventh Floor, Tower One. Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7962. Email Michael Oliver m.oliver@lse.ac.uk|.

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