LSE academic wins life time achievement award
Professor George Jones (pictured), emeritus professor of government at LSE, has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 London Government Chronicle Awards.
The award, which Professor Jones won alongside Professor John Stewart, emeritus professor of local government and administration at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham, is for their work - which stretches across five decades - arguing for the empowerment of local government. Through their work they have made the case for local democracy and against centralisation.
Professor Jones said: ‘I am honoured to receive this award. I have a very soft spot for the London Government Chronicle (LGC) - it took my first two articles nearly 50 years ago in November 1965.
'John and I first began our writing partnership in 1981 and I want to thank him for being a model writing partner. He has been an inspiration. He is both a big-ideas man and has a vast knowledge of what goes on in individual local authorities over the whole country. Thank you LGC, thank you local government.'
To read an article, written by LSE professor Tony Travers, about the professor’s work on the improvement and extension of local government, click here.
LSE professor to receive CITASA Career Achievement Award
Professor Judy Wajcman (pictured) of the Department of Sociology has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the CITASA (Communications and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association) William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award.
This award recognises a sustained body of research that has provided an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology.
The award will be presented during the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in August 2013 in New York City.
Senior lecturer wins prestigious Ralph Gomory Prize
Dr Gerben Bakker (pictured), senior lecturer in economic history and accounting, has won the Ralph Gomory Prize at the 2013 Business History Conference (BHC) in the United States.
The $5,000 prize, which is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, was awarded by the BHC for the best article published in 2011 and 2012 that examines the impact of business enterprise on the economic conditions of the countries in which they operate.
The prize was awarded for Dr Bakker’s article Trading facts: Arrow’s fundamental paradox and the origins of global news networks, published in Peter Putnis, Chandrika Kaul and Juergen Wilke (eds) International communication and global news networks: historical perspectives (Hampton Press/International Association for Media and Communication Research, 2011).
Dr Bakker said: ‘I’m very happy; this is the most prestigious (and largest!) prize I've ever won.'
UK invests £51 million in International Growth Centre
The UK government has announced a major £51 million investment to the International Growth Centre (IGC) to enable it to expand its work from 12 to 15 countries.
The IGC, which is based at LSE in partnership with the University of Oxford, provides independent and demand-led growth policy advice directly to governments based on rigorous analysis and frontier research. It is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The £51 million investment will enable it to continue operations in existing partner countries across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but also to expand its work through a renewed focus on key growth concerns. The IGC has already helped governments in Pakistan, Rwanda, Bihar and Bangladesh to reform their tax structures in order to boost revenue collection and has assisted governments in Ghana, Zambia and Mozambique to work towards harnessing wealth from their mineral resources. More
LSE's major contribution to leading health policy journal
LSE academics have co-authored five research papers in the latest issue of Health Affairs, the leading US journal of health policy thought and research.
Four of the five papers were funded by research grants from the US-based Commonwealth Fund awarded to LSE Health and led by Dr Sarah Thomson and Professor Elias Mossialos.
The issue also highlights the international work of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, of which LSE is a founding partner.
To view abstracts, click here.
Visit from the ESRC
The School hosted a visit from Professor Paul Boyle, chief executive of the ESRC, in April.
Colleagues from across the School discussed issues ranging from the forthcoming spending review to the performance of doctoral training centres and heard Professor Boyle add flesh to the Research Council’s priorities (including business innovation, financial markets, green economy, cities, innovation in health and social care, civil society, and the new dynamics of work).
A number of key issues emerged from the conversations. Some of those will help in the forthcoming Centres and large grants competition, some will cause us to look more closely at ways of matching ESRC funding with other, non-traditional funding (including the private sector), and some will require us to examine our internal procedures, especially our internal peer review of grant applications. Professor Boyle indicated that the Research Council’s demand management measures had led to a 37 per cent decrease in grant applications, but that most of this had resulted from the Council’s actions and not from institutions’.
Research Committee will be looking at this issue at its next meeting, and will liaise with department and departmental research committees in ensuring that we have effective measures in place to spot and enhance any grant applications that are likely to be of insufficient quality to attract funding.
Green or Gold: what will open access mean for LSE?
On: Wednesday 8 May from 1-2pm in the Alumni Theatre, NAB LG.09, New Academic Building
Speakers: David Coombe, director of Research Division, Martin Reid, head of Academic Services in the Library, and Jane Tinkler, Impact of Social Sciences project in Public Policy Group.
Chair: Nicola Wright, deputy director of Library Services
The government plans to ensure that all publicly-funded research is made available via open access, that is freely available online, over the next five years. Following the Finch Report’s recommendations, they have stated a preference for a ‘gold’ open access model whereby universities pay ‘article processing charges’ up front to have an article published rather than readers paying subscription charges to access the research.
So recent Research Councils UK guidance says that academics who have received public funding must publish their work on journals that are compliant with the RCUK Policy on Open Access. LSE, as many other universities, has a preference for green open access, where there is often an embargo period before publications become open access and subscription charges are still in operation.
The seminar seeks to help LSE colleagues understand the current situation for open access in the UK and the School’s position on these issues. It will also cover how you can increase access to your research in the short term using the School’s online repository and social media platforms.
Open to all, no registration required.