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Building up a nest egg? A divorce might be on the cards… new LSE research published in the latest edition of The Journal of Human Resources finds that couples tend to save significantly more as the risk of divorce increases.

Plus the deadline is fast approaching for applications from LSE PhD students for mobility bursaries to visit one of the School's institutional partners, in order to work informally with an advisor on their PhD thesis, research and/or on related publications and presentations. Submit your application by 14 May 2013.


April 2013



George JonesLSE 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|.

Judy WajcmanLSE 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.

Gerben BakkerSenior 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.'

LSEUK 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|

Health AffairsLSE'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|.

ESRCVisit 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.

LSEGreen 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.


Funding opportunities

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

LSEThe Santander Travel Fund

Open deadline
Support for visits by LSE academic staff and PhD students to universities and other organisations in the Santander Universidades Network. Up to twenty awards are available for academic year 2012-13, with a maximum of £2,500 awarded in each case. More|

LSEThe Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council first grant scheme

Deadline: Open call
This scheme helps new academics apply for research funding at the start of their careers.

Applicants must have been appointed to their first academic lecturing appointment in a UK university within the previous 36 months, or still be in the probation period of their new appointment. They must also have completed their PhD or an equivalent professional qualification within the last 10 years, and must hold a university position that includes lecturing and administrative responsibilities alongside research.

Candidates must be applying to EPSRC for the first time as principal investigator. Applications to the scheme can only be made once, whether successful or not. Grants are worth up to £125,000 for a maximum period of two years. EPSRC will contribute 80 per cent full economic cost. More|

LSEPartnership PhD Mobility Bursaries 2013-14

Deadline: 14 May 2013
Applications are invited from LSE PhD students for mobility bursaries to visit one of the School's institutional partners (Columbia University, New York; the National University of Singapore (NUS); Peking University, Beijing; Sciences Po, Paris; or the University of Cape Town) in order to work informally with an advisor on their PhD thesis, research and/or on related publications and presentations, and to introduce them to the academic culture, professional contacts and employment opportunities of another country/region.

For 2013-14, up to ten bursaries are on offer to visit one of the above listed five partner institutions. For any one partner institution, up to two flat rate bursaries of £2,500 are available.

Students registered for PhD studies at any LSE department and who have already been upgraded to full doctoral student status are eligible to apply. Each visit should be a minimum of two months and a maximum of three months in duration.

Full details about the Partnership Mobility Bursaries, including application procedures, can be found here|. Any further enquiries should be emailed to|.

LSEThe Leverhulme Trust visiting professorships

Deadline: 16 May 2013
To enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and twelve months at a UK university, primarily to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures. More|

LSEESRC centres and large grants competition

Deadline: 22 May 2013
Funding is available for experienced researchers requiring longer-term or extended support for research groups and networks.

Quality applications will be welcome in any area of the social sciences. The competition ranges from £2 million to a new higher funding limit of £10 million. More|

LSEThe MQ Fellows Programme

Deadline: 10 June 2013
A new Wellcome Trust seed-funded charity is supporting an exciting programme of funding in mental health research.

The fellowship will contribute to the post holder's salary for three years, and fellows will join part of a growing community of researchers. Applications are short and straightforward - and the call is for social scientists as well as other life scientists committed to mental health research.

The programme will provide £75,000 per year for up to three years. The funder aims to support the most promising early career scientists and clinicians who are asking the difficult and challenging questions that will contribute to transformative advances in mental health research. More|

LSELSE Hellenic Observatory Call for Research Project Proposals 2013

Deadline: 14 July 2013
The Observatory invites researchers with a recognised interest in contemporary Greece to submit an application for funding to carry out a project on one of three themes: Reform of Public Administration in Greece; Social Insurance Provisions in Greece; and Foreign Policy. More|


Recent awards

LSEDr John Childs, Geography and Environment, has recently received £4,999 from the British Academy, for a programme of research into what constitutes ‘fairness’ for producers in order to elucidate the benefits of Fairtrade.

Professor Mary Kaldor, International Development, has been awarded £235,039 from the Economic and Social Research Council. The research aims to understand which discursive pathways of security are being realised in technological innovation and infrastructure.

Dr Jouni Kuha, Statistics, has received £153,797 from the Economic and Social Research Council, to further understand Methods of Data.

Dr Grace Lordan, Social Policy, has been awarded £8,955 from the British Academy. The project will research the impacts for children living with single females, and whether the timing of a father leaving matters with respect to child outcomes.

Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, Social Psychology, recently received £19,000 from Ecological Economies and Development Ltd, to build the capacity to plan and facilitate the organisational changes needed, in order to work effectively in service of a sustainable Papua.

Professor Mike Savage, Sociology, has been awarded £494,533 from the Economic and Social Research Council, to develop a substantial authoritative overview on social class inequalities in Britain.

Dr Polly Vizard, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), has been awarded £64,979 from the Economic and Social Research Council, for a programme of study into older people’s experience of dignity and nutrition during hospital stays, using an adult inpatient survey.



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Eggs NestBuilding up a nest egg? A divorce might be on the cards…

Couples tend to save significantly more as the risk of divorce increases according to new research published in the latest edition of The Journal of Human Resources.

The research by Dr Berkay Ӧzcan from LSE and Dr Libertad González from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona found that for every ten per cent increase in the risk of divorce, families increase their savings, as a proportion of household income, by two percentage points.

Dr Berkay Ӧzcan said: 'Divorce is a costly business with solicitors’ bills and the added expense of new housing arrangements and so on. Our research suggests that as the risk of divorce goes up, so couples prepare for it with ‘precautionary savings’, even if ultimately they stay married.' More|

LSEResearch into the UK government's proposed reforms of the funding of care and support published

The cost implications of the UK government’s recent plans to reform the funding system for care and support in England are analysed in a new research paper, which also considers the effects of options to give more help to lower income care home residents.

The paper, by LSE and the University of East Anglia, provides detailed estimates of the public expenditure costs of the government’s plans. It projects that the government’s current proposals, with a cap of £75,000, would add £2 billion (2010 prices) to public expenditure by 2030. This is in contrast to a projected extra £3.3 billion cost of the Dilnot Commission’s proposals, which had recommended a cap of £35,000.

Under the current system people with savings above an upper threshold of £23,250 are not generally eligible for publicly funded care and support. There is also a lower threshold of £14,250 below which savings are completely disregarded in the means test for social care. The Dilnot Commission recommended a substantial increase in the upper threshold for care home residents and a cap, that is a lifetime limit, on people’s liability to meet the costs of their care. More|

LSELSE academic publishes details of a new model of the British class system

The largest survey of the British class system ever carried out has revealed a new structure of seven social divisions, ranging from an 'advantaged and privileged' elite to a large 'precariat' of poor and deprived people.

The Great British Class Survey (GBCS) was launched in January 2011. More than 161,000 people took part in the BBC LabUK’s web survey. The results have been published in the journal Sociology, and were presented at the British Sociological Association Conference in London on Wednesday 3 April.

BBC LabUK teamed up with the leading sociologists Professor Mike Savage, LSE, and Professor Fiona Devine, Manchester University, to examine the shape of the British class system today. The focus was to determine if traditional ideas of a working, middle and upper class still apply in contemporary Britain.

Professor Savage discusses the results of the largest British class survey ever conducted on the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog|. More|

LSEExpanding our vision of museum education and perception

Dr Simon Hayhoe (pictured), centre research associate in the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, has produced a new paper which investigates the experiences of blind visitors to museums and galleries.

The study, published in the Harvard Educational Review in March and funded by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, provides case studies of the experiences of visually-impaired visitors to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dr Hayhoe found evidence that, for the blind visitors he interviewed, proximity to works of art is as important as perceiving the art itself. This questions, in part, beliefs that art is a purely visual culture. Because of these findings he believes museums and galleries should broaden arts education for the visually impaired. More|



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