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While LSE's Director Professor Craig Calhoun visited India this month, the School announced a major collaborative research programme on gender equality, and a green growth research programme in India, as well as 50 new scholarships for postgraduate Indian students.

Also this month LSE Cities received a grant of US$900,000 from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, which will support a new initiative exploring the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities.

Plus do not miss next month's Research Division funding focus seminar taking place on Thursday 14 March at 1-2pm in room 2.13, New Academic Building. More details can be found below.


February 2013



Indian WomanLSE to launch major collaborative research programme on gender equality in India

LSE is to develop its highly regarded relationship with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai to establish a major research programme on gender equality.

LSE's relationship with TISS, established in 2007, has been supported by the Jamsetji Tata Trust, which has provided £1.8 million to fund joint research projects and the exchange of faculty members and PhD students between TISS and LSE's India Observatory. LSE and TISS are working towards building on this collaboration with a focus on women's issues.

The Tata Trust is keen to support a joint programme of research, advocacy and action to create a safe and enabling environment towards achieving gender equality in India. This programme involves an action research initiative that would input to strengthening existing public institutions and policy to respond to gender issues. This will involve further exchanges of research students, alongside the clear input into policy. More|

Green Global GrowthLSE launches major green growth research programme in India

Experts from LSE are to work with research partners in Karnataka for green growth in the Indian state of Karnataka.

The experts will provide research and policy advice on sustainable and equitable economic growth in the Karnataka State.

Speaking at the launch in the Karnataka State capital of Bangalore, LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said: 'This is important work which will make a significant difference to local people, and will act as a model for other state governments in India. It is also a great example of the contributions social science can make. The programme further strengthens the deep and long-lasting relationship between LSE and India. As I have made clear no country is more important than India, and I am delighted that the School is able to make a major contribution to the project.' More|

IndiaLSE announces new India postgraduate scholarships

LSE has announced 50 new scholarships for postgraduate Indian students.

The LSE India Scholarships will enable students from India to study for a Master’s degree at LSE starting in 2013. The awards will range from £3,000 to £32,000, depending on financial need, and are open to all Indian students who hold an offer of a place on an LSE Master’s programme by 30 April 2013.

LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said 'LSE has enjoyed a strong relationship with India for over a century. This has included welcoming thousands of Indian students to study at the School during this time. We want to ensure that LSE’s doors are open to all talented students, regardless of financial circumstances, and are delighted to cement this relationship further by offering 50 scholarships, for graduate study, for students from India.' More|

LSELSE Cities receives major grant to launch new Mellon Fellowship Programme at LSE in Cities and the Humanities

LSE has been awarded a grant of US$900,000 by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The grant will support a major new initiative within LSE Cities exploring the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities.

The programme, which will run for approximately four years, will have two components: a Fellowship Programme to be based at LSE Cities (the Mellon Fellowship Programme at LSE in Cities and the Humanities) and a new project to launch a network of urban scholars (the Urban Research Network), which will be extended to centres on a global basis, including the USA, Asia and Latin America.

The intellectual objective of the programme is to connect humanities scholars from literature, philosophy, anthropology, film studies, art and architectural history more closely to urban research and teaching at the heart of LSE. It also aims to create an international network of institutions, embedded in cities in rapidly urbanising regions of the world, that exposes a new generation of humanists to the social science urban culture. More|

LSEEnhancing the Visibility of LSE Research: developing LSE’s Google Scholar Citation profiles

The School is currently assessing how best to enhance the profile and impact of LSE research. In addition to existing platforms to reach external audiences such as the LSE website, LSE Experts, and LSE Research Online, there are also freely available online tools that allow academics and their research to become more visible, as well as to link to networks of interest around particular subjects and disciplines.

LSE is committed to using one of these online tools, Google Scholar Citations (GSC), to enhance the School’s research visibility by encouraging as many academics as possible to create a GSC profile. In addition, GSC allows individuals to track their own research profile, connect to co-authors and find new key publications in their discipline. Profiles are fully searchable by Google enabling full text publications and citations through LSE Research Online to be found more easily.

The Google Scholar Citations profile only needs to be created once and, following that, all new outputs will be linked to the profile automatically.

The LSE Public Policy Group will be running individual and departmental training sessions in the coming weeks to assist researchers with creating their Google Scholar Profile. If you have any questions or would like to book a session, email Jane Tinkler at| or Sierra Williams at|.

Craig CalhounGet to know LSE's Director

In a new short film, Professor Craig Calhoun (pictured) talks about his academic career and intellectual development.

Find out what drew him to anthropology and about his love of film.

To watch the film, click here|.

HR Excellence in ResearchLSE retains ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badging from the European Commission and Vitae

On Thursday 14 February, Vitae announced that LSE was one of 12 institutions which were successful in retaining the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badging, originally awarded to the School on 15 December 2010.

LSE has been successful in demonstrating 'robust implementation plans to improve how it attracts, manages and develops research staff'.

Professor David Stevenson, vice chair of the Appointments Committee and chair of the Research Staff Committee at LSE states: 'Over the past five years, LSE has done a great deal of work to clarify and improve the conditions of employment of its research staff. I was delighted to see these efforts acknowledged through the HR Excellence in Research badging, and it is extremely encouraging news that this has been retained'.

More information on how the School is developing work in this area is available here|.

LSEResearch Division Funding Focus Series

In collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Centre, the Research Division ran two training seminars as part of the RD Funding Focus Series in February centring on the British Academy’s post-doctoral and mid-career fellowships schemes.

Over 55 LSE staff and PhD students combined attended these sessions. Please tell the Research Division about your training needs for customised briefing sessions so that new seminars can be organised either at School, research group or academic unit levels. You can contact the Research Division at|.

The next Research Division Funding Focus seminar will be held on Thursday 14 March in room NAB 2.13. Information is given below.

Lent Term Research Division Funding Focus: open calls for research fellowships

Thursday 14 March, 1-2pm, room 2.13, New Academic Building
This brief lunchtime seminar will address open calls for Research Fellowships that can be applied for anytime to specific UK funders, such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), whose scientific remit is in line with a number of expert fields and interdisciplinary areas that are currently covered by LSE academics.

The session will focus on funder specific guidance, the UK Research Councils' online application system, application form templates, and discussion about the funders' strategic priorities. Bring along your lunch and your questions.

To book for this event, click here|.

LSEAHRC recognises international contributions to UK projects

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is piloting an initiative until the end of 2014 that allows international co-investigators who are based at overseas organisations to take part in UK projects.

International co-investigators are eligible for inclusion on proposals for the following schemes: Research Grants, Research Networking, and Follow on Funding for Impact and Engagement. For more information, click here|.

LSEGoethe Institute Residency Programme: scholars in residence

The scheme provides for reciprocal guest residencies for highly qualified, young international researchers in the humanities, cultural and social sciences. Young academics are given the opportunity to forge intensive relationships with other researchers, to pursue joint projects and to develop long-term bilateral collaborations.

The residency programme is intended to aid international scholarly contacts and foster inner and inter-disciplinary dialogue between exponents of a 'public scholarship' that addresses a broad audience.

The applications deadline is Monday 8 April. For more information, click here|.

LSEPraxisUnico Impact Awards

The Impact Awards recognise those teams, and individuals, that have produced outstanding impact through successful knowledge transfer.

The Impact Awards are organised to recognise and celebrate the success of collaborative working and the process of innovation: the transformation of knowledge and expertise beyond its creation in higher education, charities and public sector research establishments for the wider benefit of society and the economy.

The closing date for entries is Thursday 28 March. These are self or otherwise nominated awards via an online application form. More|

EKTGEuropean Knowledge Tree Group 2013 Masterclass - How to get off the Roundabout: making a success of an ageing population

In April, the European Knowledge Tree Group will hold its 2013 Masterclass at LSE, with the theme of ‘How to get off the Roundabout: making a success of an ageing population'. The conference will aim to bring together 200 experts with over 80 presentations, company pitches and demonstrations.

The conference will ask: How do we educate the people who need support? How do we pay for what is needed? What can technology do for mental health, hearing and sight deficits, mobility, diabetes, heart disease? And how to persuade the politicians, is it only bribery and corruption that works?

The conference will take place on Monday 8 April from 1.30-8pm (followed by networking and drinks) and Tuesday 9 April from 9am-5pm. For more information and to register, visit|.


Funding opportunities

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

LSECentre for Economic Policy Research Exploratory Grants

Deadline: 31 March 2013
These grants enable researchers to explore new approaches to the study of firms in low-income countries and develop new or existing sources of data on these firms. Research may relate to private enterprises of all sizes and should produce results that will be useful for policy-making.

Proposals should address the following themes: modelling market frictions in low-income countries using newly available data; understanding how constraints interact using micro-founded macro models; the dynamics of SMEs – informality and entrepreneurship; the role of export-oriented industries in driving growth. The initiative in particular seeks proposals that address cross-cutting issues such as fragile and conflict-affected states, gender, and climate, environment and social compliance.

Only individuals, or teams with an individual representative, may apply. Grants are worth between £10,000 and £35,000 over 12 months. More|

French FlagFondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme: fellowships for postdoctoral researchers

Deadline: 31 March 2013
Applications invited for postdoctoral Fernand Braudel - IFER fellowships. These allow foreign researchers to conduct research in France, and French researchers to conduct research in another EU country or FP7-associated country. All social and human science disciplines are eligible and an interdisciplinary approach to research topics is encouraged. More|

LSEBritish Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grants

Deadline: 10 April 2013
Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. More|

ParisLSE - Sciences Po Faculty Mobility Scheme 2013-14

Deadline: 12 April 2013
LSE and Sciences Po have been institutional partners for the past decade. The annual faculty mobility scheme is the newest initiative to seek to deepen our academic collaboration.

The scheme will enable faculty to spend at least a month in a host department (or unit) at the other institution in order to:

  • engage with students through a meaningful teaching commitment that meets a need in the host department
  • foster networks between colleagues at their home and host departments (or institutions)
  • serve wider departmental and/or institutional interests where possible

In order to maximise flexibility, the scheme has been designed with the following two modes for faculty mobility:

  • Mode A: shorter visits of one month, whereby visiting faculty will deliver at least eight hours of teaching (or a short course) and spend at least four hours with PhD students
  • Mode B: longer visits of three months, whereby visiting faculty will deliver at least 20 hours of teaching, spend at least 10 hours with PhD students and deliver a departmental or public lecture

Participants will continue to receive their normal salary and a travel grant from their home institution. They will also receive a subsistence allowance or salary from the host institution. For more information or to apply, click here|.

LSEEuropean Commission: Training of national judges in EU Competition Law and judicial co-operation

Deadline: 30 April 2013
Grants available for the training of national judges in EU competition law and judicial cooperation between national judges. The aim of this call is to co-finance projects aimed at promoting judicial cooperation between, and the training of, national judges in the context of the enforcement of the European competition rules.

Projects may consist of: training activities in the form of conferences, seminars, colloquia, meetings and symposia, and training courses in EU competition law; activities offering support to national judicial institutions on competition law knowledge; activities promoting cooperation or networking between national judges. Awards are worth between €10,000 and €400,000. 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|.

LSEDigging into Data Challenge: round three

Deadline: 15 May 2013
The Digging into Data Challenge funds a wide variety of projects that explore how 'big data' changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences.

The challenge’s four goals are to: promote the development and deployment of innovative research techniques in large-scale data analysis that focus on applications in the humanities and social sciences; foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers in the humanities, social sciences, computer sciences, library science, archival science, information sciences, mathematical and statistical sciences, engineering, and other fields, around questions of text and data analysis; promote international collaboration among both researchers and funders; and ensure efficient access to and sharing of the materials for research by working with data repositories that hold large digital collections.

The challenge is sponsored by ten international research funding organisations representing the UK, US, the Netherlands and Canada and applicants will form international teams from at least two of the participating countries. UK teams may apply for between ₤15,000 and ₤100,000 fEC. If the UK team consists of two or more institutions, the maximum award is increased to ₤150,000 fEC. More|

ESRCESRC Sector Initiative 2013

Deadline: To be confirmed
A £2.5 million initiative for collaborative projects to undertake research and knowledge exchange activities that will maximise the impact of social and economic research on the retail sector.  More|


Recent awards

LSEDr Kostas Kalogeropoulos, Statistics, has received £93,834 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to further understand Bayesian Inferences.



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

LSEPrivate schooling cheaper and more effective than public alternative

While research from the U.S., Latin America and Asia provides little evidence that private schooling leads to greater educational attainment relative to state schooling, new research from the developing world suggests the opposite.

New research by LSE's International Growth Centre examines the case of private schooling in Kenya. Tessa Bold (University of Frankfurt), Mwangi Kimenyi (Brookings Institute), Germano Mwabu (University of Nairobi) and Justin Sandefur (Centre for Global Development) find a large performance difference between private and state school students, equivalent to a full standard deviation of pupil-level test scores.

Moreover, the research suggests that private schools achieve these better results at far less cost, with median expenditure per privately-schooled pupil estimated at only US$41 per annum as compared to US$84 at government schools.

The authors argue that, unlike in developed states, the effect of private schooling in a low-income African country with weak public sector institutions may be dramatically higher and worthy of greater policy attention. More|

LSEVideo-sharing sites top the ranking of risky online platforms for children

Video-sharing sites like YouTube are considered by children to be more risky than any other online platform, with pornography and violent content topping the list of their concerns about use of the web.

These are among the findings of a report launched on Safer Internet Day 2013 (Tuesday 5 February) by the EU Kids Online project, led in the UK by LSE.

Nearly 10,000 children between 9-16 years old from 25 European countries were surveyed for the report, and were asked ‘What things on the internet would bother people about your age?’. The report presents, for the first time, a detailed analysis of how children view the risks associated to the online world ‘in their own words’.

Professor Sonia Livingstone, LSE, who is responsible for the survey, explains: ‘The EU Kids Online survey found that 55 per cent of 9-16 year olds think that there are things online that bother children their age. This new report now goes to the heart of what concerns children - and the results give reason to reflect on policy and educational priorities. It is vital for us to address children’s concerns about violent, aggressive or gory content on the internet, among the many other things that bother them.’ More|



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