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This month two new ESRC-funded research centres were launched at LSE. The Institute for Macroeconomics and the Systemic Risk Centre will look at different aspects of the global economic crisis.

An LSE Growth Commission report, published today (31 January), finds that skills, infrastructure and innovation are the essential drivers of the productivity growth on which the UK’s future prosperity depends.

Plus the AXA Research Fund’s call for proposals for Post-Doctoral Fellowships is now open. The fellowship is for €120,000 over two years.


January 2013



LSETwo new research centres launched at LSE

Two new ESRC-funded research centres have been launched at LSE.

The Institute for Macroeconomics| will bring together a group of world class experts to carry out pioneering research on the global economic crisis and help design policies to alleviate it.

Chaired by LSE’s Nobel Prize-winning economics professor, Christopher Pissarides, the new Centre will encompass experts from LSE, UCL, University of Cambridge, the Bank of England, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, and other leading global institutions.

The Systemic Risk Centre| will study the risks that could trigger the next financial crisis.

The Centre will undertake an economic analysis of the fundamental risks to the financial system, based on an interdisciplinary approach. It will bring together experts from finance, economics, computer science, political science, law and the natural and mathematical sciences.

LSELSE Health receives major award from the European Commission

Together with other institutional partners, LSE Health has been awarded a €3 million research grant by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.

The School will lead a consortium to advance and strengthen the methodological tools and practices relating to the application and implementation of Health Technology Assessment (HTA). More|

LSELSE's PSSRU to help provide new national centre for social care

The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), based at LSE and the University of Kent, is part of a team which has been awarded the contract to provide a new centre for social care.

The Collaborating Centre for Social Care, funded by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, will provide evidence and guidance for those who use, manage and commission care services. The Centre will be located at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and is due to open by April 2013.

The successful bid was made by the SCIE in collaboration with the PSSRU and other research centres. More|

Vicente CunatSecond successful year for LSE academics at the American Finance Association Awards

Dr Vicente Cuñat (pictured), reader in finance in the Department of Finance at LSE, has been awarded the 2012 Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize, repeating the success of Dr Daniel Paravisini at last year’s awards.

The prize was awarded at the American Finance Association's Annual Meeting in San Diego on 4-6 January, where his paper was judged to be ‘exceptional’ by the associate editors of The Journal of Finance.

Dr Cuñat shares the $5,000 prize with his co-authors Mireia Gine, IESE Business School, and Maria Guadalupe, INSEAD. The paper, The Vote Is Cast: the effect of corporate governance on shareholder value, was published in The Journal of Finance in October 2012.

Meanwhile Professor Stavros Panageas, a visiting professor in finance at LSE, won the Smith Breeden first prize, awarded to the best paper in any area other than corporate finance. Professor Panageas and his co-authors will receive $7,500 for their paper on Technological Growth and Asset Pricing. More|

Christian ListLSE academic awarded Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

Professor Christian List (pictured), professor of political science and philosophy in the departments of Government and Philosophy at LSE, has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship| from October 2013 to September 2016.

The Leverhulme Trust makes these awards to ‘enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance’.

Professor List's project is titled Reasons, Decisions, and Intentional Agency. The standard models of individual choice typically used in economics and the social sciences, often called ‘rational choice theory’, provide at most a simplistic account of human agency and decision making. The aim of Professor List's research, partly in collaboration with other scholars, is to develop a new approach to modelling intentional agency which improves upon standard rational-choice-theoretic models. It incorporates insights from psychology and the philosophy of mind, is widely applicable, and illuminates the relationship between ‘reasons for action’ and ‘rational decisions’, which is not adequately captured by standard rational choice theory.

Professor List will give particular attention to the philosophical question of how human intentional agency, with its apparent free will, is possible in the first place, given that the world seems to be fundamentally made up of non-intentional physical matter, governed by the laws of physics.

LSENew Network Economy blog launched

The LSE Network Economy Blog|, run by the Network Economy Forum which is based in the Department of Management, disseminates research and aims to foster debate about telecommunications and internet policy research.

The team is looking for submissions of posts relating to contemporary telecom and internet policy in Europe (including technical and regulatory issues) and aspects of telecom and internet policy in international perspective.

Read the guidelines| and send your contributions. You can contact the team directly at|, follow it on Twitter @LSE_NEF, and visit it on Facebook|.

Effectiveness of EU Research and Innovation Proposals: call for evidence

The House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union is interested in contributions from those working in research and innovation sectors where those disciplines play a particularly vital role.

Written feedback is sought by Monday 11 February. Public hearings will be held in February and March 2013. More|

LSESeminar by Leverhulme Trust Director

Leverhulme Trust director Professor Gordon Marshall will be visiting LSE to give a seminar about the Trust and its research funding strategy, and to meet academic staff who are interested in applying to Leverhulme’s schemes. Those with an interest in applying for a Leverhulme research grant (see 'Funding opportunities' below) are strongly recommended to attend.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 27 February in the Vera Anstey Room, Old Building, between 11am-12.30pm. Places are limited. Please email| by Friday 22 February to confirm your attendance. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.

LSELSE Research Online most downloaded

Most downloaded items in LSE Research Online| in December 2012:

1. Dodgson, JS and Spackman, M and Pearman, A and Phillips, LD (2009) Multi-criteria analysis: a manual|. (738 downloads)

2. Anheier, Helmut K. (2000) Managing non-profit organisations: towards a new approach|. Civil Society Working Paper series (733 downloads)

3. Livingstone, Sonia (2008) Taking risky opportunities in youthful content creation|. (699 downloads)

4. Bowling, Ben and Phillips, Coretta (2003) Policing ethnic minority communities|. In: Newburn, Tim, (ed.) Handbook of policing. (634 downloads)

5. Brahimi, Alia (2010) The Taliban’s evolving ideology|. WP 02/2010. (625 downloads)


Funding opportunities

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

ESRCESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities

Deadline: 7 February 2013
The scheme provides the opportunity to apply for funding for knowledge exchange activities at any stage of the research lifecycle, and is aimed at maximising the impact of social science research outside academia.

The flexibility built into the scheme is intended to encourage applicants to think creatively about knowledge exchange. Applications are welcomed for either a single activity or a combination of activities; be it setting up a network to help inform the development of a research proposal, arranging an academic placement with a voluntary or business organisation, or developing tools such as podcasts and videos aimed at communicating the results of research to the general public. More|

LSENERC/ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowships

Deadline: 12 February 2013
Two IRNH Knowledge Exchange Fellows for the Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in Earthquake-prone and Volcanic Regions (IRNH) research programme have been advertised. The IRNH fellows will work together to enable information sharing and communication across and between the consortia to strengthen and support the interdisciplinary nature of the research and to ensure that they are able to share best practice in areas such as data integration, methodology and policy linkage.

The fellows will facilitate the communication and application of the science delivered from the IRNH research programme to a variety of users and stakeholders, including policymakers, government agencies, humanitarian agencies, industry and commerce, both nationally and internationally. More|

LSEESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

Deadline: 14 February 2013
ESRC invites applications for its celebrating impact prize. This prize is intended to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving outstanding economic or societal impacts through their research and collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities. Applications are welcome from both individuals and teams. More|

LSEAXA Research Fund call for Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The AXA Research Fund’s call for proposals for Post-Doctoral Fellowships is now open. The fellowship is for €120,000 over two years.

Information regarding the call, tips from AXA on what they are looking for in an application, and the modus operandi can be found here|. There is also further information on the AXA Research Fund website|.

If you are interested in applying, contact Marie Yau, Corporate Relations, at| or on ext 1148, as soon as possible. The AXA Research Fund will only consider applications that have been submitted by the School after selection by the Research Committee. Please note that the deadline for submission is Friday 15 February.

LSEResearch Committee Seed Fund

Deadline: 15 February 2013
Seed fund proposals welcome for innovative research that is likely to secure further external funding within a realistic time frame.

Applications (including those involving LSE's partner institutions) will be considered at the next Research Committee meeting in Lent term. More|

LSEEU Directorate-General for Research and Innovation - Study on Knowledge Transfer and Open Innovation

Deadline: 15 February 2013
The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation invites proposals for its study on knowledge transfer and open innovation. Applicants are expected to consolidate an EU-wide information base on open innovation and knowledge transfer.

This includes an in-depth analysis on performance of public research organisations and higher education institutes performing research in knowledge transfer through new and emerging mechanisms, as well as perceptions of stakeholders on the barriers, challenges, ongoing practices and success factors, as well as a set of recommendations for open innovation and knowledge transfer mechanisms.

The estimated budget is €750,000 over 54 months. More|

LSEHEIF 5 Bid Fund: Lent term 2012-13

LSE has invested £3 million of its Higher Education Innovation Fund into the 'HEIF5 Bid Fund', a competitive source of funding to support knowledge exchange activities and outputs based on School research.

So far, there have been four termly rounds of funding which have received a total of 32 bids, of which 15 were successful, totalling £2.2 million. The next deadline for submission of applications will be Thursday 21 February. If you are interested in applying, contact Marie Yau, Corporate Relations, at| or on ext 1148, for application forms, budget costing and guidance.

LSEEuropean Research Council Proof of Concept Awards

Deadline: 24 April 2013
Funding is designed to enable researchers already holding an ERC grant to bridge the gap between their research and the earliest stage of a marketable innovation. The innovations can be technological but they can also feed into ventures aimed at addressing social and environmental goals, including by social entrepreneurs and the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors. It is also now possible for Principal Investigators to hold more than one Proof of Concept grant. Funding of up to €150,000 over 12 months is available. More|

LSELeverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships

Deadline: 9 May 2013
These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years.

Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Salary plus up to £5,000 per year research costs available. More|

LSEEU DG Enterprise and Industry - Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme

Deadline: 14 May 2013
Proposals invited under the information and communication technologies policy support programme. The programme aims at stimulating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by accelerating the wider uptake and best use of innovative digital technologies and content by citizens, governments and businesses. The scheme mainly funds networking/collaboration activities. More|

LSELeverhulme Trust’s Annual Programme

Deadline: October 2013 for stage one and likely to be January 2014 for stage two
The Leverhulme Trust has announced a call for thematic Research Programme Grants on an annual basis. The 2013 themes are:

  • The Nature of Knots
  • Innovation for Sustainable Living

For more information, click here|. Research Programme Grants provide funds to research teams for up to five years to enable them to explore significant thematic issues. The scale of the award is set at a level where it is possible for a research team to study a significant theme in depth by conducting a group of interlinked research projects which taken together can lead to new understanding.

For each theme, a minimum of £500,000 and a maximum of £1.75 million is available for the support of work. It is anticipated that up to two awards will be made.


Recent awards

Dr Ernestina Coast, LSE Health and Social Care, has received a donation – through ODAR – from Dr. Christine Downton, to support a number of visiting African Fellows in LSE Health.

Kevin FeatherstoneProfessor Kevin Featherstone (pictured), European Institute, has been awarded £76,809 from Neapolis University to establish the LSE Hellenic Observatory and Neapolis University Fellowship, which will be hosted within the School.

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

Dr Alex Gillespie, Social Psychology, has been awarded £18,099 from the ESRC. The funds will be used for a seminar series concerned with the use of new technologies to record data from a first person perspective.

Dr Armine Ishkanian, Social Policy, has received £35,130 from the Robert Bosch Foundation, to provide a fresh and informed perspective on the movements of 2011, examining the shared commonalities as well as the divergencies, and different trajectories of the movements.

Martin KnappProfessor Martin Knapp (pictured), LSE Health and Social Care, has recently received £225,936 from the European Commission. The funds will provide young researchers with scientific expertise in mental health, as well as basic technical and communication skills, including research development and management, international human rights commitments, and commercial exploitation/dissemination.

The Department of Law, has received funding from the Royal Society to appoint Dr Davor Jancic under a Newton International Fellowship.

Ms Anna Maresso, LSE Health and Social Care, has been awarded £36,000 from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Ms Maresso will provide research and editorial support within the OBS team based at the LSE.

Anne PowerProfessor Anne Power (pictured), LSE Housing, has been awarded £4,000 from Traffor Hall for the following research project: Evaluation of Tenants Futures Training Programme.

Professor Lenny Smith, Centre for Analysis of Time Series (CATS), has been awarded £92,843 for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) flood risk research.

Dr Harry Walker, Anthropology, has been awarded £2,188 from the British Academy to attain a better understanding of musicology in the Amazon.

Professor Patrick Wallis, Economic History, has recently received £1,191 from the Wellcome Trust to enable a workshop exploring the development of markets for medicine in early modern Europe.



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LSELSE Commission calls for a new focus on investment for future prosperity – in skills, infrastructure and innovation

Skills, infrastructure and innovation are the essential drivers of the productivity growth on which the UK’s future prosperity depends. So while there are understandable concerns about the currently flat-lining economy, it is even more important to focus on vital long-term investments in these three areas. That requires stable and well-informed policy frameworks anchored in a broad political consensus on a new vision for growth.

These are among the conclusions of the LSE Growth Commission, which published its final report on Thursday 31 January. Investing in Prosperity: Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation is based on evidence taken in a series of public sessions from leading researchers, business people, policy-makers and UK citizens.

The LSE Growth Commissioners are Philippe Aghion, Tim Besley, John Browne, Francesco Caselli, Richard Lambert, Rachel Lomax, Chris Pissarides, Nick Stern and John Van Reenen. More|

Swiss PassportSwiss direct democracy results in widespread discrimination against immigrants

Immigrants from Turkey and former Yugoslavia applying for citizenship in Switzerland were ten times more likely to be rejected than similar applicants from Southern or richer European countries under its system of direct democracy, according to an analysis of official data carried out by LSE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Zurich.

The research has important implications for minorities in many countries where direct democracy is rapidly becoming a popular tool for policy makers keen on devolving power.

Two reports, Who Gets a Swiss Passport? A Natural Experiment in Immigrant Discrimination and Does Direct Democracy Hurt Immigrant Minorities? Evidence from Naturalization Decisions in Switzerland, explain how, until 2003, some municipalities used referendums to decide on the citizenship applications of foreign residents. Dominik Hangartner of LSE and University of Zurich and Jens Hainmueller of MIT evaluated results from 1400 municipalities over a 20 year period, from 1990 to 2010. During the period when citizens were given the vote in secret ballots, they found that naturalization decisions varied dramatically with immigrants’ attributes, which researchers collected from official applicant descriptions that voters received before each referendum. Country of origin determined the applicant’s success much more than any other applicant characteristic, including language skills, integration status and economic credentials. More|

LSENet Children Go Mobile - new European project launches

The world of digital technology is rapidly changing, with children, now more than ever, able to gain immediate access to the internet through smartphones and tablets. While this increased mobile access at home, school or out and about can provide children with new opportunities, it can also expose them to new dangers, such as excessive use and greater commercial and privacy risks. Despite the rapid advances in mobile technology, however, there is a lack of up to date and comparative data on how these may be affecting children.

A new European research project, Net Children Go Mobile, which launched on Tuesday 29 January, aims to address this problem by examining children’s online experiences through mobile media. In the UK, LSE will be conducting the survey of children’s use and group interviews with children, parents, teachers and other youth workers. More|

LSENew research exposes scale of government's social care crisis for disabled people

New research exposes the true scale of the Government’s social care crisis for disabled people, which has left thousands without access to basic care to help them eat, wash properly and leave their homes.

The report, The Other Care Crisis, is published by Scope, Mencap, The National Autistic Society, Sense and Leonard Cheshire Disability. It brings together a number of strands of analysis, including economic modelling from Dr Jose-Luis Fernandes, deputy director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at LSE.

The leading disability charities are concerned that the debate about social care reform has focused on the needs of an ageing population and side-lined the thousands of disabled people under the age of 65 who rely on care in everyday life. More|

Sonia LivingstoneResearchers recommend core changes in education

There are among a series of recommendations outlined in a new report by the Connected Learning Research Network, an interdisciplinary research network dedicated to reimagining learning for the 21st century. Professor Sonia Livingstone (pictured), professor of social psychology at LSE, and Dr Julian Sefton-Green, principal research fellow at LSE's Department of Media and Communications are co-authors of the report.

Recommendations included: closing the gap between the no frills learning that too often happens in school and the interactive, hands on learning that usually takes place out of school; aking advantage of the internet's ability to help youth develop knowledge, expertise, skills and important new literacies, and using digital technology to combat the increasing reality of the haves and have-nots in education. More|

LSEVulnerable children more likely to be upset in the online world

Children who find it difficult to manage their emotions, conduct and social behaviour in ‘the offline world’ are more likely to be upset in ‘the online world’, according to the latest report from EU Kids Online.

Most children do not feel bothered when confronted with online risks but children with psychological problems are less resilient; online risks upset them more often and more intensely. Moreover they tend to be passive instead of actively trying to solve the problems they face.

Researchers from EU Kids Online project, based at LSE, investigated the effect of three online risks: exposure to sexual content, online bullying and ‘sexting’ (exchanging sexual messages). They found that across all ages, children who are self-confident and free from emotional and social problems are less likely to feel bothered by these risks. Among those with psychological problems, the intensity of harm related to online risks is stronger and any negative emotions remain for a longer period of time. More|



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