Research Excellence Framework update
With just a few months left before submission to the REF the School is making final preparations. Over the next few weeks the impact case studies (ICSs), impact templates and statements on environment for each of our fourteen units will be completed. Hopefully we can get these finished by the end of July!
You may be contacted for hard copies of your research as the Library starts to scan outputs for the REF. We have also developed a new database that holds around one hundred ICSs at the moment. This is a unique resource for the REF and will expand over the coming years as the impact agenda comes to the fore.
LSE academic commended by ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize awards
LSE academic Richard Murphy (pictured), has been awarded second place by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in its Celebrating Impact Prize Awards.
Richard Murphy, a research economist in education and skills at the Centre for Economic Performance was awarded second place in the Oustanding Early Career Impact category.
The award is in recognition of his work, carried out in collaboration with the Sutton Trust, which summarised research on teacher quality and the effect on pupils, and methods of measuring teacher effectiveness. Richard Murphy’s recommendations were accepted by the government, influencing the decision of the Secretary of State for Education to give schools the freedom to set pay in line with performance and to heighten the selectivity of teacher training routes.
The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize is a new, annual opportunity to recognise and reward the successes of ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic and/or societal impacts. The prize celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact. More
A multidisciplinary approach to European citizenship
LSE has recently been named as a partner institution for a large-scale research project into European citizenship.
All Rights Reserved? Barriers Towards EUropean CITIZENship is the title of the European research endeavour by a group of 26 universities coordinated by Utrecht University.
Several LSE academics are involved in different aspects of the project, including Professor Hartley Dean and Dr Isabel Shutes of the Department of Social Policy, Dr Jan Komárek, Department of Law and European Institute, and Dr Chris Minns and Dr Patrick Wallis of the Department of Economic History. LSE’s Department of Economic History is leading the historical work package.
The four year project, which started in May 2013, aims to gain an insight into the obstacles faced by European citizens when they exercise their rights and obligations, into the possible contradictions between economic, social, political and civil citizenship rights and into the conceptualisation thereof at the European and national level. According to the research programme this challenge requires a multidisciplinary approach and international comparative research.
RCUK funded Big Data Workshop held at LSE
The LSE Tech team, led by Dr Jonathan Liebenau, Department of Management, recently held a research workshop on big data and new business models. The event brought together experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges of data-driven business models in the digital economy.
Participants included delegates from IBM, Microsoft Research, Morgan Stanley, the Greater London Authority, and academics from a wide range of national and international universities. The workshop discussed critical societal and industrial issues related to the role big data has on business model innovation as well as appropriate methodologies to study value creation in the big data landscape.
You can find more information in the LSE Network Economy Blog.
Research Development in a Challenging Environment
Supporting the research development process at institutional level entails significant challenges. Dr Aygen Kurt Dickson, Research Development Manager in the Research Division, gave an account of her experience in initiating research development activities within a social science-led institution at the recent ARMA conference.
The talk addressed how to define the notion of research development in relation to social science; how to ensure innovative thinking, increasing intra and beyond institutional collaboration; and how to facilitate networking between academics. Aygen said this was the first step to understanding a cross-sectoral approach to research development in higher education, which she is planning to follow with a nationwide survey and qualitative comparison.
For more information contact the Research Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Annual Conference
The ARMA annual conference convened this month. The conference’s theme was 'strategies for success' with forty-two workshops, professional and business exhibitors, poster competition and networking meetings run by special interest groups.
The two keynote speakers Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC and Chairman of the RCUK Executive Board, and Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy at HEFCE brought their unique perspectives for a lively debate.
David Coombe, Director of LSE Research Division, was re-elected as the Director of Conference Planning. David concluded: 'The conference laid bare the challenges created by the current (and future) funding situation and wider policy environment and offered support and professional expertise in helping us meet those challenges'. More information about ARMA and the conference can be found at www.arma.ac.uk.
Top downloads on LSE Research Online for May
The most downloaded items in LSE Research Online in May 2013 were as follows:
1. Livingstone, Sonia (2008) Taking risky opportunities in youthful content creation: teenagers' use of social networking sites for intimacy, privacy and self-expression. New media & society, 10 (3). pp. 393-411. ISSN 1461-4448 (1154 downloads).
2. Anheier, Helmut K. (2000) Managing non-profit organisations: towards a new approach. Civil Society Working Paper series, 1. Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753013436 (1026 downloads).
3. Sefton, Tom (2002) Recent changes in the distribution of the social wage. CASE paper, 62. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. (847 downloads).
4. Bowling, Ben and Phillips, Coretta (2003) Policing ethnic minority communities. In: Newburn, Tim, (ed.) Handbook of policing. Willan Publishing, Devon, UK, pp. 528-555. ISBN 9781843920199 (766 downloads).
5. Capie, Forrest, Fischer, Stanley, Goodhart, Charles and Schnadt, Norbert (1994) The future of central banking: the tercentenary symposium of the Bank of England. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521496346 (745 downloads).
Total downloads for May 2013: 83,118.