Award winning historian appointed as next Philippe Roman Chair at LSE
Historian and award-winning author Professor Timothy Snyder (pictured) will take up the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for 2013-14.
Professor Snyder is currently the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specialising in the political history of central and eastern Europe as well as the Holocaust. A prolific author, he has written five award-winning books including Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, which has received ten awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding and was named on 12 book-of-the-year lists for 2010.
The Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs is based in LSE IDEAS, the centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. The annual post gives LSE the chance to bring a renowned academic from another part of the world to the School for a year of research, teaching and discussion.
Professor Snyder said: 'I am delighted to be returning to the UK, where I earned my doctorate, and feel privileged to be joining colleagues whom I greatly admire at LSE.' More
Department of Statistics scoops two awards
Professor Piotr Fryzlewicz (pictured), professor of statistics, has been awarded the Guy Medal in Bronze by the Royal Statistical Society.
Named after the physician and medical statistician William Augustus Guy, FRS, this award acknowledges Professor Fryzlewicz's significant contribution to time series research as the originator of the Haar-Fisz transform. In particular the award acknowledges his two papers, Haar-Fisz Estimation of Evolutionary Wavelet Spectra and GOES-8 X-ray Sensor Variance Stabilisation using the Multiscale Data-Driven Haar-Fisz Transform, published in the Society's journals in 2006 and 2007.
Dr Haeran Cho, research officer, has also been awarded the Royal Statistical Society Research Prize for her contribution to the paper High-dimensional Variable Selection via Tilting, co-authored with Professor Piotr Fryzlewicz, and for other published work on the methodology and applications of statistics.
LSE academic awarded prestigious ESRC fellowship
Dr Matteo M Galizzi (pictured), LSE fellow in the Department of Social Policy and research fellow in LSE Health, has been awarded a Future Research Leader Fellowship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), for his project entitled ‘Linking Survey and Experimental Data: behavioural experiments in health and well-being’.
The Future Research Leader Fellowship is a new ESRC scheme aiming to support outstanding early-career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills. Only 70 fellowships, across all social disciplines and all universities in the UK, were awarded this year. Dr Galizzi’s project was also selected to be among the five ‘showcase’ proposals highlighted on the ESRC website.
LSE academic paper receives research award
A paper co-authored by Professor Martin Knapp (pictured), Dr Derek King, Andrew Healey and Cicely Thomas, has been assigned the Excellence in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research Award 2011-12 by the International Centre of Mental Health Policy and Economics.
The paper, Economic Outcomes in Adulthood and their Associations with Antisocial Conduct, Attention Deficit and Anxiety Problems in Childhood, was rated one of the three best papers to be featured in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics in 2011.
The paper looks at the links between mental health needs in childhood (at age 10) and adverse economic consequences in adulthood (age 30). The results found a need for better interventions in childhood in order to head off a life-course for many people that is dominated not only by poor mental health but also economic disadvantage.
The award was presented at a ceremony in Venice, Italy on Friday 22 March.
LSE academic named one of the planning industry’s 100 most influential people
Professor Paul Cheshire (pictured), emeritus professor of economic geography, has joined the prime minister and Lord Adonis as one of the one hundred most influential people in the UK planning industry today, as selected by Planning magazine.
Planning drew up the list by conducting off-the-record conversations with over 40 senior industry figures, who were not allowed to nominate anyone from their own organisation. They defined influential people as ‘those who significantly shape or influence national planning policy in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland; significantly influence local, regional or sub-regional planning policy in more than one area; or those who have a strong influence on planning decision-making across a wide area of the UK’.
Professor Cheshire was one of only five academics selected. More
LSE academic named ‘Young Global Leader’
Dr Martina Viarengo (pictured), research associate in LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance and assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, has been named a ‘Young Global Leader (YGL) for 2013’ by the World Economic Forum.
The honour, bestowed each year by the Forum, recognises outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional achievements and commitment to society.
YGLs, who are under the age of 40, are selected through a rigorous process from thousands of candidates. For 2013, the Forum has selected 199 YGLs from 70 countries and all sectors of society, including arts and culture, academia, business, civil society, media, politics and social entrepreneurship. The 2013 YGLs were chosen by a committee, chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The selection was based on the proven track record of the individual, his or her leadership experience, ability to overcome adversity and commitment to society.
This year’s class also includes Tawakkol Karman, journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner; Chelsea Clinton, board member of the Clinton Foundation and special correspondent for NBC News; Mark Pollock, athlete and adventurer; and US singer and recording artist, William James Adams (aka will.i.am).
For more information, visit Young Global Leaders Class of 2013.
LSE’s Jane Secker named a 2013 ‘Mover and Shaker’ in the library industry
Dr Jane Secker (pictured), LSE’s copyright and digital literacy advisor, has been named a ‘Mover and Shaker’ in the library industry by the American publication, Library Journal.
Dr Secker was selected as an ‘advocate’ because of her commitment to librarianship and her research work on information literacy, in particular for two specific research projects including developing ‘A New Curriculum for Information Literacy’ (ANCIL), and the DELILA project which explored sharing information and digital literacy materials as open educational resources.
Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the ‘bible’ of the library world, it is read by more than 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. The 2013 Movers and Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal and will be featured in the journal’s March issue.
Mike Kelley, Library Journal editor-in-chief, said: ‘Each member of this year’s Movers and Shakers class embodies service to their community and a passion for advancing libraries and their profession.’
For more information, see Movers and Shakers 2013. To find out more about Jane's work on digital and information literacy, visit the CLT website.
LSE academic reappointed as an NIHR senior investigator
Professor Martin Knapp, professor of social policy, has been selected again as a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator.
56 senior investigators have been appointed - 19 new appointees, and 37 current or previous holders of the award. The awards are made according to criteria of quality and volume of internationally excellent research; its relevance to patients and the public; impact on improvements in healthcare and public health; impact of their individual research leadership including for NIHR; engagement of patients and the public and engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.
Professor Knapp will hold the post for a further four years, starting from Monday 1 April. More
LSE's 'Global Thinkers'
The latest edition of Global Sociology, by Robin Cohen and Paul Kennedy, features 22 'Global Thinkers', six of whom are or were LSE staff members.
The feature which runs throughout the textbook provides analyses of the important research undertaken by these key thinkers in sociology and related disciplines, and provides some background to current sociological thinking.
Alongside Karl Marx, Michel Foucault and Max Weber, LSE's 'Global Thinkers' include Anthony Giddens, David Harvey, Leslie Sklair, Sylvia Chant, Ulrich Beck, and Martin Albrow. More
Call for contributions: Field Research Method Lab - Addressing Field Research Constraints in China, 6-7 June 2013
This TLC-funded research method workshop aims at bringing together both established and early-career researchers working on China, sharing their hands-on experiences of addressing various constraints that they have encountered in the course of their fieldwork.
This interdisciplinary workshop invites contributors to reflect upon their past/present field research projects, and draw some lessons, both practical and academic, which can be shared with the audience.
Participants wishing to present their thoughts are invited to submit a 150 word (max) abstract and a short biography to Dr Hyun Shin, Department of Geography and Environment, at email@example.com by Thursday 4 April.
For more information, click here.
ESRC participating in What Works Network for public sector investments
The ESRC is pleased to participate as funding partner in the What Works Network, announced by the chief secretary to the treasury, Danny Alexander, and minister for government policy, Oliver Letwin.
The aim of the What Works Network is to provide robust research evidence to guide decision-making on £200 billion of public spending.
As well as two existing centres of excellence, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the Educational Endowment Foundation, the network will consist of four new independent institutions part-funded by the Government, with significant contributions from ESRC.
The new centres will be focusing on four key research areas: tackling crime, promoting active and independent ageing, effective early intervention, and fostering local economic growth. More
LSE Research Online most downloaded
Most downloaded items in LSE Research Online in February 2013:
1. Lewis, Paul and Newburn, Tim and Taylor, Matthew and Mcgillivray, Catriona and Greenhill, Aster and Frayman, Harold and Proctor, Rob (2011) Reading the riots: investigating England's summer of disorder, LSE and The Guardian, London, UK (938 downloads).
2. 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 (861 downloads).
3. Hills, John and Brewer, Mike and Jenkins, Stephen P and Lister, Ruth and Lupton, Ruth and Machin, Stephen and Mills, Colin and Modood, Tariq and Rees, Teresa and Riddell, Sheila (2010) An anatomy of economic inequality in the UK: report of the National Equality Panel. CASEreport, 60. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. (859 downloads).
4. 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. (764 downloads).
5. Coyle-Shapiro, Jacqueline A-M. and Kessler, Ian (2000) Consequences of the psychological contract for the employment relationship: a large scale survey. Journal of management studies, 37 (7). pp. 903-930. ISSN 1467-6486 (601 downloads).
Total downloads for February 2013: 81,686