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March has been an award winning month, with academics and departments alike receiving accolades. Do not miss the LSE - Sciences Po Faculty Mobility Scheme 2013-14, which enables faculty to spend at least a month in a host department (or unit) at the other institution. The deadline for applications is Friday 12 April.

Research published this week finds that rape law reformers, who have failed to significantly increase the number of convictions, are placing too much blame on the role of popular prejudices.

 
 
 

March 2013

 
 

News

Timothy SnyderAward 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|

Piotr FryzlewiczDepartment 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.

Matteo GalizziLSE 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|.

Martin KnappLSE 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.

Paul CheshireLSE 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|

Martina ViarengoLSE 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|.

Jane SeckerLSE’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|.

LSELSE 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|

LSELSE'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|

LSECall 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 h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk| by Thursday 4 April.

For more information, click here|.

ESRCESRC 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|

LSELSE 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

 
 
 

Funding opportunities

Candidates interested in applying for any of the opportunities below should email rescon@lse.ac.uk|  (unless otherwise stated).

The 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. Santander Travel Fund|

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:

  • Mode A: shorter visits of one month
  • Mode B: longer visits of three months

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|.

RetailESRC Retail Knowledge Exchange Opportunities

Deadline: 30 April 2013
ESRC is seeking applications for retail Knowledge Exchange Opportunities| which address issues across the retail sector. In particular ESRC is interested in applications focusing on:

  • the changing nature of the UK high street and changing retail spaces
  • e-commerce, m-commerce and omni channel retailing
  • consumer data.

Potential activities could include:

  • new applied research, provided it is user-led or in collaboration with a user partner
  • an academic placement within a private sector retailer or organisation focusing on the retail sector
  • seminars to encourage knowledge exchange between academics and retailers.

FlyingPartnership 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 academic_partnerships@lse.ac.uk|.

LSELeverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships

Deadline: 16 May 2013
The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and twelve months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution.

It is recognised that visiting professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and secondly the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures. More|

LSENATO Advanced Research Workshops

Deadline: 1 June 2013
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation invites applications for grants to hold advanced research workshops in NATO partner countries. The advanced research workshops contribute to the assessment of existing knowledge on important topics in security-related civil science and technology and serve to build networks among scientists from NATO and its partner countries.

Workshops are normally of two to three days' duration, involving between 20 and 50 participants. They should be conducted by a co-director from a NATO country and a co-director from a partner country. Funding is on average worth €30,000 to €40,000. More|

LSEINET Joint Research Grants

Deadline: 14 June 2013 (forecast)
The Institute for Economic Thinking and the Centre for International Governance Innovation invite applications for their joint research grants. Grants support research focused on key themes of interest in economics. The fourth round of funding emphasises research in the following areas:

  • financial instability and macroeconomic management
  • political economy of income and wealth distribution and inequality dynamics
  • governance of the international monetary and financial systems
  • innovation

INET and CIGI will also consider proposals consistent with their mission of furthering new economic thinking.

Grants will primarily be awarded to individuals or teams affiliated with academic institutions, think tanks and other centres of vital research worldwide. Scholars in economics, as well as related fields such as political science, sociology, anthropology, history and the physical sciences are encouraged to submit proposals. Grants are worth between US$25,000 and US$250,000. More|

LSEMarie Curie Fellowships Call

Deadlines: 14 August 2013 (apart from Career Integration Grant)
The European Commission has announced the latest calls for its Marie Curie Fellowship schemes|. Researchers of any nationality are eligible to apply and the fellowships are open to all disciplines. The fellowships provide a monthly living and mobility allowance together with a contribution to training expenses and overheads. A number of fellowships are available:

Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development
|These provide funding for researchers moving from within Europe to work at another institution for between one and two years.

International Incoming Fellowships
|These provide funding for researchers moving from outside the EU to work in an EU institution for between one and two years.

International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development
|These provide funding for researchers from the EU to work outside Europe for between one and two years and for one year following their return.

Career Integration Grant
|Deadline: 18 September 2013
Researchers who have recently joined the School after working abroad may be interested in applying. These provide a fixed rate of €25,000 per year for projects of between two and four years to enable researchers to establish themselves after a period of mobility.

LSEAHRC Research Grants

Deadline: Anytime until 15 January 2014
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) invites applications for its highlight notice for connected communities and design research grants. These are offered in the AHRC’s standard and early career grants routes for projects which explore the contributions that design can make to the connected communities programme. As well as meeting the normal requirements for standard and early career research grants, applications must:

  • be inter- or cross-disciplinary, combining perspectives, approaches and expertise from design and from arts and humanities subject areas
  • engage with communities through all stages of the research process
  • involve strong collaborative partnerships with organisations outside the higher education institution sector and include a highly developed or innovative approach to creating pathways for impact for the research
  • demonstrate a strong fit to the aims and objectives of the connected communities programme.

Applicants must be eligible for standard AHRC funding. Grants are worth up to £250,000 for early career researchers and up to £1.5 million for the standard research grant route. More|

 
 
 

Recent awards

LSEProfessor Richard Bradley, Philosophy, has been awarded £611,262 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to examine policy decision making under conditions of severe uncertainty.

HEIF 5 Bid Fund Call

There have been two successful projects under this Scheme during the Lent term:

Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch and Dr Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez (Social Psychology): Communicating Bottom-up Social Development: A dialogue between multiple stakeholders in the UK and Brazil. This project aims to further develop a platform for dialogue between multiple stakeholders in the UK and Brazil based on LSE research about social development in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.

Professor Patrick Dunleavy and Jane Tinkler (PPG): Extending, deepening and enhancing public understanding of social science via School-wide academic blogs. The award was made to continue the support of the successful blogs run by LSE Public Policy Group and to develop the new US Politics and Policy blog.

 
 
 

Findings

See LSE Research Online| for more LSE research outputs and deposit your work to lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk|.

LSEToo much blame placed on popular prejudices against rape victims for low conviction rates

Rape law reformers who have failed in their efforts to significantly increase the number of convictions are placing too much blame on the role of popular prejudices against rape victims, according to new research from LSE.

Helen Reece of LSE's Department of Law, an expert in violence against women, says the influence of 'rape myths', the preconceptions and stereotypes about women which are said to negatively affect the way police and jurors consider evidence, has been overstated.

She also argues that the broad consensus regarding the low conviction rate as a terrible blot on the legal landscape is unjustified when rates are compared with those of other serious crimes. More|

LSEUS planning system driven by powerful property owners

Strict planning regulations in US cities, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, are partly driven by powerful property owners protecting their own interests, rather than by considerations about quality of life only, says new research from LSE.

According to the forthcoming paper in the Journal of Urban Economics, because desirable places have become more developed over time, homeowners and landlords who own the developed land are in the majority and are more influential than people who own land that has not yet been developed. Developed land owners then use their power to vote and lobby local planners to restrict further building.

Dr Christian Hilber, co-author of the paper and associate professor of economic geography at LSE, explains: 'For the owners of developed land the fewer plots there are available for construction the better, because this creates scarcity and so raises the value of their land.' More|

LSEEU commitment needed on preventing mass atrocities

The EU needs to strengthen its commitment and tools to prevent mass atrocities, such as those perpetrated in Syria, according to a new report by the Task Force on the EU Prevention of Mass Atrocities which was co-chaired by LSE's Professor Karen E Smith.

The report highlights that mass atrocity prevention is rarely mentioned in core EU documents despite the EU’s commitment to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing, as well as to promote human rights. Its development, conflict prevention and crisis management policies, for example, do not sufficiently focus on mass atrocities, even though these crimes threaten the achievement of the EU’s core goals.

The EU’s intelligence gathering and warning functions also do not systematically take into account the possibility of these types of crimes taking place.

The Task Force calls for the EU to make an explicit commitment to prevent mass atrocities and to incorporate this into the next update of the European Security Strategy as well as existing strategies for human rights and conflict prevention. More|

 
 
 

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