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Campus083In the past few weeks, the ESRC has announced both its large grants competition and its plans to recruit new Grant Assessment Panel members, whilst there have been changes at LSE with  the Corporate Relations Unit being renamed Business Partnerships and integrated into Research Division. A new major research project has also been launched looking at how researchers in the humanities and social sciences use books: your help is needed.

There is also news of the latest funding opportunities available and the awards colleagues at the School have already received, as well as the latest research to be published.   

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April 2014



ESRC Centres and Large Grants Competition is announced

ESRC welcomes applications of excellent quality in any area of social science. This year’s competition also has two specific strategic steers, on ‘The Future of Higher Education’ and on ‘Sustainable Prosperity’, which sit alongside the normal open element of the call. LSE’s internal deadline: 9 May 2014. Please contact RD as soon as possible if you are planning to apply. More|


ESRC is looking to recruit Grant Assessment Panel (GAP) members

The role of the Grant Assessment Panels is to appraise applications submitted under the responsive mode schemes and classify them by grade according to procedures and criteria approved and overseen by the committee with responsibility for the scheme. The GAPs are multi-disciplinary bodies comprising 45 to 50 members in total. Membership of a GAP is an opportunity to work with other experienced people from across the academic, public, private and third sectors to help ensure ESRC funds high quality research. Members will also have an opportunity to feed into, and learn about ESRC policy development and spread best practice through links with the Policy Committees. The closing date for applications is 17.00 on 16 May 2014. More|

European Research Council (ERC) Peer-review guidelines published

The ERC has published its guidance for reviewers who will sit in panels of 2014.The guidelines refer to the significance of interdisciplinary proposals, and encourages reviewers to take their multiple benefits into account. Additionally the document provides clarifications on conflict of interest problems. You can access the guidance here|.

European Commission study identifies new information and communication technology (ICT) hubs 

Wondering what makes an ICT hotspot? Take a look at Munich, London, Paris or smaller cities such as Darmstadt identified in a new EU Atlas of ICT hotspots|. This atlas shows where digital technologies thrive and examines the factors contributing to this success. See EC’s Press Release here|.

Business Partnerships in the Research DivisionBusiness_Partnerships_Logo

The Corporate Relations Unit has been renamed and integrated into Research Division as Business Partnerships and is responsible for developing, designing and managing long-term, sustainable research partnerships with businesses. The team is interested in fostering any relationship that contributes towards high quality academic research.

Travelling Abroad on School Business

If you are planning a research trip abroad, please consider and check whether you are travelling to a disturbed area. These are detailed on the Government Foreign Travel website|. Our travel insurance provider has a few additional sanctioned territories that don’t have full cover - Colombia, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Venezuela and Yemen. Cover can be arranged for travel to disturbed areas but this needs to be agreed in advance of any trip and may be subject to an additional premium. If you are intending to travel to any of the disturbed areas or sanctioned territories then you must notify Kristy Rottenberry in the Finance Division, x5312 as soon as you are aware of or are planning a trip, so that she can liaise with insurers to try to arrange cover. Full details about insurance at the School, including travel insurance can be found here|.

£375m fund to promote development through science and innovation

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has launched the £375 million fund to promote economic development though science and innovation. The ‘Newton Fund’ initiative is intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and nations classed by the Government as Emerging Powers. More|

readingPlease help a major research project to understand how you use books

OAPEN-UK, an AHRC and Jisc-funded project on open access monographs, is currently running a survey to understand how researchers in the humanities and social sciences use books, and especially monographs.

The survey design has been informed by a range of funders including HEFCE and Jisc, and the findings will help build an evidence base for future policies to support monograph publishing in the UK. No identifiable data will be made public or shared beyond the OAPEN-UK project team. All respondents to the survey can enter a prize draw to win up to £100 of Amazon vouchers.

The survey can be found here|. If you have any questions, please contact the survey researcher, Ellen Collins, on|.  

Skills Development Programme

Our Skills Development Programme, delivered in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Centre, consists of a series of workshops, panel and information sessions to help our research staff develop the skills needed to achieve their research funding goals. A number of events will be delivered in the summer term:

Information Session: Funding for Seminars and International Networking, 14 MayStudents042014, 13:00-14:00, OLD 3.21. From research workshops to international research networks, there are a number of ways you can fund your engagement with researchers overseas. This session will give you an overview of the different funding opportunities for these activities. Book your place here|.

Panel Session: Making Impact with your Research, 18 June 2014, 13:00-15:00, OLD 3.21. In this panel discussion LSE faculty will share their experiences in creating and documenting the research impact described in their REF 2014 impact case studies. The emphasis is on ‘making’ impact in a pro-active way, with a diverse range of examples that we believe will be educational and inspiring for faculty, researchers and others thinking about how to initiate, deepen or extend their own research impact. Our panellists are Julia Black (Law), Tim Newburn (Social Policy), Mary Kaldor (International Development) and Mathijs Pelkmans (Anthropology). Book your place here|.


Funding opportunities

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

InnovationsFonden (Denmark), Societal Partnerships on Innovation

Misc08These aim to create new, innovative solutions to specific societal challenges and thereby create growth and employment in Denmark. Proposals may address the following five focus areas: to create blue jobs via green solutions by demonstrating the feasibility of reducing noise, CO2, NOx and SO2 emissions for future ships; to create intelligent, sustainable and efficient plant production by demonstrating that it can be differentiated in relation to the characteristics of the cultivated areas; to make Denmark the preferred country for early stage clinical trials on new medicines; to develop water efficient industrial production by demonstrating that consumption of ground water can be reduced and waste water reused; to demonstrate sustainable and cost effective renovation solutions by reducing energy and resource consumption while increasing productivity. Awards are worth a maximum of DKK50 million for three to five years, covering up to 50 per cent of total costs. Deadline: 2 June 2014. More|

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards

The aim of these awards is to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution departments and non-HEI organisations and businesses. The awards provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain experience of work outside the university environment. Any topic within the AHRC’s subject domain is eligible. Selection of successful applications will not be subject to quota systems and there are no priority areas, however, PhD proposals which address AHRC’s research themes are encouraged. For the 2015 round, the AHRC encourages applications in the areas of Design and Connected Communities, so there are highlight notices in place in these two areas. Up to 5 additional awards will be available to support high quality proposals in these fields. Potential applicants are advised to contact Research Division as early as possible if they are interested in applying; since there is a cap on the applications LSE can submit. LSE will particularly be looking for colleagues who have an existing collaboration or have started to develop one which would be suitable for this sort of support. Deadline: 9 July 2014. More|

Toyota Foundation, Exploring New Values for Society – Joint Research Grants and Individual Grants

These support projects based on creative concepts reflecting a youthful perspective and whose results can help change people’s ways of thinking and bring solutions to identified issues. All areas of research or research methods are eligible. Projects of nonprofit nature will be supported. Grants are worth up to ¥4 million per year for one to two years with project starting 1 May 2015 will be supported for Joint Research Grants. Grants are worth up to ¥1 million per year for one to two years for Individual Grants. Deadline: 5 September 2014. More|Misc04

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF)

These Fellowships| support researchers with a doctorate or at least four years of experience to advance in their research and to acquire or transfer knowledge, by moving within Europe or coming to Europe. All research fields may be funded. The call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014| is open until 11 September 2014 at 17.00 Brussels time

European Research Council Advanced Grants Scheme

This scheme supports established independent research leaders to conduct innovative, high-risk projects that open up new directions in their research fields or other areas. The scheme is open to all disciplines and the sole evaluation criterion is the excellence of researcher and research proposal. Funding of up to €2.5m is available for projects of up to 5 years. Deadline: 21 October 2014 (the call will be published on 17th June). More|

USAID – call for concept papers in support of the Power Africa Initiative

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) invites concept papers in support of the Power Africa Initiative under the existing Global Development Alliance Annual Programme Statement. Funding is available for programmes that support economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Eligibility is unrestricted. Grants are worth a maximum of US$7.5 million. Deadline: 13 November 2015. More|

British Council Research Links - Call open for 2014 workshop proposals

The British Council has re-opened the call for workshop proposals under the Researcher Links initiative. They are inviting Leading Researchers to propose themes for bilateral workshops to be held in one of the 18 partner countries. Deadline: 9 June 2014. More|


Recent awards

Ms Lisa Trigg, PSSRU, has been awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Health Research for £334,932. Focusing on residential care for older people in England and Australia, the study aims to investigate and analyse the development and implementation of quality standards and best practice guidelines for improving quality, how and why approaches vary, and what opportunities exist to transfer learning between countries.
Professor Sam Fankhauser, Grantham Research Institute, has received an award of £244,350 from the International Development Research Centre. The 24 month project will capture and synthesize lessons learned from research projects on the economic analysis of adaptation options to climate change in terms of methodology, data, gaps and challenges, research capacity and policy implications.

Dr Gareth Jones
, Geography & Environment, has been awarded an international research grant of £447,746 from the ESRC. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University and will investigate slum tourism in four cities in the Americas: Los Angeles, Mexico City, Kingston, and Rio de Janeiro. Drawing on a multi-sited ethnographic approach, the project aims to theorise the commodification of urban poverty and violence in the context of global mobilities and urban political economies of spectacle. The research has a twin focus on the political economy of
slum tours and their representational-performative politics.

Professor Mary Kaldor, International Development, in collaboration with theMary_KaldorStockholm International Peace Research Institute, has received an ESRC Urgency Grant for £156,750 to undertake a project entitled “Crowdsourcing conflict and peace 'events' in the Syrian conflict. The main objectives are: 1) to create a database of reported 'events' in Syria through crowdsourcing; 2) to create a web platform providing a fine-grained understanding of the situation in Syria; 3) to make available data that enables analyses of what drives violence and peace-making in Syria and elsewhere; and 4) to establish a track-record of caring.

Ms Josie Dixon, PSSRU, has received £29,342 from Marie Curie Cancer Care for a research project which aims to map evidence on palliative care need and provision, and to explore the potential to improve equity of access to specialist palliative care services. The project will consider existing and future palliative care need across all medical conditions.

Dr Julien Etienne, Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, has been awarded an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities grant on “Effective Enforcement and Risk”, to be undertaken in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. The project aims to improve the evidence on enforcement and risk within the food sector and

Professor Naila Kabeer, Gender Institute, has been awarded £454,377 from the ESRC for a research project on “Choice, constraints and the gender dynamics of labour markets in Bangladesh”. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University.

Campus13Professor Piotr Fryzlewicz, Statistics, has been awarded £1,044,888 from the EPSRC to undertake research over a five-year period to further understand challenges in time series.

Dr Giles Atkinson, Grantham Research Institute, has received a European Commission Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Paola Ovando to undertake the project “Forest conservation and ecosystem accounting. Towards the integration of private and public values into land use decisions modelling at farm scale. An application to Andalusia montes.”

Dr Paolo Dini, Media and Communications, has been awarded £74,982 from the European Commission as part of a collaboration led by the University of Amsterdam. The project, entitled “” aims at opening access to existing legal information systems and proactively involving and integrating target groups such as communities of individuals and businesses, legal professionals and public bodies.



LSE Research Online| is a service provided by LSE Library to increase the visibility of research produced by LSE staff. It contains citations and full text, Open Access versions of research outputs, including journal articles, books chapters, working papers, theses, conference papers and more.

To find out more about Open Access, and how LSE Research Online can help enhance research impact, email|

International aid being used to influence elections GLobe

Governments of democratic developing countries are using international aid to support their election drives, new research from LSE has found. Dr Ryan Jablonski, an Assistant Professor in LSE’s Department of Government, tracked the spending of aid across Kenya from 1992, when multiparty elections began, to 2010. His research, published this week in World Politics, reveals that electorally strategic voters receive higher levels of foreign aid over those who may be more in need but support the opposition.

Individuals in constituencies that most strongly support the incumbent party benefit from more than three times the amount of aid as those in constituencies supporting opposition parties, or about US$1.50 more in World Bank and African Development Bank aid each year on average. More| 

UK ninth most entrepreneurial economy globally

The UK has slipped from sixth to ninth place in the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI). The researchers behind the GEDI study suggest that attitudes and entrepreneurial aspirations in the UK are holding back UK entrepreneurial performance. They found that while UK entrepreneurial activity is innovative and enjoys strong cultural support, its full potential may be held back by negative attitudes and a lack of ambition, relative to leading entrepreneurial economies.

The researchers found that the overall UK performance in entrepreneurship is world class. However, the different elements making up entrepreneurship in the UK – such as ability, attitudes and ambition – are not as well balanced as in the very leading entrepreneurial economies such as the US, which ranked first in the Index, and Australia, which ranked second.

Professor Zoltan Acs, LSE Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Development and co-author of the study said: “The UK ranks a solid 9th in the world and 6th in europe on the 2014 GEDI. This strong performance is supported by a competitive environment, a high level of human capital and a strong tech sector. The UK ranks higher on entrepreneurship then on global competitiveness or economic freedom globally. While it does better on gender equality then the european average it could do much better in this area. Most of this could be improved by increasing spending on entrepreneurship education.” More|

One hundred thousand social housing tenants trapped in larger homes and wanting to downsize

housesThe ‘spare room subsidy’ or ‘bedroom tax’ has left tenants struggling to cope and has failed to free up homes in many areas, according to new research from LSE and University of York for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). It also discovered that savings to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will fall short in the policy’s first year.

The findings come in two separate studies published by JRF. The first is on the Housing Benefit size criteria (often referred to as the ‘spare room subsidy’ or ‘bedroom tax’). The second looks at the impact wider welfare changes have had on social landlords and tenants. The findings use the latest available data to provide an early snapshot of how the policies have affected tenants, landlords and the government, one year on from a raft of changes to the benefits system. More|

How parenting style influences children's wellbeing

Shouting at children when they misbehave, rather than reasoning with them, is more harmful to their overall behaviour, according to new research from LSE.

Dr Laure de Preux, a research officer from LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, presented her findings at the Royal Economic Society’s 2014 annual conference in April.

Her study applies quantitative analysis to a question that has previously largely been the preserve of qualitative studies: the impact of parenting styles and parenting practices on children’s wellbeing. More|

NHS will pay a high price for short-term mental health cuts, report warns NHS

A new economic report, published today by the charity Rethink Mental Illness and the London School of Economics, has found that investing in quality care and support for people with schizophrenia and psychosis, results in huge savings in the long-term.

Investing in Recovery makes the business case for investment in 16 different types of care for people with schizophrenia and psychosis including peer support, family therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

It shows how investing in proven services such as Early Intervention, can generate significant cost-savings for the NHS because it reduces the need for hospital beds. The analysis found that £15 is saved for every £1 spent on early intervention. More|




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