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In recent news, Dr Michael Bruter and his collaborator Dr Sarah Harrison are celebratingNAB Interiorreceiving the award for 'Best International Research' from the Market Research Society at the end of last year for Michael's ECREP initiative 'Inside the Mind of a Voter'. Other awards won by colleagues in the Research Division over the past few months are also listed below.

Plus the UK's first national festival to the humanities has just been announced. 'Being Human' will take place this November and will explore what it means to be human.  More details below.

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January 2014



LSE IDEAS and Public Policy Group ranked second best university think tank in the world

Two LSE research groups, the foreign affairs centre LSE IDEAS and political analysts/consultants the Public Policy   Group, have jointly been named the second best  university think tank in the world in a global survey. They are ranked second only to Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the 2013 Think Tank and Civil Societies Program league table. The league table compared more than 6,800 think tanks around the world from 120 countries in a variety of categories, all peer reviewed by 1900 individuals and institutions. More| 

UK’s first national festival dedicated to the humanities is announced 

beinghumanBeing Human, the UK’s first national festival dedicated to demonstrating the value, vitality and relevance of humanities research, was officially launched this week. The festival will explore what it means to be human over nine days from 15 to 23 November 2014. Being Human is now inviting higher education institutions across the country to apply for small grants to participate in the festival by holding their own public events and activities to showcase innovative humanities research. More|

The Academic Book of the Future

A town meeting| is to be held at the British Library on 10 February to launch the call for The Academic Book of the Future|. This call, in association with the British Library, relates to the Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities Theme. The call’s aim is to explore the future of the academic book in the context of open access publishing and the digital revolution. A single consortium will be funded through this scheme, with total project costs up to a value of £450k FEC, and lasting up to 24 months from October 2014.

Call for Papers: 'Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories'

Building resilient regions is seen as particularly important as a new source of economic growth. This objective is emphasised both by the OECD's agenda for stronger, cleaner and fairer economies and by EU2020's call for smart, inclusive, sustainable economies. The Regional Studies Association European Conference 2014 on 'Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories' will address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners. Submission deadline: 24 February 2014. More| 

Research paper competition: 'Impact of built environment on wellbeing'Building work

Investigating the intrinsic link between physical environment and social outcomes is a growing research theme. BRE and UBM are launching a new research programme focused on the impact of the built environment on wellbeing to enhance the growing active community of researchers and end-users from across the supply chain. A research paper competition is being launched to bring together and showcase current research and understanding in this field. More|

Open Access in Horizon 2020

The Horizon 2020 open access policy has a strong focus on deposit in institutional repositories, such as LSE Research Online|.
In summary:
All peer-reviewed 'scientific' research publications resulting from Horizon 2020 must be made open access by making the publisher or final peer-reviewed version of the paper freely available in a repository, such as LSE Research Online| within six months of publication or 12 months for HSS (green open access route)
If the paper is freely available via the publisher website, often when an article processing charge (APC) has been paid to the publisher, this must be deposited in a repository upon publication (gold open access route)
Bibliographic metadata must be in a standardised format and reference the funder

For more information, please see the blog by Natalia Madjarevic, Research Support Services Manager, here|.
Details of the School's support for open access publication are here|.

2014 Prince of Asturias Awards

Asturias_awardsThe call for nominations for the 2014 Prince of Asturias Awards is now open. Awarded in eight different categories (the Arts, Literature, Communication and Humanities, Social Sciences, Technical and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Concord and Sports), they are aimed at rewarding the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions, or groups of individuals or institutions. The awards ceremony, presided over by HRH The Prince of Asturias, heir to the throne of Spain and Honorary President of the Foundations, is held each year in Oviedo, capital of the Principality of Asturias. The deadline for nominations is 13 March 2014, with the exception of the award for Concord, for which the deadline is 17 July 2014. More|

Launch of Smart Cities and Communities Strategic Implementation Plan

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities has launched its Strategic Implementation Plan. The plan sets out the EIP’s ideas on how to best harness innovative technologies, innovative funding mechanisms and innovative public private partnerships. The focus is very much on societal and environmental benefits. More|

Smart Cities & Built Environment in Horizon 2020 webinar outputs can be found here|.

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Lunch Seminar, 12 February, 13:00-14:00, STC S221 HEIF 5

Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) is now widely recognised as part of the research life cycle. The School already has a range of services to help academics make their work available to wider society. In recent years these services have been augmented with the help of the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). Under the current fifth round of HEIF (2011-15), LSE received £7 million for this purpose, £4 million of which was invested into the Bid Fund and other academically led activities (the last round of awards will be made this term - deadline 19 February).

As part of the post-REF evaluation, we are looking at all Impact Strategies and Impact Case Studies, alongside the School’s purpose built Impact Case Study website and Impact Database to explore ways in which to build an institutional memory and repository for impact data. We are also working with the Pro-Director Research on how to implement some of the recommendations made in the final report of the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Working Group (KEIWG).

The lunch seminar will be a chance to hear from Jo Hemmings on the REF2014 and 2020, Jane Tinkler on blogging and social media, and External Relations Division on School services. Lunch will be provided.

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 this term:

Funders at LSE: Wellcome Trust, 5 February 2014, 11:00- 12:30.
The Wellcome Trust’s Grants Adviser, Paul Woodgate, will be visiting LSE to talk about the funding opportunities available for social scientists. The Trust’s recently expanded funding programmes in Medical Humanities| and Society and Ethics| offer a number of funding opportunities such as the Strategic Awards, Research Fellowships, Investigators Awards and Small Grants. Book here|.

Information Session: Research Fellowships, 12 February 2014, 13:00-14:00.
Research Fellowships allow you have a period of research leave conduct a significant piece of research. These information sessions will give you an overview of the types of fellowships available in any area of the social sciences and humanities by different sponsors and how to apply for them. Book here|.

Workshop: What is Knowledge Exchange and how to find funding for it? 5 March 2014, 16:00 – 17:00.
This session will cover the concept and practice of knowledge exchange; policies about knowledge exchange activities in research project funding; how LSE academics can make use of them; and how to find funding for knowledge exchange activities. Book here|

H2020 events: We will continue to run a series of events targeted at different aspects of Horizon 2020. More|

Finance Division update

Campus LSEThe Finance Division would like to bring to your attention that the Accounts Payable user guide has been updated. The following are the main changes:

• Subscription to professional bodies
• Childcare costs
• Local Christmas party maximum amount
• Benefit in kind guidance
• Process of escalating queries and problems

Previously only academic subscriptions to professional bodies are reimbursable. This is now open to non-academic staff and has been reflected in the Accounts Payable user guide (page 20) More| 


Funding opportunities

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

AHRC, New Generation Thinkers 2014

Deadline: 6 February 2014
BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2014. This year the call is being extended to include researchers who work in areas of social sciences whose work intersects with the arts and humanities. More|

India-UK Collaborative Industrial Research and Development Programme

Deadline: 19 February 2014 Indian Flag
Supporting business-led collaborative R&D projects between Indian and UK companies, working with academic organisations, it is open to R&D proposals with a route to future commercial success for the Indian and UK partners involved. For this first joint request for proposals/competition, the areas of focus are: Cleantech with a focus on energy systems; and affordable healthcare. More|

Technology Strategy Board – Data Exploration

Deadline for registration: 26 February 2014. Deadline for applications: noon, 5 March 2014
The data exploration competition is about data exploration techniques of analytics, modelling and visualisation to generate value and new insight from big complex data. Proposals that will run between 6-24 months with a budget up to £500K must be collaborative; business led and must include minimum one SME. More|

Call for applications to Newton International Fellowships

Deadline: 10 March 2014
The Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas. It enables researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution. The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship. More| 

DFID-ESRC China and Africa research programme

Deadline: 13 March 2014
A research collaboration of £200,000 to £2 million is available, to investigate in comparative perspective, the economic development impact of China's engagement in sub-Saharan Africa. The research will also critically evaluate what lessons China's own economic development transformation can offer other developing countries - in particular in low-income Africa. More|

European Commission, DG Justice

Deadline: 19 March 2014
Targeted call on cross-border law-enforcement cooperation in the field of drug trafficking will support transnational and national projects contributing to a high level of security by preventing and combating crime, organised or otherwise, including illicit drug trafficking. Partners must be a legal public or private organisation based in an EU member state. National and transnational (at least two member states) projects may be submitted. The indicative budget is €5 million. Grants are worth a minimum of €100,000 over no more than 24 months. More|

Medical Research Council, Economic Impact

Deadline: 27 March 2014
Drugs PillsThe aim of this call is to better understand the link between research and wider economic and societal impacts, and to use this understanding to improve strategies for the future support of research. Studies should address all areas of impact, such as economic, societal, cultural, public policy or services, health or quality of life. More|

EU Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency, Strategic Partnerships in the Field of Youth

Deadline: 30 April 2014
These aim to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local, regional, national or European levels. Priority will be given to partnerships that (1) foster the assessment of transversal skills and promote the take-up of practical entrepreneurial experiences in youth work; (2) promote the professional development of staff and youth workers in ICT methodologies and support the production and adoption of open educational resources in the youth field; (3) facilitate the validation of non-formal and informal learning and its permeability with formal education pathways. Grants are worth up to €150,000 per year over six months to two years. More| 

EU Horizon 2020: Science with and for Society

Deadline: 2 October 2014
Proposals called for on integrating society in science and innovation, promoting engagement of citizens and society in co-creative research and innovation processes. Proposals may address one of these topics: (1) pan-European public outreach: exhibitions and science cafes engaging citizens in science; (2) citizens and multi-actor engagement for scenario building; (3) supporting structural change in research organisations to promote responsible research and innovation. Successful proposals are expected to be between €2m and €4m. Contact RD for assistance. More| 

AXA endowed chair

The AXA Research Fund has now opened the 2014 call for proposal for funding supporting a Chair position. The Research Division will soon advertise the School procedures for selection of the LSE candidate. Interested academics should email Marie Yau as soon as possible on More| 

HEIF5 Bid Fund: Lent Term 2013-14 Call for Bids

Deadline: 19 February 2014Campus 13
LSE has invested £3.5 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. The final call for applications to the HEIF5 Bid Fund is now open. The total amount of funding available is just over £500K. Awarded projects must end by 30 June 2015. Applications with outcomes that may be included in REF2020 case studies would be particularly welcome. If you are interested in applying, please contact Marie Yau on| for application forms and guidance.

LSE Research Committee Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund (RIIF) announced

Deadline: 7 April 2014
The Research Committee RIIF Fund is one of three types of Research Infrastructure and Investments Funds established by the LSE Research Incentives Policy. Research Committee has provided for a general category, the RIIF Open Fund, as well as two specific funding initiatives: 1) the RIIF Seed Fund; and 2) the RIIF Bridging Fund. More| 

Horizon 2020 launched with €15 billion over first two years

H2020 calls are now open for submissions. Calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth around €7.8 billion intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives. More|

European Commission launches pilot to open up publicly funded research data

The EC will ask participating projects to make “valuable information produced by researchers in many EU-funded projects will be shared freely” as part of an Open Research Data Pilot in Horizon 2020. More| 

University Enterprise Zones to support entrepreneurship and innovation

University Enterprise Zones will provide £15 million worth of funding to support entrepreneurship and innovation across England. The zones will allow business spaces to be built that can host a range of new high-tech companies in the early stages of their development. BIS will launch a call for expressions of interest for 3 to 4 pilot University Enterprise Zones in January 2014. More|


Recent awards

Professor Mikko Myrskyla, Department of Social Policy has been awarded £1,070,163 from the European Commission over a five year period to analyse the health and well-being consequences of fertility postponement. Project A will focus on assessing the causality of the advanced parental age-offspring outcomes association. Project B will focus on the role of the environment and whether it influences the young parental age effect on the offspring. Project C will analyse the implications of postponed parenthood on parental subjective well-being, critical for both child and parental health.

Professor Clare Hemmings, Gender Institute, has received a Royal Society Research Fellowship for £85,950 to further understand shame in the context of containment, gender and embodiment.

Professor Linda Mulcahy, Department of Law, has been awarded £132,726 from the JusticeLeverhulme Trust. The project seeks to ignite debate about the relationship between due process, participatory democracy and architecture by exploring the extent to which the design of criminal courthouses facilitates participation in, and scrutiny of, the modern justice system. The research will interrogate the success of government departments in imagining and commissioning courtrooms which reflect the frequently competing goals of security, accessibility, transparency, mystery, authority and legibility. It will examine the apparent paradox that as we have moved towards a mature democracy, the public and defendants have become increasingly restricted and spatially marginalised in modern courts. The research seeks to evaluate the justifications for such shifts and to ask whether a change in the policy agenda is now called for.

Professor Robin Burgess, STICERD, has been awarded £327,450 from the ESRC for a programme of research on whether basic entrepreneurship is a means for transforming the economic lives of the poor.

Professor Qiwei Yao, Department of Statistics, has been awarded £389,251 from the EPSRC to further understand sparsity and segmentation in modelling vast time series.

Ms Zeynep Kaya and Dr Ernestina Coast, Middle East Centre, and Dr Francine Tonkiss, Department of Sociology, have been awarded £90,000, £114,500 and £90,500 respectively from the Emirates Foundation.

Ms Kaya is undertaking a case study on the Kurdistan region of Iraq, investigating the role of international actors in enhancing women’s rights after a foreign military intervention. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the American University in Dubai.
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Dr Coast is undertaking a research project on women’s health in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The project will focus on those women neglected by the health sector (single women, women who have been married young, menopausal women) and will address the implications of the variations in availability, accessibility, and quality of women’s health services, taking into account associated demographic, socio-economic and political factors. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Birzeit University. 

Dr Tonkiss' research project will focus on gentrification and neighbourhood change in Ras Beirut. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the American University of Beirut and will build on common concerns: interdisciplinary approaches to urban problems; commitment to practical interventions grounded in academic research and analysis; and close engagement with partners in urban policy and practice. 

Market Research Society Awards 2013 - winner of the MRS Award for International Research
Congratulations to Dr Michael Bruter and his collaborator Dr Sarah Harrison on receiving the ‘Award for Best International Research’ from the Market Research Society in December 2013 jointly with Opinium Research for his ECREP initiative ‘Inside the Mind of a Voter’ funded by the European Research Council – an innovative project initially supported by a Seed Fund grant. The research focuses on electoral psychology (the psychological mechanisms at stake when people vote, and notably when they are standing in the polling booth) and electoral ergonomy (impact of electoral procedures on how citizens vote). MRS is considered the world's leading authority on research and opinion intelligence, with members from over 60 different countries. The official comment from the judges was: "This project was chosen as the winner both because of the thorough, innovative research approach and because of the useful insights on how to re-engage the electorate with the electoral process". The award is among the most highly regarded in opinion research.



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|.

Social sciences worth an estimated £24 billion to UK economy

ImpactofsocialsciencescoverSocial science is now big business in the UK, according to new research from LSE which shows that the sector is worth approximately £24.3 billion a year to the national economy. This figure is the collective economic value of social science teaching and research in UK universities (£4.8 billion a year) plus the costs that the financial sector, business corporations and public sector agencies spend on employing professional social scientists to mediate or translate academic research into their organisations (at least £19.4 billion a year). 

The Impact of Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference puts forward a strong case for additional funding and calls for closer integration of the social sciences themselves, and far better co-operation with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. More|

Rising income inequality associated with increasing mortality new study finds

Between 1975 and 2006 life expectancy has continued to rise and mortality rates continued to fall in rich countries, but not as much as they would have done if income had been more evenly distributed, a new study has found.

The research published this month by Population Studies, a journal based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), finds that while life expectancy rose and mortality rates fell during this 30-year period, the distribution of incomes became more unequal in two-thirds of the world's rich countries. This growing inequality was associated with lower life expectancy and higher mortality, especially among men. More|

Too few women called to give evidence to parliamentary select committees

Women are seriously under-represented among those who give evidence to parliamentary Londonselect committees according to stark new figures from Democratic Audit UK, an independent research organisation based at LSE.

According to the report, Parliamentary select committees; who gives evidence?|, seventy five per cent of all witnesses were men over a four week period spanning October/November 2013. The Commons committees called marginally more men to give evidence than other committees, with 76 per cent of their witnesses being male. This was in comparison to the Lords and joint committees of both houses where 73 and 71 per cent of witnesses were men respectively. More|



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