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In this month's edition, read about Professor Martin Knapp's reappointment as DirectorNABInterior  of the School for Social Care Research, the search for new members of the Economic and Social Research Council, and some advanced research workshops being organised by NATO. There's also news of the latest awards received by colleagues for future research, as well as the latest findings published over the last month, including recent research which found that universities appear to benefit during recessions and a study which suggested the G20 tax haven crackdown failed to catch the tax evaders.

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March 2014



LSE leads £15 million consortium to improve social care practices Martin Knapp

LSE’s Professor Martin Knapp has been reappointed Director of the School for Social Care Research (SSCR), which has been awarded a second, five-year term following a £15 million funding injection from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE, will lead the new phase of SSCR from 2014-2019, working with colleagues from the Universities of Bristol, Kent, Manchester and York.

The SSCR was established in May 2009 to conduct world-class research to improve adult social care practices in England. Since its establishment it has commissioned over 56 research studies involving more than 192 Fellows and engaged with a vast number of organisations in the social care sector. The renewed funding, which takes effect from May 2014, will allow the consortium to develop a new business plan and research programme, according to Professor Knapp. More|

New tool for participating in UK and EU policymaking on media issues


Just over a year after the Leveson Report laid bare the complex web of relationships between politicians and the media, a new website offering a free and accessible way to participate in the decisions politicians make about the media has been unveiled by LSE.

The Media Policy Planner offers an easy-to-access database of experts by subject area, event calendars, topic guides, articles on important media issues and lists of ongoing media policy consultations. More|

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: The Leverhulme Trust, 18 March 2014, 11:00, Graham Wallas Room
Director of the Leverhulme Trust, Prof Gordon Marshall, will visit LSE to talk about the Trust's research funding strategy. Whilst providing his insights about the Trust’s place in the funding landscape and the research programme grants themes; Professor Marshall will also be answering LSE academics’ queries about Leverhulme’s research funding schemes. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book your place here|.


New members are sought for ESRC Council

Deadline: 24 March 2014
The Appointments Panel for the Economic and Social Research Council is seeking to fill three vacancies on their governing Council| which are expected to arise during 2014. These vacancies are for part-time, fixed term membership. Applications are sought from experienced individuals from the voluntary sector and from suitably qualified academics with effective leadership skills and a well-regarded academic profile in the areas of Economics and Finance, or Political Science and International RelationsMore|

Spread the word about your research on “the Conversation”

The Conversation is a powerful new channel and a new journalism project to get visibility for your research. As a non-profit news source, it is funded by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and sister funding councils in Wales and Scotland, along with some independent research councils. The site currently features articles from experts at 113 universities and other academic institutions across the UK, including LSE. There is no charge to read or contribute articles. Information is shared or republished under Creative Commons. More| 


Funding opportunities

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

EU Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid), EU-India Research and Innovation Partnership projects

Deadline: 21 March 2014
The aims of this partnership are to stimulate the setting up of EU-India clusteIndian Flagr-to-cluster partnerships in research and innovation and to support mobility of European research and innovation stakeholders from research based clusters in Europe to clusters in India. This call consists of 6 lots: environment; biotechnology; transport; energy; health; information and communication technology. Grants range from €300,000 to €333,333 for projects lasting between 48–60 months. More|   

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants

Deadline: 25 March 2014
These grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. More| 

European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants

EuropeanUnionFlagDeadline: 20 May 2014
These grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. More|

ESRC - Advanced Training Initiatives 2014

Deadline: 27 March 2014
This funding will support the provision of advanced training short courses for social science researchers at all career levels, particularly postgraduate students. The total budget for this initiative is worth £300,000. Funding will be allocated on a per student basis of £150 per full day. More|

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Engage Competition

Deadline: 31 March 2014
This aims to find and celebrate high quality public engagement with research projects. Projects from any discipline and of any size, length and cost can be entered. The project must already have taken place or be ongoing, and must be an example of public engagement with research. One overall winner and one runner up will be decided from all entries, and there will be a winner and runner up for each individual category, of which there are expected to be five. The overall winner will receive £2,500 to develop or share their engagement work with others. More| 

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Advanced Research Workshops NATO

Deadline: 2 April 2014
These 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. More|

Richard Benjamin Trust, Grants

Deadline: 14 April 2014
The trust funds early-career postdoctoral research in occupational, organisational or social psychology. There should be a clear benefit to the public, organisations, communities or families from the selected research, which should be in areas that have not received funding from other grant awarding bodies. Applicants should have less than seven year’s post-PhD experience. There are ten grants available, worth up to £10,000 each. More| 


ESRC/EIF Early intervention evaluation partnerships

Deadline: 15 April 2014
One of the key aims will be to evaluate a ‘Demonstration Project’ in the area of early intervention that addresses a known gap in evidence and policy. Through their collaborative working, the Evaluation Partnerships will also be expected to increase the analytical capacity in Early Intervention Places. More| 

AHRC/ESRC Design Fellowships

Deadline: 24 April 2014
The scheme aims to create a better understanding of the role of design in service innovation and the innovation ecosystem, the economic impact of design and the value of design contributions to business and public service delivery. Design researchers will have the opportunity to work with a business or public sector organisation in applying ‘design thinking’ principles to its operations. More| 


Recent awards

Jose_luiz_fernandezDr José-Luis Fernandez, Personal Social Services Research Unit, has been awarded £25,525 from the National Institute for Health Research. The project aims to: 1) lay the foundations of an evaluation framework for assessing the preventative effects of social care services by comparing the information needs of such an evaluative model against local current information and management systems; and 2) provide intelligence to develop key areas of priority for practice-focused research in the area of prevention.

Dr Sandra Sequeira, International Development, is collaborating with J Sainsbury’s PLC on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to address the following needs: 1) to rigorously measure consumer demand for ethical labels; 2) to rigorously measure consumer willingness to pay for ethical labels; and 3) to decide on the most effective ethical label that maximizes sales and minimizes costs. The work will be undertaken over a two-year period at a cost of £169,555.

Ms Laura Derksen, STICERD, has been awarded £4,485 from the Russell Sage Foundation to undertake a study in Sub-Saharan Africa on providing information on antiretrovirals and HIV transmission in order to reduce stigma and promote testing. 

Professor Saadi Lahlou, Social Psychology, has received a European Commission Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Dr Sophie Le Bellu to undertake research on how wesaadi_lahloucan analyse real decision-making (DM) processes in organizations to prevent or mitigate industrial risks. The main purpose of the project is to acquire a better understanding of DM’s psycho-social mechanisms in organizations to improve them so as to mitigate and/or prevent risks. What are the perceived and real constraints from individual, collective and organizational perspectives? What types of cognitive, social and organizational factors influence DM in a group? Can we identify socio-cognitive frameworks of DM process? What strategies are used? This project proposes an evidence-based approach from the real world situation.

Professor Anne Power, LSE Housing, has received £20,000 from Haringey Council to investigate and report on the reasons behind the seemingly low take up of the Support Fund since its introduction in April 2013.

deborah_jamesProfessor Deborah James, Anthropology, has received £122,387 from the Leverhulme Trust to undertake a two-year study investigating transformations in the area of welfare provision through the prism of legal advice intended to help people learn and exercise their rights. As funding for such advice is withdrawn from the scope of legal aid, it explores how three advice providing organisations, driven by economic pressures, are rethinking and refining the rationales of their interventions.



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|

G20 tax haven crackdown fails to catch evadersCash Scrutiny

An analysis of the G20 crackdown on tax havens has found little economic benefit in bilateral treaties, with evaders just shifting billions of dollars to other countries. Dr Gabriel Zucman, of LSE and UC-Berkeley, says hundreds of treaties signed by the world’s major tax havens agreeing to share bank information on request have failed.

“Rather than repatriating funds, tax evaders have simply transferred their deposits to havens not covered by a treaty with their home country,” he writes in a paper published in the American Economic Journal|, co-authored by Dr Niels Johannesen. More|

Human touch still essential for market liquidity and stability at NYSE

wallstreetsignChanges to regulations that secure the role of specialist brokers in determining stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) are essential to maintaining market liquidity and stability according to an academic from LSE.

As of the last week of January, the specialists – the NYSE’s so-called Designated Market Makers (DMMs) – can share disaggregated and post-trade order information at their posts with the Exchange’s floor brokers. This is the result of a ruling by the regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), after receiving evidence from Dr Daniel Beunza and Professor Yuval Millo, who have been studying the NYSE since 2003, as well as from the NYSE itself.

Dr Daniel Beunza, an economic sociologist, said: “Our research indicates that human communication between market makers and floor brokers has a positive impact on price discovery as it facilitates a more widely shared understanding of the market. This results in a greater willingness to transact.” More|

More jobs, better jobs, needed to tackle poverty in cities

Good jobs – and plenty of them – are the most important factor in reducing poverty in the UK’s cities,Londonaccording to a new report released at the beginning of February co-authored by LSE academics.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Cities, Growth and Poverty shows that the quality and quantity of jobs is the most important factor linking economic growth and poverty. Dr Neil Lee from LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment led the study, along with LSE colleague Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and researchers from The Work Foundation, Coventry University and the University of Warwick. 

The report looked at the 60 largest cities in the UK in the period between 2000 and 2010 and how employment and output growth impacted on poverty. Significant increases in economic disparities between British cities were found in this period, with London and surrounding cities experiencing more rapid growth than elsewhere. More|

Smartphones and tablets offer children more online opportunities, but expose them to more risks, finds new report

Mobile PhoneSmartphones and tablets enable children to engage in more online opportunities, but are also exposing them to more risks. This is one of the findings of a new report from Net Children Go Mobile, a research project co-ordinated by LSE, published to mark Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 11 February.

The report finds that 51 per cent of children own a smartphone and 45 per cent use it daily to go online. Twenty per cent own a tablet, but 30 per cent use it on a daily basis to access the internet. Smartphone and tablet users engage more in communication and entertainment activities, the report finds. They also have a higher level of digital skills, safety skills and communicative abilities. They are, however, also more likely to be exposed to online risks. More|

Preventative measures – how youngsters avoid online risks

Children’s perceptions of online risks and problematic situations may greatly differ from those ofKidsOnComputeradults, with the line between positive and negative online experiences being very thin. This can lead to teenagers participating in risky pursuits, such as sharing sexual pictures with friends.

These are some of the conclusions of a new report from EU Kids Online, a research project based at LSE to mark Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 11 February. The report, based on qualitative research coordinated by Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, paints a disturbing picture of how teenagers view the online risks related to posting sexual content online, with the majority of the male and female teenagers surveyed suggesting that it is up to the girls to take responsibility to avoid sexual pictures being shared. More|

Universities stand to benefit in recessions, new research shows


New research from LSE shows that universities across the world actually benefit during recessions, wielding far greater recruiting power to attract talented graduates compared to the private sector. In tough financial times the stability of the academic world wins out over the boom-and-bust cycle of the private sector, according to the latest evidence.

Economist Dr Michael Boehm from LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance and Bonn University, said not only do universities wield more recruiting power in a recession, but the young graduates they attract are highly talented and more productive over many years. “Their productivity is substantially higher than in boom times, a fact attributed to the stiff competition for jobs and a need to prove themselves,” Dr Boehm said. More|

'One size fits all' approach to global marketing a recipe for failure

Major global brands are at risk of failing to win new customers from Eastern countries because theyWorld Mapdon’t take into account key cultural differences when marketing their products, new research has found. According to researchers from LSE and ESCP Europe Business School, some of the world’s most recognised brands fall into the trap of marketing their products in a global way, while ignoring cross-cultural differences in consumer psychology.

Dr Ben Voyer, a visiting fellow in the Department of Psychology at LSE, says the psychology of consumers in the East is often vastly different to the West, leading to recurring market failures when new products are launched. “Simple things such as how people perceive the colour white can make a huge difference. For example, people in Western cultures associate a white dress with purity, whereas in Eastern cultures white signifies death, so using the colour in advertising requires some sensitivity.” More|

schoolsBanding and ballots on the rise as schools seek fairer intakes

A small but growing number of schools, mainly sponsored academies, are using ability banding or random allocation (ballots) as part of their admissions criteria, according to new research by LSE on behalf of the Sutton Trust.

The research by LSE's Professor Anne West, Dr Philip Noden and Audrey Hind came as hundreds of thousands of parents awaited the results of their secondary applications revealed on Monday 3rd March. Ballots and Banding examines the admissions policies of England’s 3000 state secondary schools and academies in the 2012-13 school year. More|



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