Research Division Briefing
 

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In this month's Research Briefing there is news of the next World Social Science For24 Kingsway 105um, the imminent launch of the 'Social Science of the Nexus' Network Plus, as well as a new global research funding programme. We also look forward to the arrival of Dr Susanna Khavul from the University of Texas in Arlington who will be coming to LSE as Leverhulme Visiting Professor.

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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May 2014 

 
 

News

Academic Development Programme

Delivered in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Centre, the programme 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. The following event will be delivered in the summer term:
 
Campus11Panel 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. The faculty panellists include: Julia Black and Robert Baldwin (Law), Tim Newburn (Social Policy), Mary Kaldor (International Development) and Mathijs Pelkmans (Anthropology). Book your place here|.

World Social Science Forum

The next WSSF will focus on “Transforming Global Relations for a Just World”. The WSSF is a global event of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) that brings together researchers and stakeholders in international social science co-operation to address current topical global issues and future priorities for international social science. It will take place in South Africa between the 13 and 16 September 2015. More|

Launch of ‘Social Science of the Nexus’ Network Plus

ESRC will announce the Network Plus (NW+) and the first call for think pieces on June 9th. The NW+’s vision is to achieve a step-change improvement in the provision of strategic research around food-energy-water-environment interdependencies that can improve policymaker, business and users’ decision-making. Full details will be made available on the ESRC’s website.

New global research funding programme: Transformations to SustainabilityGlobe

This programme will promote research on social transformations needed to secure effective, equitable and durable solutions problems of global change and sustainability — including climate change, water and food security and growing inequalities. The programme will support researchers from the social, behavioural and economic sciences to take the lead in developing international Transformative Knowledge Networks. A call in October 2014 will make a possible three grants of €300,000/year over 3 years. More|

Social Inequalities in Europe Conference

Several research projects, funded under the Social Sciences and Humanities theme of the 7th Framework Programme have deepened this analysis highlighting the need for further debate and policies tackling the roots of inequalities. The conference "Social Inequalities in Europe" presenting and building on evidence, findings and conclusions provided by these projects, will also debate on the social and political implications of rising inequalities opening the path towards new research and policy scenarios. More|

MoneyLeverhulme Visiting Professor, Dr Susanna Khavul

LSE and Professor Saul Estrin (Management Department) will host Dr Susanna Khavul (University of Texas at Arlington) as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. As part of this visit, Dr Khavul and Professor Estrin will collaborate on research that addresses a series of fundamental questions about the global development and diffusion of mobile money technologies. Their collaborative research project, titled “Contested Terrains of Innovation: Mobile Money and Poverty in Emerging Markets” will allow us to understand how heterogeneous institutional environments can either promote or attenuate the development and adoption of mobile financial services. In addition, Dr Khavul will be interacting with early career researchers, PhD students, and delivering Leverhulme lectures at LSE, the University of East Anglia, and the University of Manchester. For more information please contact either Dr Khavul s.khavul@lse.ac.uk| or Professor Estrin s.estrin@lse.ac.uk|

 
 
 

Funding opportunities

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

Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Digital Health in a Connected HospitalCampus02

This aims to support projects with novel ideas for health informatics in terms of how innovation in that area can influence specialist care to revolutionise existing therapies and services and enable those that would not exist without digital technology. Proposals that optimise the acquisition, storage and subsequent retrieval of information to empower care providers, patients and their families are welcomed. Projects must be business-led and collaborative where partners can include any mix of businesses of various sizes as well as research non-profit organisations.
Deadline: 25 June 2014. More|

BBVA Foundation (Spain), Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

The BBVA Foundation invites nominations for its frontiers of knowledge awards. These recognise research and creative work that contributes to an improved understanding of the natural, social and artificial or technological worlds. Included in the categories are basic sciences, including mathematics; economics, finance and management; climate change; and development cooperation. Candidates may be one or more persons of any nationality. Agencies and organisations in the public and not-for-profit private sector are also eligible for climate change and development cooperation awards. Organisations may nominate more than one candidate but each candidate may only be nominated for one category. Awards are worth €400,000. In the event of an award being shared by more than one person, its monetary amount will be divided equally among all recipients.
Deadline: 30 June 2014. More|

Misc03Nuffield Foundation, Grants for Research and Innovation

The Foundation’s fundamental aim is to improve social well-being through education, research and innovation by funding work that combines rigorous research or reflection on topics that have fundamental implications for policy or practice. The funding programme includes four major areas: a) Children and Families; b) Education; c) Law in Society; and d) Open Door. Research projects must have implications for policy or practice in at least the medium term. Grants normally range in size from £10,000 up to £250,000.
Deadline for outline applications: 4 July 2014. More|

Wellcome Trust, University Awards

These enable universities to attract research staff by providing support for up to five years, after which the award holder takes up a guaranteed permanent post in the university. A monograph and other substantial publications are expected to result from an award. Teaching and other non-research commitments are therefore expected to be minimal during the period of full support.
Deadline for preliminary applications: 18 July 2014. More|

Wellcome Trust, Research Fellowships in Medical Humanitieswellcome_trust_logo

These support individuals at all stages of their careers who are not in established academic posts, wishing to undertake a period of research in medical history and humanities. Strong preference is given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving an academic career as a specialist in medical history and humanities.
Deadline for preliminary applications: 18 July 2014. More|

European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - Social Policy Innovations Supporting Reforms in Social Services

The overall purpose of this call for proposals is to foster innovation and reforms in the social services to tackle the main challenges identified above and to develop innovative responses corresponding to national, regional and local realities and in line with the social investment approach. The lead applicant must be a public authority or a public body at national, regional or local level having a role to play in policy setting or delivering social services. The proposal should include at least one co-applicant, such as research organisations or international organisations.
Deadline: 30 July 2014. More| 

Society for Libyan Studies, UK – Grants

These support research projects that consider social and cultural interactions across North Africa. Projects should have a relation to Libya and other countries in the region including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Mali, Chad, Sudan, Malta and Crete. Research may take place within the region or be UK-based. Applications are open to groups of researchers. Grants are worth up to £7,500.
Deadline: 31 July 2014. More|

Misc08Marie 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. 

International Visegrad Fund, Standard Grants

International Visegrad Fund is an international organisation based in Bratislava founded by the governments of the Visegrad Group| (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic. The Standard Grants scheme supports projects in the fields of cultural cooperation; scientific exchange and research; education; youth exchange; cross-border cooperation; and promotion of tourism. Any organisation or natural person in the world may apply, though projects must include entities from at least three, and preferably four, V4 countries. Funding will cover a maximum of 70 per cent of eligible costs. The average grant is worth between €10,000 and €15,000 for projects up to 12 months.
Deadline: 15 September 2014. More|

European Research Council (ERC), Advanced Grants

These allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains. The scheme targets researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right.
The call documents will be announced on 17 June 2014, with application deadline of 21 October 2014. More|

NESTA, Bright Ideas Research Fund Campus06

These grants aim to fund good new ideas related to innovation and innovation policy and develop research projects and policy proposals in fields that relate to innovation but where Nesta does not have big programmes already in place. Projects can involve primary research, novel argumentation, or the development of a new idea, or ideally more than one of these things. Up to £10,000 is available per proposal. Fields of particular interest include: understanding the innovative businesses that matter; what do emerging technologies mean for the economy and society; how can we get a financial system better suited to innovation; better government policy for innovation; scaling up social innovation; big and open data for social innovation; smarter smart cities, etc.
Applications can be submitted anytime; but the next batch of applications will be reviewed on 24 October 2014. More|

ESRC/Austrian Science Fund Collaborative Project Grants

These are based on a bilateral agreement to facilitate collaborations between social scientists in the UK and Austria. Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both agencies.
The grants are worth a minimum of £200,000. Applications can be submitted any time. More| 

 
 
 

Recent awards

Miss Katie Bates, Social Policy, has been awarded £3,475 by the British Council under the Researcher Links programme between the UK and South Africa. The research is intended to provide a platform from which to address child malnutrition in South Africa given the occurrence of dysnutrition and in other contexts where it is found. A key aim is to provide an initiative to ensure data on dysnutrition is collected by the new South African Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES). The SAHANES project, which began in 2012, will follow a cohort of 5,000 households over several years.

Campus02Professor Charles Stafford, Anthropology, has received an award of £177,909 from the European Commission for Anni Kajanus to undertake a 24-month Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship on The Dynamics of Independence and Interdependence in Chinese Children’s Development. The aim of the project is to study Chinese children’s developmental trajectories in the context of drastic sociodemographic change. The objective is twofold: 1) to produce new empirical knowledge about the childrearing practices and cultural theories of child development in China, which can provide a basis for further cross-cultural and longitudinal comparisons; and 2) to contribute to recent multidisciplinary efforts to theorise the relationship between child development, cultural systems and social change, and to develop mixed-method approaches for research in this field.

 
 
 

Findings

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, book 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 lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk|.

Major report reveals impact of devolution on patient careNHS

A major new report published today by the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation has found significant improvements in the performance of the NHS in all four UK countries since devolution. The report, authored by six leading health academics including Professor Gwyn Bevan from LSE, shows that Scotland has made particular progress, linked to tougher sanctions and targets, but since 2010 waiting times in Wales have risen as austerity has set in. More|

New film illustrates UK income and wealth inequality

A new film from LSE's Centre for Economic Performance shows how income and wealth inequality in the UK are higher than most people think they are and higher than they think they should be. Using infographics, the film Inequality in the UK illustrates that the richest one per cent of households in the UK earns around 150 times more than the poorest one per cent of households. More|

Nobel Prize economists call for new approach to failed drug war in new LSE IDEAS report

Five Nobel Prize economists call for an end to the 'war on drugs' in a new report from LSE. Ending the Drug Wars: Report of the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy outlines the enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage from the ‘war on drugs’ and includes a call on governments from five Nobel Prize economists to redirect resources away from an enforcement-led and prohibition-focused strategy, toward effective, evidence-based policies underpinned by rigorous economic analysis. More|

medicalImproving the recruitment of community health workers in Zambia

How do you improve the recruitment, retention and performance of community health workers in rural Zambia? A new film by the International Growth Centre, based at LSE, shows how economists and policymakers can collaborate to provide answers to questions like these. Zambia is facing a shortage of health professionals, particularly in rural areas where few people with the right skills want to work. Since training enough doctors would take decades, Zambia’s Ministry of Health decided to address the problem by investing in recruiting and training more community health workers from rural areas. More|

Vulnerable people need to be protected from nuisance calls and scams

Vulnerable people should be given free call blocking equipment to stop nuisance calls that could be potential financial scams, says a researcher from LSE. Claire Milne, an independent telecommunications consultant and Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE, says vulnerable elderly people in particular need to be protected from the increasing number of nuisance and scam calls in the UK, which can result in the loss of life savings. More|

Europe's children's growing overdependence on the internet and smartphones children_online

Children across Europe are becoming increasingly dependent on their smartphones, with one in two reporting two or more experiences associated with overdependence, such as feeling pressure to always be available and experiencing unease when unable to check their smartphone. These are among the findings detailed in a report published recently by Net Children Go Mobile, a research project involving LSE. Over 3,500 children aged 9-16 and their parents were surveyed for the report across seven European countries, including the UK. More|

New report sets out steps for improving media education for all

The UK is well placed to deliver effective media literacy training on a broad scale but underfunding and a lack of policy support for Media Studies by a succession of UK governments is preventing this success. This is one of the conclusions of a new report by academics at LSE and the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice released recently. The paper examines the state of Media Studies across the UK and sets out recommendations on how to improve the education for all citizens. More|

Pakistan's football factories score goal for innovation

Pakistan’s football-making industry is benefitting from a new technology which allows balls to be made more efficiently, thanks to research funded by the International Growth Centre (IGC), based at LSE. Researchers found a new way to cut the footballs' pentagon panels from sheets of an artificial leather, rexine – the most costly input into football production. The researchers gave the new technology out to football companies randomly and watched how they reacted. This allowed the researchers to see what issues prevent firms adopting new technologies that could improve their businesses. More|

 
 
 

Information

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