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In recognition of growing European unification

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has received a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation to establish a UK/German Research Fellowship Exchange in European Social Policy in collaboration with the Social Science Research Centre, Berlin (WZB) and the Centre for Social Policy Research (CeS), University of Bremen.

LSE announced today [Wednesday 17 December] that the School will work with the WZB and CeS, Bremen to establish a research exchange programme in European Social Policy, the T H Marshall Fellowship Programme. This will be an important step in linking social policy theory and practice across national borders and creating a pan-European network of social policy practitioners and researchers. This initiative has been made possible with the support of a generous grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.

Over three years, starting with the 2004-05 academic year, up to twelve individuals - six academics or social policy practitioners from the UK and six from Germany - will have the opportunity to spend from three to twelve months as guest researchers in the opposite country, exploring key questions of social policy they have encountered in their own professional work in a comparative, European context. This will help broaden the perspectives that participating British and German social policy practitioners and researchers have on social regulation, while also helping them to overcome the barriers between theory and practice.

'This exchange between LSE, the WZB and CeS Bremen will help ensure that LSE's applied, policy-driven research approach bridges national borders and remains relevant and useful in the current environment of internationalisation and supranational integration,' said Howard Davies, LSE's Director. 'It is particularly appropriate that the new programme is named for T H Marshall, a key theoretician of the formative phase of the western welfare state. He developed the study of social policy and administration at LSE due in part to the time he spent interned in Germany during World War I, and then as a British Commissioner responsible for the education sector in the British Control Commission following WWII. We are grateful to the Volkswagen Foundation for providing the funding that is allowing our three organisations to establish the T H Marshall Fellowship exchange programme.'

In the UK, the T H Marshall Fellowships are open to mid-career to senior level academic researchers and equally qualified social policy practitioners. The T H Marshall Fellowships will produce research on a comparative or supranational aspect of welfare state policy - which may include the interface between social, educational, financial and economic policy - building their knowledge of social policy practice in other European countries.

LSE, through its Department of Social Policy, will select UK applicants, who will base their Fellowships work at either the WZB in Berlin or CeS, Bremen, as well as collaborating with other appropriate institutions. German Fellows, will be based at LSE with similar opportunities for involvement in relevant institutions.

Steen Mangen, of LSE's Social Policy department, explained the need for such as scheme. 'Regardless of the differing political and economic models that have been successful for different states, all are now facing challenges from increasing European integration and globalisation. While European citizenship ties offer relatively weak institutional ties, the T H Marshall Fellowship programme will build regular and consistent cross-border connections for social policy researchers and practitioners. In many regards, the UK and Germany represent opposite ends of the spectrum of welfare state types, making them particularly fruitful for casework analysing the impact of integration and globalisation on welfare state social service provision.'

To find out more about the Programme, or apply for a position, see http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/socialPolicy/| or email: n.mullineaux@lse.ac.uk| 
Deadline for applications is 9 February 2004.

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Contact Steen Mangen via email: s.mangen@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes

The programme is named for Thomas Humphrey Marshall (1893-1982), best known the world over as a key theoretician of the formative phase of the western welfare state in the two decades following the Second World War. He embodied the double bridge between theory and practice and between the UK and Germany in both his life and work. He was a key professor in the history of building LSE and its strong social policy department, as well as contributing to the School's work in sociology. Marshall also developed strong ties to Germany, having first studied history in Weimar in 1914 and then been interned there for four years during World War I, which influenced his career choice towards sociology.

Marshall joined the School in 1925 as an assistant lecturer in social work before moving to the sociology department in 1929. He was a central figure in the launch of the British Journal of Sociology (1949), and his editorship of publications like Class Conflict and Social Stratification and The Population Problem in 1938 provided the foundations for social class and population studies at LSE after the war. Following war service at the Foreign Office, Marshall was appointed Professor of Social Institutions in 1944 and headed the social science department. He followed German development closely and returned to Germany 1949/1950 as a British Commissioner responsible for the education sector in the British Control Commission, and returned to head the School's sociology department in 1950. From 1956-60 he was the director of the social sciences department of UNESCO. He had a unique perspective that regarded sociology as a synthesising force with other disciplines. His practical application of sociology can be seen through his work in social policy and administration, planning, education, and equality. He contributed to the development of social policy and administration through research stretching from social policy and the nature of citizenship to social welfare placed within the broader sociological context.

17 December 2003

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