News archive 2011
Reading the Riots (5 December 2011)
Unprecedented study by LSE and the Guardian finds that widespread anger and frustration with the police was a significant factor behind the summer riots.
Rising debt means sinking US power (2 December 2011)
American military power will decline from 2020 unless the US can solve its mounting debt crisis argues a special report from LSE IDEAS.
LSE response to the Woolf Inquiry (30 November 2011)
The Council of LSE has published the report of Lord Woolf's Inquiry into the School's links with Libya. It has also announced the results of a separate inquiry by the University of London into alleged academic misconduct by Saif Gaddafi.
LSE appoints new Director (24 November 2011)
Professor Craig Calhoun, renowned social scientist and public intellectual, will take up the post of Director at LSE in September 2012.
Hong Kong tops global health index (15 November 2011)
Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo and Singapore – all high-income Asian cities – come out on top of a new study of 129 world metropolitan regions.
Economically-troubled countries more likely to be led by those with economics training according to new research (9 November 2011)
The finance ministers of economically-troubled nations such as Greece and Portugal are more likely to be highly educated in economics than their peers in other countries, including the UK, according to new research presented at the 2011 Dahrendorf Symposium.
Istanbul, Singapore and London beckon for new master's applicants (9 November 2011)
Competition is now open for places on an executive programme which will take participants to London, Istanbul and Singapore to understand the crucial issues in global management.
New life-saving app (7 November 2011)
A new app developed at LSE to save lives in a major disaster is to be tested at the Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London.
LSE academics brief the House of Lords on potential impact of legal aid cuts (1 November 2011)
Vulnerable people often require legal advice to access the welfare that is their right and legal aid cuts threaten this, LSE academics argue in a briefing paper presented to the House of Lords.
LSE hosts Chinese Minister of Education (28 October 2011)
H.E. Mr Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education in the People’s Republic of China, visited LSE on Friday 28 October as part of an official visit to the UK. LSE is the only university to be visited by the Minister during his three day visit to the UK.
UK National Security Council lacks capacities to deliver coherent defence strategy (26 October 2011)
The UK can no longer make effective national defence strategy as it once did, and the National Security Council (NSC) currently lacks the method and institutional frame to address future security threats, warns a paper by LSE Professor Gwyn Prins.
TRIUM ranked second in the world by the Financial Times (24 October 2011)
The TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program, in which LSE is a partner, has been ranked second in the world by the Financial Times annual ranking of Executive MBA programs.
Academics find common ground on planning reform (17 October 2011)
The reform of planning legislation has sharply divided commentators, academics and members of the public. LSE London brought together a group of academics to try to find some areas of consensus.
Do tax credits really 'make work pay'? (9 September 2011)
Using benefits or tax credit schemes to top-up low wages is not necessarily a good way of promoting a work ethic among people in chronically low-paid work, according to new research from LSE.
Influence and affluence examined at LSE China 2011 Conference (12 August 2011)
Around 300 LSE alumni and friends attended the LSE China 2011 Conference in Beijing on Thursday 11 August. The event, which examined Influence and Affluence: changing dynamics in East-West relations, followed the LSE Graduation Ceremony, the second overseas graduation to be held by LSE.
Keeping the past public (14 July 2011)
The findings of archaeological investigations which developers must fund on possible heritage sites should be made more easily available to maximise their value to society according to new research by LSE London.
LSE Access Agreement approved (12 July 2011)
LSE’s new Access Agreement for 2012 has been approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). This will see the School increase the annual amount spent on bursaries and discounts for UK undergraduates to over £2.2 million by 2015.
Girls as likely as boys to bully others online survey discovers (6 July 2011)
Girls are just as likely as boys to bully other children online a survey of young people’s internet habits reveals. EU Kids Online asked 25,000 children across Europe whether they had ever bullied others, or been bullied, online and found that 93 per cent had no experience of bullying at all.
The potential storms of cloud computing (15 June 2011)
The gap in expectations and perception of risk between senior business and IT executives is likely to be a major challenge to the expansion of cloud computing, according to a new report from LSE.
The Munro Review of Child Protection (26 May 2011)
Professor Eileen Munro, Department of Social Policy, has completed her ten month long review of the child protection service in England.
Message from Judith Rees on tuition fees and financial support
On May 11 LSE’s Academic Board met and voted on two alternative packages for tuition fees and financial support for 2012 onwards. As the result was extremely close there will be no formal recommendation going forward from the Academic Board to the LSE Council.
Model economic answers were mostly wrong finds review (6 May 2011)
Most economists were caught unawares by the world financial crisis because they were relying on the wrong models rather than the science of economics itself being at fault, a new study has suggested.
Voting experts unanimously reject First Past the Post
At a recent workshop organised by the Voting Power and Procedures research programme at LSE, 22 voting theory specialists voted to select the "best voting procedure" to elect one out of thee or more candidates. First Past The Post (FPTP) – also known as Plurality Voting – received no votes.
Will the Olympics make us happier? (5 April 2011)
A new study into whether hosting the 2012 Olympic Games will boost our happiness is being launched by LSE, with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.
Academic esteem for LSE (11 March 2011)
The first ranking of global universities based on their reputation among senior academics places LSE 37th in the world and fifth in the UK.
LSE Director steps down (3 March 2011)
It is with great regret and reluctance that the Council of the London School of Economics and Political Science announces that it has accepted the resignation of Sir Howard Davies as Director.
£300,000 fund to North African students (Update: 1 March 2011)
The LSE Council met on 1 March. It discussed the School's links with Libya and in particular the research grant received from the GICDF. The Council agreed a proposal from the School that £300,000 should be used as a scholarship fund to support students from North Africa.
Government’s Spending Review: fair? (9 February 2011)
The government's claim that its 2010 Spending Review promotes 'fairness' has been challenged by Dr Tania Burchardt, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy
International Growth Centre funds mauza mapping project in Pakistan (7 February 2011)
Researchers in Pakistan, led by Dr Sohaib Khan at Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) and funded by the International Growth Centre at LSE, have begun research to develop mauza level maps that will help improve disaster responses in the area.
UK carbon tax would do nothing to reduce European-wide greenhouse gas emissions (4 February 2011)
The introduction of a carbon tax would help the UK meet its greenhouse gas target, but make no difference to emissions of greenhouse gases across Europe according to new research
LSE and ETNO launch telecoms research project (3 February 2011)
LSE and ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association, have agreed to engage on a research project on telecoms and IT related business strategy and policy development.
LSE professor to chair Mutuals Taskforce (2 February 2011)
Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, announced today that Professor Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at LSE, will lead a new Mutuals Taskforce to drive reform at the centre of government with the prime minister's backing.
The Institute for New Economic Thinking has created an academic partnership with LSE (26 January 2011)
INET@LSE will apply ideas from 'complexity social science' to improve the design and effectiveness of economic policy.
LSE to host first IdeasLab at World Economic Forum, Davos (24 January 2011)
Leaders from industry, government and civil society will join academics from LSE at an interactive session of the World Economic Forum, Davos, on Wednesday 26 January.
Heavy lobbying inhibiting government planning for cyber protection (17 January 2011)
Heavy lobbying, lurid language and poor analysis are inhibiting government planning for cyber protection, according to a new report on Systemic Cyber Security published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
LSE economist wins award for 'pioneering' report on economics of climate change (14 January 2011)
Lord Nicholas Stern has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category in recognition of his 'pioneering report' which 'shaped and focused the discourse on the economics of climate change'.
'Close up' on bioscience as LSE launches short film competition (14 January 2011)
A short film competition to encourage the creative communication of some of the social and ethical issues being generated by our increasing ability to manipulate and control life has been launched by BIOS.
Children need more help to block online threats says European internet study (13 January 2011)
Internet companies should provide more ways for children to block, filter or report alarming online content and contacts, recommends a new study for the European Commission.
Near Field Communications and privacy study launched by LSE and Nokia (12 January 2011)
A study into the implications of Near Field Communications for users' privacy, in a mobile telecoms market where technology is converging, is being launched by LSE and Nokia.