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The latest press releases from LSE

Lesbians, gays and bisexuals less satisfied with life (18 August 2015)

A major study of sexual minorities in the UK and Australia shows that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are significantly less satisfied with their lives than heterosexuals.


Internet is both harming and helping older adults (13 August 2015)

Almost five million Britons aged over 64 do not have any internet skills, with many older people believing digital technology is “too difficult to use” and a luxury rather than a tool for improving life quality.

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National Student Survey 2015 (12 August 2015)

Professor Paul Kelly, Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning, responds to this year's results and outlines how the School is planning to improve the student experience for years to come.

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London faces skyscraper pressure unless planning laws change (10 August 2015)

Scarcity of land in London could result in the capital becoming a city of residential skyscrapers unless existing planning laws are altered, according to LSE urban economist Gabriel Ahlfeldt.


Practical help to rebuild Syria's economy, rather than bombs and aid, is essential for defeating ISIL, says new LSE research. (6 August 2015)

Dynamic state-building, rather than aerial bombardment and the provision of aid, is essential for defeating ISIL, according to new two LSE research papers.


Attending church is the key to good mental health among older Europeans, LSE study finds (4 August)

A study of depression among older Europeans has found that joining a religious organisation is more beneficial than charity work, sport or education in improving their mental health.


Drug possession should be removed from police performance indicators, says new LSE study (3 August)

Drug possession should be removed from police performance indicators to encourage officers to spend more time solving serious crime rather than targeting low level possession of cannabis, according to new LSE research.

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Link between intelligence and longevity is mostly genetic (27 July 2015)

The tendency of more intelligent people to live longer has been shown, for the first time, to be mainly down to their genes by new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.


Less able, better off kids more likely to become high earners than bright poor kids (26 July 2015)

New research, conducted by LSE's Abigail McKnight for the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, has exposed the reality of a glass floor in British society that protects less-able better-off children from falling down the social ladder as they become adults.

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Single currency has led to increase in generosity, decrease in national pride (22 July 2015)

New research from LSE shows that countries who have adopted the Euro single currency in the past decade have experienced a decline in national pride.

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The threats to the global financial system and how policy-makers can respond  (21 July 2015)

A new report from LSE's Systemic Risk Centre outlines how ‘systemic risk’ – and its periodic realisation in financial crises - is an inevitable part of any market-based economy.

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Seven LSE professors elected new Fellows of British Academy (16 July 2015)

Seven LSE academics, including LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun, have been elected Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research.


Older hospital patients face "widespread and systematic" pattern of poor care (15 July 2015)

One million older people are affected by poor or inconsistent standards of care in hospitals, according to a new report by LSE.

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UNESCO and LSE launch global model for bottom-up social development (14 July 2015)

A practical guide to tackling the social problems that arise in Brazil’s shanty towns – home to more than 11 million people – has been launched in Rio de Janeiro at a seminar organised by UNESCO and LSE.

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LSE experts outline priorities to avoid a 'Grexit' (8 July 2015)

A group of LSE academics have written an open letter urging both sides in the Greek debt crisis crisis to act in a more ‘economically responsible manner’.


LSE report shows dementia costs Wales £1.4 billion a year (7 July 2015)

A new LSE report commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society reveals the hidden cost of dementia in Wales is estimated at £1.4 billion, an average cost of £31,300 per person each year.


Intelligence and the ethnic composition of where people live may have a bearing on life satisfaction (6 July 2015)

Evolutionary constraints on the human mind may mean that we are adapted to be happiest when we live among people who are of the same ethnicity as ourselves, suggests new research published in the Journal of Research in Personality. However this effect is less strong among people with higher IQs.  

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New exhibition space for LSE Library (3 July 2015)

LSE Library, the largest social science library in Europe, has opened a new Exhibition Space, a state-of-the-art facility to showcase the best and most interesting items from the Library’s collections.


The final Gearty Grilling: Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, on facing the future (2 July 2015)

Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE and world-renowned social scientist, discusses his research and the future of LSE.


Domestic politics drives Putin's foreign policy, says new LSE book (2 July 2015)

Internal political objectives of regime consolidation drive Russia's foreign policy, including its behaviour in Ukraine, according to a new LSE book.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Vanessa Iwowo on African leadership (25 June 2015)

Vanessa Iwowo, Fellow in the Department of Management, discusses her ideas on African leadership.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Matthew Connelly on secrecy (18 June 2015)

Matthew Connelly, Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS, discusses official secrecy and the internet.


Paying people incentives to make healthy choices only works in the long term if they are paid to NOT do something (16 June 2015)

Monetary incentives to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles only work in the longer term when they are designed to stop negative behaviour, rather than promote positive choices, suggests new research from LSE.

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Being a parent – before and after a split (15 June 2015)

Dads who are actively involved in bringing up their young children are more likely in the event of a split from their partner to keep in regular contact with their child, according to new research by Professor Lucinda Platt from the Department of Social Policy.


Can't help falling in love? Why divorce and separation might not be that bad for your health (12 June 2015)

Middle-aged men and women who have experienced the upheaval of separation, divorce and remarriage are almost as healthy as couples in stable marriages, according to a new study involving LSE.

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This week's Gearty Grilling: Judy Wajcman on the impact of digital technology (11 June 2015)

Judy Wajcman, Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology, discusses the impact of digital technology on our lives.

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Religion in Britain and Universities (9 June 2015)

Professors Craig Calhoun, LSE, and Tariq Madood, University of Bristol, will discuss the changing nature of religion in Britain and the challenges for Higher Education in an event at LSE tonight. The discussion will draw on essays both have written on Religion in Britain: challenges for Higher Education. 

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Primary health care should play a bigger role in managing chronic kidney disease (9 June 2015)

Healthy eating, regular exercise and blood pressure and cholesterol control are among the most effective ways of managing the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD).


Additional local housing has little effect on local housing markets (9 June 2015)

A new study by LSE London has shown that new housebuilding has little discernible and consistent impact on local house price patterns.


New study finds China's emissions likely to peak by 2025 (8 June 2015)

China’s greenhouse gas emissions could peak more than five years earlier than expected, helping to avoid dangerous climate change, according to a new paper published by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at LSE.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Pauline Barrieu on statistics and modelling (4 June 2015)

Pauline Barrieu, Professor in Statistics, discusses modelling and new trends in the financial markets.

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LSE one of England's biggest spenders on student outreach and bursaries (4 June 2015)

LSE is one of the biggest spenders on undergraduate bursaries and outreach, as a proportion of its fee income, according to a report released today by ‘The Office for Fair Access'.


Global Apollo programme to make renewables less costly than coal within ten years (2 June 2015)

LSE’s Lord Richard Layard and Lord Nicholas Stern are part of a group of leading thinkers proposing an internationally coordinated research programme to make clean electricity less costly than electricity from coal within 10 years.

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New study finds 75 per cent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions covered by national targets (1 June 2015)

Three-quarters of the world’s annual emissions of greenhouse gases are now limited by national targets, according to a new study published by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE.


This week's Gearty Grilling: John Hills on inequality (28 May 2015)

John Hills, Professor of Social Policy, discusses the need to reduce inequality in Britain.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Bridget Hutter on risk and regulation (21 May 2015)

Bridget Hutter, Professor of Risk Regulation, discusses why extensive regulation is not always a good thing.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Naila Kabeer on gender and poverty (14 May 2015)

Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at LSE's Gender Institute, discusses women and capitalism.


Thomas Piketty joins LSE as Centennial Professor (14 May 2015)

The celebrated economist Thomas Piketty has been appointed as Centennial Professor at LSE's new International Inequalities Institute.

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Gearty Grilling: Charlie Bean on Monetary Policy

Charlie Bean, Professor of Economics and former Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Bank of England, discusses the economic crisis.


Honesty trumps political loyalty in lost wallet experiment (7 May 2015)

People are just as likely to return a ‘lost’ wallet to an owner who has a different political affiliation to their own suggests new research by Professor Paul Dolan from the Department of Social Policy.


Internet use translates into greater economic than social benefits in real world (6 May 2015)

Using the internet helps people benefit financially in the ‘real world’, but not necessarily socially, according to research from LSE, the University of Oxford and the University of Twente in the Netherlands.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Chris Pissarides on how to run the economy

Chris Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics and Nobel Prize winner, discusses how to run the economy in the latest Gearty Grilling.


No such thing as an empty nest when it comes to graduates (28 April 2015)

An LSE study looking at the relationship between parents and their adult children returning to live at home after university has revealed mixed experiences.


LSE ranked as top university in London and third in the UK (28 April 2015)

The School has maintained its ranking as third best university in the UK and London’s leading institution in the Complete University Guide league tables for 2016.  

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LSE announces The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship (25 April 2015)

LSE announces a new institute designed to improve the impact, effectiveness and appeal of private contributions to the public good.  

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Can the police do more with less? (22 April 2015)

The coalition government's austerity programme has resulted in some sizeable reductions in the police workforce, yet crime has continued to fall. A key question for the next Parliament is whether further real-terms reductions in police budgets can occur without deleterious effects on crime says the latest election series report from the Centre for Economic Performance.

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Are we really 'all in this together'? (17 April 2015)

Inequality of pre- and post-tax income has risen remarkably in the UK since the late 1970s. And while inequality of net income fell in the aftermath of the financial crisis, there are signs that it is rising once again according to LSE's Centre for Economic Performance.

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Gender gaps in the UK labour market (1 April 2015)

Differences in the labour market experiences of men and women have fallen over the last 20 years, but there are still sizeable ‘gender gaps’ in employment and wages according to a new report from LSE's Centre for Economic Performance.

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LSE's Democratic Audit launches new voter information website ahead of the general election   (30 March 2015)

A new local level website,  DemocraticDashboard.com, gives voters unprecedented access to information about their constituencies.


Civil Service awards prestigious contract to LSE to train future leaders (30 March 2015)

LSE has been chosen by the Civil Service to develop a prestigious Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) to train its future leaders.

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Britain Heading for a Hung Parliament  (27 March 2015)

Leading election forecasters gathered at LSE say Britain is heading for a “deeply hung” parliament in May’s general election – a situation where no party is close to an overall majority.

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Welfare reforms failing to move social housing tenants into work, according to new LSE research (26 March 2015)

The Coalition Government's radical welfare reforms have resulted in very few social housing tenants being able to find jobs despite their aim of moving people dependent on benefits into work, according to a new LSE report.


LSE continues to widen access  (25 March 2015)

LSE has admitted its highest proportion of state school undergraduates for over ten years, according to official statistics released this week.

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Real Wages and Living Standards: the latest UK evidence (25 March 2015)

Since the global financial crisis, living standards for pensioners have risen while young workers have faced the ‘double whammy’ of falls in real wages and rises in unemployment according to a new report from LSE's Centre for Economic Performance.

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Which policies can really improve pupil performance? (24 March 2015)

A new report from LSE's Centre for Economic Performance  – the latest in a series of background briefings on key policy issues ahead of the general election – explores the evidence on the key drivers of improved pupil performance, including academy schools, educational spending, teaching and the curriculum.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Tim Allen on his controversial fieldwork in Africa (19 March 2015)

Tim Allen, Professor of Development Anthropology, discusses neglected tropical diseases and the controversy surrounding his fieldwork in Africa.

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Harris Academy students gain insight into cultural and economic life of Rye Lane, Peckham in LSE workshop (19 March 2015)

A researcher from LSE gave students from Harris Sixth Form an insight into the work of social scientists at a workshop focusing on the economic and cultural life of Rye Lane, Peckham.


Eminent historian to be 2015-2016 Philippe Roman Chair at LSE IDEAS (18 March 2015)

Why did the West come to dominate the globe? How has war had a positive effect on the course of human history? These are among the issues explored by the latest academic to take up the Philippe Roman Chair at LSE.

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Low productivity: Policies to tackle Britain's number one problem (18 March 2015)

A new report from LSE's Centre for Economic Performance explains the fundamental problem of low productivity and analyses how the political parties propose, in the run up to the election, to make UK businesses more innovative and more productive.

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Nicholas Stern receives the Schumpeter Award 2015 (13 March 2015)

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern has received the Joseph A. Schumpeter Award 2015 for innovative achievements in the field of business, economics, or economic policy.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Fawaz Gerges on the Middle East after the Arab Spring (12 March 2015)

Fawaz Gerges, Professor of International Relations, discusses Obama and the Middle East after the Arab Spring.

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Unequal legacy of crisis leaves young with economic mountain to climb, according to new LSE report (12 March 2015)

People in their twenties have been worst affected by the economic crisis despite higher qualifications than any earlier generation, according to a comprehensive analysis of what has happened to inequalities in qualifications, employment, pay, incomes and wealth since 2007.

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LSE's global reputation continues to rise (11 March 2015)

LSE has risen in the annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings for the fourth year in a row.


Post-election tax rises in prospect to meet deficit reduction targets (11 March 2015)

It is likely that there will be tax increases after the election whoever wins, concludes a new report from the Centre for Economic Performance, based at LSE, in the latest in a series of background briefings on the policy issues in the May 2015 UK general election.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Francesca Klug on human rights (5 March 2015)

Francesca Klug, Professorial Research Fellow, discusses human rights and the Magna Carta.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Jeremy Horder on criminal law reform (26 February 2015)

Jeremy Horder, Professor of Criminal Law, discusses corrupt MPs, seizing criminals' assets and reforms to criminal law.

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An EU Capital Markets Union offers a 'real opportunity across Europe'  (25 February 2015)

An EU capital markets union has the potential to be the driving force for growth across the continent, according to participants at a dialogue event co-hosted by LSE's Systemic Risk Centre and Goldman Sachs.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Connson Locke on women in the workforce (19 February 2015)

Connson Locke, Assistant Professor of Management, discusses how organisations benefit from more women at senior levels.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Awol Allo on politics in the courtroom (13 February 2015)

Awol Allo, Fellow in Human Rights, discusses the politicisation of courtrooms in the latest Gearty Grilling.


High rise estates can work if they are made energy efficient, says new LSE report (13 February 2015)

Residents of a high rise estate in West London enjoyed a better quality of life following energy efficient refurbishments, according to a new LSE report.


'Nurture' more important than 'nature' for overweight children (12 February 2015)

Parents’ lifestyles, rather than their genes, are primarily responsible for their children being overweight according to research by the Centre for Economic Performance, based at LSE.


New Centre for Women, Peace and Security launched at LSE by William Hague and Angelina Jolie Pitt   (10 February 2015)

LSE today hosted First Secretary of State William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt to launch the UK’s first academic Centre on Women, Peace and Security, to be based at the School.

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Coalition kept its promise to protect spending on schools, according to new report (10 February 2015)

The Coalition government kept its promise to protect spending on schools, according to a new report from the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Sonia Livingstone on keeping children safe online (5 February 2015)

Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology, discusses the challenges of internet safety for children.


Proposals for actions in response to incidents on campus at the start of the 2014-15 academic year: final report (2 February 2015)

LSE's final report from its Academic Registrar and Director of Academic Services on incidents on campus at the start of the 2014-15 academic year has now been published.


New online tool helps businesses, governments and individuals explore low carbon worlds (29 January 2015)

LSE academics are among those involved in creating the Global Calculator, an online tool that enables anyone to explore the climate outcomes of different lifestyle and energy choices.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Nigel Dodd on the social life of money (29 January 2015)

Nigel Dodd, Professor of Sociology, discusses different money systems and how they reflect on society.


Youngest children and poorer households worst hit by Coalition's selective cuts, according to major new report. (27 January 2015)

Families with young children and poorer groups have been worst hit by changes to benefits and direct taxes, according to a comprehensive analysis of the government's social policy record published by LSE.

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LSE IDEAS and Public Policy Group ranked 2nd best university think tank in the world (26 January 2015)

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. 


Exploring why Germans convert to Islam - a new book from LSE. (20 January 2015) 

Why Germans convert to Islam despite suffering widespread marginalisation and hostility is the subject of a new book by Dr Esra Ozyurek of LSE's European Institute.


Reward Pakistani tax collectors to boost their performance, says new IGC film (19 January 2015)

Salary incentives for tax collectors could significantly increase the amount of taxes raised in Pakistan, according to a new film released by the International Growth Centre, based at LSE.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Richard Layard on happiness (15 January 2015)

Richard Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Director of the Wellbeing Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance, on why mental health should be a top priority for governments.


Family beliefs a barrier to aged care health reform (14 January 2015)

Older parents are boycotting the development of long-term care funding and insurance, fearing their children will relinquish all responsibility for looking after them in their old age, new research shows.


The economic costs of the Ebola crisis are falling most heavily on the informal sector in Sierra Leone (13 January 2015)

Two new reports from the World Bank Group and the International Growth Centre(IGC) reveal that informal economic activity in Sierra Leone has been depressed by the Ebola outbreak. Late rains delayed the harvest but food prices are following normal seasonal trends.

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LSE conference discusses shift in global power (13 January 2015)

Renowned politicians, economists and academics from around the world will debate the challenges of the emerging world order at the second CAF-LSE Annual Conference this Friday 16 January at LSE.

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Public urged to help write new UK Constitution (13 January 2015)

The second phase of a unique crowdsourcing project to get ordinary Britons to debate how their country should be governed will be launched at LSE this week. 


Professor Berglof appointed as Director of the Institute of Global Affairs (6 January 2015)

The School is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Erik Berglof as the inaugural Director of the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA).