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Lack of trust in "dehumanising" online world leaves disadvantaged young further behind   

New research from LSE reveals a clear distrust  of online interactions by Britain’s most disadvantaged young people, which is a major obstacle to using the digital world to improve their situation. 

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Half of airline pilots report fatigue which could jeopardise passenger safety

Airline pilots have reported that fatigue is not taken seriously by airlines, in the first large-scale survey of pilots’ perceptions of safety within the European aviation industry.

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LSE report calls for emergency housing package for young Londoners

A report from LSE London is calling for a large-scale emergency housing package to help young Londoners into affordable homes.

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Young children of working mothers have better skills than those of stay-at-home mothers

Young children whose mothers are not working have lower capabilities in terms of talking, social skills, movement and everyday skills, according to new research from LSE and the University of Oxford.

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Mental health interventions in pregnant women and new mothers have benefits

There are clear economic and societal arguments for investing in mental health interventions for women during pregnancy and immediately after birth, a new report by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests.

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New LSE financial markets research programme in partnership with Swiss Re

LSE has announced a formal partnership with Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers, to support an 18-month research programme on monetary policy and long-term investment.

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Generation gap for voters makes referenda unsuitable in ageing populations

Referenda can favour older voters in an ageing population and are unsuitable for political decisions with longer-term benefits

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Dame Shirley Pearce appointed as new Chair of LSE

LSE has appointed Dame Shirley Pearce, former vice-chancellor of the University of Loughborough, as its next Chair of Court and Council.

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Leveson press restrictions a 'threat to democracy and accuracy'

The breakdown of metropolitan police and media relations in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry has led to a proliferation of inaccurate and prejudicial news reports in recent years, according to a new study by a leading criminologist.


Increased retirement age puts pressure on 'sandwich generation'

A new study from LSE has found that raising the retirement age is likely to put pressure on middle-aged people with caring responsibilities.

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Childhood bullying places 'long term strain' on UK mental health services

New research shows that childhood bullying has a strong link to mental health service use throughout a person’s life, putting additional strain on an “already overstretched” UK healthcare system.

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Professor Christine Chinkin wins UN award for distinguished service

Christine Chinkin, Director of LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security, has been awarded the Sir Brian Urquhart Award for distinguished service to the United Nations by a UK citizen.


Children involved in cyber-bullying much more likely to view web content containing self-harm and suicide

A new study on the link between cyber-bullying and suicide has found that ten per cent of children are involved in cyber-bullying, and that they are much more likely to view web content containing self-harm and suicide. It calls for more web-based prevention and intervention strategies to tackle the issue.

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Favelas toolkit for social change rolled out to another 400 million people

A toolkit aimed at improving the lives of the urban poor across the globe will be rolled out to a potential new audience of 400 million people this week when it is translated into Spanish.


Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Oliver Hart

Professor Oliver Hart, Visiting Centennial Professor in the Department of Economics at LSE and Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics at Harvard, has been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for 2016.

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Are UK drivers ready to give up the wheel?

A survey of UK motorists released today shows that people who find driving stressful and are confident about technology are, on average, more comfortable with the prospect of autonomous vehicles on our roads.

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Strong government institutions more important than geography for economic development in the EU

According to a new study from LSE, the strongest influence on economic growth is the government’s institutional capacity.

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Travel distribution industry underestimates the speed and scale of the consumer revolution

Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality and the use of portable technology could change travel distribution as we know it over the next 10 years.

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'Designing Respect' in Rio

LSE Cities' Theatrum mundi announces the winners of its global ideas competition set in Rio de Janeiro.


New research finds link between air pollution and traffic accidents

Air pollution appears to be causing an increase in traffic accidents, according to a new study published by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE.


First-time buyers priced out by the 'accidental landlord', says new LSE research

First-time buyers have been priced out of the ownership market by richer households who keep their starter homes for renting out when trading up.


Is intergenerational living the secret to good mental health in old age?

Intergenerational cohabitation (parents and adult children living in the same household) may have contributed to curbing high rates of depressive symptoms among older people during the Great Recession, according to new research.

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Trade unions a blunt tool in reducing inequality

A new study from LSE has found the strong presence of trade unions in companies does not lead to a reduction in CEO pay.


High incomes study shows women are less than a quarter of top one per cent

A new study by LSE’s International Inequalities Institute shows that women make up a smaller and smaller fraction of those with high incomes, the closer you get to the top.

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Government reforms could put the sustainability and quality of early years provision at risk

Government proposals to introduce a new national early years funding formula could put the sustainability of early years education and care providers at risk, and also put at risk the quality of provision available for children.

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New LSE partnership with UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security has announced a formal partnership with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonovic, to help support delivery of her mandate.

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Health experts report US$246 billion cost of workplace depression across eight countries

New data released today shows that workplace depression is a major issue across different cultures and economies, with “wide and devastating” consequences for thousands of organisations worldwide.


Europeans favour high-skilled, vulnerable and Christian refugees

New research reveals a prominent anti-Muslim bias amongst Europeans of all ages and social and political backgrounds.


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Times Higher World University Rankings 2016

LSE continues to be ranked among the top 25 universities in the world according to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Home owners prepared to pay a premium for lower traffic congestion

London homeowners are prepared to pay a premium to live in inner city areas where the congestion zone applies, new research from LSE shows.

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Report calls for global action to tackle dementia crisis

A new global report authored by researchers from LSE and King’s College London reveals that most people with dementia have yet to receive a diagnosis, let alone comprehensive and continuing healthcare. 

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Vivienne Westwood to talk at LSE Resist Festival

Two free talks by fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood will form the centrepieces of a three day festival on the theme of resistance at LSE.

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LSE appoints Deputy Governor of Bank of England as new Director

LSE has appointed Dame Minouche Shafik as its new Director, effective from 1 September 2017. Minouche is the first woman to be appointed to the position on a permanent basis and LSE’s 16th Director overall.

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LSE Library Exhibition– Charles Booth's London: Mapping Victorian Lives

To mark the centenary of Charles Booth’s death, LSE Library is publicly displaying a selection from the extensive archive holdings Inquiry Into the Life and Labour of the People in London.


Government housing benefit cuts directly linked to rise in depression in low income households

Cuts to housing benefit by the UK coalition government have led to a 10 per cent increase in people from low income households reporting poor mental health and helped propel an additional 26,000 people into depression researchers have found. 


Ten year limit on human egg freezing should be scrapped

The ten year statutory time limit on human egg freezing should be scrapped, according to new LSE research.

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Home working loses its appeal over time for both companies and staff

The benefits of working from home disappear over time for both employees and organisations if it is a full-time arrangement, a new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science has found.


LSE research on EU funding may provide lessons for UK as it prepares to BREXIT

'Top-down’ policies, such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), can be a more effective way of channelling resources to the most deprived areas than interventions which rely on the direct action of local people, according to research from the Department of Geography and the Environment.

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Why relying on high-stakes exams is a bad idea for students and the economy

Random events during high-stakes exams can affect not only test scores, but also long-term educational attainment and earnings, new research shows.

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London's wealthiest familes feel they are being 'pushed out of elite neighbourhoods'

London’s wealthiest individuals and families feel that they are being pushed out by people with even more money, according to new research from LSE.


Power Shifts - LSE China Conference explores the rise of global Chinese business

LSE held its fifth LSE China Conference and 13th annual LSE-Peking University Summer School in Beijing this month, with close to 400 people attending the event on the 16 August and 265 students from 50 countries and territories being taught by academics from LSE and PKU between 8-19 August. 


The Olympics made us happy, but was it worth it?

The 2012 Olympic Games caused a marked increase in happiness among Londoners, according to new LSE research which shows for the first time that there are significant intangible effects to hosting the event.


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