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• LSE Research Magazine
LSE has published the second issue of LSE Research, a magazine showcasing the School’s celebrated research across the social sciences.


• Dates for staff portraits
School photographer Nigel Stead will be holding three staff portrait photo sessions on Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, and Tuesday 26 October.


• Jeni Brown

Jeni, who works in IT Services, dislikes the overuse of PowerPoint, knows more keyboard shortcuts than is probably healthy, and knits a mean jumper.

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  30 September 2010  

- News

  LSE Research  

• LSE Research Magazine

This week, LSE published the second issue of LSE Research, a magazine showcasing the School’s celebrated research across the social sciences.

Two great tectonic plates are on the move - China and the US - and the rest of the world is struggling to adjust to new realities and new relationships. This historic power shift, its repercussions, and indeed the myths surrounding it are the cover subjects of the Autumn 2010 issue, which brings together four of LSE's most eminent thinkers on the subject: Arne Westad, Michael Cox, Danny Quah and Niall Ferguson.

Additionally, in a special report, Justin Gest, Mina Al-Lami and Kristian Coates Ulrichsen bring us some disturbing news from the front lines of what used to be called the war on terror.

The magazine can be viewed online here. If you would like a copy, please email


• LSE launches private equity initiative with support from Abraaj Capital

A new initiative on the research and teaching of private equity is being launched at LSE.

The initiative is supported by Abraaj Capital, the largest private equity group in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Abraaj Capital, which operates eight offices in the region, donated £4 million ($6.2 million) to fund a research programme, an endowed post for a senior academic researcher in private equity and a MSc in Finance and Private Equity - which will be taught from October. More

  Baroness Sandip Verma (right) presenting the award to Meena Kotecha (left)  

• LSE staff member wins Glory of India Award

Meena Kotecha, who works in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Statistics at LSE, was awarded the Glory of India Award and Certificate of Excellence at an international event in London on Saturday 25 September, organised by the India International Friendship Society (IIFS).

IIFS present awards annually to honour Indians across the globe for their contributions to fields such as science, engineering, technology, medicine, and Education; and for strengthening of India's international relations.

The award was presented by Baroness Sandip Verma, and was attended by 300 people including several members of parliament and dignitaries from UK and abroad.

  Simon Hayhoe  

• How the blind view art

Dr Simon Hayhoe, visiting academic in LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, has won a Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar Award to study blind and visually impaired people's understanding of paintings in galleries and on the web, as part of a visiting fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The research project, which will start in July 2011, intends to survey and interview English speaking people of all ages who are registered blind and who visit the Metropolitan, in order to discover:

  • their strategies for conceptualising paintings
  • the problems blind and visually impaired museum visitors encounter whilst visiting the Metropolitan
  • whether blind and visually impaired museum visitors ‘picture’ images
  • how blind and visually impaired museum visitors imagine paintings' subjects and compositions
  • what understanding blind and visually impaired museum visitors have of visual concepts discussed in the composition of paintings, and in particular: tone, perspective, and colour

The research will contribute to a new book on arts, blindness and technology, and will help to inform arts teachers and curators in the UK and US, as well as future web developments for people wanting to make paintings accessible to blind and visually impaired people through the web.

For more information on the project, email Dr Hayhoe at

  Judy Wajcman  

• Academics abroad

LSE professor Judy Wajcman, who is president of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), attended the society's 35th annual meeting, organised together with the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies, in Tokyo from 25-29 August.

The meeting, Science and Technology Studies (STS) in Global Contexts, was the first to be held in Asia and attracted 1,000 people from more than 40 countries. The event provided the opportunity for 4S members to explore questions relating to cultural differences in STS concepts, as well as strengthening the ties with the East Asian STS community.

Professor Wajcman, who is head of LSE's Department of Sociology, presented the presidential plenary ‘Creative Connections between STS and Communication Studies’, as well as organising a range of other meetings.

For more information about 4S, and the 2010 meeting, visit


- Notices


• The Staff Consultative Council needs you

Are you interested in learning more about the way LSE works? Do you want to influence LSE strategy and governance? Would you like a chance to make LSE a better place to work?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you might want to join the Staff Consultative Council (SCC).

The SCC has been running for three years and its purpose is to consider, identify and be consulted on issues relating to LSE policy and governance and to communicate its views to the relevant bodies at LSE. It has looked at a wide range of issues that affect the working lives of all staff, including the counselling service, the staff survey, equality and diversity, and the financial position of the School.

To continue to ensure that the SCC is an effective body that asks the right questions about LSE policy, we need volunteers from across the School who are willing to give up their time to work to improve things for their colleagues. If you would like to get involved we are currently looking for one representative in each of the following areas:

  • Library
  • Academic departments
  • Administration (not including Estates, Finance, Library and IT Services)
  • Academic staff
  • Researcher

If you would like to nominate yourself, contact Simon Jolly at who will advise you on how to make your application. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Friday 8 October.

For more information on the work of the SCC, contact Simon at

  Staff Portraits  

• Staff portrait dates

Nigel Stead, School photographer, will be holding three staff portrait photo sessions on Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, and Tuesday 26 October. The sessions will be held in room G.19, Old Building, from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

New staff (or old staff who need to update their existing pictures) can turn up at any time in the given time slots and there is no need to book.

All pictures are in colour and in a digital format and will be supplied to each department/centre on a CD. Hard copy prints will not be provided. Pictures will be sent after post production, which can take up to two weeks after the shoot.

The cost is £15 per head charged to the department/centre and staff are asked to bring their budget codes with them on the day.

More sessions will follow in November. For more information, contact Nigel Stead at

  Theatre stage  

• Bring some drama to work

Following the success of the drama workshops during the Staff Summer School, Steve Bond and Bradley Barlow are looking to start a Staff Drama Group and will be holding a workshop on Friday 8 October. Time and venue to be confirmed.

Plans are still in their infancy, but if there is enough interest they are aiming to put on a production before the end of the academic year. Steve and Bradley are keen to hear ideas for how the group might evolve and encourage anyone interested in being involved to come along.

If you are unable to attend but would like to register your interest, or for any more information, please email or

  Old Building  

• Summer works notice

The Old Building main entrance refurbishment project has been delayed.

The toilet facilities, cloakroom, waiting area and disabled hoists will be in operation for Monday 4 October, together with the completion of the main foyer floor.

However, the glass cabinets and opaque panels running around the edge of the foyer, waiting area and corridor walls will not be completed until mid-October.

The Estates Division apologises for any inconvenience caused.

  4th Floor Restaurant  

• Catering Services - Michaelmas term

Monday 4 October - Friday 10 December.

LSE Garrick
8am-7pm Monday-Friday

4th Floor Restaurant
9am-7pm Monday-Friday

4th Floor Café Bar
11am-9pm Monday-Friday

Plaza Café
9am-9pm Monday-Thursday
9am-6pm Friday
12 noon-6pm Saturday and Sunday

Café 54
8.30am-6pm Monday-Friday

NAB Mezzanine
10.30am-4pm Monday-Friday

Staff Dining Room and Café Bar (members only)
Café Bar 10am-4.30pm Monday-Friday
Dining Room 12.30pm-2.15pm Monday-Friday

George IV
12 noon-11pm Monday-Friday

Vending Machines
Library Foyer, Student Salon, 4th Floor Restaurant

  Fire exit  

• Important fire information

As a result of the re-development of the St Philips site for the New Student Centre, the emergency and fire assembly points for the following buildings have changed:

  • Old Building

  • Clare Market

  • East Building

  • Three Tuns

  • 20 Kingsway

  • Connaught House

  • Cowdray House

  • The Library and Lionel Robbins building

  • St Clement's

  • The Lakatos Building

  • The Anchorage

  • 50 Lincoln's Inn Fields

If the fire alarm sounds in your building you must evacuate immediately and go to the designated fire assembly point for your building. Please check the Health and Safety website for information on the new locations of the fire assembly points.

If you have any queries please email


- Research


• Discussion paper from CARR

CARR has published a discussion paper by Julien Etienne, CARR postdoctoral fellow, entitled Self-Reporting Untoward Events to External Controllers: accounting for reporting failure by a top-tier chemical plant.

The paper explores the reasons of hazardous organisations for responding to state rules requesting them to report untoward events to public regulators.

A PDF of the paper can be downloaded on the CARR website.


• Research opportunities

Candidates interested in applying for any research opportunities should contact Michael Oliver in the Research Division at or call ext 7962.

The Research Division maintains a regularly updated list of research funding opportunities for academic colleagues on their website.


• Research e-Briefing

Click here to read the Summer edition of the Research Division newsletter. To sign up for research news, recent research funding opportunities, research awards that are about to start, and examples of research outcomes, click here. The next issue is out at the end of October 2010. More

  LSE Enterprise  

• Latest opportunities from LSE Enterprise

LSE Enterprise offers you the opportunity to undertake private teaching and consultancy work under the LSE brand. We help with bidding, contracts and other project administration, enabling you to focus on the work itself. To see the latest opportunities click here or visit

If you would like us to look out for consulting opportunities in your field, email your CV and summary of interests to

Email to be added to our Executive Education database.


- Events

  Literary Festival 2011



Events Leaflet


• LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2011: crossing borders

LSE has announced the dates of the next LSE Literary Festival, which will be taking place from Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 February 2011. The full programme will be posted online in December 2010.

For more information, visit

• Upcoming LSE events include....

Capitalism: can it ever be moral?
On: Monday 4 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Larry Elliot, economics editor of The Guardian, and Professor Chandran Kukathas, chair of political theory in the Department of Government at LSE.

Getting More
On: Tuesday 5 October at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Stuart Diamond, practice professor of legal studies and adjunct professor of law at Wharton.

The Rights' Future
On: Wednesday 6 October at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Costas Douzinas, law professor and director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, Professor Conor Gearty, professor of human rights law at LSE, Professor Francesca Klug, professorial research fellow at LSE, and David Lammy, MP for Tottenham.

Lunchtime Concert
On: Thursday 7 October at 1.05pm in the Shaw Library, Old Building
Performers: Thomas Gould (violin), Philip Higham (cello) and Alasdair Beatson (piano)

Wealth Creation in Developing Countries
On: Tuesday 12 October at 6.45pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Paul Collier, professor of economics at Oxford University, and Andrew Mitchell, secretary of state for international development.
This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. One ticket per person can be requested from 10am on Tuesday 5 October.


• Podcasts of public lectures and events

Managing Natural Resource Rents: China and Africa
Speakers: Dr Christopher Alden, Professor Paul Collier, Dr Gobind Nankani, and Alan Winters
Recorded: Monday 20 September, approx 94 minutes
Click here to listen

Industrial Productivity
Speakers: Rasheed Adegbenro, Ludovico Alcorta, Professor Haroon Bhorat, Professor Chang-Tai Hsieh, and John Page
Recorded: Tuesday 21 September, approx 83 minutes
Click here to listen

On Writing: high, low and everything in between
Speaker: Professor Simon Schama
Recorded: Wednesday 22 September, approx 86 minutes
Click here to listen


- 60 Second Interview

    Jeni Brown  

• with..... Jeni Brown

A self-professed geek for IT training and usability, Jeni spends her days trying to improve the lives of LSE staff and students by simplifying and de-mystifying the use of IT.

She dislikes the overuse of PowerPoint, is left handed, knows more keyboard shortcuts than is probably healthy, and knits a mean jumper. Her cat is named after Shakespeare.

How do you find time to make the most of being at LSE?

I probably don't make the most of all the various things on offer at LSE. There are so many talks, events, training opportunities (shameless plug: and social activities on offer - it's a great place to work and study.

What is your favourite website?

My iGoogle page, because I can customise it with widgets from all my favourite websites, like, Twitter and GoogleReader.

Which poster graced your bedroom wall as a teenager?

Depeche Mode, The Cure and various Amnesty International campaign posters. I was a very serious, young person.

With which famous person would you like to have dinner and why?

Corny as it sounds, I would much rather have dinner with my family, who all live on the West Coast of the US - I don’t get to see them nearly as often as I would like.

During the summer months, what would you suggest LSE does to keep itself in the public eye?

I really liked Charlotte Gerada’s answer to what she’d do if she was director for a day. So I suggest LSE develop a 'free ice cream for all' policy. Practical and tasty.

Can you play a musical instrument?

I played the flute for five years and the French horn for three. However, if I tried to play either at this point, it would probably sound like I was playing a vuvuzela. So I'll say no.


- Training


• Academic, personal and professional development courses for staff

Courses on offer next week include:

  • Monday 4 October
    Moodle basics training
  • Friday 8 October
    Moodle next steps training

For a full listing of what is available and further details, including booking information, please see


- Media bites

  Nick Byrne  

• The Independent (30 September 2010)
Language lessons: Online or in person, choose what suits you
Nick Byrne, director of the Language Centre at LSE, says local universities are a still-untapped source for many adult learners. 'Adult education centres do a great job at boosting language learning for a reasonable amount of money, but for top-level teaching and facilities I would recommend attending one of the growing number of London and provincial universities throwing open their doors to the wider community.'

  Simon Davies  

• The Daily Mirror (28 September 2010)
'Porn share' names leak on the web
A data breach has left more than 5,3000 subscribers and those who file shared pornography with their details visible on an online website. Simon Davies, a privacy expert at LSE, called it 'one of the worst breaches' of the Data Protection Act he had ever seen.

  Luc Bovens  

• Financial Times (27 September 2010)
Rational choice model needs help not a coup de grâce
Tony Jackson examines the role rationality plays in the traditional - possibly endangered - model of free market economics. He quotes Luc Bovens (pictured), a philosophy professor at LSE, who points out that whereas the rational choice model tells us why people with given desires and beliefs behave the way they do, it does not tell us how they came by those desires and beliefs.



Nicole wants to hear from you!

Do you have some news, an achievement, or an aspect of LSE life that you would like to share? If so, then I would love to hear from you, contact me at or on ext 7582.

The next edition of Staff News is on Thursday 7 October. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 5 October. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Nicole Gallivan