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Judith ReesOpen letter from Judith Rees to LSE staff

I am writing to introduce myself as the new director. As I have been here for most of my academic life I am well aware that I do not need much of an introduction to the numerous colleagues I have worked with over the years.

For those that I have not yet had the pleasure of working with, I thought it might be helpful to let you know a little about myself. In the 1960s I was a student here doing the BSc (Econ), an MPhil, and later, when already on the staff I did my PhD. In 1969 I became what was then known as an assistant lecturer in geography and, apart from a period of six years spent at the University of Hull, have been here ever since. I was briefly head of the Department of Geography and Environment before becoming deputy director of the School from 1998 to 2004. Since 2008 I have been director of both the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, working closely with Nick Stern and an excellent research team to improve our understanding of one of the most challenging problems of our time.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank staff across the School for the support I have received since my appointment as director was announced on 17 March. I have really appreciated all of the letters and emails and have been extremely grateful for the many offers of help. In an open letter to students I made it clear that Howard Davies is going to be a hard act to follow, but I have worked closely with all the senior management team in recent weeks to ensure a smooth handover. In addition, I have the support of the three experienced and excellent pro-directors. We will be sharing some of the more public duties between us, and I will ensure that our relative roles and responsibilities are clear to you all as we move forward.

In the short term, we must first await the Woolf report, absorb its findings and act on any recommendations in a clear, transparent way. We must also undertake the search for a new Director and as I have already made clear, I will not be applying for the post. My priority is that we get back to business as usual, including our preparations for the Research Excellence Framework, the many new teaching initiatives under way and the continued improvements to the estate and the broader working environment.

We will, of course, face difficult decisions on a number of issues, including student fees and funding. It is my intention to keep you all as fully informed as possible on key issues as they progress. I will do this through Staff News, all-School emails and staff briefings. I very much look forward to working with you all in the coming months.

Judith Rees


    LSE in Short   Candice Holdsworth  
  News   Notices   In 60 seconds  

• Archives contribute to 'Museum of 1951'

LSE Archives has lent a range of materials to this exhibition which is part of the Southbank Centre's summer programme of events


• LSE in Short

An updated version of LSE's handy little red book, which gives facts and figures about the School, is now available in hard copy and as a PDF.


• Candice Holdsworth

Candice, who has been helping develop content for the forthcoming Burning Issue Lectures at the School, can't live without the internet, tea or Mad Men.

  ...   ...   ...  
  5 May 2011  

- News


• Archives contribute to ‘Museum of 1951’

LSE Archives have lent a range of materials to the recently opened exhibition ‘Museum of 1951’, which is part of the Southbank Centre’s summer programme of events celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. Archives often lend one-off pieces from their collections for exhibitions, but this is the first time so much material has been externally borrowed.

The Festival of Britain was conceived in the aftermath of the Second World War and aimed to restore pride in the country and its achievements. The director-general of the Festival was Gerald Barry, a journalist and newspaper editor whose papers are held in the Archives. His diaries from the period, detailing visits from the King and Queen and Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh are on loan. Also from Barry’s collection are promotional leaflets, exhibition catalogues and posters designed by Abram Games, which will be featured in the exhibition alongside materials from the Southbank Centre and elsewhere.

The ‘Museum of 1951’ runs until 4 September at the Royal Festival Hall.

For more information visit the Southbank Centre website or LSE Archives.


• A lecture by prime minister of Slovakia

Iveta Radičová, prime minister of Slovakia, will give a public lecture at LSE next week. On Tuesday 10 May at 1-2pm on campus (venue tbc to ticketholders).

Radičová began her political career as a member of the Public Against Violence (VPM) movement in the 1990s. She was appointed minister of labour, social affairs and families from 2005-06 and became a member of parliament representing the Slovak Democratic Party in 2006. She became prime minister of Slovakia in 2010.

LSE students and staff are able to collect one ticket from the New Academic Building SU shop, located on the Kingsway side of the building from 10.00am on Thursday 5 May. More

  Charlotte Werndl  

• LSE academic awarded 2011 Cushing Memorial Prize

Dr Charlotte Werndl (pictured), lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at LSE, has been awarded the Cushing Memorial Prize for 2011 for her paper, 'What are the new implications of chaos and unpredictability?', published in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science in 2009.

The prize, awarded by the John J Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, along with the Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Physics, carries an $1,000 award plus an invitation to deliver a lecture as part of the History and Philosophy of Science Colloquium at the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Luc Bovens, head of the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, said: "I am very pleased to see that Charlotte's work is being honoured in this way. Her paper solves a problem about the interpretation of the nature of unpredictability in chaos theory that has plagued philosophers and physicists for decades. This is a great achievement." More


• Arne Westad nominated for president of American Historical Association

Arne Westad, professor of international history and co-director of LSE IDEAS, has been nominated as one of two candidates for president of the American Historical Association (AHA).

With more than 18,000 individual members, AHA is the world’s largest organisation of historians, and plays an important public role as a leader and public advocate for the field. Within the profession, AHA defines ethical and professional standards and offers advice on good practices in the field. Externally, the Association works broadly on behalf of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical documents and artefacts, and the dissemination of historical research. The election will be in the autumn.


•  Politics and Policy at LSE gives full coverage of the AV referendum from all sides

LSE politics experts have produced a detailed and rounded examination of the issues involved in the Alternative Vote system, the electoral reform which the British public will vote to adopt or reject in a historic referendum this week.

Covering the topic in unrivalled depth – and from all sides of the argument – the British Politics and Policy blog discusses the pros and cons of the AV system, the electoral implications, its possible impact on parties and MPs, the conduct of the campaigns for and against AV and the lessons from the electoral systems of other countries.

The blog has been covering the AV issue for almost a year, and is now signposting the most popular and significant pieces in one place in its latest post to provide a complete view of the issues. More


• LSE Perspectives

The LSE Perspectives May 2011 Gallery is now live. You can view this month's selection of photos here.

The gallery features 12 striking images submitted by members of the LSE community. Each image reflects a unique perspective on a particular scene.

LSE Perspectives is an online gallery featuring photographs taken by LSE students and staff. If you have taken any artistic images on your travels, from your home town or even just here in London why not submit them for LSE perspectives so that they can be shared with the LSE community.

For more information and to submit your images visit LSE Perspectives Submissions. Every month the Arts team selects 12 images and publishes them online. Previous galleries can be found here.

    • Professor Mary Kaldor awarded honorary doctorate

Professor Mary Kaldor, co-director of LSE Global Governance, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Corvinus University of Budapest for her extensive work on globalisation, international relations and humanitarian intervention, global civil society and global governance, and her theory of new wars.

Commenting on the award, Professor Kaldor said, "It is a special honour to receive this degree here in Budapest. It was here, as well as in other Central European countries, that I learned the concept of civil society - an idea that had become dormant in the West. And it was through my discussions with young people and with opposition intellectuals that I absorbed the significance of the coming together of peace and human rights – something I now describe as human security."

Professor Kaldor was also the featured keynote speaker at the university's conference 'Human Security and Global Transformation: New Challenges for Democracy, Civil Society, and Sustainable Development' last month. Her keynote lecture on human security can be found here.


- Notices

  LSE in Short  

• LSE's little red book

An updated version of The London School of Economics and Political Science: in short is now available. This handy little red book gives facts and figures about the School.

If you would like copies for visitors, please pick them up from the Press Office in W301, Tower Three. You can also download a PDF copy here.


• Your chance to contribute to the 2011-16 Strategic Plan

The Planning Unit are currently working with colleagues across the School on the Strategic Plan 2011-16.

The Strategic Plan is a statement of the School’s purposes, aspirations and intended actions over a five year period and is designed to guide every member of the LSE community.

Given the extensive consultation and revamp undertaken for the 2009-14 version of the Strategic Plan, which the 2010-15 version of the plan was based on, it is a working assumption that the 2011-16 Strategic Plan will be an update of that plan rather than a fundamental change of its structure and direction.

However, we welcome your feedback and comments on the current Plan which will play a role in the formulation of the new 2011-16 Plan, submitted to Council for approval in June. All responses will be considered.

To access the current Strategic Plan, click here. Please send feedback and comments by close of business on Thursday 19 May to Gary Barclay, Planning Unit, QH400 by internal mail or via email to


• Academics abroad

Patrick Dunleavy, professor of political science and public policy at LSE, has given a seminar at the Australian National University on research exercises.

Professor Dunleavy is an advocate of a system developed by University of Melbourne academic Anne-Wil Harzing that he said was used extensively by universities in Europe and Britain. The program, called Publish or Perish, simply requires academics to run their names through Google scholar, which returns all their publications, citations and statistics.

  LSE Africa Initiative  

• Africa Initiative update meeting

Professor Thandika Mkandawire, chair in African development, will be hosting a briefing for LSE academics with research interests relating to Africa on Tuesday 10 May from 12pm in the Graham Wallas Room.

The aim is to update staff on elements of the ongoing African Initiative, including:

  • Summer School in Africa
  • Scholarship provision
  • Leadership programme
  • Fellowship provision
  • Appointment of the new African Portal editor
  • Academic Partnership with UCT
  • Participation in the WEF Regional Summit on Africa

Lunch will be provided at the event. If you would like to attend, email Hilary Weale, external relations executive, at

  Sivaramjani Thambisetty  

• Regional Champion for India

LSE's newly appointed Regional Champion, Dr Sivaramjani Thambisetty (pictured), and Professor Stuart Corbridge, pro-director for research and external relations, will be hosting an event next week on Thursday 12 May from 12pm in the Graham Wallas Room for all academics with an interest in promoting the School and its work to non-academic audiences in India.

The event will, like the work of the Regional Champion as a whole, focus on the School’s external relations, and will be an opportunity to discuss ideas about this work in India and find out about ongoing activities in which you may be engaged.

A lecturer in the Department of Law, Dr Thambisetty’s role in broad terms is to engage with key audiences beyond the academic world and draw greater attention to LSE’s research and expertise.

Lunch will be provided at the event. If you would like to attend, please email Hilary Weale, external relations executive, at For more information about External Relations and the Regional Champions scheme, click here.


• LSE Teaching Day

Registration for attendance at LSE Teaching Day on Tuesday 24 May has been extended to 5pm on Friday 6 May to allow staff who have been unable to book due to holidays a further opportunity to secure their place.

Book a place and view the full programme and abstracts at 


• LSE academics to speak at 'How The Light Gets In' philosophy festival

LSE political theorist Chandran Kukathas, Professor Lord Layard, Professor Henrietta Moore and Professor Richard Sennett will all be taking part in the 'How The Light Gets In' philosophy festival in Hay this summer.

Organised by the Institute of Art and Ideas and held from 27 May to 5 June the festival brings together scientists, philosophers, journalists and political leaders in dialogue to set the intellectual agenda for the coming decade alongside comedy and music.

For the full programme and details on how to obtain tickets, see the How The Light Gets In Festival website.


• Call for applications under the partnership PhD mobility bursaries 2011-12

Applications are invited from LSE PhD students for mobility bursaries to visit one of the School's institutional partners (Columbia University (New York), the National University of Singapore (NUS), Peking University (Beijing), Sciences Po (Paris), or the University of Cape Town) in order to work informally with an advisor on their PhD thesis, research and/or on related publications and presentations and to introduce them to the academic culture, professional contacts, and employment opportunities of another country/region.

For 2011-12, up to 10 bursaries are on offer to visit one of the five partner institutions listed above. For any one partner institution, up to two flat rate bursaries of £2,500 are available.

Students registered for PhD studies at any LSE department and who have already been upgraded to full doctoral student status are eligible to apply. Each visit should be a minimum of two months and a maximum of three months in duration.

Full details about the bursaries, including application procedures, can be found here. Any further enquiries should be directed to

The deadline for applications, including references, is midday on Monday 23 May.


• Two wardens wanted for two halls of residences - Butlers Wharf and Bankside House

The School is recruiting to fill two Wardens positions, available from September 2011.

LSE halls are fantastic places in which to live and work. Located in central London, they play a crucial part in delivering the 'student experience'.

Wardens play a key role in the halls, being responsible for the good order of the residence community, the social wellbeing of resident students and the maintenance of an acceptable standard of discipline within the residence. Wardens are supported by teams of sub-wardens, recruited from the LSE postgraduate student body.

For more information and details on how to apply, visit the 'Internal Vacancies' section of the Human Resources Division website. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11 May.

  Camden Lock  

• Camden NWI flat-share

A room is available in a two-storey Edwardian flat, to share with an LSE academic.

Lovely flat, lots of light, large patio, furnished. Three minute walk to Regent's Park, Camden Town tube, shops, gym, one bus to the Aldwych/LSE. Long or medium term possible.

Available immediately at £680 per month (excluding bills). If you are interested or for more information, call 07909 764563.


- Research


• 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 April 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 May 2011. 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


• Forthcoming events - and one cancellation - at LSE

There are many events planned this summer, including debates, lectures, exhibitions, concerts and discussions, all free and open to all.

EVENT CANCELLED: We are sorry to announce that Idea Man with Paul Allen on Thursday 5 May has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Forthcoming lectures include:

Pakistan: a hard country
On Monday 9 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Anatol Lieven

A World Without Superpowers: de-centered globalism
On Tuesday 10 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Barry Buzan

Cities at the Speed of Light: Asian experiments of the urban century
On Thursday 12 May at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Professor Ananya Roy


• Students, Patients and Paupers: the many lives of the St Philips building

Friday 6 Friday 13 May
Exhibition: 12–2 and 5–9pm with a series of events, film screenings and tours taking place over the week
St Philips Building

St Philips, an Edwardian block dating to 1904, is a former workhouse, venereal disease hospital and refugee facility. In the weeks before its demolition, the St Philips Exhibition celebrates the building's history, as well as highlighting the critical debates about destruction and creativity in the city.

Participants include Ben Campkin, UCL Bartlett and author of Dirt, Leslie Topp, senior lecturer at Birkbeck and curator of Madness and Modernity, Richard Barnett, Medical London: city of diseases, city of cures, and artists Tom Hunter, Christian Kerrigan, Post-Words, Daniel Wilcox and Stephen Nelson.

For more information and a full programme of events, see


• Picturing Life as a Young Carer in Africa - new exhibition

Now to Thursday 2 June
Monday – Friday 10am - 8pm
Atrium Gallery, Old Building, LSE

'Picturing Life as a Young Carer in Africa' portrays what life is typically like for a caregiving child in sub-Saharan Africa. The exhibition features photographs and drawings by young carers from two communities of rural Kenya and Zimbabwe. The exhibition focuses on the challenges young caregivers face and the strategies and resources they employ to cope with these challenges. This exhibition is supported by the LSE Knowledge Transfer Fund.

For more details on this exhibition and other upcoming exhibitions, see the Exhibitions webpage.


• EMBRACE chocolate master class and tasting

The EMBRACE staff network is holding a chocolate master class and tasting on Thursday 19 May from 6-8pm in the Parish Hall.

The event will include a talk by Paul Wayne Gregory followed by a chocolate tasting session. To attend this event, please email by Wednesday 11 May. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


• EMBRACE Black History tour

The EMBRACE staff network is hosting a Black History Tour on Tuesday 24 May from 6-8pm in the St Paul's area.

The St Paul's/Bank walk takes in side streets and back alleys that one would never see from the main road. The walk will focus on the hidden connections between Africa, the Diaspora and the infrastructure of ancient and modern London. It will reveal how certain fraternal societies benefited from African wealth and invested that wealth in academic institutions and charities, reveal how African names came to be given to streets and areas and look at the visual imagery of London and African architecture.

To attend this event, please email by Wednesday 11 May. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


  Beatrix Campbell  

• Budgeting for Gender Equality: is government economic policy fair to women?

Wednesday 11 May, 6.30-8pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Dr Claire Annesley, lecturer in European politics at the University of Manchester, Beatrix Campbell (pictured), journalist, author, playwright and broadcaster, Professor Diane Elson, professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, and Professor Susan Himmelweit, professor of economics at the Open University.

This panel will consider how far women, especially low income women, are bearing an unfair share of the burden of the budget deficit reduction.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. More


• Navigating the New Green Economy: the challenges of climate change and the opportunities for clean energy

Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 May, LSE campus

This international conference organised by LSE, the American Bar Association and the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), will discuss the new economy emerging from the intersection of climate change policy, clean energy development, economics and finance.

The programme will allow participants to interact with government and industry leaders, academic scholars, and finance and legal experts from the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The main speaker is former LSE director Professor Lord Anthony Giddens. Also featured are speakers from:

  • US Senate staff
  • UK Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Center for International Environmental Law
  • Institute of European Law
  • International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
  • International Emissions Trading Association
  • Low Carbon Research Institute
  • Leading international law firms and universities

Topics will include:

  • Financing a sustainable reduced-carbon future
  • Regulations and incentives in emerging green technologies
  • Energy efficiency
  • Carbon marketplaces
  • Renewable energy subsidies and trade
  • Technology transfer
  • REDD - Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation

The conference fee is £595 for general attendance, with a discounted rate of £440 for UKELA members, £295 for government, non-profit and academic participants, and £150 for students.

Space is limited and early registration is advisable. To register or for more information, email Elissa Lichtenstein at or visit the American Bar Association website.


- 60 Second Interview

    Candice Holdsworth  

• with..... Candice Holdsworth

I’ve just completed my Masters in Political Theory at LSE. Since graduating I’ve been working as a freelance journalist. I also write a blog in the Mail and Guardian that examines politics and current affairs from a more philosophical perspective.

Tell us about the forthcoming Burning Issue Lectures. What is your specific involvement with them?

The Burning Issue Lectures are a unique combination between the traditional lecture format and the documentary film, each one presented by an LSE professor: Emily Jackson, Conor Gearty and Tim Allen.

The lecturers will be tackling topical, challenging issues on which there is not necessarily an overall consensus and which will hopefully ignite robust debate. The lectures will also include filmed interviews with some very impressive, high profile people who are heavily involved in the issues being discussed. I am a researcher on this project helping to develop the film content.

To whom do you think these lectures will most appeal?

Anybody with an enquiring mind - I really mean that. These issues are perennial and universally applicable.

Which has been the most interesting LSE public lecture you have attended to date?

It was one entitled ‘The Meaning of Life’, which is certainly not an unambitious topic to get to grips with. It was handled beautifully though; the discussion was frank and open and extraordinarily illuminating. Much like we hope people will find the Burning Issue Lectures to be.

What is your ambition/goal in life?

I am hoping to be part of the new breed of multimedia journalists. I love writing and I love filmmaking - it’s a great opportunity to be able to combine the two.

What gives you the most satisfaction?

Feeling like I’ve created something of worth, something that matters to other people, that engages them and gets them thinking in a different way.

Name three things you cannot do without

1. The internet (I have a problem)
2. Tea
3. Mad Men - I have been experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms since the last season ended. I cannot wait for the next!


- Training


• HR training and development courses

Effective writing at work
Wednesday 11 May, 10am-5pm
This course is aimed at anyone who has to write reports, proposals, emails or letters as a part of their job. By the end of the session you will know how to write with greater impact, make your writing more readable and write with more confidence.

Career planning and personal development
Thursday 12 May, 9.30am-4pm
Is your career working? This one day course may be just what you need to find out. Delegates will have an opportunity to reflect on their skills and achievements to date and develop some strategies for their short and long term career goals.
*Please note that this course will be held at King’s College.

Equality and diversity for non-managers
Thursday 12 May, 10am-1.30pm
This workshop provides an overview of the key issues so you can recognise discriminatory practices within the workplace and are better equipped to promote good practice within the School. You will be able to identify your own values and prejudices more clearly and work in diverse teams with greater awareness of the behavioural issues that may arise.

Recruitment and selection
Tuesday 17 May, 9.30am-5.30pm
This one day course run by the HR Division is targeted at managers across the School, especially those who undertake support staff recruitment. Whether you are a new manager at the School, or a more experienced manager looking to brush up your recruitment skills (and you haven't attended a recruitment course at the School), then please sign up.

Improve your CV
Wednesday 18 May, 10am-1pm
This short course is for staff looking to change roles and progress their career at the School. The workshop is about making good job applications at LSE.

Succeed at interviews
Wednesday 18 May, 2-5pm
This workshop is to help you have a greater understanding of the interview process and how to present yourself well.

Flying start induction
Tuesday 24 May, 9.30am-4.30pm
Do you have a new member of staff? Get their LSE career off to a flying start with our central induction briefing. These one day sessions provide new staff with the opportunity to find out more about the School and training and development opportunities available. Staff will also receive a tour of the School campus as well as the opportunity to network with other new starters.

For more information and to book a place, visit the online training booking system.


- Media bites


• Reuters UK (3 May 2011)
Bin Laden leaves a scattered al Qaeda
"Bin Laden's death is a significant victory for the United States. But it is more symbolic than concrete," said Fawaz Gerges, an al Qaeda expert at the London School of Economics.


• Windsor Star (29 April 2011)
Gut trumps brain for undecided voters, research finds
Recent research suggests that superficial cues can determine which candidates we choose at least as much as, and possibly more, than issues and policies. Back in 2009, Professor Michael Bruter of the London School of Economics, explained it this way: "It is extraordinary how little political scientists know about what goes on in the minds of voters while they are in the secrecy..."


• The Australian (27 April 2011)
ERA set-up 'clumsy and bureaucratic'
"There have been major advances in communicating the sciences . . . but broader understanding of the social sciences is still lamentable."
Article about a seminar given by Professor Patrick Dunleavy at the Australian National University.


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 12 May. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 10 May. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Nicole Gallivan