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Social sciences worth an estimated £24 billion to UK economy

New research from LSE shows that the social science sector is worth approximately £24.3 billion a year to the national economy


LSE Photo Prize 2014
Inspired by the theme of 2014's Literary Festival, this year's Photo Prize is looking for submissions interpreting 'Reflections'.


Peter Fennelly

Peter, Manager of the Estates Division maintenance stores, tells us about LSE's pioneering use of LED lighting and the mysterious 'rawhide cables suspenders'...

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  16 January 2013  

- News

    Department of Management's former PhD student wins Doctoral Dissertation Award

Dr Carsten Sorensen’s former PhD student, Dr Ben Eaton, has won the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group of Management Information Systems (SIGMIS) Doctoral Dissertation Award at the International Conference of Information Systems 2013 in Milan. This international award from the information systems community recognised his PhD dissertation on 'The Dynamics of Digital Platform Innovation: a study of modular and architectural innovation in Apple’s iOS' as the most outstanding PhD dissertation of information systems in 2013. The Department of Management is very proud of Ben's achievement.
    LSE academic to join University of Belgrade

Dr Spyros Economides, Assistant Professor in International Relations and European Politics, Deputy Director of LSE’s Hellenic Observatory, and a core member of the European Institute’s research unit on South East Europe (LSEE), has been appointed a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, for the current academic year. Last year, Dr Economides was also appointed a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, for the 2013-14 academic year.

- Notices

    Lent Public Events Programme announced

LSE’s public events programme from January to April 2014 has been announced. Speakers include Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Linda Colley, David Harvey and Professor Amartya Sen. More


    LSE Literary Festival 2014

LSE Literary Festival 2014 will be taking place from Monday 24 February – Saturday 1 March with the theme ‘Reflections’, exploring the distinctive qualities of the social sciences' and the arts' approaches to understanding the world around us. There will be a programme of talks, readings, panel discussions and film screenings, as well as creative writing workshops and children’s events. Speakers will include Melvyn Bragg, AS Byatt, Sebastian Faulks, Margaret Macmillan and Michael Rosen. More

    LSE Research Festival 2014 Exhibition

Can you convey your research visually? The deadline is fast approaching for submissions to the LSE Research Festival’s 2014 Exhibition. Submissions are being accepted from academic and research staff across the School for this year’s Research Festival Exhibition until midnight on Friday 31 January. Entrants are asked to convey their research through a poster, photograph or short film. Selected entries will be publicly exhibited in May, and a prize will be awarded in each category.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your work exhibited and viewed by senior academics and the general public. Last year, over 600 people visited the exhibition, and many of those involved remarked on how beneficial the experience was to their research project and their own development.

For more information, to view last year’s entries, and to submit your work, take a look at the website here. You can also follow the Festival on Twitter @LSEResearchFest

    LSE Photo Prize is back!

LSE staff and students are encouraged to submit their best photos demonstrating their own interpretation of the Literary Festival theme ‘Reflections’. Submissions are now being accepted and will close Friday 31 January.

Submissions will be displayed across the LSE campus during the Literary Festival (25 February – 1 March). The three winning photographs, selected by a panel of art professionals and LSE staff, will be announced at the Festival’s closing event on Saturday 1 March. Winning photographers will then get to see their images printed and displayed at the School.

Each photograph must be 300dpi, no smaller than 2MB as a jpeg file. Please note you can submit a maximum of three images. For more information, please email the LSE Arts Team at

  Staff News  

Tell us what you think - Staff News feedback survey 2014

The Press Office has put together a short survey for you to tell us how you feel about Staff News. It's an important way for us to find out how we can improve the newsletter for you, so please do take a look.

The survey is open to all staff and should take no more than five minutes to complete. Take part here.

The survey is open until Friday 21 March. Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think.

    New issue of LSE Perspectives online

The January edition of LSE Perspectives is now online. Take a look at the gallery here. It features 12 striking images submitted by LSE staff and students with each image reflecting a unique perspective on a particular scene.

We are always looking for submissions for future galleries, so if you've taken any artistic images on your travels, from your home town or here in London, submit them for LSE Perspectives and share them with the School community.

Further information on how to submit your photographs can be found here. And if you missed December's gallery, be inspired here!
    Lunchtime meditations

Take some time for yourself at new lunchtime meditation classes on Mondays and Thursdays at 12.10-12.45pm during Lent term in the LSE Faith Centre on the second floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

No previous experience of meditation is needed and the meditations will be guided. There is no need to register so just come along, and there is no fee. The first class is Monday 20 January.

For more information, email Erika Mansnerus at and Tina Basi at 

Research on policies and practices for disabled academic employees

Nadia Ahmed, a PhD student at Queen Mary University, is looking for interview subjects for her research into the career path and experiences of disabled academic employees.
She writes: "I am researching practicable working environments for disabled academics at universities in England. My inspiration is my own disability and my own struggle towards getting employment as a disabled student with aspirations of working in academia.

"While the Equality Act and the Public Sector Equality Duty have increased access for disabled students within Higher Education, is the same true of disabled people aspiring to work as academics? My focus is on disabled academics being students (like PhDs, Masters, etc.) as well as their career development (professional lecturers, teachers, professors, etc.) in the world of academia.

"Interviewees will be allowed to tell their own story, to reflect on the barriers they experienced during their journey into academia, covering areas such as employment opportunities, university environment, management, administration, work environment, behaviour and attitudes, stigma, stereotypes, etc. the power shall be in your hands."

If you are interested in contributing to her research, please contact Nadia directly at

    Brompton bike for sale

A much loved black Brompton M3L folding bicycle is for sale.  Bought new in January last year, the bike is in good condition with the brakes serviced last month and a new chain, rear sprocket and tyre all fitted in the past few weeks. It's a reluctant sale due to a need for a bike which can take a child’s seat. £650 ono. Contact Mark Jackson on or ext 6461 for more details.

Technology tip!

If you have been migrated to the new telephone system, there are a few key shortcuts you can use to access useful functions such as voicemail and call forwarding. Remember not to lift the receiver prior to using the shortcuts.

To access your voicemail:

1. Dial 88
2. Press the Dial button
3. When prompted, enter your 5-digit passcode followed by #
4. Follow the automated instructions

To turn on immediate forwarding of calls to voicemail:
1. Dial *21
2. Press the Dial button
3. Listen to confirmation message

To turn off immediate forwarding of calls to voicemail:
1. Dial #21
2. Press the Dial button
3. Listen to confirmation message

To forward calls directly to another number:
1. Dial #9
2. Press the Dial button.
3. Follow the automated instructions

To deactivate call forwarding to another number:
1. Dial ##9
2. Press the Dial button
3. Listen to confirmation message     More


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features an interfaith art project with LSE students and children from local schools in the new Faith Centre in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. It is a temporary artwork until the new stained glass window, designed by the President of the Royal Academy Christopher Le Brun, is ready in mid-February.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Artwork  

- Research


Social sciences worth an estimated £24 billion to UK economy

Social science is now big business in the UK, according to new research by LSE which shows that the sector is worth approximately £24.3 billion a year to the national economy.

This figure is the collective economic value of social science teaching and research in UK universities (£4.8 billion a year) plus the costs that the financial sector, business corporations and public sector agencies spend on employing professional social scientists to mediate or translate academic research into their organisations (at least £19.4 billion a year).

The impact of the social sciences is outlined in a new book, The Impact of Social Sciences: how academics and their research make a difference, released this week by LSE. The findings have emerged from a three-year project by Professor Patrick Dunleavy and his colleagues in LSE’s Department of Government, who have mapped for the first time the size and scale of social sciences in the UK and their influence across all sectors of British society. More


- Events

    'Cities and Globalisation' - on Monday 20 January at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building

Ed Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard, where he also serves as director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He studies the economics of cities, and has written on a range of urban issues, including the growth of cities, segregation, crime, and housing markets. He has been particularly interested in the role that geographic proximity can play in creating knowledge and innovation. His 2011 book, Triumph of the City: how our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier was shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the year. More


'Disrupting International Rules and Organisational Practices for Women's Rights and Gender Equality' - on Friday 25 January at 1-2.30pm in Room TW1.G.01, Tower One

How can change be made to happen to disrupt the deep structures of gender inequality in the programs, policies and every-day practices of social change organisations, mainstream development agencies and systems? Come along to the next Gender Institute discussion to explore this question with Aruna Rao, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Gender at Work. More


Hellenic Observatory Research Lent Seminar Series

The Hellenic Observatory has announced its exciting Research Seminar Series for Lent term.  See full details here

All Hellenic Observatory Seminars are open to the public. Entry is on a first come first served basis. More details here

    'Reviving Famagusta; from ghost town to eco-city?' - on Friday 21 February, 2.00-6.45pm, LSE Shaw Library, Old Building

Recent citizens' initiatives in Cyprus have proposed the opening of the ghost town of Varosha and have imagined the revitalisation of the Famagusta area. This half-day conference, organised by the Hellenic Observatory and Contemporary Turkish Studies at LSE, brings together town planners, architects, and economists to discuss the anticipated social, economic, and ecological consequences of a potential opening. More

The conference is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. Registration is through LSE's E-shop and must be completed by Monday 17 February.


- 60 second interview


with.....Peter Fennelly

Born in Fulham, to Irish parents from Co. Kilkenny, I grew up in various areas of east London. I joined LSE in 1983 (should have a room or a building named after me soon), working for the long since disbanded Supplies Section. As well as being Manager of the Estates Division maintenance stores, I am also a taxi and cashpoint to my wife, Sandra, and two sons, George and Charlie.

Which part of your job do you enjoy most?

Getting to see new products from manufacturers before they come into general use. LED lighting is quite common now, but Estates started installing LED products many years ago. Also, as I deal mainly with the maintenance team in the Estates Division, the chance to meet with staff from other areas of the School is enjoyable and a nice change. Of course, this is obviously no reflection on my wonderful colleagues who are a joy to work with.

Have you ever been asked to order any unusual items and did you manage to source them easily?

Sourcing items is a lot easier these days, as you can have a quick google and resolve most issues. In the good old days, searching through directories and catalogues, and trying to describe items over the phone to suppliers, was much more difficult and time consuming. Although I didn’t personally order them, we did have in the store at one time, some “rawhide cable suspenders”. I’ll leave your mind to boggle! Not sure what happened to them.

What is your favourite sport?

Football - watching and playing. Over the years, I’ve spent far too much time and money following Tottenham Hotspur home and away, and even around Europe. I still support Spurs, but family commitments and ticket prices now limit that particular interest. I played regular Sunday morning football (pub team standard) for many years - there's no better way to cure a hangover - but my football career was cruelly ended by an achilles tendon injury, sustained whilst representing the Estates Division at the LSE sports day in 2005. What a team though - beaten in a penalty shoot out – our final missed penalty, we believe, is still in orbit around the earth. I also like the traditional Irish game of hurling, once described as 'a cross between a sport and murder' - fast and furious but very skilful.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

I was in hospital for a small operation when I was about two years old and I’m convinced I can remember looking out of the window and crying as my mum left me. From about the same period, I also remember playing in the playground on the common at the end of our road. These memories may be genuine or they may be a combination of old photographs and family stories, as sometimes I can’t even remember where I’ve parked the car!

What, or who, makes you laugh?

Spike Milligan, Monty Python, Billy Connelly and my dad’s favourite Tommy Cooper. He’d be in fits of laughter watching him, calling him a 'bl** dy eejit'!

Are you any good at D.I.Y? Any examples?

I like D.I.Y. If anyone wants something done around the house, I often say do it yourself. I’m just about OK at decorating and I can put an Ikea unit together, but building or constructing something? No good – forget it. I need instructions. We've still got a bumpy wall on the upstairs landing where I tried my hand at plastering once.


- Training and jobs

    Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

Excel 2010: logical and lookup functions
Developing High Performing Teams
NetworkED: games, learning and beyond

These are just some of the events running next week. To receive a monthly summary of all training courses, subscribe to email list by clicking here and pressing Send. To find out more about training and development across the school and for links to booking pages, see here.

  HR   Jobs at LSE

Below are some of the vacancies currently being advertised to internal candidates only, as well as those being advertised externally.
  • Digital Library Manager, Library: Resources and Innovation
  • Systems and Business Analyst, Academic Registrar's Division
  • Administrator / PA to Head of Department, International Relations
  • Discovery and Metadata Manager, Library: Collections Services
  • Fees Analyst, Finance Division
  • Network Manager, Information Management and Technology

For more information, visit Jobs at LSE and login via the instructions under the 'Internal vacancies' heading.


- Get in touch!

  Nicole Gallivan   If you have some news, an achievement, or an aspect of LSE life that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. Do get in touch at or on ext 7582.

The next edition of Staff News is on Thursday 23 January. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 21 January. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy