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LSE Research Festival and LSE Photo Prize deadlines
Get your entries for both the Research Festival and the Photo Prize in by this Friday 31 January.


'A European Dream Deferred: how to restore Europe's promise and potential'
Tickets are now available for this year's Eva Colorni Memorial Lecture with former prime minister of Greece, George Papandreou.


James Deeley
James, of the Gender Institute and Spectrum, the network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who work at LSE, tells us about the plans for February's LGBT History Month and cracks a few cheesy jokes...

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  30 January 2014  

- News

    LSE IDEAS and Public Policy Group ranked second best university think tank in the world

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.

They are ranked second only to Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the 2013 Think Tank and Civil Societies Program league table.

The league table compared more than 6,800 think tanks around the world from 120 countries in a variety of categories, all peer reviewed by 1,900 individuals and institutions. More


LSE team in regional finals of Hult Prize

An LSE team has made it to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition with more than 10,000 applications received from over 350 colleges and universities in more than 150 countries. It identifies and launches social ventures that aim to solve our most pressing challenges. Now in its fifth year, the Hult Prize is in partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. The 2014 prize is focussing on the 250 million slum dwellers around the world suffering from chronic diseases that need help.

The LSE team has students from the Departments of Social Policy, International Development and Management. The team is Neha Bhatia from India, Yiling Cheah from Australia, Alejandro Espinosa Llano from Colombia, Barbora Sladkova from Czech Republic and Aaron Kirunda from Uganda.
The regional competitions will take place on March 7 and 8 in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and Sao Paulo. More

    Sports Ambassadors

LSE has expanded its Sports Ambassadors programme to nurture some of the country’s finest young athletes in their quest for sporting glory. Thirteen students excelling in fields as diverse as rowing, fencing, rugby and karate have been named LSE Sports Ambassadors this year, winning grants from the Annual Fund as well as in-kind support to balance their sporting commitments and academic work.

The ambassadors are: Ollie Cook (rowing); Marcus Mepstead (fencing); Chris Anguelov (tennis); Tom Johnson (judo); Luca Lixi (hockey); James Frewin (fencing); Rebecca Windemer (triathlon); Alex Lundberg (rugby); Alexander Lushnikov (karate); Jennifer Arthur (rowing); Wong Ying Kei Vivian (taekwondo); Josh Alexander-Passe (pole vault) and Amol Raftan (fencing).

- Notices

    LSE Chill: first session of term

This term's first LSE Chill session is this Friday (31 January) at 6pm in the 4th Floor Café bar. There's a fantastic musical line up featuring The Inheritors, Sonya Gao, and Princessa Rellosa. There's also a time limited open bar, so make the most of it and arrive at 6pm!

Get in touch with the team
at if you want to show off your talents at future Chills and let them know your name and the details of your act. More
    LSE Photo Prize 2014: submission deadline Friday 31 January

The deadline's fast approaching for LSE Arts' seventh Photo Prize competition - photos must be submitted before this Friday (31 January) for the chance to see your submissions displayed across LSE campus throughout Literary Festival, 24 February - 1 March, in LSE Arts’ first ever Pop Up exhibition! More

    Final Call - LSE Research Festival 2014 Exhibition

Can you convey your research visually? The deadline is almost here for submissions to the LSE Research Festival’s 2014 exhibition. Submissions are being accepted from academic and research staff across the School for next year’s Research Festival Exhibition until midnight this 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.

Last year, over 600 people visited the exhibition, including members of the general public. The LSE Research Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to encourage engagement with research being done at the School, as well as offering researchers the chance to gain fresh perspective on their project.

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


    How was the REF for you?

The School needs your help to learn the lessons from REF2014 and help plan for REF2020. Did you produce an impact case study for the REF? Were you one of your department’s REF coordinators? Do you think the REF was a terrible experience and you never want to hear that acronym ever again? Whatever your experience we want to hear from you. Please take 10 minutes to complete the School’s REF survey. It’s completely confidential and your comments and thoughts will help the School understand what worked and what didn’t, and to start planning for REF 2020. The survey is open to academic and research staff and will be available until Friday 14 February. All eligible staff will shortly receive an email from the Professor Julia Black, Pro-Director Research, containing a link to the survey and inviting responses.
    Time to Talk: join the conversation about mental health

Sometimes it's the little things we do that make a big difference to someone who's experiencing a mental health problem - like having a chat over a cup of tea, sending a text or inviting someone out. The mental health charity Time to Change is encouraging people to do just that by marking Thursday 6 February as 'Time to Talk Day' with the aim of sparking a million conversations around the country about mental health.

LSE is signed up to the Time to Change pledge to increase awareness about and tackle stigma around mental health issues. Find out more about Time to Change here.

Join the LSE conversation about mental health on Twitter on Thursday 6 February from 2-4pm by tweeting @LSEDiversity using the hash tag #TimetoTalk. You can tweet @LSEDiversity any time though - every little helps! Let’s all be part of the big conversation.

To learn more about mental health, book a place on the Mental Health First Aid courses on Thursday 20 February or Thursday 27 February here.

Remember you can always contact the free and confidential Staff Counselling Service, here


Interdisciplinary Policy Group

The Interdisciplinary Policy Group (IPG), organised through the IPA, holds a termly afternoon seminar where LSE academics, across different departments, give short presentations on how their disciplinary approach addresses a particular policy theme. The IPG is open only to LSE academics. Its purpose is to create more cross-departmental policy dialogue and understanding at LSE. If you would like to be on the mailing list for IPG seminars, contact Adam Oliver at


Funders at LSE: Wellcome Trust - on Wednesday 5 February at 11am-1pm in OLD 3.21

The Wellcome Trust’s Grants Adviser, Paul Woodgate, will be visiting LSE to talk about funding opportunities for social scientists. The Trust supports the best research in a wide array of disciplines, including social sciences and humanities. The Trust’s recently expanded funding programmes in medical humanities and society and ethics offer a number of funding opportunities such as strategic awards, research fellowships, investigators awards and small grants. Book here

    Staff accommodation for Lent and Summer terms

Staff Accommodation has rooms, studios and apartments available to let throughout the Lent and Summer terms for staff and visitors to LSE. They're suitable for both short or long term lets. Prices start at just £45 per night. Book now to avoid disappointment!

For more information, contact Samantha Da-Costa on ext 7023 or at More 

Distribution lists

Sending an email to a big group of people? Remember to check the global address book in case there’s a handy ready-made distribution list you can use which will both save you time and also make sure everyone who needs to receive your email does. For example, there are already distribution lists for Departmental Managers,, for Centre Managers,, and one for both Departmental Managers and Centre Managers,


Technology tip!

To transfer a call:

  • During a call, press the ‘Transfer’ soft key (the middle black key below the display) - this puts the caller on hold - and enter the transfer phone number, then either:

  • wait for the user to answer and then press the ‘Transfer’ soft key (now on the left), at this point, you can tell the person you are calling who is on the line and purpose of the call or

  • press the ‘Transfer’ soft key immediately to transfer the call straight away.


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features the roof terrace on the sixth floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

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- Research


Rising income inequality associated with increasing mortality new study finds

Between 1975 and 2006 life expectancy continued to rise and mortality rates continued to fall in rich countries, but not as much as they would have done if income had been more evenly distributed, a new study has found.

The research published this month by Population Studies, a journal based at LSE, found that while life expectancy rose and mortality rates fell during this 30 year period, the distribution of incomes became more unequal in two thirds of the world's richest countries. This growing inequality was associated with lower life expectancy and higher mortality, especially among men. More


    Prison segregation units in England: capacity, functions and quality

Segregation units are prisons within a prison, with a very restrictive regime. Segregated prisoners spend little time out of their cell, and have very limited access to purposeful activities and meaningful human contact.

Dr Sharon Shalev, Associate of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology, is working with the Prison Reform Trust to look at how segregation units work. The project, 'Prison segregation units in England: capacity, functions and quality', is funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Sharon and her collaborators will be interviewing prisoners, prison officers and governors to get their views about, and experiences of, segregation units. The research will build an evidence base on the uses of segregation: the regulations governing its use, variations in practice, the characteristics of those who end up in segregation and their experience of segregation, the views of staff who work there, and the processes for returning people to normal location. The study is expected to last 18 months, with key findings published early in 2015. More

    Library ethnographic project

Over the next six months the Library will become an anthropological field site as in-house anthropologist, Anna Tuckett, conducts an ethnographic study of how the Library is used. Anna will be studying user behaviour in every area of the building to ensure that all future development of Library spaces, materials and services reflects the changing needs and preferences of LSE students.

If any Library user would like to be interviewed as part of the project, please contact Anna by email:

    Library’s WILPF archive reveals relentless campaign for peace throughout 20th century

Following a six month project at the Library, the archive for the British section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is now fully catalogued.

WILPF was founded at the International Women’s Congress in The Hague in 1915. The WILPF archive contains correspondence between governments and politicians from around the world, including Margaret Thatcher, Neil Kinnock and leading political figures from Germany and the US. It reveals WILPF’s previously undocumented role in promoting and protecting the human rights of oppressed people across the world, for example members seeking peace in Northern Ireland during the troubles.

The WILPF archive is part of a larger project, Swords into Ploughshares, which includes cataloguing and promoting the Fellowship of Reconciliation, London Union. The project is supported by a generous grant from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives.

Swords into Ploughshares will support LSE research in a number of areas, including History and International Relations. Files from the collection can also be viewed by appointment in the Library’s Reading Room: please contact More


- Events

    'A European Dream Deferred: how to restore Europe's promise and potential' - on Monday 3 February at 6.30pm

LSE, the Eva Colorni Trust and Professor Amartya Sen invite all LSE staff and students to attend this year’s Eva Colorni Memorial Lecture with former prime minister of Greece, George Papandreou.

Tickets can now be requested online. LSE ID required. More
    'The Sports Gene: talent, practice and the truth about success' - on Tuesday 4 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre in Clement House with David Epstein

In his ground-breaking exploration of athletic success, The Sports Gene, award-winning writer David Epstein gets to the heart of the great nature vs nurture debate, and explodes myths about how and why humans excel. Join him for a thought provoking examination of the truth behind talent and success. More
    'What Have You Got to Hide?' - on Wednesday 5 February at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre in New Academic Building with Hazel Blears MP, Annie Machon, Professor Sir David Omand and Matthew Ryder QC

Without whistle blowers and the media the current debate over the accountability of the secret state would not be happening. What should be the future role of the media, if any, in holding the security services to account? More
    'Nationalism, Internationalism and Global Sport' - on Wednesday 5 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre in Clement House with Mike Marqusee

Mike Marqusee seeks to explain the phenomena of ‘globalised’ spectator sport through examining its origins. Ultimately, he asks if there is a sporting internationalism that can be posed against the corporate globalisation of sport, and what the elements of that might be. More
    'Should the Euro Survive? Economics in an Era of Political Extremism' - on Thursday 6 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre in Clement House with Paul Donovan and George Magnus

An economics debate which will consider what will happen next in Europe. More
    'Hard Life, ‘Decent’ Husbands and ‘Good’ Wives: Serbian-Albanian mixed marriages in post-'Kosovo' times' - on Tuesday 4 February at 6-7.30pm in Cañada Blanch Room, (COW 1.11), 1st floor, Cowdray House with Dr Armanda Hysa and Dr James Ker-Lindsay

Dr Armanda Hysa is an ethnologist whose work focuses on Albania and other SEE countries. She is the Alexander Nash Fellow at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. More

    LSE Arts new exhibition 'Rainbow Jews' - from Monday 3 February to Friday 28 February at 10am-8pm in the Atrium Gallery, Old Building

'Rainbow Jews', LSE Arts’ first exhibition of 2014, reflects on LGBT history from the 1950s to the present day during LGBT History Month. More

'Rising Asia: lessons learned from European integration' - on Wednesday 5 February at 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre with Professor Simon Hix and Professor Arne Westad

Economic and political integration are high on the agenda in Asia, in ASEAN as well as more widely in the region. What can the region learn from the process of integration in Europe: from the institutional design of the European single market, to the Euro crisis and how the Eurozone has tried to solve it? More

This is the first lecture in the Asia Rising Series.

    'Libya: a happy ending that wasn’t' - on Monday 3 February at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Dr Florence Gaub

Looking at post-2011 Libya, key questions of post-conflict reconstruction, security sector reform and transitional justice will be considered. What can we learn for future cases of regime change? How can security be built without external security provision? What are factors that facilitate or impede political transitions? More
    'The Quest for Cultural Authenticity and the Politics of Identity' - on Wednesday 5 February at 6-7.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Sami Zubaida

In the BRISMES annual lecture, Professor Sami Zubaida will explore the question of changing identities as what constitutes authenticity in different spheres of culture is contested between political and religious groups and ideologies. The BRISMES Award for Services to Middle East Studies will be presented immediately after the lecture to Alastair Newton and there will be a reception following the lecture from 7.30-8.30pm.
    Podcasts of public lectures and events

The Next Global Development Agenda: from aspiration to delivery
Speaker: Helen Clark
Recorded: Tuesday 21 January 2014, approx. 59 mins

Poverty and the Tolerance of the Intolerable
Speaker: Professor Amartya Sen
Recorded: Wednesday 22 January 2014, approx. 85 mins

These European Elections Matter
Speaker: Nigel Farage
Recorded: Thursday 23 January 2014, approx. 77 mins 

- 60 second interview


with.....James Deeley

I work in the Gender Institute managing its MSc programmes and events. Prior to this, I worked at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney. I’ve lived all over London but have just settled in Forest Hill which is lovely, although both hills and forests are disappointingly scarce. I’m also the chair of LSE Spectrum - the network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who work at LSE. You can see what we get up on our website, by joining our mailing list (just email or follow us on Twitter @lsespectrum.

Please can you tell us more about LGBT History Month and what is planned?

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month takes place
across the UK every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. LSE Spectrum has a number of activities planned to mark it this year. We kicked off yesterday (29 January) with a public discussion, Pride and Propaganda: LGBT rights in Russia today, hosted in collaboration with the Department of Law and the Students’ Union LGBTQ Alliance.

We also have two events in the LSE Literary Festival on Wednesday 26 February. The first is 'It’s OK to be Gay' which will feature public figures including author Stella Duffy, Radio 4 and 'Dragon’s Den' presenter Evan Davis and rapper QBoy sharing their experiences of coming out, followed by Vernal Scott’s talk on his experiences as an HIV/AIDS activist at the height of the challenge in the 80s and 90s. Vernal's talk is being hosted in collaboration with LSE’s black and minority ethnic network EMBRACE. We'll also be screening Bette Bourne: it goes with the shoes on Tuesday 11 February, introduced by Bette who was an original member of the Gay Liberation Front during the campaigns for LGBT equality in the late 60s and early 70s.

Finally, we’re supporting Rainbow Jews - a group which celebrates LGBT Jewish history and heritage in the UK - in holding an exhibition in the Atrium Gallery 3-28 February, with a launch event on Thursday 6 February at 6.30pm in the New Theatre.

If you could book any guest speaker for an LSE public event, who would you choose?

Obama would be a bit of a boon, wouldn’t he? In conversation with The Krankies, perhaps.

What is your favourite painting?

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. Jolly good fun. On a side note, my friend and I go to the National Gallery sometimes at lunch and I highly recommend it. It’s only 15 minutes away and you get to have fun looking at art and pretending to be a dazed and confused tourist when people ask you for directions.

What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Head to Angela Lansbury’s house and begin recreating the dance scene from Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I would need to recruit additional invisible people, obviously.

Do you have or have you ever had any pets?

No pets, but I did once meet a rather charming penguin

What, or who, makes you laugh?

Cheese jokes. All the way. What’s the best cheese for hiding a horse? Mascarpone! (you have to say it aloud…)


- Training and jobs


Developing emotional resilience in the workplace - Friday 7 February at 1-2pm

Criticism, doubt, stress and lack of confidence can affect your sense of self, and reduce your ability to cope with workplace challenges. How can you develop resilience to deal with these factors and better navigate your professional life? This workshop will focus on understanding emotional resilience and learning how to develop better coping and management strategies. It will include an opportunity to share and explore experiences within the workplace. Book here

    Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

Google and beyond: using the internet for your research
Apple Hour
NetworkED: going mobile 

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. More

  HR   Jobs at LSE

Below are some of the vacancies currently being advertised to internal candidates only, as well as those being advertised externally.

  • Application Analyst, Information Management and Technology
  • Development Manager, ODAR: Major Gift Fundraising
  • Communications Officer, International Growth Centre
  • Fellow in Behavioural Macroeconomics, European Institute
  • Employer Engagement Adviser, Careers Service
  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Economic Anthropology or Anthropology of Development, International Development

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


- Get in touch!

  Kitten   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 6 February. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 4 February. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy