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LSE Travel Survey 2014

It's time to fill out the LSE Travel Survey for 2014 - we must provide data to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, so please give your answers as soon as possible.


Space for Thought Literary Festival
Tickets for this year's LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival can now be booked online. All events are free and open to all.

  Chandran Kukathas
Chair in Political Theory, Professor Chandran Kukathas is a big fan of 'The Big Bang Theory', just don't ask him to sing the theme tune...
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  6 February 2014  

- News


Co-director of LSE Asia Research Centre receives Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award 2014

Dr Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Director of the LSE India Observatory and Asia Research Centre, has received the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award 2014 for outstanding service, contribution and achievements in the field of education. The award, which commemorates Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, recognises individuals for exceptional achievements in their respective fields. Dr Kattumuri said: "This award is an encouragement as I continue to beaver away on the public mission of being a Guru". More

    Success for LSE students at British Conference for Undergraduate Research events

Two recent graduates from the Department of Government, George Edwards and Lukas Slothuus, will be representing LSE at the British Consortium for Undergraduate Research’s annual Posters in Parliament Exhibition next month, with posters based on their undergraduate dissertations - ‘Bicameralism and the supranational autonomy of the European Parliament’ (George Edwards) and ‘Extreme right aesthetics: How the Danish People’s Party politicises cultural objects’ (Lukas Slothuus) – for the GV390 Government Dissertation Option course run by Michael Bruter.

Meanwhile, the winning research projects from last year’s LSE GROUPS have been selected for presentation at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research’s Nottingham conference in April. Vincent Harrold and Muriel Levy will be presenting their group’s paper ‘Evaluating the effectiveness of The Big Issue in combating social exclusion among homeless people in London’ and Rachel Gregory and Jiahui Ren ‘The impact of social networks: moving on from homelessness’.

Congratulations to all the students involved and to the teachers who created the opportunities and encouraged them.

    The Library brings full access to to LSE staff and students

Following consultation with students, the Library has purchased a full subscription to the Financial Times online giving all LSE staff and students unlimited access to's award-winning news, comment and analysis from journalists around the world. The subscription will run until January 2015, when it will be reviewed.

Use your LSE email to register for the subscription here.

The Library’s Academic Support Librarians are also offering training and advice to help students make the most of this new resource, and the many others already available. More

Sirius Programme - an LSE graduate's runaway success

Tim Brown, a recent graduate of the MSc International Management programme, has just launched his start-up business, Three Over Seven, which produces wool runners - wool training shoes which are designed to be worn without socks, whilst keeping your feet daisy-fresh.

Following his graduation, Tim won a place on the
UK Trade and Investment's Sirius Programme which provided him with a year-long placement in a UK business accelerator programme (Tim is in The Bakery programme), mentoring, Graduate Entrepreneur Visa endorsement and £12,000 funding per team member. The start-ups are owned by the graduates, with no equity taken in return for funding. See how Tim's doing and how you can support him here.











Academics Abroad

Dr Ricardo Crescenzi
At the end of January, Dr Riccardo Crescenzi, Associate Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, gave a number of keynote lectures in Mexico at CIDE - Centro de Investigacion y Docentia Economicas Aguascalientes, at the United Nations - Comisión Económica para América Latine y el Caribe sede subregional en México and the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

The titles of the lectures were:

  • 'The comparative analysis of the territorial innovation dynamics in developed and emerging countries'

  • ‘Innovation drivers and the location strategies of multinational firms from developed and emerging countries’

  • 'The comparative analysis of the territorial innovation dynamics in developed and emerging countries'

Professor Mary Kaldor
From 31 January to 2 February, Professor Mary Kaldor of LSE's Department of International Relations and the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, participated in the 50th Munich Security Conference, one of the most important independent security policy conferences worldwide.

Professor Kaldor said: 'It was an extraordinary opportunity to learn at first hand the thinking of some of the key people in the security world as well as to make contacts that can help our research (and impact) on security issues.

Sessions included: dialogue between the Serbian and Kosovar Prime Ministers, chaired by Cathy Ashton; a panel discussion including the chief Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Martin Indyk (Secretary Kerry’s representative) and Tony Blair; a panel that included Vitali Klychko, the Ukranian boxer and leader of the democratic opposition as well as the Ukrainian foreign minister; a historic session with Henry Kissinger, Helmut Schmidt, Egon Bahr and Valerie Giscard d’Estaing; and other sessions involving John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, the Iranian foreign minister, as well as the UN’s negotiator on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.


- Notices

    Industrial action at LSE

The UCU, Unison and Unite trades unions have advised the School that they will be taking strike action today for the full day. This is in relation to their dispute over pay, which is a national dispute affecting universities. The School will be open as usual on this date, and we will aim to keep to the existing teaching timetable. If there are changes to scheduled lectures or tutorials, the staff responsible should let you know.
    Industrial action - tube strikes

The RMT and TSSA unions have called two 48-hour strikes. The first strike is taking place at the moment (as you've probably noticed) - if they continue as planned, services will be affected until the morning of Friday 7 February. A further strike is planned from about 9.30pm on Tuesday 11 February until the morning of Friday 14 February. More

    LSE Travel Survey 2014

LSE is required by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, to report publicly on student and staff travel statistics, as are all other UK universities.

Please complete the LSE Travel Survey 2014, which only takes 3 minutes on average, by Friday 28 February. Please click here to take the survey. Survey entrants can win a Kindle in our free prize-draw.

If you have any enquiries, please contact

    LSE Research Festival 2014 Exhibition - deadline extended

Can you convey your research visually? The deadline for submissions to the LSE Research Festival’s 2014 exhibition has been extended to midnight on Friday 21 February. Submissions are being accepted from academic and research staff across the School. 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, and many of those involved remarked on how beneficial the experience was to their research project and their own development.
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.
    Vice-Chair of the LSE Court and Council

The School is seeking a Vice-Chair of its Court and Council. Kate Jenkins has served in this role with distinction since 2009 and will be stepping down as Vice-Chair in July 2014.

Full details of the post are here. Suggestions of those who might be suitable or expressions of interest should be sent in confidence to Joan Poole, Governance, Legal & Planning Division, at by Thursday 20 February.

    LSE - Sciences Po Faculty Mobility Scheme 2014-15

LSE and Sciences Po have been institutional partners for the past decade. The annual faculty mobility scheme is the newest initiative in our academic collaboration. The scheme enables faculty to spend at least a month in a host department at the other institution in order to engage with other students; to foster networks between colleagues and help wider departmental and institutional interests.
There are two options in the scheme to give maximum flexibility.
  • Mode A: shorter visits of one month, whereby visiting faculty deliver at least eight hours of teaching (or a short course) and spend at least four hours with PhD students
  • Mode B: longer visits of three months, whereby visiting faculty deliver at least 20 hours of teaching, spend at least 10 hours with PhD students and deliver a departmental or public lecture

Participants will continue to receive their normal salary and a travel grant from their home institution. They will also receive a subsistence allowance or salary from the host institution.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 7 May.

    LSE Library Survey 2014

From Monday 10 February to Friday 28 February, the Library is conducting its biannual student survey giving LSE students the opportunity to have their say on the Library and its services.

The Library is using LibQual+, a library survey tool provided by ARL, which will provide evidence on students’ perception of Library space, resources, and services, as well as enabling benchmarking of the Library’s performance against other Academic Libraries and similar institutions. The results will be available this summer.

Please encourage students to participate by directing them to the online survey here.


    Lent Entrepreneurship funding deadline approaching

If you have a bright idea, or an already established business or social enterprise project, don’t forget to enter the LSE Entrepreneurship funding competition by 5pm on Friday 7 February by
filling in this short form for a chance to win up to £10,000 towards your project.

The initial round of the competition is open until 5pm on Friday 7 February. If you're successful in the initial application, you'll  need to submit a detailed business proposal and costings to be assessed by a specialist judging panel. Successful applicants will then be asked to pitch their idea to the panel on Friday 7 March.
    LSE Arts - February edition of Perspectives

The February edition of LSE Arts online photo gallery is now available - peruse the pictures here. If you're interested in submitting a photo for next month’s edition, please email

Marathon man

James Driscoll, LSE's Donations and Finance Manager, is running this year's London Marathon for the Mental Health Foundation and is hoping to raise £1,650.

James says, "Mental health problems are something that are overlooked by many but are incredibly damaging and difficult for those dealing with them, so it is a wonderful cause. Any donations will also help in the months leading up to the Marathon as I pound the streets to produce a time to rival everyone's Olympic hero Mo Farah!"  Support him and donate here.

    SCR wine tasting event

The next Senior Common Room (SCR) event will be wine tasting on Thursday 6 March from 5.30pm, hosted by the Theatre of Wine. We shall be tasting a range of European wines. For more information and to book your place at this event, visit the SCR website. Any member of staff may attend SCR events. Information on how to become a member of the SCR is on the HR website.

    Double room to rent in Islington

A double room is available for a professional lady who would like to share Monday to Friday or full time with another professional lady in a quiet, clean, tidy, cosy, bright and secure two double bedroom maisonette flat with a private garden. Though on a quiet residential street, it's just six minutes walk to Highbury and Islington station and only two minutes from the trendy Upper Street with its bars, restaurants, boutiques, cafe.
It's an easy location for travelling to the City, West End, East London and beyond.

There's a fridge, freezer, washing machine, dryer, wireless broadband and Sky TV. A cleaner comes fortnightly. The rent is £750 pcm and bills are extra.

Please phone Helen Barnett on 07734 712889 for more details.
    Technology tip!

More telephone transfer call tips.
If the person you want to transfer the call to:
  • Doesn’t answer
    o Press the ‘Cancel’ soft key (middle) to return to the original caller.
  • Doesn’t want to/can’t take the call
    o Once they put the phone down, press the ‘Resume’ soft key (left) to return to original caller.

What to do if you need to try a different extension whilst the caller is still on hold:

  • The transfer button has now become a cancel button. Press this and you are reconnected to the caller. Explain you are trying a different number and then transfer the call again to the new extension.

If you’ve misdialled a number:

  • Press the ‘<<’ soft key (right) to delete the digits and dial correct the number.

- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features the LSESU Venue in the basement of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

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- Research


G20 tax haven crackdown fails to catch evaders

An analysis of the G20 crackdown on tax havens has found little economic benefit in bilateral treaties, with evaders just shifting billions of dollars to other countries.

Dr Gabriel Zucman, from the London School of Economics and Political Science and UC-Berkeley, says hundreds of treaties signed by the world’s major tax havens agreeing to share bank information on request have failed. The LSE economist claims that modern technology has made it easier for tax evaders to move funds offshore. Despite tax havens being compelled to sign treaties in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, figures show that the agreements have had only a “modest impact” on bank deposits in these countries. More


Human touch still essential for market liquidity and stability at NYSE

Changes to regulations that secure the role of specialist brokers in determining stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) are essential to maintaining market liquidity and stability according to an academic from LSE.

As of this week, the specialists – the NYSE’s so-called Designated Market Makers (DMMs) – can share disaggregated and post-trade order information at their posts with the Exchange’s floor brokers. This is the result of a ruling by the regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), after receiving evidence from Dr Daniel Beunza and Professor Yuval Millo, who have been studying the NYSE since 2003, as well as from the NYSE itself.

Dr Daniel Beunza, an economic sociologist, said: “Our research indicates that human communication between market makers and floor brokers has a positive impact on price discovery as it facilitates a more widely shared understanding of the market. This results in a greater willingness to transact.” More

    LSE leads £15 million consortium to improve social care practices

LSE’s Professor Martin Knapp has been reappointed Director of the School for Social Care Research (SSCR), which has been awarded a second, five-year term following a £15 million funding injection from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE, will lead the new phase of SSCR from 2014-2019, working with colleagues from the Universities of Bristol, Kent, Manchester and York.

The SSCR was established in May 2009 to conduct world-class research to improve adult social care practices in England. Since its establishment it has commissioned over 56 research studies involving more than 192 Fellows and engaged with a vast number of organisations in the social care sector. More

Most downloaded items from LSE Research Online in January

LSE Research Online is a service provided by LSE Library to increase the visibility of research produced by LSE staff. It contains citations and full text, Open Access versions of research outputs, including journal articles, books chapters, working papers, theses, conference papers and more.

To find out more about Open Access, and how LSERO can help enhance research impact, email

The most downloaded Monographs, e.g. reports, working papers and discussion papers, in LSE Research Online in January are:

1. Anheier, Helmut K. (2000) Managing non-profit organisations: towards a new approach. Civil Society Working Paper series, 1. Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753013436 (948 downloads).

2. Holloway, Donell, Green, Lelia and Livingstone, Sonia (2013) Zero to eight: young children and their internet use. EU Kids Online, EU Kids Online Network, London, UK. (789 downloads).
3. Bowling, Ben and Phillips, Coretta (2003) Policing ethnic minority communities. In: Newburn, Tim, (ed.) Handbook of policing. Willan Publishing, Devon, UK, pp. 528-555. ISBN 9781843920199 (782 downloads).

4. Hills, John (1998) Thatcherism, new Labour and the welfare state. 13. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. (724 downloads).

5. Livingstone, Sonia and Brake, David R. (2010) On the rapid rise of social networking sites: new findings and policy implications. Children & society, 24 (1). pp. 75-83. ISSN 0951-0605 (700 downloads).

Total downloads for January: 100,099


Research e-Briefing

Click here to read the January edition of the Research Division newsletter.

To sign up for research news, recent 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 February. More


- Events

    Tickets now available for LSE’s Sixth Literary Festival, Monday 24 February – Saturday 1 March

With the theme 'Reflections', the sixth LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival will explore the distinctive qualities of the social sciences' and the arts' approaches to understanding the world around us, including considerations of the First World War centenary. There is a programme of talks, readings, panel discussions and film screenings, as well as creative writing workshops and children’s events for the week long Festival, and speakers include AS Byatt, Melvyn Bragg, Tracy Chevalier, Sebastian Faulks, Professor Margaret Macmillan and Michael Rosen. All events are free and open to all and tickets can now be booked online. More

    'Economics, the Enemy?' - on Tuesday 11 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre in Clement House with Dr Philip Roscoe

Could economics be responsible for the greatest problems we face? This lecture explores the making of the economic world and asks: does economics change what it means to be a person? More
    'Risk Sharing and Cooperative Finance' - on Wednesday 12 February at 6.30pm in the New Theatre in the East Building with Farmida Bi

Organised in conjunction with the Harvard Islamic Finance Project, Farmida Bi talks on Islamic finance in the Western world. More

'Ethics and the Media: after the Leveson inquiry' - on Thursday 13 February at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre in the New Academic Building with Professor George Brock, Baroness O'Neill and Gavin Millar

After Leveson, this debate asks: can ethics help us think about whether we have the media needed for a healthy democracy and social fabric? How should we think about the good and harm journalism can do? More

    A lecture by Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister of Croatia - on Monday 24 February at 5-6pm
Ticket will be released on Thursday 13 February

Zoran Milanović has been the Prime Minister of Croatia since 2011. Before this, he served as chairman of the Social Democratic Party parliamentary group in the Croatian parliament, and as a member of the Committee for the Constitution, Rules of Procedure and Political System. More


'Israel: the Arab Spring, domestic politics and the future of the Arab-Israeli peace process' - on Monday 10 February at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre in the East Building with Dr Ahron Bregman, King’s College London

The Arab Spring put on hold the possibility of reaching peace between Israel and Syria, leaving the Israeli-Palestinian peace track the only game in town. This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. More


’Reconstituting the Entrepreneurial State’ - on Monday 10 February at 5.30pm in 3.02, Tower Two with Niall McKenzie, Strathclyde Business School

Using the example of the UK's development of fast reactor technology, Niall McKenzie seeks to answer the question of whether or not governments can act entrepreneurially and if so what implication does this have for our current understanding of governmental actions in respect of business and economic development, as well as current conceptualisations of entrepreneurship.

    Does the Greek labour market work? Crisis and adjustment across the Greek regions - on Tuesday 11 February at 6-7.30pm in the Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, 1st floor, Cowdray House

The remarkable rise in unemployment in Greece as a whole has overshadowed the substantial regional differences in unemployment and the labour market.
Vassilis Monastriotis and Professor Kevin Featherstone examine the geography of these dynamics. More

All Hellenic Observatory Seminars are open to all; no ticket is required and entry is on a first come, first served basis More
    '4th Wave Feminism: shaking things up, saving the world?' - on Tuesday 11 February at 5-6.30pm in KSW 1.04

What does it mean to be a feminist today? Does the ‘4th wave’ offer anything for women and marginalised groups working for social change? Panellists include Kira Cochrane, journalist and author, Jinan Younis, Feminist activist and writer and Professor Jan Haaken, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Portland State University.

The event is open to all on a first come first served basis.

    The United Kingdom and the European Parliament Elections: Voting For, Against or About the European Union? - on Wednesday 12 February at 6.30-8pm in the Hong Kong Theatre

The LSE European Institute invites you to its first Contesting Europe public debate with Professor Vernon Bogdanor, CBE FBA, Research Professor at the Institute of Contemporary British History, King's College London; Professor Damian Chalmers, Professor in European Union Law, LSE; Professor Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, LSE; Mats Persson, Director of Open Europe and Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics & Foreign Affairs,
Kings College London.

This debate is free, open to all and no tickets are required. If you're on Twitter, look out for the hashtag: #LSEcontesting More

'The Politics of the Urban Everyday in the Arab Revolutions' - on Wednesday 12 February at 5.15-7.15pm in 32L.G.17, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields with Professor Salwa Ismail, SOAS

Professor Salwa Ismail will discuss dimensions of contention and oppositional action anchored in urban space, addressing questions such as: How, in the context of the Arab Revolutions, did the urban-based mass protests link with existing patterns of urban political action? More

This is a registration only event. Please register using the online booking system here.

    Podcasts of public lectures and events

Brazil's Economic Outlook
Speaker: Alexandre A. Tombini
Recorded: Monday 27 January, approx. 58 minutes

The Next Crisis
Speakers: Professor Julia Black, Dr Jon Danielsson, Professor Charles Goodhart
Recorded: Tuesday 28 January, approx. 87 minutes

China's Role in the Global Economy: myths and realities
Speaker: Dr Keyu Jin
Recorded: Wednesday 29 January, approx. 69 minutes

- 60 second interview

      with.....Chandran Kukathas

I hold the Chair in Political Theory in the Department of Government and give the lectures in GV100: Introduction to Political Theory. I am quite possibly the most famous Malaysian-born Australian libertarian political philosopher of Sri Lankan Tamil descent working in North London today.

I came to LSE in 2007 after spending four years in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah. I have moved around all my life. I was a toddler in Melbourne when my father spent four years there as a student. I grew up in Malaysia until I started High School in Canberra, where I took BA in History and Political Science at the Australian National University. After a five year absence in Oxford and then Washington as a doctoral and postdoctoral student, I returned to Australia but left again in 2003. A rootless cosmopolitan, I am a staunch advocate of open borders.

My best friend at school was from Portugal and he turned me into a keen football player; only a complete lack of ability prevented me from pursuing a career as a professional sportsman. Now I keep fit by sitting in front of the TV and running to the fridge during commercial breaks. I watch football, cricket, movies and re-runs of 'The Big Bang Theory'. I also write stories, but have never tried to publish any of them, though I occasionally inflict them on friends and family or people who displease me.

If you could teach a new subject at LSE, what would it be and why?

Anarchism. I may still do it. As I get older I find myself more sympathetic to the writers in the various anarchist traditions, from anarcho-capitalist (as well as anti-capitalist) libertarians, to Tolstoyan pacifists, to Marxians of different stripes. Especially at a place like LSE, it would be good to have greater exposure to ideas that are critical of the state.

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

Kazuo Ishiguro. I have always admired his writing style, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go are two of my favourite modern novels.

Where in the world have you always wanted to go but never quite made it …… yet?

I would like to travel through India. I have made only two very short trips there for a few days at a time, and it was not nearly enough. I would like to make a culinary tour of the subcontinent.

What was the first news story you remember catching your attention?

The death of Bobby Kennedy. I was about 11 years old in Kuala Lumpur and it was big news. I had no idea exactly who he was, but I remember talking about it at school.

Are you left or right handed?

Right handed. The left hand is pretty useless and I keep it purely for symmetry.

Is there anything you cannot do and would like to learn?

Sing. I am assured that there is no chance of this happening and would describe my voice as scaryoke.


- Training and jobs


Perfecting your one page pitch - media workshop

How do you pitch a comment piece to a newspaper? Or attract interest from BBC radio programmers looking for experts to interview? All research staff and junior academics are invited to a media workshop which will help them write pitches that stand their ground in the public arena, justifying themselves in terms of public interest, relevance and angle.

Radio Producer Dinah Lammiman and David Shariatmadari, Deputy Comment Editor at The Guardian, will explain what they want to see when academics pitch to them. This is an opportunity not just to learn technique, but also to make useful contacts in the media. Last year, research staff placed comment pieces in The Guardian within weeks of taking the workshop.

The workshop will run on Wednesday 19 February at 10am-1pm and lunch is provided. Book here.

    Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

Introduction to Twitter and Micro-Blogging
Developing Emotional Resilience in the Workplace
Information Session: Research Fellowships

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.

  • Diary and travel coordinator, Governance, Legal and Planning Division
  • Research Economist, Education and Skills Programme, Centre for Economic Performance
  • Application Analyst, Information Management and Technology
  • Assistant Librarian Procurement and Access, Library: Collections Services
  • LSE Fellow in Statistics, Statistics
  • Research Officer in Demography/Population Health, Social Policy
  • Web Developer, 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 13 February. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 11 February. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy