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Dr Banaji believes that as children are our future, we should all listen a little more carefully to them...

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  1 May 2014  

- News

    LSE shortlisted for Architects' Journal Client of the Year award

LSE has been shortlisted by the Architects' Journal (AJ) in its AJ100 Client of the Year Awards. The School is among six organisations identified by architects as having made the greatest contribution to UK architecture over the year.

The Client of the Year shortlist is compiled by the top 100 architectural practices in the UK, who are all asked as part of the Architects' Journal’s annual AJ100 survey to nominate an organisation that has made the greatest contribution to UK architecture during the past year.

LSE is shortlisted for the 2014 award alongside Argent, British Land, Croydon Council, Derwent London, the Peabody Trust and University of Edinburgh.

Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE, said: “The AJ100 is a prestigious list of the top architectural firms that practice in the UK so it is a great honour to have been nominated as a potential Client of the Year and to be in such impressive company as the other six organisations shortlisted.”

The Client of the Year will be revealed at the annual AJ100 Awards on Thursday 22 May.
    Gearty Grillings: LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) launches weekly series of short video debates

Conor Gearty, director of the IPA and professor of human rights law, will be subjecting LSE academics to a five-minute grilling on their research and ideas in a new weekly series of video debates, called The Gearty Grillings. From the financial crisis and fracking, to housing policy and human rights, the debates will put LSE’s leading authorities on some of humankind’s most provocative issues under the spotlight. The series will showcase LSE’s world class research and faculty and is being filmed at LSE’s new media studio.

Commenting on the launch, Conor Gearty said “The IPA is pioneering new forms of engagement and the Gearty Grillings, with their focus on short and sharp exchanges, are just one strand of this work. As an interviewer I am seeking to use these cross-examinations to challenge academics on the tensions, and possibly the contradictions, in their work.” More

The first debate, featuring Professor Tony Travers of LSE London, has been published online here and has featured on Guardian Professional here.
    LSE Research Festival blog launched

Interested in learning more about the incredible variety of research going on at LSE? The LSE Research Festival blog has just launched and offers a celebration of research in all its forms. The blog’s purpose is to host a number of different projects designed to both give an overview of LSE research and to engage as wide an audience as possible. Over the coming months, information on upcoming LSE Research Festival 2014 events will be posted alongside a ‘best of LSE blogging’ series and one-off posts on other research news. Subscribe to stay up to date with all the new posts here.
    LSE launches Investment and Human Rights Learning Hub

On Thursday 10 April the Investment and Human Rights Project, the first major initiative of the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy (LAB) in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, launched the Investment and Human Rights Learning Hub. The Hub is a dynamic, free, online learning tool dedicated to building understanding of investment and human rights, on their connections, and the implications these connections have for governments, businesses and civil society in ensuring the protection of human rights.

The Hub’s major areas of focus are presented on the Investment and Human Rights Map, an innovative visualisation of investment and human rights. Each point on the map provides an explanation of the activities that underlie investment and invites reflection on how these activities may impact people’s lives and wellbeing. The Hub also contains tools that provide access to a broad range of resources that identify and explain human rights, investment and their connections, including toolboxes, expert articles, and learning videos on key themes.

Watch an introduction to the Investment and Human Rights Project here. More


Professor Cathy Campbell wins Distinguished Career Award from British Psychological Society
Spanning 20 years, Professor Campbell’s work is notable for advancing the social psychology of health inequalities. Her contribution to social psychology, which is recognised by this award, lies in her development of an actionable model of the social psychology of collective action into a tool for health-relevant research, policy and practice in highly marginalised settings, particularly in the context of the African HIV epidemic. This work has been framed by her ‘social psychology of participation’ and her conceptualisation of the ‘health-enabling community’, and the ‘HIV competent community’.

Professor Campbell's frameworks highlight the social psychological pathways between various forms of collective action and health with particular attention given to how critical thinking and dialogue provide opportunities for reframing the social identities and agency of marginalised groupings as well as facilitating appropriate support which enable people to challenge negative social circumstances that place their health at risk.

Professor Campbell's work informs the MSc in Health, Community and Development and inspires students and colleagues in the Department of Social Psychology at LSE.

    Decision Analysis Society prize

For the first time, the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) has awarded its prize for the best decision analysis paper to a whole book, rather than a single paper as usual. The most recent winner was Portfolio Decision Analysis: improved methods for resource allocation, (eds.) A. Salo, J. Keisler and A. Morton which included a paper from Dr Lawrence D Phillips of LSE's Department of Management. Dr Alec Morton, one of the editors, was also in the Department of Management at LSE when the book was published.

LSE alum's app success

Congratulations to former PhD student and current LSE Visiting Fellow, Alexsi Aaltonen, whose personal fitness tracking app, Moves, was acquired by Facebook last week for an undisclosed price. Apple listed Moves as one of the best apps of 2013. The app, which records users’ daily activity on their smartphone, has been downloaded four million times since it was launched in 2013 and is Facebook’s first foray into fitness apps. Alexsi is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Management. More

    The Women's Library Reading Room opening event film  

Academics Abroad

Professor Nicola Lacey and Professor David Soskice

Just before Easter Professor Nicola Lacey, Department of Law, visited the New York University School of Law as Distinguished Global Fellow to give several presentations of her work, as well as holding a joint seminar with Professor David Soskice, Department of Government, on their current work looking at American Exceptionalism in crime, punishment, residential segregation and urban poverty. 

Dr Elliott Green
Elliott Green, Associate Professor of Development Studies in the Department of International Development, spoke on the topic of 'Governing Sub-Saharan African Cities' at a one day workshop on the 'Strategic Consequences of Urbanization in Africa to 2025' in Arlington, Virginia on Thursday 3 April. The workshop was jointly organised by the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State and the National Intelligence Council.

Professor Jude Howell
Professor Jude Howell presented a paper on 'NGOs and service sub-contracting? New form of social welfare or political appeasement' at a conference on 'Governance, Adaptability and System Stability under Contemporary One-party Rule' held at Nanchang University and organised by China Centre for Global Governance and Development, Beijing and German Governance in China Network in March 2014.

Professor Nick Couldry
Professor Couldry, Department of Media and Communications, gave the annual Ralph L Crosman lecture at the University of Colorado, Boulder on Tuesday 15 April. In the lecture, entitled ‘Reconstructing Journalism’s Public Rationale’, Professor Couldry spoke about the need to build public understanding of journalism in the digital age, and why the industry must justify its work as essential and find new financial backers in an era where the public has unlimited sources of information and revenues from traditional sources are plummeting. A podcast of his lecture can be found here here.

Professor Sonia Livingstone
On Monday 28 April, Sonia Livingstone gave the opening keynote at the ‘Digitally Connected’ conference, hosted jointly with UNICEF at Harvard Law School. Her lecture was entitled ‘Researching children’s rights in the digital age: the challenges of a global approach.’


- Notices


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. More

    Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries 2014-15 for LSE PhD students

Applications are invited from LSE PhD students for mobility bursaries to visit one of the School's institutional partners to work informally with an advisor on their PhD thesis, research, publications and presentations, and introduce them to the academic culture, professional contacts and employment opportunities of another country.

The partner institutions are:
  • Columbia University (New York)
  • the National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Peking University (Beijing)
  • Sciences Po (Paris)
  • the University of Cape Town (South Africa)  

For 2014-15, up to ten bursaries are on offer. For each partner institution, up to two flat rate bursaries of £2,500 are available.

Students registered for PhD studies at any LSE department who have been upgraded to full doctoral student status are eligible to apply. Each visit should be between two to three months long.

Deadline for complete applications, including references, is midday on Tuesday 13 May. Contact Academic Partnerships with any queries on More

    LSE Votes 2014: European Parliament election

Ahead of this May's European Parliament elections, LSESU's European Society has launched a handy website with everything anyone wanting to cast their vote needs to know. The website is completely neutral. It simply and concisely explains the voting process with links to the websites of the Electoral Commission, the voting sections of London borough councils and EU delegation embassies in London. So if you're planning to vote, take a look here.

    Telephone Aide Memoires available

IMT has sent aide memoire cards to all departments who have been migrated to the new telephone system. These useful cards can be kept for quick reference to the most commonly used shortcuts on your telephone. For a downloadable pdf version, and more detailed guidance to using your phone and other additional features, see the Telephone Guides page. All remaining buildings are scheduled to be migrated onto the new telephony services by September 2014; see the Migration Schedule for more information.
    Join Doctors of the World at the Royal Parks Half Marathon

London Marathon got you in the running mood? International health charity Doctors of the World (part of the Médecins du Monde network) has places in the Royal Parks Half Marathon event in October. Doctors of the World helps vulnerable people access the health care they desperately need; with a clinic in East London and many projects abroad, you will be running to raise money for a brilliant course. Join the Doctors of the World Royal Parks running team here.
    Pancakes and Palomas

LSE Garrick is now serving breakfast, offering a range of early morning delicacies, including bacon sandwiches and eggs Benedict. See the full menu here.

And for the other end of the day, on Friday 16 May, come to a pop-up cocktail bar on the eighth floor of the NAB to enjoy an evening of tiny umbrellas and jazz. See the full menu here.
    LSE Chill – calling performers!

The last LSE Chill session of the academic year will take place Friday 30 May in the Fourth Floor Café bar from 6-8pm. There's still space for an act to perform for a half hour slot during the evening so if you're interested in getting on stage either at this Chill or future Chills, contact with your name and details of your act. More

    Post-Easter exercise

No sparring, no contact, just 60 minutes of music-driven, hard core exercise incorporating elements of karate, boxing and tai chi to strip fat and shape your body.

The class is every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at 7-8pm on the 6th floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. The cost per class is £5. If you would like to attend or need further information, email Amy Mamawag at


Yoga classes

Spend a lot of time sitting at your desk? Need a good stretch towards the end of the week? Or has the brief spell of spring weather inspired you to try something new? Then come along to the LSE staff yoga class. Led by experienced Hatha yoga teacher Lee Carter, classes are on Thursdays from 1-2pm in the upstairs room of the Parish Hall and cost £8 each. Mats are provided so you don’t need to bring anything - just wear some loose comfortable clothing. This small but enthusiastic group would love some new members and beginners are very welcome. Email Michelle Batten with any queries on


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features the Women's Library Reading Room designed by ArchitecturePLB on the fourth floor of the LSE Library. A short film about The Women’s Library Reading Room official opening event on Wednesday 12 March can be seen here.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Artwork  

- Research

    New LSE research project: South Asia’s urbanisation-migration nexus

Dr Sunil Kumar, Department of Social Policy, Dr Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia, LSE London, and Dr Zlatko Nikoloski, LSE Health and Social Care, have been awarded £279,000 by DFID for research investigating the economic, political and spatial relationships resulting from the urbanisation-migration nexus in five South Asian countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Asia’s urban population is predicted to double between 2000 and 2030 presenting policymakers, international development organisations and civil society with diverse and complex development challenges. The ‘Urbanisation-Migration Nexus Project’ seeks to address policy trends that treat urbanisation and migration in isolation by exploring new economic, political, spatial and social relationships and outcomes generated as a result of the urbanisation-migration nexus in South Asia. The project will also investigate how the working poor are negotiating these relationships in uncertain and potentially adverse urban environments.

The research project will use various methods to analyse the urbanisation-migration nexus, including literature reviews, quantitative analysis of datasets, and qualitative empirical case studies and will be completed in March 2015. Dr Sunil Kumar is leading the project. More

For more information please contact Dr Kumar and Dr Fernández Arrigoitia


Harms of e-cigarettes nearer to nicotine patches than smoked tobacco

A new paper from Drug Science comparing the harms of nicotine containing products, including work from Dr Lawrence D Phillips of LSE's Department of Management, has found that e-cigarettes have the potential for huge public health gains.

Around the world, politicians are working to ban e-cigarette marketing, limit their nicotine content, prohibit their use in public buildings, and even to ban them entirely. Consumer research shows 44 per cent of people are unsure about their safety and policymakers are justifiably wary. But could that be a huge mistake? Could this wariness hold us back from winning the fight against tobacco-related disease and saving lives?

The study showed that despite fears expressed by politicians and journalists, electronic cigarettes pose only a shadow of the dangers of traditional cigarettes. Nicotine-containing products should not be lumped together as comparably harmful, as the products varied to a staggering extent, along a steep gradient. See the full report here

    UK ninth most entrepreneurial economy globally

The UK has slipped from sixth to ninth place in the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI). The researchers behind the GEDI study suggest that attitudes and entrepreneurial aspirations in the UK are holding back UK entrepreneurial performance. They found that while UK entrepreneurial activity is innovative and enjoys strong cultural support, its full potential may be held back by negative attitudes and a lack of ambition, relative to leading entrepreneurial economies.

Professor Zoltan Acs, LSE Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Development and co-author of the study said: “The UK ranks a solid ninth in the world and sixth in Europe on the 2014 GEDI. This strong performance is supported by a competitive environment, a high level of human capital and a strong tech sector. The UK ranks higher on entrepreneurship then on global competitiveness or economic freedom globally. While it does better on gender equality then the European average it could do much better in this area. Most of this could be improved by increasing spending on entrepreneurship education.” More
    One hundred thousand social housing tenants trapped in larger homes and wanting to downsize

The ‘spare room subsidy’ or ‘bedroom tax’ has left tenants struggling to cope and has failed to free up homes in many areas, according to new research from LSE and University of York for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). It also found that savings to the Department for Work and Pensions will fall short in the policy’s first year.

The findings come in two separate studies published by JRF. The first is on the Housing Benefit size criteria (often referred to as the ‘spare room subsidy’ or ‘bedroom tax’). The second looks at the impact wider welfare changes have had on social landlords and tenants. The findings use the latest available data to provide an early snapshot of how the policies have affected tenants, landlords and the government, one year on from a raft of changes to the benefits system. More


How parenting style influences children's wellbeing

Shouting at children when they misbehave, rather than reasoning with them, is more harmful to their overall behaviour, according to new research from LSE. Dr Laure de Preux, a research officer from LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, presented her findings at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference last month.

Her study applies quantitative analysis to a question that has largely been the preserve of qualitative studies: the impact of parenting styles and practices on children’s wellbeing. More


NHS will pay a high price for short-term mental health cuts, report warns

An economic report published by the charity Rethink Mental Illness and LSE has found that investing in quality care and support for people with schizophrenia and psychosis, results in huge savings in the long-term. 'Investing in Recovery' makes the business case for investment in 16 different types of care for people with schizophrenia and psychosis including peer support, family therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It shows how investing in proven services such as Early Intervention, can make significant savings for the NHS because it reduces the need for hospital beds. The analysis found that £15 is saved for every £1 spent on early intervention. More


- Events


'Economics, But Not as You Know It' - on Thursday 1 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Dr Ha-Joon Chang and Professor James Putzel

In Economics: the user's guide, which he will talk about in this public lecture, bestselling author Ha-Joon Chang explains how the global economy works, and why anyone can understand the dismal science. Unlike many economists who claim there is only one way of 'doing economics', he introduces readers to a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian to institutionalist to Austrian, revealing how they all have their strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. By challenging the received wisdom, and exposing the myriad forces that shape our economic life, Chang provides the tools that every responsible citizen needs to understand - and address - our current economic woes. More

This lecture will also be broadcast live on LSE Live here.


'Scaling Up Excellence' - on Tuesday 6 May at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Professor Robert Sutton

Stanford professor Robert Sutton will discuss the lessons that he and colleague Huggy Rao took from their seven year study of ‘the problem of more’ and the challenge of spreading constructive beliefs and actions. In other words, what it takes to scale up without screwing up. More


The Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy - on Wednesday 7 May at 6.30-8pm with Professor Mark Kleiman, Dr Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, Otto Pérez Molina (pictured)

This event will present the report of the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy, the most thorough independent economic analysis of the current international drug control strategy ever conducted. The event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested. Ticket information can be found here. The location will be confirmed to ticket holders. More

The lecture will also be broadcast live on LSE Live here.


'Borders and Interests: should the workers of the world unite?' - on Thursday 8 May at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Yuli Tamir

Borders exclude non-members but force all classes to share risks and benefits. Is it the upper classes who have most to gain from abolishing borders? More


'Expulsions: brutality and complexity in the global economy' - on Tuesday 13 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor Saskia Sassen

In her new book, Expulsions: brutality and complexity in the global economy, Saskia Sassen explores how today’s socioeconomic and environmental dislocations can be understood as a type of expulsion – from professional livelihood, from living space, even from the very biosphere that makes life possible. More


'Researching Religion' - on Tuesday 6 May at 6.30-8pm in the Faith Centre, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Part of this year's LSE Research Festival, this panel discussion will focus on fieldwork challenges faced by those conducting research on religion and faith, such as the extent to which personal or religious beliefs or background matter in relation to research, whether a background of religion or faith compromises the researcher's intellectual or academic abilities, and how far research on religion should be allowed to shape or be shaped by the researcher's beliefs.

Confirmed speakers include Madeline Bunting, Guardian columnist and associate editor, Dr Matthew Engelke, LSE's Associate Professor of Anthropology, Magdalena Delgado, LSE PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations, and Teresa Whitney, LSE PhD candidate in the Institute of Social Psychology.

The event is free and open to all but a ticket is required - tickets are available here. The event will be over ticketed so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

    Bernard Levin Award reception - on Thursday 8 May at 6.30pm on the 6th Floor of the Saw Swee Hock

The Bernard Levin Award is a journalistic competition which celebrates a distinguished graduate, Bernard Levin, one of the most respected journalists the School has produced.
Come along to celebrate the range of talent and achievements of LSE students at the award's reception where the winner and highly commended entries will be announced. Prizes include a two week internship with the Huffington Post, dinner and tickets to the theatre for two, £500 and copy of Bernard Levin’s Work.

Screening of 'Matewan' - on Wednesday 14 May at 5.30pm in OLD 3.21

On May 19, 1920 ten people were massacred at Matewan. The battle of Matewan was an integral part of the fight for industrial democracy and workers' rights in the United States. Come along to a University and College Union (UCU) screening and discussion of this important trade union film and enjoy a free glass of wine or juice. The showing is open to members and non-members of the union. Email Mike Cushman if you'd like to attend at

    Reflections from Sylvia Chant and Inderpal Grewal - on Friday 9 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

In this Gender Institute 20th Anniversary Conference keynote, two distinguished scholars – Sylvia Chant and Inderpal Grewal – will reflect on the presence of gender from the unique intersection of social science and humanities perspectives. More
    'Fixing Europe Dialogues' series double book launch - on Monday 12 May at 6.30-8pm with authors Roger Bootle and Philippe Legrain in the Old Theatre, Old Building

Roger Bootle and Philippe Legrain will present and discuss the themes of their two new books, respectively titled The Trouble with Europe: why the EU isn't working - how it can be reformed - what could take its place and European Spring: why our economies and politics are in a mess - and how to put them right.

The event is free and open to all with no ticket required and entry on a first come, first served basis. More
    'Neuro-Enhancement: responsible research and innovation' - on Tuesday 13 May at 7pm at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

Can and should we use drugs or neuro-technologies to boost our brain function and become smarter, wiser or kinder? Join a cozy evening discussion at The Book Club on the potential perks and perils of neuro-enhancement with expert guests Dr. Molly Crockett, Professor David Nutt, Dr Aldo Faisal and Professor Ilina Singh.

Tickets are £5 and guests will receive a voucher for the same amount which can be used at The Book Club's bar. Book here.

Benchmarking and Metrics for Bank Ethics and Behaviour workshop - on Wednesday 14 May at 12.45-3pm in the Wolfson Theatre, NAB with Tom Sleigh, Banking Standards Review, James Palmer, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

This workshop is the first of a series of Conduct Cost Project workshops to be held  this year aiming to facilitate discussions on topics relevant to Conduct Risk. Other workshop topics will include 'Defining Conduct Costs and Conduct Risk' and 'Practical Application of the Restore Trust Agenda and "Professionalisation“'.

The workshop is free to attend, but places must be booked by emailing Tania at before Friday 2 May.


'Growth and Social Cohesion: challenges for Greece and beyond' - on Thursday 15 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Philippe Costeletos, Managing Partner and co-Founder DMC Partners, Wolfgang Munchau, Associate Editor Financial Times, Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser CEBR, Horst Reichenbach, Head of Task Force for Greece in European Commission

After emergency action taken at the height of the euro-crisis, attention has focussed on how the ‘bail-out’ states can return to growth on a sustainable and socially-inclusive basis. In part, this return will depend on whether Europe has the right policies in place. But how can Europe best support reform in the bail-out states: are they receiving the right mix of support? How should external leverage be applied? And what is the best domestic strategy for the bail-out states themselves? Are they doing enough? The panel will address both the European and the national agendas, focussing on the Greek case in particular. More

The event is free and open to all but a ticket is required - tickets are available here.

    LSE Arts New Exhibition: LSESU Visual Arts Society - until Friday 6 June at 10am-8pm in the Atrium Gallery, Old Building

In association with LSE Arts, the Visual Arts Society is exhibiting a collection of student art to demonstrate the diversity of creative flair within the LSE community. More

    Podcasts of public lectures and events

Justice Rising: moving intersectionally in the age of post-everything
Speaker: Professor Kimberlé W. Crenshaw
Recorded: Wednesday 26 March 2014, approx. 84 minutes

LSE Asia Forum 2014
Key Note Speaker: His Excellency Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak delivered by Senator Dato' Sri Abdul Wahid Omar

Recorded: Thursday 3 April 2014, approx. 400 minutes

War: what is it good for?
Speaker: Professor Ian Morris
Recorded: Thursday 10 April 2014, approx. 88 minutes

- 60 second interview

      with.....Dr Shakuntala Banaji

I grew up in Bombay, India and love the sound of the sea, but London is one of the most vibrant places to live if you have the resources to move around and I feel most at home here. I've been teaching and researching for twenty years in areas including youth and media literacy, education and creativity, the internet and international media. I teach courses in international cinema, critical approaches to communication, development, media and the global south. I have a feisty, empathetic ten year old son, from whom I learn something new every single day.

If you could teach a new subject at LSE what would it be and why?
Children, Youth and Media - in most countries and situations children are overlooked and treated with patronising contempt, but my research shows what diverse and incredible contributions they make to philosophy, caring, politics and the economy, particularly across the global south. We need new scholars who can work with and think about children, childhood and youth without resorting to media clichés.

What would you do if you were LSE Director for a day?
I'd skip up and down in my office thinking I was in a science fiction film, then I'd put a motion to Council and Academic Board to lower international and national student fees. I would also tell other employers in the employers federation that I firmly believe we need to give the lowest paid university staff a sensible pay increase to make up for years of inflation. Then I would start thinking of creative ways to fund my policies.

What is the last film you saw at the cinema?
'Blue is the Warmest Colour': lyrical, inspiring, not everyone's cup of tea, but definitely mine.

What is your opinion of social networking sites?
They're as fun, political and interesting or stifling and retrograde as the values of the people who communicate on them.

What was your best subject at school?
Mathematics and English Literature equally; they are both deeply philosophical subjects. The teachers were magnificent and they inspired me to teach.

What is your favourite TV programme?
Al-Jazeera's 'People and Power': it's challenging, informative, different every week - and the stories told are completely astounding. But I also watch 'Modern Family' with my son!


- Training and jobs


Voice and Lecturing Coaching

Do you have trouble speaking to large groups? Get nervous before giving lectures? If so, the Teaching and Learning Centre may be able to help with a number of hour-long sessions with a professional speaking coach now available. Sessions are aimed at academic staff, particularly those new to lecturing and teaching and will be on Friday 9 May. Email for more details. 

    Apple Time

Do you have a particular technical issue with your Apple device? Not sure how to connect to LSE resources? Experiencing hardware or software problems? Come along to Apple Time in the Walk-In Centre on the first floor of St Clements where an Apple specialist will be available to assist. The sessions are on Tuesdays, 2-3pm, and Thursdays, 11am-12pm. Apple Time is intended for those who need more in-depth help with Apple devices.

The Walk-In Centre is available as usual on weekdays, 9.30am-5.30pm for all IT queries, Apple or Windows based.

LSE Teaching Symposium 2014

This year’s Teaching Symposium takes place on Tuesday 27 May. Book now for places at ‘The buzz of teaching’ breakfast café, a plenary session on assessment and learning, and a networking lunch. More information and online booking at LSE Teaching Symposium 2014.

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Head of Communications and Public Affairs, External Relations
  • Fellow in Anthropology, Anthropology
  • Fellow in Mathematics, Mathematics
  • Fellow in Finance, Finance
  • Registry Manager, ARD: Student Administration
  • Research Impact Manager, Research Division

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

Thanks, Maddy