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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre named RIBA London Building of the Year
The award is presented to a building that demonstrates exceptional quality and innovative architecture.


LSE Perspectives
As the sun starts shining a little more regularly, unleash your inner photographer and feel inspired as the call for submissions for next month's LSE Perspectives opens...



Frankie Clarke
The Financial Markets Group's Frankie Clarke is a dab hand at craft projects and has a dark blue-belt in Jitsu, but she's probably not the best person to ask for D.I.Y advice...

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  8 May 2014  

- News


LSE Green Week

Last week saw the return of another successful Green Week on campus, with free events to promote sustainability, energy and resource conservation, carbon reduction and biodiversity. Despite the temperamental weather, staff and students got involved and found out more about the School’s sustainability projects. There were a host of activities, from a bike maintenance workshop, a solar panel display, an opportunity to taste some LSE honey along with a display of a morning’s worth of waste on Houghton Street. If you missed out on anything, keep an eye out on the sustainability website for future events and projects. More


'100 books on Europe to remember'

The European Parliament has selected the '100 books on Europe to remember'. The list covers all languages and all disciplines from early 20th century to the present day. Kevin Featherstone’s 1999 book The Road to Maastricht: negotiating economic and monetary union, co-authored with Kenneth Dyson and published by Oxford University Press, has been chosen as part of this selection (the books are not ranked on the list). The European Parliament’s listing – initiated by its President, Martin Schulz – recommends these books and makes them available to contemporary audiences. More


Northumberland House wins Green Tourism Business Scheme Award

Northumberland House has just received a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a globally respected sustainable tourism programme, in recognition of the Northumberland House team’s commitment to the School’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Action Plan. The award also recognises the progress the Northumberland House team has made since 2012, when they were given a Silver Award. More

    Nicholas Stern elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and IG Patel Chair of Economics and Government at LSE, has been elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society, the national academy of science in the UK, in recognition of his ground-breaking work on the economics of climate change, his distinguished career in mathematical economics and work with industry and government.

The Royal Society Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists in the UK and Commonwealth. Professor Stern, who is also the President of the British Academy, joins an eminent list of current Fellows including Stephen Hawking, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Harry Kroto and Tim Berners-Lee.

Professor Stern said, “I am very honoured by my election to the Royal Society, which is the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Royal Society was founded in the 17th century at the start of the modern scientific revolution, and its Fellows have included many of the scientists who have shaped today’s world, from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin to Tim Berners-Lee. I am particularly honoured to have my work as an economist recognised by the Royal Society, which I think indicates that the economic and social sciences share many key principles with the natural sciences, such as a respect for evidence. I look forward to joining the other Fellows in serving the Society and to strengthening further its links with the British Academy.” More
    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre named RIBA London Building of the Year

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW), the first new building commissioned by LSE in over 40 years, has won the RIBA London Building of the Year Award 2014.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Building of the Year award is presented to a building that demonstrates exceptional quality and innovative architecture within the capital. The School was also named the winner of a RIBA Regional Award and was runner-up in the Client of the Year category at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 6 May.

As the winner of the regional award, SAW will now be considered for the highly coveted RIBA National Award which recognises exceptional architecture across the nation.

Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE, said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and for the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre to be recognised by RIBA not only as a landmark building for LSE, but for the capital." More


LSE student in top three of Bloomberg Aptitude Test in March

William Smith, a post graduate student in LSE’s International Development Department, was in the top three of all EMEA students to take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) in March. The BAT is a prestigious test which aims to help students and recent alumni connect efficiently and fairly with financial employers worldwide. Any LSE student can take the test at no cost. More


Library launches access to BoB, an online media archive of over one million programmes

LSE students and staff now have access to BoB (Box of Broadcasts), a shared online TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions. BoB enables viewers to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels, including BBC, ITV and Channel 4. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely and added to BoB’s growing media archive of over one million programmes, with all content shared by users across subscribing institutions.

The Library purchased its subscription for BoB following a consultation with the LSE academic community. To sign up to BoB and start using the service, use your LSE account to login here.


Academics abroad

Dr Ben Groom

Dr Ben Groom, Department of Geography and Environment, was part of an expert panel in Pakistan at the end of April involved in an ongoing project looking at the determinants, impact and cost effectiveness of climate change adaptation in the Indus eco-region. Dr Groom presented work entitled 'Food Security: Autonomous adaptation among farming households in Lahore', before leading a discussion on the microeconometrics of the work, supported by the International Development Research Centre. More

Dr Simon Hayhoe
Dr Simon Hayhoe, Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, will present to the SPAWN 2014 Philosophy of Disability Conference, Syracuse University, New York State, on Saturday 7 June, with a lecture called, 'Does philosophy disable? The epistemological model of disability and the influence of the process of knowledge construction on people with impairments.' More


- Notices

    LSE Research Festival 2014

LSE Research Festival 2014 is finally here and tickets are still available for the multimedia LSE Research Festival Exhibition. At the event, held this evening from 5.30pm in the New Academic Building, the work of PhD students and academic and research staff from LSE and elsewhere will be on display, providing a fascinating insight into social science research. Tickets are available to book here.

Further information on the exhibition, along with details on the LSE Research Festival more generally, can be found here.

Library's LSERO celebrates top five most popular pieces of research to mark start of LSE Research Festival 2014

To mark the start of the LSE Research Festival 2014, Lucy Ayre, manager of LSE Research Online, the institutional repository of research output produced by LSE Staff, has written a blog post looking at the five most popular pieces of Open Access LSE research since its launch in 2005, all available to download from the site.
In December 2013, LSERO reached the milestone of 10,000 Open Access papers available in the repository, including articles, working papers, datasets, books, conference items, multi-media and research blog posts.

To deposit your work in LSE Research Online, email See the outputs of the LSE Research Festival 2013 here.

The five most downloaded pieces of research by department in April are listed later in the newsletter here.

    Queen’s Honours nominations

Nominations are invited for the Queen’s Honours, which include MBE, OBE, CBE. Do you know someone who has given outstanding service to the School, as a member of staff or in a voluntary capacity? Someone who has:
  • made a real impact on the School and/or students
  • gained the respect of their peers
  • changed things for the better at the School
  • demonstrated innovation or
  • brought distinction to British life and enhanced its reputation through their work at the School?

Awards channelled through the School should be for services to higher education, with particular reference to the School. The deadline for suggestions is Friday 27 June. Contact Joan Poole with any queries at or
ext 7825.

    Call for submissions – LSE Perspectives

Taken some artistic photos you’d like to share? Send them to before Thursday 22 May and your photos could feature in the June edition of Perspectives.

See the website for more information about submitting your images, or the previous galleries can be found on the Perspectives homepage.

Research Data Management

The Library now has a data librarian focusing on Research Data Management support. Research Data Management (RDM) covers activities to preserve and, where possible, share data. Contact Laurence Horton at with any questions about data management planning, complying with ethical and legal requirements regarding data collection and use, licencing data and intellectual property concerns, citing data, metadata, and platforms for storing, sharing and archiving.

    Feel Good Food Day on Wednesday 14 May

As part of the School’s Wellbeing Campaign, LSE Catering will be taking part in ‘Eat Well Wednesday’ on Wednesday 14 May. The Fourth Floor Restaurant will be holding a ‘Feel Good Food Day’ where a ‘Feel Good Food’ world cuisine menu will offer reduced meat and increased vegetarian alternatives. LSE Catering outlets around Campus will also be promoting the campaign and showcasing their healthy food and drink options.

As well as raising awareness and promoting the sustainable aspects of the food LSE Catering serves, the team hopes to show that limiting meat in our diet and using healthier ingredients, seasonal vegetables, fish from sustainable stocks and higher animal welfare produce can benefit your health, the environment and animal welfare. 


    LSE Chill needs your talent

Are you a musician, group, comic or singer looking for somewhere to perform? Then LSE Chill needs you! LSE Chill is an open session for staff and students held on the last Friday of every month from 6pm in the fourth floor café bar, Old Building.

Interested? What are you waiting for? Email  with your name and act details. Bring us your talent and we'll provide the stage. The next LSE Chill night is Friday 30 May.

Crouch End flat share available from June

A lovely two bedroom, two bathroom, fully furnished flat is available to share with one other in Crouch End from 1 June. The flat overlooks a beautiful garden and is in a quiet, leafy area with excellent transport links to LSE. Facilities including sports centre, cafés, buses, supermarkets, cinema, restaurants are within five minutes walk. Off street parking and a secure bike rack are also available. Rent £865pcm including wi-fi, council tax, water and TV licence. Gas and electricity extra. Double bedroom with all linen included. For more details contact Candy Gibson at


Personal trainer - free taster session

If you're looking to spring into summer, but need some extra help, personal trainer David Longley is offering a free taster session to LSE staff who want to improve their fitness. David trains in west and south west London. Mention this notice in Staff News when booking to get your free session. More

    Lunchtime Salsa

Spice up your Tuesdays with salsa lessons, suitable for all levels - beginners and those with more experience. No partner necessary, no special clothes required but please wear shoes that support your ankles. Just bring yourself, a smile, a bottle of water and a t-shirt to enjoy a fun hour.

Classes are held in the Parish Hall, 1-2pm and cost just £3. For more information, email Samantha Da Costa at Tango classes will also be starting soon.

- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features students in the John Watkins Plaza.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

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- Research

    New film illustrates UK income and wealth inequality

A new film from LSE's Centre for Economic Performance shows how income and wealth inequality in the UK are higher than most people think they are and higher than they think they should be.

Using infographics, the film, Inequality in the UK, illustrates that the richest one per cent of households in the UK earns around 150 times more than the poorest one per cent of households. However, there is even greater inequality in wealth than in incomes, with the top one per cent of households owning 13 per cent of the country’s wealth. More

Nobel Prize economists call for new approach to failed drug war in new LSE IDEAS report

Five Nobel Prize economists call for an end to the 'war on drugs' in a new report from LSE.

'Ending the Drug Wars: Report of the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy' outlines the enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage from the ‘war on drugs’ and includes a call on governments from five Nobel Prize economists to redirect resources away from an enforcement-led and prohibition-focused strategy, toward effective, evidence-based policies underpinned by rigorous economic analysis. More

    The second Gearty Grilling: Tim Besley on why we need economists

Tim Besley defends the role of economists in the second of a new weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates from LSE's Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) on key issues affecting the world today. More
    Top downloads from LSE Research Online in April, by department

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, book chapters, working papers, theses, conference papers and more.
To find out more about open access, and how LSERO can help enhance research impact, email

  1. Media and Communications
      Number of downloads: 12,786
      Percentage of open access research in LSERO: 43 per cent

Popular downloaded item: Livingstone, Sonia (2008) Taking risky opportunities in youthful content creation: teenagers' use of social networking sites for intimacy, privacy and self-expression. New Media and Society, 10 (3). pp. 393-411. ISSN 1461-4448 (866 downloads).

  2. Social Policy
      Number of downloads: 11,870
      Percentage of open access research in LSERO: 14 per cent

Popular downloaded item: 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 (1,252 downloads).

  3. Economics
      Number of downloads: 9,196
      Percentage of open access research in LSERO: 26 per cent

Popular downloaded item: Cowell, Frank (2003) Theil, inequality and the structure of income distribution. Distributional Analysis Research Programme; DARP 67, 67. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines. (231 downloads).

  4. Economic History
      Number of downloads: 7,681 
      Percentage of open access research in LSERO: 32 per cent

Popular downloaded item: Topik, Steven (2004) The world coffee market in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from colonial to national regimes. Working Papers of the Global Economic History Network (GEHN), 04/04. Department of Economic History. (139 downloads)

  5. Social Psychology
      Number of downloads: 6,847
      Percentage of open access research in LSERO: 38 per cent

Popular downloaded item: Hook, Derek (2001) Discourse, knowledge, materiality, history: Foucault and discourse analysis. Theory and Psychology, 11 (4). pp. 521-547. ISSN 0959-3543 (567 downloads)

Total LSERO downloads for April: 131,833


- Events


'Capital in the 21st Century' - on Monday 16 June at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Thomas Piketty

Due to extremely high levels of interest, Professor Piketty's lecture will now be ticketed. Tickets will be available from Monday 9 June. Events apologises for any inconvenience caused, but the level of interest suggests that the numbers likely to attend would far exceed the capacity of the venue, which may result in overcrowding on campus. Ticketing will also minimise the number of people who travel to LSE only to be disappointed. 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


'A lecture by Charlie Bean, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England' - on Tuesday 20 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building

In this lecture Charlie Bean, outgoing Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, will reflect on the economic events of the past decade and their impact on the role of the central bank. Tickets will be available from Tuesday 13 May. More

    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

    'US-Iran Détente: past and present' - on Monday 12 May at 6.30-8pm in Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn with Ambassador John Limbert, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern (Iranian) Affairs, Dr Chris Emery and Dr Roham Alvandi

The historic September 2013 phone call between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and US President Barack Obama represented the highest-level contact between Iran and the United States since relations between the two countries were severed in April 1980, in the midst of the Tehran hostage crisis. As Iran and the P5+1 move ahead with drafting a comprehensive nuclear agreement, Tehran and Washington have carefully pursued a détente that could transform the political landscape of the Middle East. This roundtable will examine the troubled history of US-Iran relations, past failed efforts at détente, and the prospects for a breakthrough in US-Iran relations in 2014. This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. More
    'Bahrain: strategies of mobilisation and domination' - on Wednesday 14 May 6.30-8pm in Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn with Dr Toby Matthiesen, University of Cambridge 

The protests that started in Bahrain in February 2011 continue on an almost daily basis. At the same time, the regime has found ways of containing the protests, particularly through spatial control and the repressive tactics of the security forces. By dividing the island between areas where a revolutionary atmosphere is re-enacted and areas of the capital and gated residential neighbourhoods, where the protests are out of sight and out of mind, Bahrain has become a deeply polarised country. Dr Toby Matthiesen will explore how the strategies of domination and mobilisation mastered by the regime and the opposition have led to radically different experiences of daily life in Bahrain, and to almost diametrically opposed views as to how the future of the country should look like. This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. More

Equality and Diversity events

The end of the academic year is approaching but there’s still plenty to get involved in with the Equality and Diversity team. There is an exciting films programme on offer, the Gender Institute is celebrating its 20th anniversary with public lectures and discussions, the Department of Management is holding a conference on diversity and, as usual, there are networking opportunities, workshops and sessions for staff and students. More


Podcasts of public lectures and events

The EU Economy After the Great Recession
Speaker: Pier Carlo Padoan
Recorded: Tuesday 29 April, approx. 65 minutes

Economics, But Not as You Know It
Speaker: Dr Ha-Joon Chang
Recorded: Thursday 01 May, approx. 80 minutes

Human Rights, Globalisation and How to Save the World
Speakers: Professor Julio Faundez, Dr Asunción Lera St Clair, Craig Mokhiber
Recorded: Thursday 01 May, approx. 93 minutes


- 60 second interview


with.....Frankie Clarke

I’m from Newcastle originally but moved to London almost three years ago. I left Newcastle after leaving my job so I could travel around northern India with my boyfriend. Once we were back we thought that London sounded like fun so decided to move down here. I now live in Walthamstow, or 'Awesomestow' to those in the know, where I recently bought my first flat. I do like London but I think my heart will always belong to the North East, especially the North East coast which is totally lovely, honest! My spare times tends to be taken up with some kind of craft project - right now I’m trying to teach myself to crochet so that I can replicate a cactus plant which I recently saw in a shop window. I also sing with Natural Voices choir in Walthamstow and last weekend we did our first proper performance, before this we’d only ever done flash mobs in local pubs.

What are your responsibilities as Communications and Outreach Officer for the Financial Markets Group?
Well I’m actually Communications and Outreach Officer for both the Financial Markets Group (FMG) and Systemic Risk Centre (SRC). It’s a relatively new arrangement though. My responsibilities cover a whole range of things but I spend a lot of my time managing events. Both the FMG and SRC organise a lot of interesting events and these keep me busy. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to disseminate our research, and to measure the dreaded, 'impact', so if anyone in a similar position wants to share ideas, I’m all ears.

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

My immediate thought was JK Rowling, I’m not sure what this says about me but I’m sticking with it. I remember my mum telling me that Rowling had been dumped for a younger woman by her husband, and Rowling’s response had been to go on and pen the Harry Potter series so….. Girl Power! Of course I’m not sure if that’s actually true…..

What is your favourite form of exercise?
Running and yoga equally. I started running about five years ago when I decided that as a Geordie I should probably attempt the Great North Run (the North East’s iconic half marathon). I’m still not especially good at it but it never fails to get me out of a grump. I try to do yoga a couple of times a week and there’s actually a really good yoga society here at LSE. They offer a variety of classes for different ability levels and it’s a proper bargain. A well-crafted GGoogle search should bring up the details for anyone interested.

Are you any good at D.I.Y? Any examples?
I like to give D.I.Y a go and I’m passable with a paint brush but I’m not especially good. My sister and I recently fitted a new light fitting in my bedroom and we were pretty pleased with ourselves too! However, I’m now living with a light that buzzes after more than five minutes of continuous use. YouTube is great for a lot of things but the D.I.Y videos always make the job look really simple, and it’s not until you’re elbow deep in gloss paint that you realise it’s not going to be a straightforward job.

Have you ever been attacked by a wild animal?
Does a swan count?

What is your most treasured possession?
I used to train in the martial art Jitsu so maybe my dark-blue belt. I took up Jitsu when I was 18 and got pretty good. I was National champion (in my weight category) for a while and used to train three or four  times a week. The next step would have been going for my brown belt and starting to teach my own club. I do miss Jitsu but I enjoy exercising without the risk of serious injury too much to ever go back.


- Training and jobs

    Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

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


Getting Published

LSE is pleased to once again offer a series of workshops on getting your work published. Open to PhD students and academic staff, these sessions will take you from planning a publication strategy, through putting together a draft book proposal with expert help, to a final event when you can meet publishers and present your proposal to them. Details and booking for each session are on the links below:

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Course Tutor in Mathematics, Mathematics
  • Data Entry Assistant (Maternity Cover), LSE Advancement
  • Head of Major Gifts, LSE Advancement
  • LSE Fellow in European Politics, Government
  • Receptionist, Language Centre
  • Residence Assistants, Residential and Catering Services 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 15 May. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 13 May. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy