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Library awarded EU funding - FOSTER project
The Library has won funding to run a training event for PhD students and early career researchers on open practices.


British Embassy offers sponsorship for Colombian roadshow in August
The Embassy is looking for experts in big data, agriculture technologies and renewable energy.


Joy Whyte

Joy's never happier than when she's half way up a mountain (except perhaps when she's at the top) and she's met some interesting people on her travels...

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  15 May 2014  

- News

    LSE ranked as top university in London

The first major university guide of the year has ranked LSE as the third best university in the UK and London’s leading institution, maintaining its excellent position from last year.

The Complete University Guide also places LSE in the top ten for eleven of the twelve subjects it offers, and it is once again rated as the top place in the UK to study Social Policy. More

    Media studio hits primetime

LSE’s new media studio is now connected to the Globelynx network making it even easier for broadcasters around the world to access the expertise of our academic community. Both Aljazeera and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) have already made use of this excellent new facility interviewing John Collins of LSE IDEAS last week about the issues raised in the report ‘Ending the Drug Wars’. See John’s interview on CBC here.

The media studio’s new ISDN line is also up and running with Dr Heather Jones giving a down the line interview to BBC Radio Cornwall at the end of last week discussing the commemoration of the First World War centenary.

If you receive requests for television interviews or for radio interviews which could be done in the media studio, do get in touch with the Press Office.
    Library awarded EU funding - FOSTER project

The Library has successfully bid for funding from the FP7 EU-funded project, FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) in partnership with King’s College London and QMUL libraries. FOSTER has awarded the Library €5,000 to run a joint training event for PhD students and early career researchers on open practices – from the benefits of making research freely available via open access to research data management best practices. The joint event will be hosted in September 2014. If you have any questions contact Natalia Madjarevic, Research Support Services Manager at the Library at

Professor Stephen Jenkins

Stephen Jenkins, Professor of Economic and Social Policy, is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality. He has also been appointed an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Institute for Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. He has recently given invited lectures to the UK Department for Work and Pensions and the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg, about income mobility and poverty dynamics; to the Economic Policy series of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, about state dependence in labour markets; and to the third Biannual Assisi Workshop on Economics and Institutions about the treatment of country-level effects in microeconometric analysis.

    LSE Volunteer of the Year announced

Connor Russell, a third year undergraduate studying Mathematics and Economics has been named the LSE Volunteer of the Year for his excellent work with IntoUniversity.

The annual award is presented to an LSE student who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to volunteering. It was presented to Connor at a celebratory event held at LSE on Tuesday evening.

Jess Dunning, Volunteer Development Manager at IntoUniversity said, “We can’t praise Connor enough for his volunteering work with IntoUniversity. Connor has shown a high level of commitment to our opportunities and ethos during his three years as a Mentor, Academic Support Tutor, Ambassador and Buddy, contributing well over 100 volunteering hours. He really has gone above and beyond as an IntoUniversity volunteer.”

Spires, a South London based charity that helps hundreds of homeless and disadvantaged people all year round, was also named a winner, being named LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year. Rebecca Sunter, Volunteer Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of Spires at last night’s event. More


Professor Simon Roberts

The School is sad to announce the death of Professor Simon Roberts on Wednesday 30 April. Simon first arrived at the School as an undergraduate in 1959 and, after a short period lecturing in Malawi in the early 1960s, from 1964 he forged an academic career of great distinction here. Simon produced pioneering scholarship in such fields as anthropology of law, family law, property law and alternative dispute resolution processes, and he served the School in many ways, including as Convenor of the Law Department and as Vice-Chair of the School’s Academic Board. Although Simon formally retired in 2006, he continued to teach in the Law Department, especially on the anthropology and law degree programme, the establishment of which was itself Simon’s initiative.

Simon will be greatly missed by many generations of his students and colleagues. A celebration of his life will be arranged later this year. The Department of Law has created a page with messages of condolence here - if you would like to add a message email


Academics abroad

Dr Lucia Garcia
Unemployment is continually portrayed as the current EU ‘illness’ in need of a social and institutional cure. It is especially acute in regions like southern Spain where youth unemployment has reached 66 per cent, leading to an increase in poverty, in mental health problems, and in institutional distrust. An EU research team that includes the Department of Social Psychology's Dr Lucia Garcia has been researching the social and psychological processes surrounding the high unemployment levels in southern Europe over the last 18 months. The research aims to look beyond the 'unemployed condition' though, to explore the creative ways the unemployed are responding to pressures created by lack of jobs; from organising protest movements reclaiming housing, to local community support to developing daily tactics that outline an alternative vision of what it means to be unemployed.

Dr Chaloka Beyani
Dr Chaloka Beyani, Associate Professor in the Law Department, has just completed an official UN mission to Kenya in his capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons. He examined the issue of durable solutions for internally displaced persons as well as peace building initiatives among displacement affected communities in northern Kenya. He also addressed the Legal and Human Rights Affairs Committees of the Senate and County Assemblies on their roles under the new constitution.

Dr Ernestina Coast
Dr Ernestina Coast of Social Policy will be an invited participant at an international workshop in Kenya on 'Decision-making regarding abortion' from 3 - 5 June. She will present findings from an ESRC/DFID-funded research project 'Pregnancy termination trajectories in Zambia: the social and economic consequences for women'. This presentation will be the first output of a new ESRC-funded grant for Impact Maximisation from ESRC/DFID’s Poverty Alleviation Research programme.


- Notices

    British Embassy offers sponsorship for Colombian roadshow in August 

In order to build partnerships between UK and Colombian institutions and strengthen understanding of Colombia’s market in research and innovation, the British Council Colombia and the British Embassy, with TECNNOVA and University of Antioquia, are recruiting for the Research Groups and Building Partnerships Roadshow around TECNNOVA’s 'Innovation and Business Roundtables 2014: connecting challenges, opportunities and solution' which will be held in August.

The British Embassy in Colombia and the University of Antioquia will sponsor the cost of accommodation and return travel from the UK for three academics who will form part of the event’s formal proceedings. The academics must be experts in big data, agriculture technologies and renewable energy.

To apply email Edwin Carmona at by Saturday 17 May giving:

  • your name, institution and job title

  • a document (two page limit) stating the area of research knowledge, best practice or new developments in your area of work that you could present during the seminars and why you are interested in coming to Colombia.

  • a CV, including details of your experience in tech transfer ventures/commercialisation of research.

Further details can be found here.

    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.

- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features.....

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Artwork  

- Research

    Voting – what's the alternative?

Ahead of the European Parliament election, members of the public are invited to take part in a unique online voting experiment which aims to understand the effects of different electoral systems on politics.

Via the EUROVOTE+ project’s website, people will be able to test different voting system by casting their fictitious vote for the MEPs according to three different techniques currently used in Europe – the closed list system, which is used in the UK, an open list system and a ‘Panachage and Cumulation’ system.

The project is run by an international group of social scientists, including Dr Rafael Hortala-Vallve from LSE’s Department of Government. More

- Events


'The Towers Debate: Does London need more tall buildings?' - on Monday 2 June at 6.30pm in the Peacock Theatre with Nicholas Boys Smith, Paul Finch, Piers Gough, Simon Jenkins, Rowan Moore, Tony Travers, Nicky Gavron and Riz Lateef

There are now proposals for over 230 new tall buildings to be built in London over the next decade, 80 per cent of which are residential. As London’s population continues to expand, is this high-rise vision of London's future the right one for our city and its people? Tickets will be available from Thursday 22 May for LSE staff and students. More


'Risk Savvy: how to make good decisions' - on Wednesday 21 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Gerd Gigerenzer (pictured) and Professor Jason Alexander

Remember the volcanic ash cloud over Iceland? The subprime disaster? What about mad cow disease? Each new crisis makes us worry until we start worrying about the next one. When something goes wrong, we are told that the way to prevent further crises is through better technology, more laws, and bigger `bureaucracy. How to protect ourselves from the threat of terrorism? Homeland security, full body scanners, further sacrifice of individual freedom. How to counteract exploding costs in health care? Tax hikes, rationalization, better genetic markers. One idea is absent from these lists: risk-savvy citizens. More


'An Economy of Temporary Possession' - on Thursday 22 May at 6-7pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Dr Rebecca Empson

In this lecture Dr Empson outlines an economy based on the temporary, rather than outright possession of resources and commodities. Ethnographic evidence shows that such transient forms of possession can come to shape the very financial forms we might have assumed were incompatible with them. Mongolians located at the periphery of financial centres thereby come to shape wider economic practices that impact upon what we have understood capitalism to be. More


'The Social Conditions for Innovation: dissonance for discovery' - on Thursday 22 May at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Professor David Stark

Professor Stark discusses the conditions for innovation; analysis of dissonance, including the necessity of a healthy critical social science and humanities to innovation. More


'Poverty, Justice and Development' - on Thursday 22 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB with Professor David Hulme, Professor Thomas Pogge (pictured)

What do we owe to the global poor? David Hulme and Thomas Pogge will discuss questions of global poverty from the point of view of development studies and political philosophy. More


'The Macroeconomics of the Gulf' - on Thursday 15 May at 4.30-6pm in Room G.03, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields with Raphael Espinoza, IMF

Raphael Espinoza's talk will analyse the challenges created by the changing economies of the Gulf states over the last decade, spurred by high oil prices and ambitious diversification plans. This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. More


'Oman's Foreign Policy Under Sultan Qaboos: independent, but to what extent?' - on Thursday 22 May at 4.30-6pm in the Alumni Theatre, NAB with Dr Marc Valeri

Oman’s foreign policy under Qaboos is usually considered to be pragmatic and independent, epitomised by its announcement that it would not join a hypothetical Gulf union. Dr Valeri will explore how this widely view should not obscure the fact that the perpetuation of this foreign policy has necessitated an unquestioned political and economic dependence towards London and Washington. This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. More


'Fixing Europe Dialogues' series double book launch - on Tuesday 27 May at 6.30-8pm with authors John Peet and Hugo Dixon in the Old Theatre, Old Building

John Peet and Hugo Dixon will present and discuss the themes of their two new books, respectively titled Unhappy Union: how the Euro Crisis- and Europe - can be fixed and The In/Out Question - why Britain should stay in the EU and make it better.

The event is free and open to all with no ticket required and entry on a first come, first served basis. More

    'Forty Years after the Collapse of the Greek Junta: reflections on its historical significance' - on Wednesday 28 May at 6.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, NAB with Professor Richard Clogg, Professor Evanthis Hatzivassiliou, Professor Constantinos Tsoukalas and Professor Kevin Featherstone

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the collapse of the Greek Junta and its democratic transition. July 1974 and the events that followed were a pivotal moment for modern Greece - the inclusiveness of its political system; the return of many from the diaspora; the creation of new political parties; a shift in its foreign policy; and a path towards Europe. The panel will explore the issues and legacies that marked the end of the Colonels' regime and relate them to recent events. 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

Scaling Up Excellence
Speaker: Professor Robert Sutton
Recorded: Tuesday 06 May, approx. 88 minutes

The Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy
Speakers: Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, Professor Mark Kleiman, Dr Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch
Recorded: Wednesday 07 May, approx. 82 minutes

Imagining Global Health with Justice
Speakers: Professor Richard Ashcroft, Professor Lawrence Gostin
Recorded: Thursday 08 May, approx. 57 minutes


- 60 second interview


with....Joy Whyte

I’ve worked at LSE since 2002, and joined the Law Department in 2006, where I’m now the Department Manager for Strategy and Resources. I’m also one of the three co-chairs of the Academic Managers’ Forum, a role I really enjoy. Outside work, I have two small children, and alternate days at LSE with days drawing, swimming, and pottering around London’s parks and museums.

What would you do if you were LSE Director for a day?
Make the most of it! I’d start by doing three things:

  1. ask everyone to think about how to communicate in a way that addresses the needs of our audiences, rather than ourselves.

  2. invest heavily in the development of a centralised means of recording information that means we could ask people only once for particular data, and then share that knowledge across the School.

  3. encourage people simply to talk to each other more, because so much valuable information is shared through informal interactions and connections.

If I had more than a day, I would go about establishing better mechanisms for sharing good practice.

If you weren’t at LSE, at what other institution would you like to work?
I’m a huge fan of microfinance, and would love to work at Kiva, an amazing organisation that has so far facilitated loans worth almost $560 million via various global partnerships. Each lender contributes only $25 per loan, and the repayment rate is almost 99 per cent. It’s a great way to develop global connections, and to give others the chance to take control of their own futures. Contact me at if you’d like a ‘free’ introductory loan.

What book are you currently reading and which have you enjoyed most in the past?
I normally have at least three books on the go at any one time. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is so far my book of the year, and I hugely enjoyed Chris Hadfield’s book An astronaut’s guide to life on earth.

What has been the greatest coincidence you have experienced so far?
Half way up Kilimanjaro in 2006, I discovered that one of my fellow walkers, the Head of Forestry in Brazil, had worked with – and was a lifelong fan of – Professor Peter Townsend, who interviewed me for my first job at LSE. LSE has a very long reach!

If you were offered the trip of a lifetime, where would you like to go and why?
Somewhere with mountains. Once my children are old enough to withstand altitude, I’d love to take them to Nepal. In the meantime, I’ll happily stick with the wilder parts of Scotland, such as Glen Coe and the Isle of Skye.

What role(s) did you have in your school play(s)?
A cat, a morris dancer, an ancient Egyptian, and Sebastian in 'Twelfth Night'. I got the last part only because another redhead played Olivia. She’s now a drama teacher, whilst I’ve recognised that my skills lie in appreciating theatre, rather than participating in it.


- Training and jobs


'Connecting and Collaborating: developing working relationships at LSE' - on Tuesday 20 May at 1-2.30pm

As part of Learning at Work Week (19-25 May), this workshop will offer a networking and learning opportunity professional services staff. Department and centre administrators from across the School are welcome to join Central Services staff to learn about peers' professional roles, skills, interests and challenges. Lunch will be provided. Book here by Friday 16 May.

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Administrative Assistant, European Institute
  • Development Executive, Advancement
  • HR Partner, HR
  • Head of Major Gifts, Advancement
  • India at LSE blog editor, Communications
  • Fellow in Gender and Cultural Studies, Gender Institute
  • Personal Assistant, Systemic Risk Centre
  • Residential Services Manager, RCSD Office

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 22 May. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 20 May. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy