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LSE student's energy project awarded United Nations Momentum for Change award

The project aims to improve energy poverty by providing the urban poor with access to sustainable products.


LSE Perspectives: call for submissions

Taken some artistic photos that you’d like to share? Send them to LSE Perspectives and your photos could be displayed on the LSE website.


Dr Ayça Çubukçu

When not at LSE or looking after her son, Dr Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, likes to mix music, play street chess, and practice yoga.

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  13 November 2013  

- News

  Katerina Kimmorely   LSE student's energy project awarded United Nations Momentum for Change award

Pollinate Energy, a social business co-founded by LSE student Katerina Kimmorley (pictured), has been named as a Lighthouse Activity under the 2013 United Nations Momentum for Change Awards.

The project, which aims to improve energy poverty by providing the urban poor with access to sustainable products, is co-founded by Katerina Kimmorley, who is currently a PhD student at LSE and who formed the idea while studying for a master's at the School.

Pollinate Energy trains members of the local community to distribute and install solar lighting systems as micro-entrepreneurs, or what the organisation calls “Pollinators.” These Pollinators are armed with the best solar systems on the market and sell them to families within their communities. The company was awarded the UN prize just four days after its first birthday.

The company was conceived in 2012, when Katerina Kimmorley travelled to Bangalore to research the value of distributing renewable energy solutions in urban slums for her LSE master’s thesis in Environmental Economics and Climate Change at LSE. Her research, investigating the value of distributing renewable energy solutions to urban slums in Bangalore, led to the creation of Pollinate Energy, which is currently active in 250 communities across Bangalore, and will expand to other Indian cities in 2014. She is now back at the School pursuing a doctorate in Environmental Economics. More

  Craig Calhoun and Professor Godfried Engbersen  

LSE Director awarded honorary doctorate from the Erasmus University Rotterdam

LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun (pictured alongside Professor Godfried Engbersen) has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, on the occasion of the ‘Dies Natalis’, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University.

Professor Calhoun has been recognised by the university for being "one of today’s foremost social scientists" and as an advocate of using social science to address issues of public concern.

At the ceremony, which took place on Friday 8 November, the University conferred eight honorary doctorates, one from each faculty or institute. Professor Calhoun was proposed by Professor Godfried Engbersen of the Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen (Faculty of Social Sciences).

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands was guest of honour during the day’s celebrations.

Commenting on the award, Professor Calhoun said: "It is a great honour to receive this award, and especially meaningful to be part of the 100th anniversary of Erasmus University, a leader in public social science."

  Dahrendorf Symposium 2013   LSE co-hosts climate change debate in Berlin

How can Europe keep spearheading the fight against climate change? LSE researchers are tackling the subject this week (14-15 November) in conjunction with the Hertie School of Governance and Stiftung Mercator at the 2013 Dahrendorf Symposium in Berlin.

The Dahrendorf Symposium, which is hosted every two years, was founded in 2011 in the spirit of Lord Ralf Dahrendorf, a former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. The symposium aims to challenge entrenched patterns of thought and argument on the future of Europe.

This year’s theme, "Changing the European Debate: focus on climate change", involves experts from academia, politics and industry who have an environmental, economic, legal and political focus on preventing dangerous climate change.

Five international working groups of researchers led by LSE, Stiftung Mercator and the Hertie School of Governance, will present their findings on a range of topics over the two-day symposium, which will be live-streamed and recorded.

For more information, visit


Mobile phones the new 'social robots' for five billion users

Who do we turn to first in moments of joy, sorrow, loneliness, crisis, boredom and daily life? It used to be our spouse, partner, family or best friend. Now, according to LSE's Dr Jane Vincent, it is our mobile phone.

In the space of 14 years, since the internet was first enabled on mobile phones, these machines, originally designed for voice communication, have become "personalised social robots" for many of their five billion users, according to Dr Vincent.

Dr Vincent explores, in two papers, the emotional bond that people around the world have with their mobiles.

"The mobile phone has become a remote control for one’s life, providing a bridge from the virtual to the real world and from private moments to shared experiences," Dr Vincent says.

"What other communications device contains data which is an extension of the user’s personality? Photographs, emails, texts, tweets, Facebook posts, favourite websites, applications and games all reflect a person’s makeup," she adds.

She argues that mobiles have slowly eroded private behaviour, with people more willing to share everything in their lives - information as well as photographs. The downside is that mobiles can be a "digital leash", giving people freedom on the one hand but also creating a strong symbiotic relationship where people can’t function without it. More


- Notices

    Global Entrepreneurship Week

From 18-24 November

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international celebration of entrepreneurship, bringing together events and information to help inspire and assist those thinking of setting up their own business.

As part of this week, LSE Entrepreneurship will be holding a series of events, from film screenings to master classes and mentoring, to help you put your ideas into action or just meet other people who are interested in entrepreneurship.

To find out more and book on to any of LSE Entrepreneurship’s events, visit the LSE Entrepreneurship website.

    Looking for temporary, part-time work on campus that will fit in with your studies?

LSE Careers is recruiting a small team of students to help with its annual graduate destinations survey. This work will involve calling recent LSE graduates as a part of a national survey. It is an important survey which aims to find out what recent graduates have been doing since leaving LSE, the results of which are compared against national statistics.

Calling will begin on Monday 13 January and shifts are allocated for three nights a week each, from 6-8.30pm (Monday to Thursday). Morning and/or afternoon shifts may also be required, as well as shifts on Saturdays. We estimate it will take two to three weeks to complete the survey.

For more information and to apply, visit LSE CareerHub. The deadline for applications is Monday 25 November at 10am.

    Training and development opportunities for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Preparing for Employers’ Numerical Tests
  • Software Surgery
  • Introduction to Financial, Market and Company Data

Undergraduates: Track skills you develop by taking part in activities beyond academic studies using PDAM.

These are just some of the events running next week. To receive a monthly summary of all training courses, subscribe to the email list by clicking here and pressing send. To find out more about training and development across the School and for links to booking pages, see


Teaching and Learning Centre training events

  • Academic Integrity
    Wednesday 20 November from 2-3pm in room OLD 3.21, Old Building
    This session is jointly run by the Teaching and Learning Centre and the Centre for Learning Technology, and will offer advice on your continuing academic integrity and how to avoid common errors.
  • Managing Your Time
    Wednesday 20 November from 3.30-5pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
    Delivered by the Disability and Well-Being Manager, you will gain tips on how to successfully manage your time and avoid the build-up of stress while studying.
  • Managing Depression
    Friday 22 November from 2-3pm in room KSW 1.04, 20 Kingsway
    Coming to LSE can be an exciting time but also a time of challenges that can leave you vulnerable to depression. Depression and low moods are some of the most common problems presented at university counselling services. This workshop will look at how to become more aware of coping with low moods. Other topics discussed will include strategies of how to challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. We will also discuss how to access ongoing support to help you feel more in control.

All sessions can be booked via the Training and Development System, which is recommended, but if that's not possible or if an event is fully booked, you can just turn up on the day.

    Computer tip of the week

PowerPoint dimming bullet points

Dimming is where one animated bullet point changes colour as the next animated bullet point comes onto the screen. It is a powerful method to keep your audience focused on the topic at hand and prevents reading ahead. A PowerPoint presentation is often spoiled by too much text - animating your bullets, and dimming, solves this for you.

1. Create your bullet points
2. Click Animations - Animation
3. Apply animation (this is necessary for dimming to be applied)
4. In the same area, click on the arrow that is under Effect Options
5. A dialogue box opens, click the down arrow for After animation and choose colour for dimming
6. Test. Make changes if necessary.

If you have an IT question, check out our online guides and FAQs or attend our weekly Software Surgeries. Alternatively, enrol for a one-to-one IT Training session or contact to book a consultation with a training specialist.

A range of additional computer training resources, including our "Tip of the Week" archive, is available via the IT Training website. Subscribe to the IT Training mailing list to stay informed of upcoming courses and workshops.

    LSE Perspectives: call for submissions

Taken some artistic photos of London? Have any impressive holiday snaps or pictures from abroad that you’d like to share?

Send them to LSE Perspectives and your photos could be displayed on the LSE website. The next issue for the monthly gallery will go live on Sunday 1 December so get clicking and send your pictures before then.

For more information and to submit your images, click here. Previous galleries can be found here.


- What's on

  Michael Cox









Lord Browne


Upcoming LSE events include....

Power Shift? The Rise of the Rest and the Decline of the West: facts, myths and economists
On: Tuesday 19 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Michael Cox (pictured), founding co-director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at LSE.

The Idea of Order in Ancient Chinese Political Thought: a Wightian exploration
On: Wednesday 20 November at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Yongjin Zhang, Professor of International Politics at the University of Bristol.

A Necessary Disenchantment: myth, agency and injustice in the digital age
Date: Thursday 21 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory.

A Fractured Future: climate change in an age of fossil fuel abundance
On: Wednesday 27 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Lord Browne of Madingley (pictured), former chief executive of BP.
LSE students and staff can request one ticket from Wednesday 20 November.

  The Stu   The Stu Festival of Food and Lifestyle

On: Tuesday 19 November from 10am-6pm in the The Quad, East Building.

The Stu, in partnership with the LSESU, will hold its first student food and lifestyle festival on Tuesday 19 November.

The festival is a celebration of student culture with a focus on promoting a message of a healthy lifestyle and encouraging use of good quality food while studying. We will be serving up platters of flavours from across the globe and offering culinary advice.

Learn how to be creative in the kitchen while on a student budget. Charlotte Sendall, The Stu’s resident chef and star of the cooking webseries StuTV, will be joined by her co-host Gareth Shoulder to present several interactive demonstrations in The Stu Kitchen Theatre.

Rosie Millen (aka Miss Nutritionist) will be on call throughout the day to offer nutritional advice as well as providing helpful tips on how to stay healthy with what you eat whilst at university.

The festival will also feature an international food market with delicious foods from around the world for you to try before you buy.

Entry is free. For more information, visit or

  Nicos Christodoulakis  

Hellenic Observatory Research Seminar: The Dynamics of Conflict in the Greek Civil War 1946-49

On: Tuesday 19 November from 6-7.30pm in the Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House
Speaker: Nicos Christodoulakis (pictured), Professor of Economics at Athens University of Economics and Business and Research Associate in LSE's Hellenic Observatory.

Using a new set of data, Professor Christodoulakis will examine the characteristics of the three-year conflict in the Greek Civil War and the costs incurred in society and the economy.

For more information, click here. All Hellenic Observatory seminars are open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

  Tim Niblock  

The Strategic Significance of Changing Trade Patterns Between Asia and the Gulf

On: Wednesday 20 November from 4.30-6pm in room CLM 5.02, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Tim Niblock (pictured), University of Exeter.

China’s trade with the Gulf is currently second only to that of the EU. India comes third. Their dependence on Gulf oil will be increasingly acute over the next few decades. The US economic interest in the Gulf, relative to others, is steadily declining - as also, perhaps, is its strategic interest.

Professor Niblock assesses whether the Western strategic engagement in the Gulf is likely soon to be replaced by an Asian strategic presence.

This event is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email Sara Masry at More

  Natalya Vince  

Women and Public Space in Post-Independence Algeria: the moral panic of the 1960s

Date: Wednesday 20 November from 6.30-8pm in the Thai Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Natalya Vince (pictured), University of Portsmouth.

As recent events in North Africa have demonstrated, the post-revolution is often accompanied by moral panic and a desire to 'reinstate' gendered order. This talk explores debates about the place of women in public space in Algeria in the 1960s.

Seeking to go beyond commonly-held views of post-independence Algeria as locked in a binary struggle between, on the one hand, 'tradition' and ethno-cultural nationalism and, on the other hand, 'modernity' and socialist development, this talk explores how revolutionary progress could embrace puritanical single-mindedness and also how Algerian women in the 1960s responded to and contributed to these debates.

This event is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email Sara Masry at More

    Conference on Culture and Social Change: the role of aesthetics

On: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 December in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Speakers include Peter Bearman (Columbia), Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths), Claudio Benzecry (Connecticut), Georgina Born (Oxford), James Brassett (Warwick), Roberto Franzosi (Emory), Laurie Hanquinet (York), Sarah Nettleton (York), Cristiana Olcese (LSE), Marco Santoro (Bologna), and Mike Savage (LSE), with others presenting papers.

Bourdieu’s seminal work has influenced the agenda of sociology of culture like no other. As a result, art - as symbolic representation of culture - is still mainly perceived as a means of distinction. Attention has been given to dynamics of art production and art consumption actively contributing to the reproduction of existing power relations. This focus has been at the expense of other relevant cross-class dynamics: mainly the role of aesthetics in meaning development, and its impact on social relations.

This conference aims to put aesthetics at the centre of the sociology of culture’s emerging research agenda and to lay the basis for an understanding of culture and the arts beyond entertainment and the consolidation of existing social boundaries.

The event costs £50 for the two days - booking open now through the LSE Online Store. For more information, visit or email Dr Cristiana Olcese at


- 60 second interview

    Ayça Çubukçu (photo by Pinar Gedikozer)  

with..... Dr Ayça Çubukçu

I am an Assistant Professor in Human Rights in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. I relocated to LSE in May 2012 from Harvard University, where I was teaching social theory.

What advice would you give to new students at LSE?

I try to encourage new students to perceive themselves not (only) as potential professionals training for a particular career path, but as intellectuals in formation, who have a unique chance here at LSE and in London, to work towards perfecting their own art - be it the art of creative and critical thinking, or the art of living as such, if I can speak in these old-fashioned terms.

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

This is a tricky question, as I am in the process of proposing a new course now. Basically, I would like to teach a course on human rights and international law that would demystify some of their allure, their global hold on our political imagination.

I think it is necessary to do this, not only because of the colonial context in which human rights and international law came to be universalised and institutionalised, but also because of the way they tend to monopolise the political language through which we articulate, throughout the world, our particular desires for justice.

Where did you go on your last holiday and what were the pros and cons?

I took my last holiday in Istanbul right before the new term began.

The pros: being able to spend time with my family and old friends, the chance to converse at length with people whom I know really well, and vice versa.

The cons: being reminded of how much I love Istanbul, which tends to trigger a sense of longing for all that it signifies.

Do you have time for hobbies? If so, what do you enjoy doing most when away from work?

I began working at LSE last year, only three months after giving birth to my son in Boston while I was still teaching at Harvard. Since then, I’ve had very little time for ‘hobbies'.

But I do intend to pick some of them up again: mixing music (I have a turntable yet to be set up in my new home), playing street chess (quite popular in New York City, where I lived for many years), and yoga (lots of it).

What is your favourite work-time snack?

Coffee and cigarettes.

What is your most treasured possession?

I’ve kept journals since my childhood, where I record all kinds of thoughts, from the most mundane to the most unusual. These journals which now fill multiple shelves in multiple cities (the peculiarities of a migrant life!) are probably my most treasured possession, which I realised after having lost one of them a couple of years ago.


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Nicole Gallivan