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LSE Social Policy ranked first in the UK for the percentage of its research rated world leading or internationally excellent.

The LSE Department of Social Policy produces some of the School’s most influential research. In recent years this has included Professor John Hills’ work on fuel poverty, which helped shape government policy and secure him a knighthood in 2013.

Work of this calibre supported the Department’s exceptional performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, in which it was ranked second in the UK for Social Work and Social Policy. Assessors categorised an impressive 56% per cent of its research as ‘world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour’, with a further 38 per cent rated ‘internationally excellent’. The Department was also awarded the joint highest marks for the non-academic impacts of its work.

Between 2008 and 2012, academics in the Department were awarded grants totalling £21.9 million to pursue research drawing on disciplines including demography, economics, sociology, psychology, political science and philosophy.

This work has led to some influential policy outcomes for disadvantaged groups, the health and social care sector, families and children, and in criminal justice, international development and population research.

Apart from Professor Hills’ work on fuel poverty, much of the department’s research on mental health  and long-term care  has translated into government policy. So too has research into the urgent global need for new antibiotics, work on which has led to international collaborations and the formation of a new EU-level public/private partnership to tackle antibiotic resistance.

Further examples of the department’s national impact include Professor Tim Newburn’s work with The Guardian, analysing the causes of the 2011 riots in five English cities. Professor Newburn’s ensuing report prompted a formal review of police ‘stop and search’ powers in England.

Ongoing improvements to England’s child protection system also owe much to research by Professor Eileen Munro, who led a 2010 review of the system.

This research is made possible by the Department’s close working relationships with local authorities, NHS Trusts, community groups, public bodies, NGOs, think tanks, third sector and international organisations, including the WHO.

Researchers also provide expert advice to UK and global policy makers including the departments of Health, Home Office and Education; the offices of the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer; the European Commission and Parliament; international governments; and the World Bank.

Departmental results: Social Work and Social Policy|

Department homepage:  http://www.lse.ac.uk/socialPolicy/Home.aspx|

LSE Impact: www.lse.ac.uk/researchImpact|

See also:

Getting the measure of fuel poverty|

Impact Case Study Summaries