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Research highlights

Discover some of the cutting edge research being conducted at LSE

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Finding the sweet spot in international aid (World regions and development)

The notion that multiple aid donors can be bad for developing countries is widely held. But new research finds that greater diversity and a larger number of donors can lead to better outcomes.


Poles and prejudice (Law)

Although Poles make up the third largest foreign-born community in the UK, new research from LSE shows they are being exploited at record levels in their adopted country.

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News from the front (Society, media and science)

The relationship between the military and the media in World War II involved censorship, but also an uneasy alliance

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What does justice require in times of crisis? (Politics)

During 2015, large numbers of refugees have crossed the Mediterranean in search of a better life. The 2008 financial crisis has had lingering consequences for many citizens in Europe. Dr Laura Valentini’s research on global justice can help nations understand how they should respond.

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Measles and migrants (World regions and development)

In the past two years, Europe has recorded more than 22,000 cases of measles: a sharp reversal of the 96% decline of the last 20 years. Why is it happening and who is at risk? New LSE research sheds some light on the issue.

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A fair cop (Social policy)

2015 marks 100 years since Edith Smith became the first female police officer in Britain with powers of arrest. Today, women make up 28 per cent of the force but the struggle for acceptance is far from over.

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Social media for rape survivors (Society, media and science)

Seven years after being sexually assaulted in a Belfast park, 37-year-old Winnie M Li has embarked on a PhD at LSE to investigate how social media can help rape survivors heal.

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The power of the passport (Social policy)

Should governments make it easier for migrants to take up citizenship? There are tangible benefits, says Dr Dominik Hangartner of the Department of Methodology, whose research finds that naturalisation acts as a catalyst for social and political integration.

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Leading a double life (Society, media and science)

Its tagline claims it’s the largest 3D virtual site in the world, but does Second Life  come at a price for its users who dip in and out of the real world? Simon Evans, a PhD candidate in LSE’s Department of Social Psychology, has been researching this question for five years.


Working to the death (Economy)

Should we accept George Osborne’s claim that the UK’s state pension scheme faces collapse unless we increase the retirement age? In a new book released this month, LSE Visiting Professor John Macnicol challenges this view.

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Will robots replace humans? (Society, media and science)

Experts predict robots will take over 30% of our jobs within the next 10 years, but how close to the mark is this forecast? Leslie Willcocks and Mary Lacity from LSE’s Department of Management suggest a more nuanced work future.


The politics of counter terrorism since 9/11 (Politics)

Can Muslims hold alternative views without being considered a potential danger to society? LSE Sociology doctoral candidate Tara Lai Quinlan looks at how politics has shaped the UK and US government’s counter terrorism policies since 9/11.

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Watching women watching the courtroom (Law)

Excluded from most of the legal process until the early Twentieth Century, women’s role in the courtroom has largely gone unremarked. That was until Linda Mulcahy from LSE’s Department of Law decided to link her love of art and law.


Manning the US border (Society, media and science)

2015 marks a decade since a group of private individuals launched the Minuteman movement, a self-appointed citizens’ patrol of the United States border to stop illegal immigrants from Mexico. 


How sportswomen can boost performance by overcoming negative stereotypes (Society, media and science)

Research on women footballers shows that they can perform better using a simple method to eliminate the negative effects of stereotyping.

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Zambia urged to tackle the stigma of abortion (World regions and development)

Around 30 per cent of maternal deaths in Zambia each year are due to unsafe abortions, despite the legalisation of abortion in that country some 40 years ago.

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Islamic superheroine combats prejudice against Muslims (Social policy)

At what point did Islam become synonomous with terrorism? Prior to 9/11 the IRA claimed the mantle but the past 14 years has seen a seismic shift in attitudes.