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Research highlights

Discover some of the cutting edge research being conducted at LSE

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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.



The downsides of looking like a leader (Society, media and science)

Having highly confident leaders can sometimes have a negative effect on joint decision-making, according to research experiments.


The price of piracy in Somalia (Social policy)

Somalia is a country ravaged by political instability, internal strife and abject poverty – an ideal breeding ground for piracy. But the short term gains that have filtered through the economy from ransom payments have done little to address the country’s long term economic health.


£20 billion reasons to shop on Sunday (Economy)

When Sunday trading was introduced in England and Wales in 1994, trade unions and religious groups objected strongly. But 21 years down the track, what evidence is there to show how detrimental or positive it has been?

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Bringing up the bodies with big data (Society, media and science)

Newly available genealogical records are helping to provide insights into the lives the European nobility, and may provide important clues about why Western Europe led the Industrial Revolution.


Drugs enter the digital age (Health)

The world's health sector has gone digital, with electronic prescriptions, digitised supply chains and personalised medicine the new buzz words.


Ethical dilemmas of vaccination (Health)

How relevant are gender and age when making policies about vaccination and does this leave governments open to claims of discrimination? Dr Jeroen Luyten says it's time we had the debate.


Lagging economies and brain drain (Economy)

PhD research by Enrico Orru reveals a downside for lagging economies that send students abroad to further their skills and knowledge.