Social policy

Discover some of the cutting edge research being conducted at LSE
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A fair cop

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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The power of the passport

Should governments make it easier for migrants to take up citizenship? LSE research suggests naturalisation acts as a catalyst for social and political integration.

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Islamic superheroine combats prejudice against Muslims

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 price of piracy in Somalia

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.


Ethnic diversity an issue in UK professional workplaces

Workplaces need to change if we are to create a more ethnically diverse professional culture, says LSE researcher.


'The Girl Effect': stereotyping the developing world

Corporate giant Nike’s ‘The Girl Effect’ campaign has successfully engaged Western audiences but how accurate is its message?


Rise of the female breadwinner

The steady rise of women in the workforce over the past 30 years has helped drive the global economy, but has it really addressed inequality?


Do poorer children receive lower quality childcare?

There’s a strange dynamic happening across Britain’s public playgroups and private nurseries.


Does it pay to be a good corporate citizen?

Once upon a time, making a profit was all that mattered for most companies. Now, being a good corporate citizen is just as critical, but do the two go hand in hand?

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The ethnic identity parade behind bars

An examination of how prisoners from different ethnic and religious backgrounds interact.


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Relying on family care in the 21st century?

Study shows growing gap between the numbers of elderly people needing care, and those able to provide it in future.



There's no one quite like Grandma

Research into studies of child well-being shows grandmothers are much more important than fathers during the early years.