05 June 2019
SPP London alumni chapter launch
Last Thursday was the launch of the SPP alumni association’s new London chapter. The event took place at the Rugby Tavern pub in Bloomsbury, and saw over twenty five former students of the school come together to catch up, enjoy the free drinks and buffet and take part in a pub quiz. Also attending was the School of Public Policy’s manager Paul Sullivan, who described the night as a “great success”.
The School of Public Policy's Alumni Symposium, for MPA, EMPA and EMPP alumni, will take place next weekend, on Saturday the 15th June. It will include a keynote speech from the SPP Dean Professor Andrés Velasco, as well as several panels discussing topics such as technology, Brexit and climate change. Tickets also include lunch, refreshments and an evening drinks reception.
Click here for more details on the alumni symposium, including a link to buy tickets.
22 May 2019
Executive MPA and MPP Policy in Practice weekend
This past weekend, students of the Executive Master’s in Public Administration and Executive Master’s in Public Policy came together at LSE for a Policy in Practice weekend.
The students attended talks covering topics such as social entrepreneurship, post-truth politics and combatting terrorism. Expert practitioners in these policy areas shared their insights alongside LSE faculty teaching the latest academic approach.
On Friday, Lucy Lake – CEO of the Campaign for Female Education – delivered a Policy in Practice session to EMPA students on the importance of social entrepreneurship.
We caught up with some of the second-year EMPA students after their talk from Lucy Lake, CEO of the Campaign for Female Education, who spoke about social entrepreneurship in a session on Friday.
Andrew, a second-year EMPA student, appreciated the linkages between social entrepreneurship and global issues. Fellow student Marlon was also inspired by this talk, seeing social entrepreneurship as a potential solution to challenges in his home country of Honduras.
Students were also excited for the rest of the weekend’s activities. Misha, a second-year EMPA student, was looking forward to Saturday’s focus on trade and protectionism, because of the prominence of this issue in the current global context. This was echoed by his classmate Gabriel, who thought that in an “era of the rise of protectionism” the talk was especially relevant, and that it would complement the Global Market Economics module that they studied in November.
For their talks on Friday, first-year EMPA students were exploring post-truth politics in a module led by Dr Alexandra Cirone. As well as looking at the most recent research and policy solutions on the issue, the day included a session from the New York Times journalist Amanda Taub.
Journalist Amanda Taub of the New York Times spoke on the topic of post-truth politics and fake news.
Saturday’s session included a talk from Susan Haird, Associate Director for Trade and Investment at IMC Global, as well as lectures from LSE’s Dr Thomas Sampson, on the subject of trade agreements in a time of rising protectionism.
On Saturday evening, EMPA and EMPP second-year students were treated to a closing dinner in the magnificent 15th century Old Hall of Lincoln’s Inn to mark the last modular session of their studies.
The weekend closed for second-year students with Sunday’s talks on combatting terrorism, including one from Sir Richard Mottram, former permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence. First-year students studied migration and integration policy, with LSE’s Dr Dominik Hangartner. He was joined by the policy practitioner Cornelia Lüthy, the Vice Director of the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration, and an EMPA alumna herself.
It was a weekend of challenging policy discussion and debate, but also with plenty of time for the students and faculty to socialise and enjoy their time in London.
The weekend was perhaps best summarised by first-year EMPA student Enrico, who said that his key advice to next year’s cohort would be to take advantage of the “full package of LSE” and to use the Policy in Practice weekends to build friendships and expand your network as well as to learn cutting edge insights on policy issues.
29 January 2019
Professor Nava Ashraf – Rated as one of the top 25 behavioural economists in the world
Professor Nava Ashraf of the School of Public Policy has been included as one of the top twenty-five behavioural economists in the world, according to a new ranking published by TheBestSchools.org. Currently, Nava teaches PP452 Applying Behavioural Economics for Social Impact: Design, Delivery, Evaluation and Policy, which is a half-unit course offered by the School of Public Policy. In addition to her teaching duties, Nava serves as the Research Director for LSE’s Marshall Institute, a research centre that examines the effectiveness of private action for public benefit. The ranking details Nava’s impressive contributions to academia and society as a whole.
“In the scant dozen years since her dissertation (as of 2017), Ashraf has authored or co-authored some 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports (some of the most important of which are listed below). She has been a Faculty Research Fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is currently a Fellow with the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), as well as an Affiliated Professor with MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Editor of the journal Economica. In 1995, at the age of 20, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia, the youngest person ever to receive that honor.”
Read the entire ranking of Behaviour Economists from TheBestSchools.org.
View Nava’s academic profile.