Social Policy Events Calendar

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We host a range of events, from large public lectures to smaller seminars, across a broad spectrum of topics relating to social policy. Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to all.


Upcoming events


Multidimensional disadvantage among children: bringing Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children in England and Wales into focus

Seminar Series on Migration Ethnicity and Race

Wednesday 4 March 2020, 1.00pm to 2.00pm, CBG 11.13

Speakers: Dr Polina Obolenskaya
 (Dr Polina Obolenskaya is a Research Officer at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, CASE)

It is well known that Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children in the UK as well as across Europe experience high levels of disadvantage. Yet no national monitoring of their living standards in the UK is taking place. Read more here.

The seminars are open to staff and students from across the LSE.



HIV Prevention in Britain: beyond the typical PrEP user

LSE FESTIVAL 2020- Shape The World

Saturday 7 March, 12.45pm-2.15pm, Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speakers: Dr Ingrid Young, Marion Wadibia, Sabrina Rafael
Chair: Dr Timothy Hildebrandt

Join the conversation: Scholars and community-based charities reflect on HIV transmission rates among ethnic minorities, women and heterosexuals and broadening the reach of preventative measures. Read more here.

This event is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. Online booking will open for events in the LSE Festival from 12 noon on Monday 10 February 2020. For full details see Ticket Information.


Vesla Weaver

Race Matters: theorizing democracy, state power, and citizenship in policed communities

Public Event hosted by the Department of Social Policy

Thursday 19 March, 6.30pm-8.00pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Dr Vesla Weaver (John Hopkins University)
Chair: Dr Coretta Phillips (LSE, Department of Social Policy)

This event explores new ways of thinking about racialization and criminal justice, drawing from ideas in the disciplines of political science, criminology and sociology. Read more here.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


Paul Apostolidis

Migrant Day Labourers and the Politics of Precarity

Seminar Series on Migration Ethnicity and Race

Wednesday 25 March, 1.00pm-2.00pm, CBG 11.13

Speaker: Dr Paul Apostolidis (Associate Professorial Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department for Education, Department of Government)

In todays precarious world, working peoples experiences are paradoxically becoming more alike even as their disparities sharpen. Read more here.



Mechanisms of Matthew effects in social investment 

Department of Social Policy seminar series on International Social and Public Policy

Wednesday 25th March, 2.00pm-3.30pm, Graham Wallas Room

Speaker: Amelia Peterson (LSE, Department of Social Policy)

Social investment is an approach to public policy which aims to enhance social welfare through the formation of skills and human capital. Read more here.

The seminars are open to staff and students from across the LSE.


Understanding human need (Second edition)

Book Launch- Understanding Human Need
(Revised edition) by Hartley Dean

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy

Thursday 14 May, 18.00-19.30, Shaw Library

Come and celebrate the launch of Hartley Dean's latest publication Understanding Human Need (Revised edition)Hartley Dean is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the LSE.

This completely revised version, without compromising the thoroughgoing analysis of the original edition, introduces a radical humanist approach to human need and explores new ways of thinking about the relationship between needs, rights and disadvantage. 

Register to attend here.


Future events



Annual International Behavioural Public Policy Conference

10th-11th September 2020, LSE

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy
Supported by the Marshall Institute and STICERD

More information here.


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PhD Atrium exhibition 2020

Exhibition: Education for Impact: promoting wellbeing and equality

Hosted by LSE Arts

Monday 20th January to Friday 14 February 2020, Atrium Gallery, Old Building LSE

This transformative and inter-disciplinary exhibition showcased PhD research being undertaken in the Departments of Social Policy, Health Policy and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences under the broad themes of wellbeing and equality.

More information here.


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Exhibition: How Social Policy Research Shapes the World You Live In

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy

Thursday 10 January - Sunday 20 January 2019

gallery@oxo, OXO Tower Wharf

This comparative and contemporary exhibition showcased Social Policy research responding to global challenges in areas such as inequality, work, family, poverty, migration and education.

More details here.


Visions for Social Progress

Visions for Social Progress: The Future of Social Policy

Department of Social Policy Public Event

Panellists: Professor Bea Cantillon, Professor Philippe van Parijs, Professor Fiona Williams
Chair: Dr Timo Fleckenstein

15th November 2018

Further information


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Realising Aspirations? Gender, Ethnicity and Job Inequalities

Department of Social Policy Public Event

8 November 2018

Panellists: Dr Omar Khan, Professor Heidi Mirza, Esohe Uwadiae
Research presented by: Samantha Parsons, Professor Lucinda Platt
Chair: Nik Miller

Further information


Maro Matosian

Why is it Important to Pass the Domestic Violence Law in Armenia?

30 November 2017

Speaker: Maro Matosian
Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian

Women’s rights NGOs in Armenia have been campaigning for the passage of a domestic violence bill for many years.  As the Armenian National Assembly debates the bill, there have also been heated debates between the defenders and critics of the bill. Maro Matosian, the Executive Director of the Women’s Support Center NGO in Armenia, gave a presentation on the latest developments and why, from the perspective of human rights and social justice, it is important for this bill to become law.  

Judicial review

The Value and effects of Judicial Review
By Varda Bondy, Professor Lucinda Platt, and Professor Maurice Sunkin
Seminar to launch the major research report- 2016

The first comprehensive independent study to consider the effects of judicial review principally from the perspective of claimants and their advisers. The findings provide significant new insights into the value of judicial review for claimants, policy and practice, and challenge many widely held assumptions.

More information.

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Blowing the Lid : Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens
By Stuart Feather, Daniel Monk and Dr Hakan Seckinelgin 
Department of Social Policy book launch and discussion- 2016

Stuart Feather in his book describes the Gay Liberation Front’s founding, its meetings in Central London (starting at the LSE), principles, fights over revolutionary practice, gender differences and transsexuality. He relates protests and confrontations often with Women’s Liberation against Miss World and the Festival of Light in detail, sometimes bitter, often hilarious. A participant in many of the actions described, he also includes contributions from many other activists.

More information.