Social Policy Events Calendar

Public events, Research seminars series,
Event podcasts

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

PhD Atrium exhibition 2020

Education for Impact: promoting wellbeing and equality

Hosted by LSE Arts

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

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

More information here.



‘Emplaced’ Indian Construction Labour-Camps: The Architecture of Discipline and the Limits to Collective Action.

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

Wednesday 29 January, 2.00pm-3.30pm, OLD 2.26 (Webb room)

Speaker: Dr Sunil Kumar

The complexity of organising (and researching) internal migrant construction workers in labour camps is located in the atypical nature of construction: (i) it moves in space and time; and (ii) labour moves, in and out of a given project, depending on skill requirements.  In the Indian context, this complexity increases due to the regional and linguistic diversity of the migrant labour force. Read more here

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



Who Needs Experts? The politics and practices of solidarity and volunteer humanitarianism in Greece

Seminar Series on Migration Ethnicity and Race

Wednesday 12 February, 1 to 2pm, CBG 11.13

Speaker: Dr Armine Ishkanian (Associate Professor and Academic Lead, AFSEE programme and III Resarch Committee Member) 

Since the 1990s, Greece has been both a transit and destination country for migrants but when 850,000 people entered the country in 2015, the situation was termed a “global humanitarian crisis” and by the early 2016, Greece had become the 3rd largest humanitarian intervention in the world.
Read more here. 

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



Mechanisms of Matthew effects in social investment 

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

Wednesday 11 March, 2.00pm-3.30pm, OLD 2.26 (Webb 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. The social investment paradigm has been troubled by the discovery of Matthew effects, often described as the monopolisation of new investments by already advantaged groups. Read more here.

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


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.


Podcasts and Videos

main podcast

Podcasts and Videos

Missed one of our events?

Catch up here


Other event highlights


OXO Gallery image- escalator

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


thinking outside the pink and blue boxes

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.

Blowing the lid book cover.jpg 100 X 130

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.