News and events archive
Asia Research Centre and Department of Social Policy Public Seminar and Book Launch
: Social Protection, Economics Growth and Social Change: Goals, Issues and Trajectories in China, India, Brazil and South Africa
Edited by Professor James Midgley and Professor David Piachaud
This event took place on Thursday 13th February.
Speakers: Dr Francesca Bastagli, Professor Tony Hall and Dr Ruth Kattumuri. Chair: Professor David Piachaud
This highly original and thought-provoking book examines the recent expansion of social protection in China, India, Brazil and South Africa- four countries experiencing rapid economic growth and social change. It documents developments in each country, analyses the impact of government cash transfers and discusses future trends. It shows that social protection has complemented economic growth and supported development efforts. Social protection has been fundamental to promoting equitable and sustainable societies.
Book Launch Event: 'Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media'
Edited by Professor David Lewis, Professor Dennis Rodgers and Professor Michael Woolcock.
The event took place on Monday 23rd January. The editors gave presentations on the origins and ideas behind the book. Three of the contributors talked about aspects of their chapters. Simon Parker (University of York) on television series "The Wire" and the politics of urban underdevelopment in America, Tobias Denskus (Malmo University) on the MDG Summit and the limits of social media, and Uma Kothari (University of Manchester) on the Empire Marketing Board poster campaign 1926-33.
Richard Titmuss Annual Lecture- 'Richard Titmuss: forty years on'
On Wednesday 23rd October, Professor Howard Glennerster gave the Richard Titmuss Annual Lecture titled Richard Titmuss: forty years on. Richard Titmuss was one of the world's leading public analysts and philosophers. He was enormously influential in shaping post-war welfare state and created the discipline that we now call social policy. It is now forty years since he died. What would he have made of the present state of welfare? The present state of social policy? Welfare reformers frequently talk of going back to Beveridge. Should we not think of going back to Titmuss?
LSE Public Lecture and Launch of the report titled 'Reclaiming Democracy in the Square?: Interpreting the Movements of 2011-2012', By Armine Ishkanian and Marlies Glasius, with Irum S. Ali, took place on Thursday 10th October.
The speakers (Dr Heba Raouf Ezzat, Professor Marlies Glasius and Dr Armine Ishkanian) examined the recent pro-democracy and anti-austerity movements which have become sites for political action, resistance and solidarity. The considered the transnational diffusion, local specificities and the wider impact of protests on political and policy developments.
Obituary- Sally Sainsbury
It is with the greatness sadness we mark the death of Sally Sainsbury with this tribute by Professor David Piachaud
Sally Sainsbury who died in June worked in the Department for half a century. She was a dedicated, unstinting and much loved colleague.Sally first came to the London School of Economics in 1962 to study for the Graduate Diploma in Social Administration at LSE, having previously graduated in History at Queen Mary College. (Very recently she wondered whether she would have been better sticking to medieval history rather than going into social administration – it would have been our loss). She worked for five years as research assistant first with Peter Townsend and then with Brian Abel-Smith. She worked ‘with’ them rather than ‘for’ them because, although she never sought celebrity she contributed as much to their work as she learned from them. Brian was always very respectful of her knowledge and judgement. She became an assistant lecturer in 1969 and then taught continuously until her retirement when she became Emeritus Reader in Social Administration. She then continued her research until shortly before her death.
For 35 years Sally was on the teaching staff in the LSE Department of Social Administration. She taught on the history of social policy, on personal social services and on disability. One senior colleague, Professor Jane Lewis, said she taught her all she knew about teaching. She was truly dedicated to her students often relishing the challenge of the recalcitrant and not fully committed student as much as the ability of the most gifted. She was at different times responsible for undergraduates, for admissions and was Adviser to Disabled Students throughout LSE. Julian Le Grand, when head of department, wrote of her:
“Sally Sainsbury is one of those essential members of the Department on whom all the rest of us depend. I know that whatever task I give her she can be depended on to perform it reliably and conscientiously. But her contribution is greater than that. In much of her work she takes the initiative, operating with flair and imagination… She is an archetypal good citizen. She is very reluctant to put herself forward but she is a pillar of the department.”
As a scholar and researcher Sally was a leader in the field of disability and social policy. Perhaps the most important of her many studies was Deaf Worlds. As Jack Ashley, pioneering MP on disability who himself lost his hearing, wrote in the Foreword: “ By making a case study of profoundly deaf people in all settings, Sally Sainsbury has illuminated a scene hitherto shrouded in darkness.” Sally showed the extent of communication and community among deaf people and described the parallel lives many deaf people led with virtually no contact with the rest of the population. She showed how most services found it easier to make decisions on behalf of deaf people rather than taking the time and acquiring the skills in sign language to give voice and control to the deaf people themselves. It was an important study that challenged fashionable and simplistic notions of “integration” into “normal” life. Often integration meant dispersal of deaf people into schools or housing where they had no one they could communicate with or it meant services for “the disabled” that failed to recognise the very different problems faced by profoundly deaf people from those faced by those without sight or with other physical or mental disabilities. She was brave enough to show that a deaf community with its distinct language of signing often represented a fuller human existence than supposedly “integrated” living that often meant isolation.Deaf Worlds immediately established itself as the authoritative account of the social world of deaf people. Its importance was widely recognised; one reviewer put it on a par with the great pioneering studies in social policy. It is not easy to evaluate the impact of such a study but it undoubtedly contributed to breaking down the ignorance that existed about deaf people. Instead of a gulf of distrust and fear of difference between deaf people and notionally normal people – between “them “and “us” – a wider range of people came to be accepted as having a common humanity. That Sally helped significantly in that endeavour was a major achievement.
Through her teaching Sally influenced many hundreds of lives, through her writing many thousands of lives. We were fortunate to have her as a colleague.
But it is as a friend that we knew her and now mourn her illness and death and celebrate her life. In her life, she was honest and humorous, she was insightful and often very candid, she was warm and waspish. She was a Quaker she always saw the “light within” – whether it was in the student wholly unprepared for a class, in a pompous or curmudgeonly colleague or in someone cut off from others by profound deafness. She was always considerate and supportive, caring and committed.
All those who were her colleagues at LSE give thanks for her life.
Professor David Piachaud
(Based on a tribute delivered at Sally’s Funeral, 12 July, 2013)
Symposium at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Social Policy Association to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Richard Titmuss's death.
The year 2013 marks the fortieth anniversary of Richard Titmuss's death. Rightly acknowledged as the principal founder of the discipline of social administration/social policy, Titmuss's period as the first Professor of Social Administration in the UK (1950-73), held at the London School of Economics, more or less coincided with the period of the 'classic' welfare state, which functioned in the socio-economic context of full employment, intact families and steady economic growth. Significantly, Titmuss's death (in April 1973) occurred some six months before the OPEC-led oil price rise which was to send shock waves through industrialised economies and usher in a long period of self-doubt and welfare state retrenchment. From his death onwards, the social policy agenda changed markedly.
To commemorate Titmuss's contribution to social policy, a symposium was held at the Annual Conference of the Social Policy Association at the University of Sheffield from the 9-11th July 2013. The symposium offered contrasting perspectives on Titmuss's achievements, not only examining them in the context of 1950-73, but also assessing the relevance of Titmuss's ideas for the very different social and economic circumstances of today.
Chaired by John Macnicol (Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Policy), the main presenters were Ann Oakley (Professor at the Institute of Education on 'Time Remembered: the Legend and the Legacy of Richard Titmuss'; Adrian Sinfield (Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh) on 'Why Do We Need to Keep Reading Titmuss?'; and Robyn Rowe (PhD student at LSE) on 'Titmuss and the Dilemmas of Benefits for Women'.
Professor John Hills has been knighted for his services to Social Policy
Professor John Hills, one of LSE's leading academics has had his expertise and service rewarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, and has been knighted for his services to social policy. Read more here
Professor Anne Power writes below to mark the occasion:
John has been at LSE since 1986 when he joined the Welfare State Programme with Julian Le Grand. Julian commented to me that John was rather 'into the detail' of housing. This was music to my ears as John is a real housing expert. More that that, he understands the way public finances, tax systems, welfare and the many varieties of public spending and support within the British and other welfare systems work. It is this detailed knowledge and ability to apply it to major policy problems that led the government to ask him to be part of the Pensions Commission; to carry out a review of social housing; to do an assessment of equality and inequality for the last Labour government; and to unravel the mystery of why the scale of fuel poverty raced up and down by several millions in only a year or two. These studies carried out with teams of government analysts have changed the way that not just government policy, but also academic thinking, has progressed. It gives social Policy a form and original foundation for the more purely theoretical, or purely applied, evidence would have a great less meaning. This contribution shapes many current social policy debates.
Dr Armine Ishkanian organised an international workshop: Re-Claiming Democracy in the Square: Recent Social Movements and Civil Society Activism
On 28th June 2013, a workshop was held at the LSE titled Reclaiming Social Movements and Civil Society Activism. The workshop is part of a research project which is directed by Dr Armine Ishkanian and funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. The workshop brought together academics, activists and practitioners from the UK, Greece, Egypt, Spain, Russia and Turkey to discuss the emergence of recent pro-democracy and anti-austerity movements around the world and their implications for wider and political developments.
Dr Coretta Phillips has been jointly awarded the Criminology Book Prize
Dr Coretta Phillips has been jointly awarded (with Dr Deborah Drake, The Open University, for Prisons, Punishment and the Pursuit of Security) the Criminology Book Prize 2013 for her book The Multicultural Prison: ethnicity, masculinity and social relations among prisoners.
Dr Ernestina Coast is one of the winners of the 2013 LSE Students' Union Student-Led Teaching Awards
Dr Ernestina Coast, Senior Lecturer in Population Studies, is one of five winners of the 2013 LSE Students' Union Student-Led Teaching Awards. Duncan McKenna, the Education Officer in the LSE Students' Union, wrote, when announcing the awards, "We asked students to highlight those teachers who had shown exceptional commitment to the teaching of their students, those who had expanded their knowledge beyond the classroom and had a profound effect on their lives and their time at LSE through teaching creatively, inclusively and through creating opportunities for them in the wider world.
Department achieves Silver Sustainability Award
The Department was delighted to receive a Silver Award for Green Impact at the LSE's 2013 annual Celebration of Sustainability.
LSE Health together with 12 other institutional partners have been awarded a € 3 million research grant by the European Commission under DG Research's 7th Framework Programme for their project entitled ADVANCE-HTA, commencing in January 2013 for 3 years. LSE Health will act as the principal investigator and coordinator, led by Panos Kanavos, reader in International Health Policy, bringing together a team of high-level experts with extensive experience in the area of health policy, health economics, health and research methodologies, access to medicines, pharmaceutical policies, medical devices and health technology Assessment (HTA).
To view the press release, please click here (PDF)
PSSRU at LSE and Kent are delighted to be part of a partnership that has been awarded by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC). The partnership is led by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), and also involves Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), Research in Practice (RIP) and Research in Practice for Adults (RIPfA).
Announcement by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Press release by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
'Reading the Riots'
series wins at the British Journalism Awards 2012
Reading the Riots
, a joint project led by Professor Tim Newburn
at LSE and Paul Lewis of The Guardian
, which aimed to understand the roots and responses to the 2011 riots, has won the innovation of the year award at the Press Gazette's
British Journalism Awards 2012.
Personal Health Budgets Evaluation final report
Final report on personal health budgets have been published with the Department of Health. Contributors include Julien Forder and Paul Dolan.
The Department's Centenary Colloquium
Social Policy Futures: Wreckage, Resiliance or Renewal? considered challenges for the future.
Care for older people: projected expenditure to 2022 on social care and continuing health care for England's older population
This analysis by the London School of Economics, commissioned by the Nuffield Trust, projects expenditure on social care and health care for older people in England from 2010 to 2022. Rachel Wittenburg, Bo Hu, Adelina Comas Herrera and Jose-Luis Fernandez contributed to this report.
British Academy welcomes Professor Le Grand
The British Academy has elected Professor Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy (pictured), as one of its 38 new Fellows. British Academy Fellowships are awarded to highly distinguished academics who are recognised for outstanding research in their field.
Professor recognised bu the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Professor Eillen Munroe (pictured) has been awarded a President's Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of her significant contributions to improving the lives of patients with mental illness.
Police fear they could not cope with more riots
Police fear a second wave of riots across England and are concerned they may not have the resources to cope suggests the Reading the Riots project in new analysis of the country's 2011 unrest.
Department achieves bronze sustainability award
The Department was delighted to receive a Bronze Award for Green Impact at the LSE's annual Celebration of Sustainability. Green Impact is an NUS project that helps university staff and students take small steps to enhance their department’s sustainability.
Congratulations to the Green Impact Team on this achievement.
Taskforce calls for action to expand public service mutuals
A report published by Professor Julian Le Grand (pictured) and the Mutuals taskforce recommends actions to make this burgeoning movement a mainstream option for public service delivery.
Child protection reforms welcomed but pace needs to be accelerated
In a new progress report for the Government, Professor Eileen Munro (pictured) has said that a “culture change” was underway in the child protection system but there is an urgent need to now accelerate reforms.
Innovative proposal for recalibration
Professor Julian Le Grand (pictured) argues that some of the Euro-member states should quit and instantly re-join (QIR) the European Economic and Monetary Union. Such an option would not only benefit deficit countries, such as Greece, but also surplus countries, such as Germany.
CASE Annual Report 2011
The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion has recently published its annual report. As well as giving a guide to recent activities and publications, it contains feature articles on current and recent research.
Former PhD student runner up in thesis competition
Dr Markus Ketola (pictured), a former PhD student and now LSE Fellow in the Department, has been awarded a runner up place in a doctoral thesis competition organised by the LSE Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies in the European Institute for his study on 'Europeanisation and civil society: the early impact of EU pre-accession policies on Turkish NGOs'.
Wednesday's child is full of woe
Professor Stephen Jenkins (pictured) addresses poverty and inequality in the The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Seven Days of Social Science Research video series.
University reforms have created "middle-income poverty trap"
Systems of financial support for poorer students applying to university are confusingly complex and involve dramatic “cliff-edges” where help for the marginally better-off suddenly disappears, new analysis by the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion has found.
Book launch - Bangladesh: politics, economy and civil society
Professor David Lewis (pictured) launched his book Bangladesh: politics, economy and civil society at an event in Dhaka, Bangladesh, jointly organised by the British Council and the LSE Bangladesh Alumni.
Broadway Theatre, Catford, 27 April - 26 May
Dr Michael Shiner, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, is the Executive Producer for a new StopWatch production examining the impact of police Stop and Search powers.
Nearly eight million struggle to afford keeping warm says independent review
Professor John Hills today published the final report of his independent review of fuel poverty. The review confirms that fuel poverty is a serious national problem and shows that it is set to rise rapidly.
Anorexia study backs government ban on underweight models
Anorexia is a socially transmitted disease and appears to be more prevalent in countries such as France where women are thinner than average, according to new LSE research.
Professor Eileen Munro takes up key strategic role at The College of Social Work
Professor Eileen Munro (pictured) is to work with the recently launched College of Social Work in the role of Transitional Chair for the College's Children's Faculty. She will take up the position in March for a period of 12 months.
Former student participating in BBC series
Dr Milla Marinova, a graduate of the MSc International Health Policy programme, features in the second series of the BBC Three programme 'Junior Doctors: Your Life In Their Hands'. She is one of eight newly-qualified doctors filmed as they embark on their foundation year at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital.
Child protection expert wins New Year's honour
Professor Eileen Munro (pictured) has been awarded the CBE for her services to children and families.
Choosing a school is not parents' top priority finds new study
More than eight in 10 people think parents should send their children to the nearest state school, reveal new findings from the first survey to gauge Britons' attitudes to school choice in detail.
Reading the Riots
Unprecedented study by LSE and the Guardian finds that widespread anger and frustration with the police was a significant factor behind the summer riots.
Are there really seven billion of us?
Professor Mike Murphy comments on the United Nations estimate that on Monday 31 October the world's population will reach seven billion. "As you can never get a true figure to compare, you are always going to be essentially guessing… We will never have a true, definitive figure."
Self-taught pioneer of the Welfare State honoured
Richard Titmuss (1907-73), who founded the academic discipline of Social Administration (now Social Policy) at LSE, has been commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at 32 Twyford Avenue, Acton, London.
LSE to Monitor Inequality and Poverty under the Coalition
LSE researchers have launched a new programme to report on the impact of the recession, spending changes and the government's social policy reforms on inequality and poverty in the UK.
Fuel poverty a serious problem says independent review by LSE expert
At least 2,700 people in England die each year because they cannot afford to keep warm an interim report to the Government has warned.
LSE academic prescribes 'hope' in the battle against HIV/AIDS
'Hope' could be a valuable tool to enable policy makers to adopt the best policies to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa, an LSE professor has argued.
Research Highlight: Re-imagining Happiness
What makes us happy? Professor Paul Dolan, a behavioural economist, knows that he is not very reliable at predicting what will make him happy.
Great recession will hit incomes for years
Ordinary households have yet to feel the worst effects of the recession on their income a study of 21 wealthier countries reveals today.
Do tax credits really 'make work pay'?
Using benefits or tax credit schemes to top-up low wages is not necessarily a good way of promoting a work ethic among people in chronically low-paid work, according to new research from LSE.
Reading the riots - LSE and Guardian launch study of disorder in English cities
The causes and consequences of the English riots last month, the most serious bout of civil unrest in a generation, will be examined in an innovative study by LSE and the Guardian newspaper.
Women more stressed by commuting than men
Women suffer more stress from their daily commute than men according to new research by LSE and the University of Sheffield.
Life-threatening nut allergies viewed as 'frivolous and self indulgent fad'
Parents of nut-allergy sufferers face hostility and scepticism in trying to find safe environments for their children, a new study has found.
Future of Britain's poorest families still relies on urgent social investment finds new book
Some of Britain's poorest neighbourhoods are at risk of decaying into ghetto-like enclaves if budget cuts halt society's efforts to pull them 'back from the cliff edge', a new book warns.
Munro Review of Child Protection
Professor Eileen Munro gave evidence to the Select Committee on Education in a special session which examined her recently published review of child protection in England. A video of the committee meeting is available on the Parliament UK website.
Margaret Hardiman (1918-2011)
It is with sadness that the Department reports the death of Margaret Hardiman at the age of 92. Margaret was instrumental in the creation of a graduate diploma course in social planning in developing countries. This course continues to date as the MSc Social Policy and Development.
LSE academic appointed to new Greek cabinet
Professor Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Public Health and Director of LSE Health, has been appointed to the new Greek cabinet.
The Munro Review of Child Protection
Professor Eileen Munro, Department of Social Policy, has completed her ten month long review of the child protection service in England.
Promotion, prevention and early intervention dramatically cut the costs of mental ill health, says government – sponsored research report
Every pound spent on parenting programmes to prevent conduct disorder in young children saves the UK £8 over a child's lifetime, according to a new report.
Will the Olympics make us happier?
A new study into whether hosting the 2012 Olympic Games will boost our happiness is being launched by LSE, with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.
Doubling expenditure on the NHS between 1997 and 2010 had a variable impact on health system performance
A new report reveals that while public expenditure on health care in England more than doubled between 1997 and 2010, the impact on health system performance has been variable.
Social Policy professor to lead government fuel poverty review
Professor John Hills (pictured) has been appointed by energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne to lead an independent review of the fuel poverty target and definition.
Closing the gap between development policymakers and people
An innovative programme in Bangladesh is bringing international aid policymakers closer to the people affected by their policies according to Professor David Lewis (pictured).
Treating NHS hospitals with competition and closures
Patients in England, especially the poorest, have benefited from choice and competition according to LSE economist Dr Zack Cooper.
Government's Spending Review: fair?
The government's claim that its 2010 Spending Review promotes 'fairness' has been challenged by Dr Tania Burchardt, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy
Crime maps, policing and fear
Daniel Bear, a PhD candidate in the Department of Social Policy at LSE, whose research includes street level policing in London, discusses the pros and cons of the Home Office's new crime mapping website - 'Sometimes a crime map is just a crime map.'
LSE professor to chair Mutuals Taskforce
Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, announced today that Professor Julian Le Grand (pictured), Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, will lead a new Mutuals Taskforce to drive reform at the centre of government with the prime minister's backing.
Child protection must focus on the child, not on rules and targets
Professor Eileen Munro has signalled a new approach on child protection with an interim report for the Government which focuses on helping children, rather than on the regulations, inspections and procedures that have thrown the system out of balance.