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Professor Lucinda Platt at the Understanding Society International conference

Professor Lucinda Platt gave a plenary at the Understanding Society international conference. The topic was: Ethnicity and identity: new perspectives.

Held at the University of Essex, the Understanding Society Scientific Conference provides an international forum for the exchange of research based on longitudinal household panel studies.

The three-day conference attracted 240 delegates from multiple countries (Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Australia, US, Korea) as well as UK, and from government departments and funding organisations, research organisations as well as universities. 

Dr Ernestina Coast

Academic abroad-Dr Ernestina Coast 

Dr Ernestina Coast gave the keynote “Sexual and reproductive health: evidence, perspectives and lifecourse” at the Reproductive Health Working Group annual meeting in Jordan. 

The three day meeting involved INGOs, funders and researchers from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, occupied Palestinian territories and Morocco.

New housing

Low cost housing schemes have little impact on social mobility

A new LSE report for the Social Mobility Commission into the impact of low-cost homeownership schemes has found that those benefitting from schemes - such as Help to Buy – earn more than one and half times the national working age median income.



Prison cell

The state of British prisons

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis was interviewed by the German Press Agency about the state of British prisons. Quoted in an article published by Deutsche Welle, Dr Cheliotis drew attention to the politicisation of penal policy in Britain and the concomitant lack of state commitment to alternatives to imprisonment. 

Read full article here.




Professor Anthony Hall awarded a Newton Fund

Professor Anthony Hall has been awarded a Newton Fund Institutional Links grant to be carried out in partnership with the University of Amazonas in Brazil. This joint research will look into the nature of participatory management and how communities influence decision-making that affects key aspects of their lives such as livelihood diversity, production systems for non-timber forest products (NTFPs), use of traditional knowledge, participatory learning and local technology. The study will assess current participatory methodologies that underpin the network of protected areas administered by the Fundacao Amazonas Sustentavel (FAS), home to 40,000 river dwellers in 470 communities in the state of Amazonas.



Intergenerational Family

Only children more likely to support parents in old age than children with siblings

A new study found that only children are more likely than children with siblings to share a household with or live at close distance from ageing parents, particularly when parents suffer from poor health.  The findings suggest that only children respond more strongly to parental need, and this is likely to compel them to change their living arrangements in order to support the care of their parents.

Professor Stephen Jenkins

Professor Stephen Jenkins in Berlin

Professor Stephen Jenkins gave an invited plenary lecture at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the German Institute for Research on the Labour Market and Professions (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, IAB) in Berlin, 5-6 April 2017.

His topic was "Monitoring poverty in Europe: assessing progress since the early-1990s"

Dr Armine Ishkanian

Dr Armine Ishkanian shares her view on the Armenian parliamentary elections

Parliamentary elections were held in Armenia on 2nd April 2017. They were the first parliamentary election of its kind since the signing of a 2015 referendum. Dr Armine Ishkanian talks to CivilNet before the election.

Following the results which saw the ruling Republican Party of Armenia win the largest share of the vote, Armine Ishkanian shares her views on the LSE Blog, 'Armenia’s election: The status quo wins at the expense of democracy.'



Farmer in Vietnam

A matter of life or death

Each year, an estimated 800,000 people around the world take their own lives, making suicide one of the most common causes of death globally.

Valentina Iemmi of the Department of Social Policy analysed the relationship between poverty and suicide in low and middle income countries, and discusses how her work could help inform efforts to address this global health crisis.




Parents with young children are 'substantially' less productive than their colleagues, due to a lack of sleep

In the first study of its kind, Dr Joan Costa-i-Font and Sarah Flèche, of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science, have found that baby-induced fatigue is significantly undermining economic performance.


Dramatic turn-around in cognitive abilities of children born to older mothers

In contrast to 40 years ago, children born to older mothers today are more likely to perform better in cognitive ability tests than those born to younger mothers, reveals new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR).



Cognitive abilities

Can the disadvantages that often accompany becoming a young parent be minimised? 

Professor Emily Grundy studied the effects of early parenthood over the course of people’s lives in two different types of society, finding differences between Eastern and Western European countries in life chances and health in later life.

Elias Mossialos

LSE Health Director Elias Mossialos to lead evaluation of Austrian social insurance system

LSE Health Director, Elias Mossialos, has been engaged by the Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection to lead an evaluation of Austria’s social insurance system.

The project, which began in late 2016, will evaluate key components of the Austrian system in order to develop a range of policy options aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of services available.

Dr Tim Hildebrandt

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt talks at the University of Oxford China Centre

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt gave a talk on 'The end of the one-child policy and its effect on LGBT Chinese' at the University of Oxford China Centre on Thursday 26th January. presenting a social policy explanation for family pressure- alongside the better known and more commonly discussed sociocultural ones.


LSE study highlights need to address £32 billion cost of autism

The report, titled The Autism Dividend: Reaping the Rewards of Better Investment, identifies major weaknesses in current policy and practices to support autistic individuals and improve their lives.

It was prepared by PSSRU researchers Valentina Iemmi and Professor Martin Knapp in conjunction with Ian Ragan from the National Autism Project (NAP) over two years.

Professor Tony Atkinson

Professor Sir Tony Atkinson (1944-2017)

It is with great sadness that the Department notes the death of Tony Atkinson on New Year’s Day. A great man has left us all too soon.

Tony had long-standing connections with the Department, and had just been reappointed as a Centennial Professor (jointly with the Department of Economics). He was the School’s Tooke Professor of Economic Science and Statistics, 1980–1992, and Director of the Suntory-Toyota Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines, within which our department’s Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy is housed. Tony was one of CASE’s greatest supporters throughout its history, and he also made many contributions to the new International Inequalities Institute. Read more here.





Modern, globalised lifestyles fuelling obesity epidemic

A new LSE study suggests that our 21st century, globalised lifestyles are fuelling the rise of obesity.  

The study, published in Food Policy, compared the link between globalisation and obesity, measuring two kinds of globalisation; economic, which leads to lower food prices and increased trade, and social, which has led to increased sedentary recreation activities. Authors, Dr Joan-Costa Font and Núria Mas.

Cognitive abilities

Cognitive abilities of low birth weight children show dramatic improvement

The gap between the cognitive abilities of children born with a low birth weight and those born with a normal weight has decreased by 50 per cent over the last 40 years or more, according to new research from LSE and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

Dr Alice Goisis, a researcher at LSE and one of the authors of the paper, said: “Our findings are good news for babies who are born low birth weight and are likely to reflect improving health care for mothers and babies over the last four decades.”


Professor Mossialos joins expert advisory board to support the Global AMR Innovation Fund 

Professor Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy within the Department of Social Policy and Director of LSE Health, has been appointed to an expert advisory board to support the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Innovation Fund (GAMRIF).

Professor Mossialos will join 11 other board members and will advise how the UK can best spend an additional £50 million over the next five years to work with global partners to fund innovative initiatives that tackle drug resistant infections, which includes resistance to antibiotics.


Prize Winners 2015/16 Announced!

Prizes are awarded to students for merit or achievement based on nominations received by academics in the Department. In addition, an annual prize is awarded for the best PhD thesis written by a student in the Department.

Congratulations to all of the winners of these prestigious prizes for the 2015/16 academic year.



Health data

LSE Health awarded major European grant for big data project

LSE Health has been awarded its first major European big data grant. From January 2017 it will coordinate 36 organisations in a public-private consortium with a total budget of 7.2 million Euros.

As the leading academic partner, LSE Health will play a prominent role in developing the Innovative Medicines Initiative's Big Data for Better Outcomes (BD4BO) programme strategy.

Mother and baby

Mental health interventions in pregnant women and new mothers have benefits

There are clear economic and societal arguments for investing in mental health interventions for women during pregnancy and immediately after birth, a new report by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests.

Geneva Challenge

Social Policy Alumni win this year's Geneva Challenge

Two of our former MSc in Social Policy and Development (2015-2016) students, Arianna Espinosa-Oliver and Abraham Hidalgo-Mendoza, were part of the winning team that won this year’s Geneva Challenge with the MINGA Collective Waste Management project. This is an annual competition hosted by the Graduate Institute in Geneva - The Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students. This year the students were asked to come up with a project on The Challenges of Urbanisation

Dr Ernestina Coast

Dr Ernestina Coast invited to speak at International Conferences

Dr Coast was an invited Panellist at the 13th Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development in Dakar (28th-29th November). The event focused on Priority Population and Development Challenges in the context of the SDGs, and Dr Coast presented on Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE).

Dr Coast was also an invited participant at the decennial Africa Regional Conference on Abortion where she presented two research papers and gave an Expert Interview on the role of young people in research.


Key note presentation given by Professor Anne West

Professor Anne West gave the key note presentation at the Reclaiming Education Conference held on Saturday 12 November 2016 in London.

The talk was entitled the ‘History of Comprehensive Education in England’.

Dr Armine Ishkanian

Academic Abroad- Dr Armine Ishkanian delivers keynote lectures

Dr Armine Ishkanian delivered keynote lectures on Armenia's Current Political and Social Situation in Global Context at the University of California, Irvine on 2 November as part of the Vahe & Armine Meghrouni Lecture series in Armenian studies, and at the University of California, Los Angeles on the 3 November at the invitation of the Centre for Near Eastern Studies.

LSE Research Festival 2016

PhD student Kerris Cooper wins the 3 minute PhD competition at the LSE Research Festival

The PhD Academy hosted their first 3 Minute Thesis® (3MT) competition as part of the LSE Research Festival. PhD students competed to communicate effectively about their doctoral research, in language accessible to a non-specialist audience, in just 3 minutes.  

Three generations family

Increased retirement age puts pressure on 'sandwich generation'

A new study from LSE, published in Research on Aging, has found that raising the retirement age is likely to put pressure on middle-aged people with caring responsibilities.

Co-authors Dr Giorgio Di Gessa and Professor Emily Grundyof LSE Social Policy  analysed four countries with differing family care cultures and retirement and labour market policies: England, Denmark, France and Italy.




Leveson press restrictions a 'threat to democracy and accuracy'

The breakdown of metropolitan police and media relations in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry has led to a proliferation of inaccurate and prejudicial news reports in recent years, according to a new study by a leading criminologist, Dr Marianne Colbran.


Childhood bullying places 'long term strain' on UK mental health services

Lead researcher Dr Sara Evans-Lacko, an Associate Professorial Research Fellow from LSE’s Personal Social Services Research Unit, said: “The impact of childhood bullying on mental health services is most notable at an early age, but the association remains significant at 50.

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis

Academic Abroad

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis, Assistant Professor in Criminology at the Department of Social Policy, was a keynote speaker at the 3rd CINETS (Crimmigration Control International Network of Studies) conference, which took place at the University of Maryland in College Park on 6-7 October. Dr. Cheliotis' lecture was entitled 'Europe on Trial: Making Sense of State Violence against Irregular Migrants and Refugees', and drew on his ongoing research on the political economy of immigration in Southern Europe. 



Intergenerational Family

Is intergenerational living the secret to good mental health in old age?

Intergenerational cohabitation (parents and adult children living in the same household) may have contributed to curbing high rates of depressive symptoms among older people during the Great Recession, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King’s College London.


Government reforms could put the sustainability and quality of early years provision at risk

New research from LSE suggests that government proposals to introduce a new national early years funding formula could put the sustainability of early years education and care providers at risk, and also put at risk the quality of provision available for children.

In their reports, Dr Philip Noden and Professor Anne West from the Department of Social Policy at LSE, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, provide a picture of how existing local funding formulae have been constructed, how funds have been distributed to different types of providers, and how they have addressed different policy priorities.


High incomes study shows women are less than a quarter of top one per cent

A new study by LSE’s International Inequalities Institute shows that women make up a smaller and smaller fraction of those with high incomes, the closer you get to the top.  Women have been increasing their representation in the top 10 per cent, but progress has been much less at the very top 0.1 per cent.

Dr Sara Evans-Lacko

Health experts report US$246 billion cost of workplace depression across eight countries

New data shows that workplace depression is a major issue across different cultures and economies, with “wide and devastating” consequences for thousands of organisations worldwide.

Dementia Crisis

Report calls for global action to tackle dementia crisis

A new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International, authored by researchers at King’s College London and the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE, reveals that most people with dementia have yet to receive a diagnosis, let alone comprehensive and continuing healthcare.

The World Alzheimer Report 2016: Improving healthcare for people living with dementia, calls for concerted action to increase the coverage of healthcare for people with dementia worldwide.

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis to co-organise a British Academy conference

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis, Assistant Professor in Criminology at the Department of Social Policy, along with LSE School Professors Nicola Lacey (Law) and David Soskice (Government), as well as Dr. Sappho Xenakis (Birkbeck Law School), have been successful in their joint application to the British Academy for a two-day international interdisciplinary conference on 'Tracing the relationship between inequality, crime and punishment: Space, time and politics'.  The conference will be fully funded by the Academy and will be held on 7-8 December 2017 at its premises at Carlton House Terrace.

Sam Lattof Poster

Prize for Sam Lattof, PhD student

Sam Lattof, a PhD student in the Department of Social Policy, was awarded the joint top prize for her poster “Mothers on the move” at the 2016 British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, which was held 12-14 September, at the University of Winchester.


Government housing benefit cuts directly linked to rise in depression in low income households

Cuts to housing benefit by the UK coalition government have led to a 10 per cent increase in people from low income households reporting poor mental health and helped propel an additional 26,000 people into depression researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of Oxford and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have found.



Olympics 2012

The Olympics made us happy, but was it worth it?

The 2012 Olympic Games caused a marked increase in happiness among Londoners, according to new LSE research which shows for the first time that there are significant intangible effects to hosting the event.

Researchers led by Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science at LSE, compared levels of happiness in London, Paris and Berlin, interviewing 26,000 residents over three years from 2011 to 2013. Read more here

Elderly patient with carer

Dementia toolkit to help patients, carers and healthcare workers

A comprehensive web tool bringing together scientific evidence on dementia care and treatment has been developed by researchers at LSE's Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).

The Dementia Evidence Toolkit is the first of its kind in the world and brings together over 3,000 empirical journal articles and 700 systematic reviews, each of them coded according to type of dementia, care setting, outcome measured, type of intervention and country of study or authors.



Dr Armine Ishkanian

Dr Armine Ishkanian comments on political developments in Armenia

Following her published piece in openDemocracy on the July 2016 protests in Armenia, Dr Armine Ishkanian has been commenting on the recent street protests and how they relate to wider social and political developments in Armenia.

Angel of the North

North-South economic and social divide still growing

Economic and social divergence between London and the North of England continues to grow, according to new CASEand University of Manchester research.

The paper, Pulling in the Same Direction? Economic and Social Outcomes in London and the North of England Since the Recession, by Polina Obolenskaya, Ruth Lupton and Bert Provan, recommends closer monitoring of regional disparities and levels of inequality within regions, and a clearer understanding of how growth strategies and public service reform can generate “inclusive growth” in different local places.


Social Policy student wins Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award

Fifi Kara Newton, a 3rd year Social Policy student along with another LSE student, has won the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award for their tech start up, Yonder. The app shows you the cheapest flight destinations on the days you want to get away. A Youtube video whows you how their app works.

They have been working with LSE Careers on the project this year and the prize money and support from Santander will help with the development of the app and to build the business further.


LSE Health outlines reforms for China's pharmaceutical system

China’s pharmaceutical system will struggle to cope with the twin challenges of a rapidly aging population and increases in non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and heart and lung disease. 

Professor Elias Mossialos, Director of LSE Health, said: “China will soon be the world’s second largest pharmaceutical market by value, behind only the United States, so a strong domestic pharmaceutical industry is crucial if its growing healthcare needs are to be met."

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis wins Adam Podgòrecki Prize

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis, Assistant Professor in Criminology at the Department of Social Policy, has won the prestigious Adam Podgòrecki Prize for 2016. 

The prize is awarded biannually by the International Sociological Association (Sociology of Law Section) 'for outstanding achievements in socio-legal research within ten years following completion of a doctorate degree'. Dr. Cheliotis won the prize for his published work in the sociology of crime and punishment. He was presented with the prize at an award ceremony during the International Sociological Association's third quadrennial Forum, which took take place in Vienna, Austria, between 10-14 July.




LSE Health publish study on antibiotic innovation

LSE Health has published a study, commissioned by the Dutch government, outlining a range of policy recommendations for improving the global research and development agendas for antibiotics.

The study, Targeting Innovation in Antibiotic Drug Discovery, reviews and analyses the existing European and international initiatives to support innovation of novel antibiotic drugs.


Professor Anne West and Dr Sonia Exley at KOSMOS International Workshop (University of Humboldt, Berlin)

Links with the Humboldt University of Berlin have been further strengthened this year as a result of Professor Anne West’s term as Fritz-Karsen-Chair.

The Kosmos Workshop on Privatisation and Marketization in Compulsory Education took place on 17th and 18th June in Berlin. Dr Sonia Exley’s presentation focused on England and Professor Anne West’s contribution on Sweden. The proceedings are to be published in an edited volume next year and further collaboration is expected.

Ageing Population

Migration does not slow rate of ageing population

Different levels of migration have not led to different rates of population ageing within the UK population, new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has found.

Professor Michael Murphy, author of the paper, says: “Changing population age structure in the long term is more complicated than simply opening our borders to more migrants in the hope of increasing the proportion of working-age people.


Leaving the EU poses 'critical threat' to NHS

Britain’s withdrawal from the EU would negatively impact the NHS in a number of ways, a new briefing report by academics from LSE and the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London has warned.

“We have been struck by the profound vacuum of robust evidence on the role of the EU in our health system” says co-author Professor Elias Mossialos. "We have tried to provide clear and balanced answers to the main questions that have arisen during the debate."

Global Health

LSE partners with University of Chicago to create global health programme

LSE and the University of Chicago have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to create the world’s first transatlantic partnership in global health policy and economics. 

Anticipated to launch in 2018, it will bring together LSE’s focus on health economics and policy with Chicago Harris’s expertise in global health and public policy, according to LSE Health Director Professor Elias Mossialos.


Best Paper Award in VOLUNTAS for 2015

The article, “Surreptitious Symbiosis: Engagement Between Activists and NGOs,” by Professor Marlies Glasius (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Armine Ishkanian (LSE) has been selected for the Best Paper Award in VOLUNTAS for 2015. The award was presented at the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) international conference in Stockholm.


Research Funding News

Dr Jeroen Luyten has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities & Social Science to investigate the ethical-philosophical basis for developing a metric like cognitive footprint and associated cognition policies. The project will connect several original ideas, that could lead to exciting new and interdisciplinary research activity spanning fields as diverse as neurology, bioethics, health policy, welfare economics, social philosophy and health-economic evaluation.

Fast Food

Nature versus nurture in obesity: New evidence from adoptee data

Obesity, particularly in children, is a major health concern in many developed economies, where it presents a costly risk to health services. Dr Joan Costa-i-Font, Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet and Professor Julian Le Grand examined the intergenerational transmission of overweight and obesity using a unique sample of English adoptees. They used evidence from the Health Survey of England to assess the extent to which nature and nurture factors play a role in the overweightness of children.


LSE to launch 20-year programme funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies to support leaders tackling inequalities

An ambitious programme designed to build a global community of leaders dedicated to changing policy, practice and public dialogue around inequalities has been announced by LSE and The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Developed by LSE’s International Inequalities Institute (III) and led by III co-Directors Professors Sir John Hills and Mike Savage, the 20-year fellowship initiative will train the next generation of leaders seeking to influence and facilitate changes in global policy and practice to enable greater equality, opportunity and outcomes for all.




New brain-training tool to help people cut drinking

An internationally-renowned LSE expert on happiness and behaviour has launched a free online tool to help people who want to cut down on alcohol.

Professor Paul Dolan, author of the bestselling book Happiness by Design, used insights from behavioural science to create the innovative and easy-to-use tool. It uses a simple brain-training exercise, known as a ‘cognitive bias modification’ (CBM), to reduce any unconscious preference people may have for alcoholic drinks over non-alcoholic ones


New LSE book on the transformation of post-industrial European cities

Professor Anne Power’s new book, Cities for a Small Continent, collects compelling evidence from seven archetypal industrial cities across Europe that were the power-houses of the industrial revolution. She argues that far from being “clapped out”, “jobless, poor and dirty” they are stuffed with assets that can be recycled and reused. 

Rayners Lane

LSE research shows significant social return on investment for London regeneration project

Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality social housing and supported housing services and products, has published the results of a report carried out by LSE to assess the impact of a £140m regeneration programme at Rayners Lane, a former council owned estate in the London Borough of Harrow.

Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy at LSE, said: “Rayners Lane shows that it is possible to rebuild a former council estate with most of the existing tenants in place. By providing local management and community resources, the landlord can help the community flourish. The Rayners Lane model shows how social renting and private housing can fit together into a workable whole.”


Exclusive: Control over admissions should be removed from schools, new study by Professor Anne West recommends

new report on secondary school admissions in London byProfessor Anne West and Audrey Hind provides an up-to-date analysis of London secondary schools’ admissions criteria and practices between 2001 and 2015. The research finds that whilst compliance appears to be high as far as certain admissions arrangements are concerned (e.g., prioritising looked after children and not interviewing pupils or parents), problems remain. In particular, some admissions arrangements are complex and there is a concern that with increasing academisation and more schools controlling their own admissions, there will be even greater complexity. The complexity of the arrangements raises concerns that schools are choosing pupils rather than parents choosing schools for their children. A number of implications for policy are suggested which would serve to make the school admissions system simpler and clearer, and seek to ensure more equitable access to schools across different social groups.

Social Advantage And Disadvantage

Department of Social Policy Book Launch and Discussion
Social Advantage and Disadvantage

Speakers: Professor Hartley Dean, Professor Lucinda Platt,Dr Sonia Exley
Discussant: Fran Bennett
Chair: Professor David Piachaud
Panellists: Professor Stephen Jenkins, Dr Coretta Phillips, Dr Isabel Shutes

It is increasingly recognised that the ways in which social disadvantage is created and maintained are intimately bound up with how advantage is perpetuated and enhanced. This book launch and discussion introduced different conceptual approaches to such processes of relative (dis)advantage and reflected on the ways in which they play out across the life course, social groups and by geography.

Download: Audio

Academics Abroad

Academic Abroad

Dr Tiziana Leone has been a Visiting Professor at theUniversity of Florence for 6 weeks. During that time she has given guest lectures as well as presented her ongoing work on ageing of mid-life women in low income countries at Bocconi University on 9 May.


Huge investment in cancer drugs leads to £14 billion net benefit for UK patients

The UK has more than doubled its spending on cancer drugs over the past decade, leading to a £14 billion (2014 GBP) net economic benefit in terms of increased life outcomes for cancer patients, according to new research published by LSE Health's Professor Elias Mossialos and Sebastian Salas-Vega. You can find the article here or read the full press release here.


Rishita Nandagiri invited member at the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing.

Rishita Nandagiri, a PhD student in the Dept, is an invited panel member to debate the work of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. The panel will consider the report’s recommendations with a focus on the inter-sectoral responses needed and the role of the international development community in progressing adolescent health and wellbeing

Tom Gash

Department of Social Policy, Mannheim Centre for Criminology Public Lecture
Criminal: the truth about why people do bad things

Speaker: Tom Gash
Chair: Professor Tim Newburn

Tom Gash exposed myths about crime and its causes, arguing that crime is both less rational and much easier to reduce than many believe.

Download: Audio




LSE Student led Teaching Excellence Awards 2016

Dr Sonia Exley was highly commended in the category of 'Award for Inspirational Teaching'.

LSE Class Teacher Awards 2016

Patricia HiddlestoneTony HockleyKate Summers and Matthew Townsend received Class Teacher Awards. These awards are nominated by academic departments in regognition of the outstanding contribution made by graduate teaching assistants, teaching fellows and guests teachers.

Research Highlights

Research Highlights:   Can Mediation take the pain out of divorce?

Of the estimated 130,000 divorces each year in the UK, around 70 per cent now use mediators to resolve their concerns outside of the court system. New research by LSE sheds light on the impact parental conflict can have on children during the divorce process, and points the way towards how mediation could help.  

Professor Wendy Sigle, Dr Alice Goisis and Dr Berkay Ozcan are the authors of the report.

Greek Riot Police

Examining the relationship between political systems and state punitiveness

Democratic states are not necessarily less punitive than their non-democratic counterparts, according to a new LSE study.

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis, Assistant Professor in Criminology at LSE’s Department of Social Policy , and Sappho Xenakis, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London, examined the relationship between political systems and punishment by charting the trajectory of punitive state policies and practices in Greece before, during and after its military dictatorship of 1967-74.

Urban Poverty Uk

Social housing tenants depend on money from friends, family and neighbours to make ends meet

Two-thirds of social housing tenants interviewed for a recent study needed financial help from friends, family and neighbours to make ends meet, often because of benefits cuts, research from LSE has shown.

Eileen Alexander, a PhD student in the Department of Social Policy, interviewed 200 social housing tenants in 2013 and 2014 and found that that 64% of those interviewed had needed informal financial help over the previous 12 months to cover basic living costs.




LSE's Department of Social Policy ranked 2nd in the world

The latest QS World University Rankings by Subject show eight subjects at LSE are ranked in the world’s top five, and 13 are ranked in the top 10. 

Among these, Social Policy rated 2nd in the world !


Gains in life expectancy hide premature deaths among white High School Graduates

Modest gains in life expectancy among white high school-educated Americans obscure the fact that, in contrast to their more highly educated peers, significant numbers are increasingly dying young, reveals research from Dr Isaac Sasson, Fellow in Population Health in the Department of Social Policy.

Elena Mariani

Research Highlights: Germany, gender and job satisfaction

Germany may be the economic powerhouse of Europe, but cultural differences between East and West reveal some deeply ingrained views relating to gender, parenthood and job satisfaction. Research by LSE PhD student Elena Mariani sheds light on this topic. Elena Mariani is a third year PhD student in Demography and Population Studies, based in LSE’s Social Policy department.


Professor Anne West at the Sutton Trust 

Professor Anne West gave a presentation at The Sutton Trust’s international ‘Best in Class Summit: Social mobility through schools’ on 9th March.

She talked about school admissions, the problems faced by disadvantaged families navigating the system and concerns that schools were choosing pupils rather than parents choosing schools.


Research Highlights: Governments may have deliberately allowed migrants to permeate borders 

Border controls which allow migrants to bypass them may have been part of a deliberate policy to boost domestic economies and garner party-political support, according to new LSE research. Dr Leonidas Cheliotis focused on Greece, a country with exceptionally high levels of undocumented migrants and at the heart of the current global refugee crisis with regular media reports of tragedies at sea.

Articles have subsequently been published focusing on this work, most notably by The Independent and CNBC.


Research Funding News

Professor Emily Grundy, has been awarded European Commission Horizon2020 funding for the MINDMAP project. The project aims to identify opportunities offered by the urban environment for the promotion of mental wellbeing and cognitive function of older individuals in Europe and is coordinated by the Institut National De La Sante Et De La Recherche Medicale (INSERM).




Research Highlights" I went upstairs to get my chequebook": doorstep fraud and the exploitation of the elderly

Research by Dr Coretta Phillips shows that elderly adults can be vulnerable to doorstep fraud, criminal activity which may go under-reported because of its complex nature.

Academic Abroad

Academic Abroad

Professor Stephen Jenkins visited the OECD in Paris on Friday 19th February, presenting his research on "Better accounting for top incomes in the measurement of inequality levels and trends" at the Second Meeting of Providers of OECD Income Distribution Data. He also gave a seminar at the OECD Economics Department on "Employment instability".

Academic Abroad

Academic Abroad

Dr Armine Ishkanian was an invited speaker at the "Combatting Environmental Crime: Priorities and Opportunities for further EU Action" which was held at the European Economic and Social Committee, in Brussels on 17th-18th February. Drawing on her research on mining in Armenia, she presented on the role of NGOs and civil society in combatting environmental crime.

LSE Literary Festival 2016

PSSRU LSE Literary Festival discussion
Art and Wellbeing: the growing impact of arts on health

Speakers: Vivienne Parry, David McDaid, Liz Brady, James Leadbitter (the vacuum cleaner)
ChairProfessor Martin Knapp

This event explored our current understanding on how engagement with the arts can increase wellbeing, with individual talks from those involved in science, art and health research and open discussion. 

LSE Literary Festival 2016

LSE Literary Festival Discussion
The Allure of Happy Endings

Speakers: Dr Molly Crockett, Professor Paul Dolan, Sinéad Moriarty
Chair: Jonathan Gibbs

Why do we like the escapism of “happily ever after”? Can a sad ending ever be enjoyed in the same way? And how can works of fiction have such a powerful hold on our emotions?


Youth mental health neglect a 'moral scandal and enormous economic mistake', says LSE report

More than half of teenagers and young people with mental health problems do not receive any clinical treatment, amounting to a ‘’moral scandal and enormous economic mistake,’’ according to a new LSE study by Professor Martin Knapp from PSSRU.

Research Funding

New Research Funding

Dr Tiziana Leone has won research funding from the Titmuss Meinhardt research fund to study the onset of ageing in mid-life women in low income countries. Dr Leone will be presenting preliminary results at the University of Florence and University Bocconi in April/May.

Dr Zlatko Nikoloski and Prof Elias Mossialos have been awarded funding by the WHO/Global Fund to work on a project (TB-REP) whose goal is to improve TB and DR-TB outcomes in targeted EECA (Eastern Europe and Central Asia) countries through a health systems strengthening approach. 

Dr Matteo M Galizzi has been awarded funding by the LSE HEIF5 fund to pursue a series of innovative knowledge exchange strategies to advocate the case for ‘smart big data’ and ‘behavioural data linking’, that is, the integration of behavioural economics experiments within big datasets such as large longitudinal panels, administrative records, scan data and ‘big data’ analytics, and biomarkers and epigenetics data.

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Seminar to launch the major research report

The Value and effects of Judicial Review
By Varda Bondy, Professor Lucinda Platt, and Professor Maurice Sunkin

The Value and Effects of Judicial Review draws on research funded by the Nuffield Foundation and undertaken by the Public Law Project, the University of Essex and London School of Economics (LSE). This is 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.


Book Launch
Blowing the Lid : Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens
By Stuart Feather, Daniel Monk and Dr Hakan Seckinelgin 

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.



JL Fernandez

Research Funding News

Dr Jose Luis Fernandez from PSSRU, has been awarded funding by the European Commission to establish a network on  quality and cost-effectiveness in long-term care (LTC) and dependency prevention. The network will support long-term care policy makers across the EU to close the increasing gap between demand and provision of LTC services by identifying evidence about key strategies for reducing care needs and improving the cost-effectiveness of the care system. The network includes the Universitat de Barcelona, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, and the National Institute for Health and Welfare.

Goup Of Reporters

Department of Social Policy, Mannheim Centre for Criminology and the Howard league public discussion
New Media, Old News: strategies for penal reform groups to manage the new media landscape

Speakers: Dr Marianne Colbran, Niall Couper, Andrew Neilson, Danny Shaw, Alan White
Chair: Professor Ian Loader

A lack of public knowledge about crime,  justice, punishment and the ways in which some sections of  the news media shape public opinion about prisons and  prisoners, is a significant issue for NGOs and special  interest groups concerned with penal policy and penal  reform.

This event brought together an academic, a leading journalist, a head of PR and Media and a director of communications, to discuss strategies for penal reform groups to obtain coverage without distorting key messages.

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Measles and migrants


In the past two years, Europe has recorded more than 22,000 cases of measles: a sharp reversal of the 96% decline of the last 20 years. Why is it happening and who is at risk? New LSE research led by Gemma Williams from LSE Health sheds some light on the issue.


First born children of women in their thirties perform best in tests of mental development and psychological well-being


The firstborn children of mothers in their thirties score more highly on measures of mental development and psychological well-being than children born to other first time mothers reveals new research by Dr Alice Goisis, a researcher in Demography at LSE.

According to the research, which has been published in the December issue of the journal Biodemography and Social Biology, mothers who give birth to their first child in their thirties tend to have characteristics which help make their children perform better when measured on these outcomes at age five.

Police Woman

Research HighlightsWomen on the beat

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.
On the 100th anniversary of Edith Smith’s trailblazing appointment, Professor Jennifer Brown, the co-director of LSE’s Mannheim Centre for Criminology is about to embark on a detailed survey of gender discrimination and harassment in the police force across England and Wales.

Poverty And Access To Sport

Cost is the biggest barrier to young people's participation in sport because a third live in poverty

Schools should open up their facilities at evenings and weekends to enable more young people to take part in sport. This is just one of a series of recommendations from an LSE study which found that cost is the biggest barrier to young people’s participation in sport because a third live in poverty.

Professor Anne Power and her team at LSE Housing and Communities, on behalf of the charity StreetGames, interviewed young people between the ages of 14-25 and local parents in order to uncover what young people do, what they think of their area, why they play sport or don’t and what the barriers to involvement are.

Academics Abroad

Academics Abroad

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis, Department of Social Policy, gave a plenary lecture on 'Political Systems and Punishment: The Challenges of Democratisation' at the 2nd Latin American Congress on Crime and Society, in Argentina from 10-12 December.

On Thursday 10 December, he also gave two guest seminars, on 'The Political Economy of Punishment and Immigration' and 'The Psychology of Penal Populism', at the Law School of Universidad Nacional del Litoral, in Santa Fe.






LSE Health broadens engagement with China

LSE Health has announced a range of new initiatives with Chinese partners across academia and government, including a collaboration with the School of Public Health at Fudan University to explore issues of policy reform in China’s developing health-care system, joint research with Peking University, and a Sino-European forum on food and medicine quality.


Transparency, big data and international cooperation at the heart of Korean health system success

A transparent system, data analysis and active international cooperation are at the heart of Korea’s successes in health system development said Dr Myongsei Sohn, President of the Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA), at a public lecture hosted by LSE Health.


Global Girls Research Initiative Launched

Dr Ernestina Coast and Professor Lucinda Platt from the Department of Social Policy are two of a number of LSE academics involved in an exciting new ‘Global Girls Research Initiative’ (GGRI) funded by DfID for nine years and led by the Overseas Development Institute.  The GGRI, which was formally launched on the 23rd November focuses on adolescence, a time of life that is critical to development but that remains fraught for poor adolescent girls in low- and middle-income countries. The GGRI will be conducting a multi-country longitudinal research programme; and Ernestina will be involved in research on sexual and reproductive health, while Lucinda will be providing input into survey instruments. Both will be involved in capacity-building activities relating to the programme of work. 

Academic Abroad

Academics AbroadProfessor Anne West

Anne West, Professor of Education Policy, holds the 2015 Fritz Karsen Chair at Humboldt University in Berlin. Earlier this month she visited Berlin, meeting with professors, researchers and graduate students, and working on two articles with Professor Rita Nikolai.  Two proposals for international conferences in Berlin and in Hannover were submitted, one of which also involves Dr Sonia Exley. Further collaborative research is planned.


South Asia Centre

An LSE South Asia Centre Event

Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Sri Lanka

Dr Sanchita Banerjee Saxena discussed her recent book, which explores the labour behind the global garment and textiles industries. Click here for more details on the book.

ChairProfessor David Lewis

Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power

Department of Social Policy and Manheim Centre for Criminology Book Launch Discussion

Stop and Search: assessing a police power

Speakers Professor Ben Bowling, Dr Rebekah Delsol, Dr Victor Olisa, Professor Robert Reiner, Dr Michael Shiner 
Chair: Professor Jennifer Brown

This panel event showcased findings from a new edited collection on police stop and search. The implications were discussed by a range of experts.

Dr Kitty Stewart

Dr Kitty Stewart contributes to LSE British Politics and Policy Blog on child poverty measurement

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, proposes to remove all income and material deprivation measures from the Child Poverty Act. By doing so, the government is acting against the advice of 99% of respondents to its own consultation on the matter, find Nick Roberts and Dr Kitty Stewart.

Academic Abroad

Academic Abroad- Professor Lucinda Platt

Professor Lucinda Platt was invited to give the opening lecture at an International Seminar on Design, Collection and Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Mexico, held at CIDE, Aguascalientes, Mexico from the 19-20 November. The seminar was held to examine the potential and options for a Mexican Longitudinal study, and involved researchers and representatives of longitudinal surveys from a range of countries, discussing practical issues and presenting case studies, as well as Mexican academics and members of the Mexican Statistical agency. Professor Platt's lecture addressed the question 'Why do we need cohort and longitudinal surveys?


New flat rate state pension will lead to benefit cuts for some groups

A new report involving LSE academics has found that low earning renters stand to lose the most from planned reforms to state pensions and long-term care if they are not protected.

The introduction of a single-tier pension scheme in April 2016, coupled with changes to long-term care financing in 2020, will affect pensioners in different ways, according to a report released this week co-authored by researchers from LSE’s Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).


A Middle East Centre Event

Women's health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

This event represented the culmination of a collaborative research project between the LSE and Birzeit. Dr Tiziana Leone, Dr Ernestina Coast, Professor Rita Giacaman and Doaa Hammoudeh presented their research on the health-related impacts of conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), focusing specifically on the gender associations of these impacts.


New LSE Housing Academy for social landlords launched

The National Communities Resource Centre and LSE have launched the new Housing Plus Academy.

The Academy will help housing associations remain viable social businesses by supporting the communities where they work in a period of austerity. It will be hands-on and action-oriented locally while driving home policy messages among decision-makers.


Dr Timothy Hildebrandt in the South China Morning Post on the end of China's one-child policy

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt says that with the end of China’s one-child policy, family expectations to produce an offspring will eventually ease on the only child who happens to be gay or lesbian.


Government regulation and industry practices stalling drug development finds new report

The majority of new medicines entering the market offer few clinical advantages over existing alternatives according to a new analysis article published in the British Medical Journal. The authors of the study, Dr Huseyin Naci and Professor Mossialos from LSE Health,  conclude that both government and industry practices are responsible for the innovation deficit in the pharmaceutical sector. 


Regular brisk walking is best exercise for keeping weight down, says LSE research

People are more likely to have a lower weight if they regularly engage in high impact walking compared to doing another vigorous activity like going to the gym, according to new LSE research led by Dr Grace Lordan, a specialist in health economics and Assistant Professor from LSE Health. The results are particularly pronounced in women, people over 50, and those on low incomes.


Research Funding NewsJoseph Rowntree Foundation and LSE partnership to investigate link between poverty and inequalities.

The LSE is delighted to have been awarded £565,000 by theJoseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) for a three-year programme to investigate the links between poverty and inequalities.

The donation establishes a new early career fellowship within the LSE International Inequalities Institute (III) as well as a programme of research on the connections between inequality, diversity and poverty which will be led by LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE).

The research aims to review the relationships between inequalities of various kinds and poverty.

Neoliberalising Old Age

Research HighlightWorking to the death

Should we accept George Osborne’s claim that the UK’s state pension scheme faces collapse unless we increase the retirement age? In a new book released this month, LSE Visiting Professor John Macnicol challenges this view. Professor Macnicol, who is considered one of Europe’s leading academic analysts when it comes to retirement and ageing, is mystified by the public’s willingness to accept the government line.

“The arguments used by policy makers to justify an increase in the eligibility age of the state pension are riddled with uncertainties,” he writes in his book Neoliberalising Old Age.





Dr Armine Ishkanian

Academic AbroadDr Armine Ishkanian

Dr Armine Ishkanian was an invited speaker at the Vienna Policy Conference (29-30 October) which was organised by the Open Society Foundation in Europe and the ERSTE Stiftung. The annual policy conference brings together civil society organisations, media channels, academics, policy makers and political thinkers to debate the most pressing issues facing Europe. The topic of this year's conference was 'Rebuilding Trust in Europe'.


Research Funding News

Each year, the AXA Research Fund offers twenty-five Post-Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding researchers, awarding 120,000 EUR over two years. For the second consecutive year LSE was successful in this programme and Dr Emily Freemanbegan her new role on 1 October 2015 in PSSRU.
Dr Freeman’s research aims to understand how formal provision of long-term social care for vulnerable older adults (aged 50+) in sub-Saharan Africa can be reconciled with ‘traditional African values’ of informal (family) care provision in order to plan interventions that can mitigate the risk of unmet care needs posed by major demographic change in the region.

Dr Kitty Stewart

Research Funding News

Dr Kitty Stewart, from CASE, has received Nuffield Foundation funding to undertake research on segregation in early years settings. The project will use data from the National Pupil Database to address three questions: (1) It will examine the extent of segregation in early education for three- and four-year-olds in England, both in relation to socio-economic background and in relation to ethnicity. (2) It will explore the extent to which these patterns simply reflect geographical segregation, and the extent to which they are exacerbated by differences in the nature of provision in different settings (such as different opening hours and fees for additional hours). (3) It will link children’s data longitudinally to explore the association between pre-school peer group and outcomes at Key Stage 1 (age 7), holding other child and setting characteristics constant.


Professor Anne Power

Research Funding News

Professor Anne Power, LSE Housing and Communities,CASE, has received funding from Trafford Hall to gather new evidence on the impact of the new government’s austerity programme on social landlords and tenants. The research aims to a) draw together and analyse evidence on how new policies are affecting the viability of social landlords and the lives of tenants; b) disseminate this new research widely amongst the social housing sector, with government, other policy makers, delivery bodies, housing academics and students; and c) collect through a workshop / think tank model, direct experiences from those directly affected (both tenants and frontline staff), in order to document and measure real changes and impacts.


Dr Jeroen Luyten awarded McKinsey Company Award

Dr Jeroen Luyten (LSE Health Fellow) was recently awarded the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and McKinsey & Company annual scientific prize. Jeroen received the prize for his excellent PhD research, and for demonstrating the social and economic relevance of his work.

Jeroen Luyten obtained his PhD in 2014 from the University of Antwerp undertaking research on "Equity, efficiency and public health: studies in the ethics and economics of vaccination policy".

Dr Panos Kanavos

Academic AbroadDr Panos Kanavos

Together with other project partners coming from a total of 13 academic, governmental, international and professional/patient organisations, Dr Panos Kanavos, Deputy Director at LSE Health, and PhD Fellows Aris Angelis  and Elena Nicod  presented the final results of the ADVANCE-HTA research project, at two Capacity Building workshops in Santiago de Chile (10-11 September) and Warsaw (24-25 September). 


Heavy drinkers and drugs users underestimate their levels of consumption compared to others

Heavy drinkers and users of illegal drugs downplay their relative levels of consumption, when comparing themselves to others, reveals research by LSE and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. 

Dr Michael Shiner, an associate professor in LSE’s Department of Social Policy and expert advisor to the Global Drugs Survey, said: “Given that drug use carries certain risks, whether this be to health, of getting caught or of damage to reputation, we shouldn’t be surprised that some people downplay their levels of use as a way of managing their anxieties about what they’re doing.” 


Dr Timothy Hildebrandt at Chatham House

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt appeared at Chatham House where he spoke in response to the premiere of a Channel 4 documentary on gay conversion therapy in China. In a lengthy Q&A he spoke on a number of issues relevant to LGBT Chinese, including the one-child policy, HIV/AIDS, and activism.

The event can be listened to in full online here.  

Anthropology and Development: challenges for the 21st century

Department of Social Policy and Department of Anthropology public discussion

Anthropology and Development: challenges for the 21st century

Speakers: Professor James Fairhead, Professor Katy Gardner, Professor David Lewis, Professor David Mosse
Chair: Professor Deborah James

This panel discussion supported the following publication Anthropology and Development: challenges for the 21st century, and included both authors, Professor Katy Gardner and Professor David Lewis who are both LSE academics.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism

Department of Social Policy Round Table Discussion

Gay and Lesbian Activism Today: Changes and Challenges

Speakers: Dr Daniel Monk, Professor Surya Monro, Dr David Paternotte, Professor Sasha Roseneil, Professor Manon Tremblay
ChairDr Hakan Seckinelgin

The event was a round table discussion by eminent academics working on LGBT activism. The discussion related to the newly edited publication The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism.

Dr Timo Fleckenstein

Research Funding News

Dr Timo Fleckenstein  has been awarded funding under the British Academy's International Partnership and Mobility Scheme. The project will critically assess the opportunities but also the limits of social investment policies developing a long-term strategy for social investment policies in the re-design of welfare states. The research will focus on the UK and South Korea, but will also draw on experiences from other European and East Asian countries (e.g. Germany, Sweden, Japan and Taiwan).

Dr Polly Vizard

Research Funding News

Dr Polly Vizard, from CASE, has been awarded funding by the Nuffield Foundation to extend knowledge and understanding of multidimensional poverty and disadvantage experienced by children and young people in Britain. The findings will address an important gap in the existing research by providing a new quantitative evidence base on three groups of children: children at risk of abuse or neglect; children from the Gypsy and Traveller ethnic minority group; and young carers.

LSE Old Building

Research Funding News - LSE awards new projects under HEIF5 Bid Fund

LSE has invested over £5 million of its Higher Education Innovation Fund into the HEIF5 Bid Fund, a competetive source of funding to support knowledge exchange activities and outputs based on School research. Beginning in 2011, the School has made over 48 awards for knowledge exchange and impact (KEI) activities, most recently:
Dr Matteo GalizziLSE Health and Social Care, "Big smart data: the case for linking behavioural experiments to survey, administrative, biomarkers and smart-card data".
Dr Polly VizardCASE, "Older people's experiences of dignity and nutrition during hospital stays: Raising awareness and achieving impact/influence".





child maths

Poor children in London get better grades than those outside due to improvement in the capital's schools

Less than a quarter (22%) of children on free school meals in inner London obtained five or more A*–C grades at GCSE or their equivalent (including English and Maths) in 2002. In 2013, this had risen to almost half (48%). Gains were much smaller among disadvantaged children outside London (17%) to (26%), according to new work, published by researchers associated with the Centre for Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).


Ewa Batyra wins prize at the BSPS Conference.

PhD (Demography) student Ewa Batyra was awarded the prize for the best research poster at the most recent British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) Annual Conference in September 2015.



Dr Timothy Hildebrandt on the gay marriage proposal on the Beijing subway 

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt, assistant professor of Social Policy and Development, was quoted by the BBC in its coverage of a gay marriage proposal on the Beijing subway that has gone viral on social networking sites in the last week. Drawing upon his extensive research on LGBT issues in China, Dr Hildebrandt explained that attitudes on homosexuality are both varied and complex across the country. He also discussed the effect that social policies like China’s one-child policy has on gay ‘only-children', "Parents will think that if their only child is gay, that will end their hopes for grandchildren. It's family pressure which creates a disproportionate pressure on gays and lesbians.


PhD candidate working on Brazil's first community protocol at the International Institute for Environment and Development

Roberta Peixoto Ramos, a PhD candidate at the Social Policy Department, is working on a project to develop the first community protocol in Brazil, which is being implemented at a traditional community in the Brazilian Amazon Forest. The protocol is an instrument that empowers communities to seek opportunities to improve their quality of life, strengthen their collective management of natural resources based on customary laws and seek secure land rights. 






Academics AbroadProfessor Anne West

This year Professor Anne West holds the Fritz Karsen Chair at Humboldt University, Berlin. Over the summer she visited Berlin giving seminars, meeting with graduate students and working on two new comparative research papers with Professor Rita Nikolai, a T. H. Marshall Fellow in the Department of Social Policy in 2010. It is hoped that further collaborative research will follow.


Academics AbroadProfessor Lucinda Platt

Lucinda Platt, of the Department of Social Policy, gave a plenrary lecture on "What can the sociological anaysis of social mobility bring to the immigration debate? Examples and Reflections" at the European Sociological Association's conference in Prague, 25-28 August.  Lucinda also gave another paper on "Elite or middling? International students and migrant diversification" in an 'ordinary session' that she convened under the banner of the migration research network that she is a part of.

Dr Ernestina Coast

Dr Ernestina Coast elected to Guttmacher Institute Board

Dr Coast has been elected to the Board of the Guttmacher Institute. The Institute's overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide. Based in the USA, and with a global mandate, the Institute advances sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education.

Internet both harming and helping older people in social interactions

Internet is both harming and helping older people in social interactions

The report, co-authored by Dr Jacqueline Damant and Professor Martin Knapp,  found that digital technology has the potential to both harm and help social networking. It can lead to a breakdown in traditional forms of social interaction but also allow older people to maintain contact with distant friends and relatives through email and Skype, alleviating loneliness.


Attending church is the key to good mental health among older Europeans

A study of depression among older Europeans has found that joining a religious organisation is more beneficial than charity work, sport or education in improving their mental health. LSE Health's Dr Mauricio Avendano, said the only activity associated with sustained happiness was attending a church, synagogue or mosque.


Drug possession should be removed from police performance indicators, says new LSE study

Drug possession should be removed from police performance indicators to encourage officers to spend more time solving serious crime rather than targeting low level possession of cannabis, according to a new LSE study by Dr Michael Shiner.


Research Impact Case Study-

Helping reform police 'stop and search' powers

LSE research into the 2011 riots in England leads to a review of police powers.Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, collaborated with the Guardian in a groundbreaking investigation of the causes of the 2011 riots in England.





Professor Stephen Jenkins

Academics Abroad- Professor Stephen Jenkins

Stephen Jenkins, of the Department of Social Policy and the International Inequalities Institute, gave a plenary lecture on "To what extent has income inequality increased?" at the biennial conference of the Society for the Analysis of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), in Luxembourg, 13-15 July. On 21 July, he taught a one-day course on "Statistical Graphics" in Melbourne, Australia. On 27 July, he gave a keynote address on "Let's think about poverty longitudinally" at the "Towards a More Inclusive New Zealand" Forum in Wellington, New Zealand, and participated in the post-Forum Stakeholders Workshop hosted by New Zealand Treasury the following day. On 28 July, he presented a paper on "Employment instability: a variance components approach" at Motu Research, Wellington.


Less able, better off kids more likely to become high earners than bright poor kids

New research, conducted by CASE's Dr Abigail McKnight for the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, has exposed the reality of a glass floor in British society that protects less-able better-off children from falling down the social ladder as they become adults.


Single currency has led to increase in generosity, decrease in national pride

New research from LSE economists Dr Joan Costa Font and Professor Frank Cowell (Department of Economics) shows that countries who have adopted the Euro single currency in the past decade have experienced a decline in national pride. However, the knock-on effect is a more generous approach to spreading wealth from rich to poor and a stronger European identity.


Older hospital patients face "widespread and systematic" pattern of poor care

One million older people are affected by poor or inconsistent care in hospitals, according to new research by Dr Polly Vizard and Dr Tania Burchardt  from CASE


LSE report shows dementia costs Wales £1.4 billion a year

A new LSE report commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society, and led by Professor Martin Knapp from PSSRU, reveals the hidden cost of dementia in Wales is estimated at £1.4 billion, an average cost of £31,300 per person each year.





Professor Martin Knapp

Research Funding News

Professor Martin Knapp, from PSSRU, has received funding from Mind to undertake an economic analysis of their peer support programme and to model the health economic impact of each programme component. The project will also map patterns of referral throughout the programme, for example, how people with mental health problems get referred to peer support groups, how individuals accessing face-to-face support use online peer support and vice versa, and how participants interact with statutory services whilst receiving support.



Research Funding News

Professor Elias Mossialos, from LSE Health and Social Care, has been awarded funding from LSE’s Kuwait Programme to examine the causes of some of the most prevalent chronic diseases and to study the main determinants of access to, utilisation of, and satisfaction with the healthcare system in Kuwait.



Research Highlights: Paying people incentives to make healthy choices only works in the long term if they are paid to NOT do something

Monetary incentives to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles only work in the longer term when they are designed to stop negative behaviour, rather than promote positive choices, suggests new research undertaken by Dr Matteo M Galizzi and Professor Paul Dolan.


Research Highlights: Being a parent – before and after a split

Dads who are actively involved in bringing up their young children are more likely, in the event of a split from their partner, to keep in regular contact with their child, according to new research by Professor Lucinda Platt from the Department of Social Policy.


Research Highlights:   Can't help falling in love? Why divorce and separation might not be that bad for your health

Middle-aged men and women who have experienced the upheaval of separation, divorce and remarriage are almost as healthy as couples in stable marriages, according to a new study involving Professor Emily Grundy.


Research Highlights: Primary health care should play bigger role in treating chronic kidney disease

Healthy eating, regular exercise and blood pressure and cholesterol control are among the most effective ways of managing the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

These are the findings of a review undertaken by Olivier J. Wouters, a doctoral candidate in Social Policy and research associate at LSE Health and Dr Panos Kanavos from LSE Health published in Nature Reviews Nephrology.

The article analysed which interventions are most effective for CKD in the early stages. It also explored what the optimum time is to provide clinical care for patients with early-stage CKD and what model of care is most suitable for these patients.


Professor Anne West at the International Comparisons Conference in Paris on 4th and 5th June

Professor Anne West gave two plenary presentations at the International Comparisons Conference in Paris on 4th and 5th June. The Conference focused on social and ethnic mixing in schools and included contributions by academics from a wide
range of countries including Canada, the US, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and England.

Professor Richard Thaler

Department of Social Policy Public Lecture

Misbehaving: the making of behavioural economics

Speaking about his latest book Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics, Richard Thaler coupled recent discoveries in human psychology with a practical understanding of incentives and market behaviour. Thaler explained how to make smarter decisions in an increasingly mystifying world, revealing how behavioural economic analysis opens up new ways to look at everything.

Research Highlights


Research Highlights: Zambia urged to tackle the stigma of abortion and unwanted pregnancies

Despite safe abortions being legal in a very wide number of circumstances since 1972, women in Zambia continue to take unnecessary risks to end unwanted pregnancies.

A new study by LSE researchers Dr Ernestina CoastDr Emily Freeman and Dr Tiziana Leone, along with colleagues from the University of Zambia and Kings College London, sheds some light on this paradox.

Research Funding News

Research Funding News

Dr Ernestina Coast and Dr Emily Freeman have been awarded £30,000 by the LSE RIIF to study unsafe abortion in rural Zambia and practices of conscientious objection by medical practitioners.

This successful funding bid develops out of an on-going research project into unsafe abortion in Zambia funded by ESRC-DFID.






LSE Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2015

Dr Arjan Gjonca has been highly commended for the Award for Excellent Welfare and Pastoral Support. 

LSE Class Teacher Awards 2015

Diana QuirmbachDr Bert Provan and Liz Bailey have received Class Teacher Awards. These awards are nominated by academic departments in regognition of the special contribution made by graduate teaching assistants, teaching fellows and guests teachers to their work.


Professor Stephen Jenkins and Professor Lucinda Platt at the Trento Festival of Economics

On Monday 1 June Professor Stephen Jenkins and Professor Lucinda Platt gave lectures at the Trento Festival of Economics, which this year had Social Mobility as its theme.

Professor Jenkins gave a talk onWhat’s happening to social mobility, and why do we care?

Professor Platt discussed Is social mobility greater among children of immigrants?

Nuffield Foundation

Research Funding News 

Professor Anne West has been awarded a grant from the Nuffield Foundation to explore the public funding of early years education in England. The first part of the project will involve an analysis of government policy on the funding of free early education, along with an analysis of expenditure.  The second part will explore how the funding formula for free early education has been developed and implemented in a sample of local authorities with different levels of deprivation, political complexions and constellations of providers. The research will be carried out by Professor Anne WestDr Philip NodenDr Jonathan Roberts and Audrey Hind.


Honesty trumps political loyalty in lost wallet experiment

People are just as likely to return a ‘lost’ wallet to an owner who has a different political affiliation to their own suggests new research by Professor Paul Dolan.


Professor Martin Knapp

LSE Research News- Professor Martin Knapp awarded funding

Professor Martin Knapp from PSSRU, has received funding from the Shirley Foundation to conduct research to examine the economic case for interventions for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The project will feed evidence to the recently launched National Autism Project (NAP), a new national project looking at how we address the costs involved in supporting people with autism.


New Research Impact Case Study- Creating incentives to improve public services

Innovative policy ideas from Professor Sir Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, and LSE researchers inspired radical government reforms that introduced choice and competition to improve key public services.


Department of Social Policy Public Lecture

The Government Paternalist: nanny state or helpful friend?

Should governments save people from themselves? If someone smokes, drinks, takes hard drugs, or tries to assist in a friend's suicide, does the government have the right to intervene? If so, how?

During this lecture, Professor Sir Julian Le Grand offered answers to these questions-amoung the most socially important of our age.

Professor Paul Dolan

Fundraising Event

Stuttering into Happiness- An evening with Professor Paul Dolan

Professor Paul Dolan hosted an engaging fundraising evening providing some key insights into how the role of attention can play a huge part in living with a stammer.

Paul was joined by Elaine Kelman who runs the Michael Palin Centre where Paul had some transformatory therapy. The Centre is supported by Action for Stammering Children, who along with the British Stammering Association, will benefit from the proceeds from the ticket sales.

PAA Annual Meeting 2015

Members of Department presented research at this year's  Population Association of America's Annual Meeting

The Population Association of America (PAA) is a non-profit, professional organisation that promotes research on population issues. The PAA Annual Meeting is the largest annual research conference on population, with hundreds of presentation and posters on population research.

Nine members of the Department of Social Policy presented their research at this year's  Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. They included Dr Barclay, Ms Batyra, Dr Coast, Dr Goisis, Professor Grundy, Dr Herman, Ms Mariani, Professor Myrskyla, Professor Platt and Ms Vaisanen. 






Less able, better off kids more likely to become high earners than bright poor kids

New research, conducted by CASE's Dr Abigail McKnight for the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, has exposed the reality of a glass floor in British society that protects less-able better-off children from falling down the social ladder as they become adults.


Thousands miss out on palliative care due to unfair health system

The UK’s palliative care system needs a major overhaul, according to an LSE report, which reveals widespread inequities and a lack of services for non-cancer patients.

Terminally ill patients with illnesses other than cancer; people aged over 85 years; black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups; and people living in socially deprived areas are all missing out on important palliative care services, the report from the LSE PSSRU shows. Read more here.

Boomerang Students

No such thing as an empty nest when it comes to graduates

An LSE study looking at the relationship between parents and their adult children returning to live at home after university has revealed mixed experiences.

Parents are usually more negative then their children, many of whom are unaware of their parents' dissatisfaction, according to the researchers from  the  Families and Children Research Group (Professor Jane LewisProfessor Anne WestDr Philip Noden and Dr Jonathan Roberts) who led the study.



LSE Research News- Professor Elias Mossialos awarded funding

Professor Elias Mossialos LSE Health and Social Care, has received funding of £25,000 from the Commonwealth Fund to undertake a project to outline methodological considerations in performing international comparisons on medical device prices; compare price levels of hospital services across a selection of high-income countries; demonstrate the economic implications of substituting new brand name cancer drugs with equally effective older alternatives; and explore the prices and use rates for generic cardiovascular drugs. 


LSE Research News- Dr David McDaid awarded funding

David McDaid, Personal Social Services Research Unit, has been awarded £11,200 by the University of Cape Town to participate in the DFID-funded Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME). The project will model the economic consequences of maternal mental health interventions for mothers and their dependent children in low and middle-income countries. 






Leading Edge Of Impact

Shining example of UK research

Reading the Riots, a study by LSE and the Guardian  newspaper to examine the causes and consequences of the 2011 London riots, has been picked as one of the "shining examples of UK research" by the journal Nature.

Professor Tim Newburn and his team carried out hundreds of interviews with rioters, residents, lawyers and police. Rioters had concerns about aggressive policing, particularly the use of 'stop and search' policies, which were felt to unfairly target particular groups.

High Rise Hope Revisited

 Welfare reforms failing to move social housing tenants into work, according to new LSE research

The Coalition Government's radical welfare reforms have resulted in very few social housing tenants being able to find jobs despite their aim of moving people dependent on benefits into work, according to a new LSE report.

A team led by Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy at LSE, carried out two rounds of interviews with 200 tenants in the South West of England covering big cities, coastal towns, villages and tourist centres over a two-year period to find out how the reforms are playing out in low-income communities across the UK. The report, Is Welfare working?, provides unique evidence about how tenants and social landlords are coping under the financial pressures of welfare reform.


LSE Health and Social Care announced new blog

The blog features posts from staff, students and affiliates with LSE Health and Social Care based on recent and current research within the centre.

Professor Tim Newburn

ARMA Awards- Professor Tim Newburn nominated in the Impact category

Professor Tim Newburn is a finalist in the Impact category of the ARMA awards, which "celebrates a research manager or research management team that has invented, innovated or transformed the processes for supporting the translation of research into societal impact". He was nominated for his collaboration with the Guardian on a project called Reading the Riots.

The ARMA prize rewards best practice in influencing the development of the research professions. The winners will be announced at the ARMA awards dinner in Brighton on Tuesday 02 June. 

Money in hand

Unequal legacy of crisis leaves young with economic mountain to climb, according to new LSE report

People in their twenties have been the worst affected by the economic crisis despite higher qualifications than any earlier generation, according to a comprehensive LSE analysis of what has happened to inequalities in qualifications, employment, pay, incomes and wealth since 2007.

The research, led by Professor Sir John Hills, shows that those in their twenties and early thirties have been hardest hit by far than any other group, with the greatest drop in full-time employment, largest rises in unemployment, and greatest falls in real wages

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis awarded Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award

Dr Cheliotis, Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Department of Social Policy, has been selected for the 2015 Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award by the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (Critical Criminal Justice Section). Dr Cheliotis won the award 'for distinguished accomplishments in critical criminal justice scholarship across the most recent two-year period'.  Dr Cheliotis' most recent research has helped to advance criminological knowledge about the relationship between neoliberal capitalism and state and public punitiveness, paying particular attention to such issues as the origins of middle-class punitiveness, levels and patterns of punishment in post-authoritarian societies, and the politics of crime, conventional imprisonment and immigration detention amidst conditions of economic downturn.

On 5 March, Dr Cheliotis gave an invited talk at a conference entitled 'A History of Penal Regimes in Global Perspective, 1800-2015', organised by the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Dr Cheliotis' talk focused on the relationship between penal policy and democratic state-building in the context of 19th-century Greece.


Professor Lucinda Platt participates in workshop on 'Reducing Inequality: What American' Scholarship Can Learn from the European Experience'

A group of US and European scholars met at Marbach Castle to discuss the pressing subject of inequality across society and between different groups and how it might be addressed. Jointly funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and the Jacobs Foundation , the workshop participants discussed commissioned papers covering the state of inequality in the US across five areas of overall inequality, immigration, mental health, education and criminal justice, with a particular focus on youth inequality.

Key European scholars in the respective fields have provided  discussion papers on these five topics illumination the European perspective, with Professor Lucinda Platt from the Social Policy Department providing a discussion paper on immigrant inequalities.

Professor John Hills

LSE Works: CASE Public Lecture

Changing Patterns of Inequality in the UK

Speakers: Professor Sir John Hills, Dr Polly Vizard
Chair: Bharat Mehta

Members of LSE's CASE presented new findings on the ways in which patterns of economic inequality changed in the UK over the economic crisis 2007-13.





High Rise Hope Revisited

High rise estates can work if they are made energy efficient, says new LSE report

LSE Housing and Communities, in partnership with Rockwool, launched High Rise Hope Revisited, a new report examining the social implications of whole building energy efficiency refurbishments in residential tower blocks.

LSE Literary Festiva l2015

Department of Social Policy Literary Festival Discussion
Global Development and Modern Fiction

Zia Haider Rahman, whose debut novel In The Light Of What We Know was described by The Guardian “as an exploration of the post-9/11 world that is both personal and political, epic and intensely moving”, talked to Professor David Lewis about its themes, including identity, the workings of the global development industry, and the place of Bangladesh in the world.

This event formed part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015. with the theme 'Foundations'.

LSE Literary Festiva l2015

Department of Social Policy/PSSRU LSE Literary Festival Discussion

Perceptions of Madness: understanding mental illness through art, literature and drama

Professor Martin Knapp chaired this panel discussion which explored how presentations of mental illness can affect public understanding of mental ill health with insights from research and personal experiences.

This event formed part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015, with the theme 'Foundations'.


'Nurture' more important than 'nature' for overweight children

Parents’ lifestyles, rather than their genes, are primarily responsible for their children being overweight according to research by the Centre for Economic Performance, based at LSE.

Will Hutton

Department of Social Policy Public Lecture 

How Good We Can Be: ending the mercenary society and building a great country

Will Hutton gave a compelling and insightful lecture that examined the state of Britain today. 
Chair: Professor Sir John Hills


Coalition kept its promise to protect spending on schools, according to new report

The Coalition government kept its promise to protect spending on schools, according to a new report from LSE's Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE).





Professor John Hills

Youngest children and poorer households worst hit by Coalition's selective cuts, according to major new report

Poorer groups have been worst affected by changes to direct taxes, benefits and tax credits despite the Coalition's promise that the rich would carry the burden of austerity, according to a major new report from LSE and the Universities of Manchester and York. As a result, poverty has been increasing and will get worse in the next five years.

Dr Hakan Seckinelgin

Dr Hakan Seckinelgin appointed new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Society

Dr Hakan Seckinelgin, Associate Professor in International Social Policy, is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Society.

The journal, which is published four times a year, has multidisciplinary focus that is interested in theoretical and empirical research on civil societies, their development and their interactions with the broader local and global societal processes.

Hakan Seckinelgin is also a visiting research fellow at CERI, Science Po in Paris from January to June 2015.


Family beliefs a barrier to aged care health reform

New research by Dr Joan Costa-i-Font shows that older people are avoiding taking out long-term care insurance, fearing their children will desert them in old age.

Professor Stephen Jenkins

LSE Research News- Professor Stephen Jenkins awarded funding 

Professor Stephen Jenkins, Social Policy, was awarded funding of £59,082 through the University of Essex’s ESRC-funded Research Centre for Micro-Social Change (MiSoC). The research aims to point to ways in which our society can navigate the post-war transition from solidarity built on a sense of common purpose to the integration of people with diverse backgrounds, preferences and abilities in an era of new pressures.

Professor Anne Power

LSE Research News- Professor Anne Power awarded funding

Professor Anne Power, LSE Housing, was awarded funding of £30,817 from Street Games UK Ltd to undertake a study to uncover how poverty impacts on young people, how this interacts with access to sport and how these barriers can be overcome.

Professor David Lewis
Saq Cover

Leonidas Cheliotis has won the 2014 Best Public Intellectual Special Issue Award

Leonidas Cheliotis, Assistant Professor in Criminology in the Department of Social Policy, has won the 2014 best Public Intellectual Special Issue Award by the US Council of Editors of Learned Journals, Modern Language Association (MLA). Dr Cheliotis won the award for his guest-edited special issue of the prestigious centenarian journal South Atlantic Quarterly (published by Duke University Press) on 'Prison Realities: Views from Around the World'. The collection explores power and resistance under extreme conditions of confinement in a range of jurisdictions and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Dr Cheliotis’ own contribution to the collection discusses the uses and abuses of temporary release in a Greek male prison. 

Professor Julian Le Grand

New Year Honours at LSE - Professor Julian Le Grand has been awarded a knighthood

Professor Julian Le Grand has been awarded a knighthood for services to social science and public service.

Julian Le Grand has been the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 1993.

Read more here

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LSE's Department of Social Policy excels in the REF again

LSE's Department of Social Policy has excelled once again in the REF, the UK's most recent nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment, which is undertaken every six to seven years. The results published last week show that LSE Social Policy is the UK's number one department for world leading and internationally excellent research.

The REF assessment takes place according to a quality scale from 1* to 4*, with 4* representing world leading research quality. In REF 2014 LSE's Department of Social Policy had the highest percentage (94%) of world leading 4* and internationally excellent 3* publications of any UK institution. It also had the highest possible scores (100%) for research impact and environment.

In the overall ranking, aggregating scores for research outputs, impact of research on policy, and academic environment LSE Social Policy was placed second in the country league table. When adjusted to take account of the percentage of staff submitted to REF, LSE Social Policy is by some distance the number one UK Social Policy Department for overall quality research.

Congratulations to everyone in the Department of Social Policy for an outstanding set of results.




More generous state unemployment benefits may protect the health of unemployed men

Men who lose their job in US states that provide generous unemployment benefits are at lower risk of poor health, according to research led by Jonathan Cylus, a Research Fellow at LSE Health and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and a PhD candidate in the Department of Social Policy.

Valeria Cetorelli

LSE study shows sharp rise in teenage childbearing during Iraq War

A new study by Valeria Cetorelli, an LSE PhD candidate in demography in the Department of Social Policy, shows that teenage fertility in Iraq rose by more than 30 per cent between 2003 and 2010 due to increased early marriage among less-educated girls.

Read more here

Professor Anne Power

Professor Anne Power in LSE Connect, LSE's alumni magazine: Hunger pains: rise of the food bank

Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy and Head of LSE Housing and Communities, argues that due to falling incomes, harsh government cuts and the continuing rise in the cost of basic living, an increasing number of families across the UK are caught in a new poverty trap and the growing need for food banks is just the tip of the iceberg.

Professor David Lewis

Professor David Lewis a speaker at the Wilson Center's panel event

Professor David Lewis, Head of the Department of Social Policy, was a speaker at the Wilson Center's panel event on 'Living Through Extremes: Building Livelihood Resilience Across Sectors and Countries', held in Washington DC on Thursday December 4th, 2014.

Read more here


Millennium Cohort StudyInitial findings from the Age 11 study published

The Millennium Cohort Study, edited by Professor Lucinda Platt was published on Friday 28th November. Lucinda Platt was PI of the Millennium Cohort Study before joining the LSE and oversaw the data collection and data release for the age 11 survey, as well as editing this volume of initial findings across six topic areas.
The first five surveys of the study- at ages 9 months and 3. 5. 7 and 11 years- have built up a uniquely detailed portrait of the children of the new century. The study has collected information on diverse aspects of their lives, including behaviour, cognitive development, health, schooling, housing and parents' employment and education. The Initial Findings draw on the new information collected in the Age 11 survey, covering 13,287 children and their families, alongside analysis of how the children have developed over time across the previous four surveys. The initial findings have been covered widely in the print and broadcast media

Read more here

Professor Eileen Munro

Professor Eileen Munro awarded the President's Medal of the Operational Research Society

On Wednesday 26th November, Professor Eileen Munro of the Department of Social Policy, received the President's Medal of the Operational Research Society.

The honour, which was shared with Professor David Lane, Henley Business School, and Elke Husemann, was for their use of a range of systems thinking approaches in the Munro Review of Child Protection - a high-profile review of state-managed child protection activities in England, conducted for the Department for Education.
The judging panel explained: "Using systems thinking and casual loop diagrams, the work addressed a vital area of public policy and had a major influence on the recommendations of the Munro Review. That influence continues through on-going changes in government policy for child protection. The work was therefore judged a worthy winner of the President's Medal for 2014".

Professor Tony Barnett

Professor Tony Barnett is leading a United Nations Study on the Socio-Economics Impact of Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Professor Tony Barnett, now at the LSHTM but still engaged with the LSE, is leading a United Nations Study on the Socio-Economic Impact of Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He is also a recipient of a grant from the BBSRC/DFID/ESRC to research- together with Professor Dirk Pfeiffer and Dr Guillaume Fournier from the Royal Veterinary College- the relationship between avian influenza transmission, risk of zoonotic transfer, and the structure of live bird markets in Bangladesh.

Dr Joan Costa-Font

Stand tall if you are living in a democracy

Men growing up in a democracy are likely to be taller than those who spend the first 20 years of their lives in a communist regime.
The link between democracy and stature is related to good nutrition, high disposable income and a life free of social and political constraints, according to new findings from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In a study of Czech Republic and Slovakian residents since the dissolution of the communist regime in 1989, LSE political economist  Dr Joan Costa-Font and colleague Dr  Lucia Kossarova found clear height differences between the two regimes.

Research News-Poor Lose, Rich Gain

LSE Research NewsPoor lose, and rich gain from direct tax and benefit changes since May 2010- without cutting the deficit

New analysis from LSE and the University of Essex shows that the poorest groups lost the biggest share of their incomes on average, and those in the bottom half of incomes lost overall, following benefit and direct tax changes since the 2010 election.

The research, co-authored by Professor John Hills, suggests that who has gained or lost most as a result of the Coalition's policy changes depends critically on when reforms are measured from.

Advance HTA

Advance-HTA project's interim results presented in Mexico

Dr Panos Kanavos, deputy director at LSE Health, Department of Social Policy and Aris Angelis, PhD fellow, Department of Social Policy, presented Advance-HTA project’s interim results together with other partners of the project at a two-day Capacity Building workshop in Mexico City, on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 of November. Over 70 Health Technology Assessment (HTA) experts and decision makers of ministerial and academic affiliation attended the workshop, coming from all over the Latin America region with countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay.

Advance-HTA is a research project funded by the European Commission's Research Framework Programme (FP7). It comprises several complementary streams of research that aim to advance and strengthen the methodological tools and practices relating to the application and implementation of HTA. It is a partnership of 13 Consortium members led by the Medical Technology Research Group, LSE Health. More information can be found at  http://www.advance-hta.eu/.


LSE Research NewsEthical Dilemmas of vaccination


How relevant are gender and age when making policies  about vaccination and does this leave governments open to claims of discrimination? 

Dr Jeroen Luyten, Fellow in Health Economics and Health Policy, discusses the moral and ethical issues in vaccination policy.

Creating an Impact: Social Care Research in Practice Conference

This conference, held on the 26th November at LSE, was jointly hosted by the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the LSE and the NIHR School for Social Care Research. bringing together learning and recommendations from just over two years of activity on knowledge exchange and impact in adult social care. The conference presented findings from a LSE HEIF 5-funded project, Creating an Impact: Social Care Research in Action (SCEiP), which aimed to: bring researchers and social care professionals together to identify key issues in social care and apply research evidence to those priority issues; further enhance dialogue between research, practice and policy stakeholders to support joint knowledge development and exchange; increase the demand for, and utilisation of, research evidence by professionals; and explore ways to demonstrate the impact of social care research.
Good Times, Bad Times: the welfare myth of them and us

Department of Social Policy Public Lecture: Good Times Bad Times: the welfare myth of them and us

Speaker: Professor Sir John Hills
Respondents: Polly Toynbee, Professor Holly Sutherland
Chair: Professor Julian Le Grand

This ground-breaking book Good Times Bad Times: the welfare myth of them and us  challenges the idea of a divide in the UK population between those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it.

John Hills is Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE.
Polly Toynbee  is a political and social commentator for the Guardian
Holly Sutherland is a Director of EUROMOD, ISER at the University of Essex.
Julian Le Grand is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at LSE.

Listen to the Podcast here

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Dr Leonidas Cheliotis launches report at the Southbank Centre

On 3 November at the Southbank Centre in London,
Dr Leonidas Cheliotis launched the report of a long-term multi-method evaluation study he led on the process and effectiveness of an arts-based mentoring scheme for former prisoners, run by the Koestler Trust with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The study found that arts mentoring can make indirect but significant contributions to desistance from crime, but also that arts-based programme provision needs to be extended as well as combined with cognate and complementary services to this end. Panel debate included Professor Alison Liebling (Cambridge Institute of Criminology), Michael Spurr (Chief Executive, National Offender Management Service), Tom Wylie (Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation), and Dame Anne Owers (Chair of the Koestler Trust; Head of the Independent Police Complaints Commission).

To view the report click here (PDF)
To view the accompanying film click here


LSE Research NewsDoes having children make us any happier?

The birth of a first and a second child briefly increases the level of their parents’ happiness, but a third does not, according to new research from LSE and Western University, Canada.
Mikko Myrskylä, Professor of demography at LSE and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, said: “Our results show a temporary and transitory gain in parents’ happiness around the birth of first and second children." Read more here.

Dr Armine Ishkanian

Dr Armine Ishkanian an invited expert and speaker at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

From 13th-14th October, Dr Armine Ishkanian was an invited expert at the "Armenians 2115" seminar hosted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. She presented a paper titled "Where is Armenia heading?" at the high-level forum where forward-looking strategic discussions about Armenia's future development took place in a private, invitation-only environment.


School can worsen disabled children's behavioural problems, researchers say

A study from LSE and the Institute of Education, University of London, has found that the behavioural problems of many disabled children worsen between the ages of 3 and 7. They encounter increasing difficulties in terms of hyperactivity, emotional problems and getting on with other children.

However, disabled children might have fewer behavioural issues in their early years if more schools introduced stringent anti-bullying measures and other support strategies, the researchers claim.

Lucinda Platt, Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at LSE, is the lead author of the paper. 

Dr Ernestina Coast

LSE Research NewsSex and fertility versus health in AIDS stricken Africa

How do you reconcile the basic sexual and fertility needs of 25 million Africans with the stark reality of HIV/AIDS? The impact is devastating and extends way beyond a health crisis, with far reaching effects on the African workforce, family, education system and the economy in general.

Dr Ernestina Coast has been researching this topic with funding from the Wellcome Trust.

LSE Health Public Lecture: The Affordable Care Act in the US: How did it happen and where is it taking the health care system?

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in the US in 2010, is considered the largest reform to the American health care system since Medicare began insuring the elderly in 1965. Professor Lawrence Brown gave this lecture on the 30th October at LSE, tracing the evolution of this health reform and what it means for the future of health care in the US and around the world.

Lawrence D Brown is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Former Chair, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
New Research Unit Launch: ALPHA- Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis

The LSE ALPHA research unit undertakes and promotes quantitative research on lifecourse, socio-economic and intergenerational influences on individual and population health using a range of large scale, predominantly longitudinal datasets.

LSE ALPHA brings together researchers working on a number of projects, including three research programmes funded by the European Research Council. 
Professor Paul Dolan

 Department of Social Policy Public Lecture: Happiness by Design
Speaker: Professor Paul Dolan

Chair: Professor Elaine Fox On the 22nd October, in the Old Theatre, Professor Paul Dolan gave a public lecture in which he defined happiness in terms of experiences of pleasure and purpose. He described how being happier means allocating attention more efficiently: towards those things that bring us pleasure and purpose and away from those that generate pain and pointlessness. Behavioural science tells us that most of what we do is not so much thought about; rather, it simply comes about. So by clever use of priming, defaults, commitments and social norms, you can become a whole lot happier without actually having to think very hard about it. You will be happier by design.

Paul Dolan is a Professor of Behavioural Science in the Department of Social Policy, and author of Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life.
Elaine Fox is a Professor of Cognitive and Affective Psychology and Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience.

Listen to the Podcast Here
View the YouTube webcast here

Department of Social Policy and LSE Health and Social Care Behavioural Economics Seminars Launch

The LSE Behavioural Economics seminar series is a cross-departmental, inter-disciplinary initiative, founded by Dr Adam Oliver, and now coordinated by
Dr Matteo M Galizzi.

The seminar series aims to bring together researchers interested in behavioural economics and applied behavioural science across all LSE departments and research centres.

The seminars typically alternate speakers from the LSE and from other institutions, mainly in the London area.

The seminar series in 2014/2015 began with a LSE Behavioural Science Special Event on Friday 17th October 2014. Professor John List, Homer J. Livingston Professor of Economics at University of Chicago, gave a talk on Field Experiments in Economics.
Linda Tirado

Department of Social Policy public conversation: Hand to Mouth: the truth about being poor in a wealthy world

Speaker: Linda Tirado
Chair: Rowan Harvey
Introduction by Dr Amanda Sheely

Linda Tirado knows from experience what it is to be poor, to struggle to make ends meet. She was working all hours at two jobs - as a food service worker in a chain restaurant and as a voting rights activist at a non-profit organization - to support her young family. She knows what it’s like to have problems you wish you could fix, but no money, energy or resources to fix them, and no hope of getting any.
In 2013, an essay on the everyday realities of poverty that Tirado wrote and posted online was read and shared around the world. In Hand to Mouth, she gives a searing, witty and clear-eyed insider account of being poor in the world’s richest nation. She looks at how ordinary people fall or are born into the poverty trap, explains why the poor don’t always behave in the way the middle classes think they should, and makes an urgent call for us all to understand and meet the challenges they face.

In this event, held on16th October 2014, Linda was in conversation with Rowan Harvey, Women's Rights Advocacy Adviser at Action Aid UK and LSE Governor. 

LSE Public Lectures

LSE Health and Africa Initiative research seminar: Practical and ethical dilemmas of working in the current Ebola crisis

Dr Benjamin Black, a London based obstetrics and gynaecology registrar, currently working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as part of the Ebola response gave a talk on the Ebola crisis on 15th October 2014 at LSE. He has a special interest in humanitarian emergencies and their impact on the reproductive health of affected populations. From June to September, Benjamin undertook a mission with MSF in Sierra Leone, he will be returning for his next MSF mission in Sierra Leone next week. In this talk, Dr Black provided an insight to the ethical dilemmas of continuing normal health services within the context of an Ebola epidemic.

Dr Ernestina Coast chaired this event.

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis gives a lecture on the Political Economy of Punishment at the University of A Coruña.

On 19 September, Dr Leonidas Cheliotis, Assistant Professor in Criminology, gave a keynote lecture at an international two-day conference on 'The Political Economy of Punishment Today: Visions, Debates and Challenges', organised in A Coruña, Spain, by the Law School, University of A Coruña. Dr. Cheliotis' lecture focused on the relationship between globalisation, neoliberal capitalism and border control, drawing attention to the problematic nature of the concept of exclusion as a tool for describing and explaining state policies of border control.


Dementia costs the UK £26 billion a year

A new report which has been co-authored with The Alzheimer's Society, LSE and the King's College London has found that dementia costs the UK £26 billion a year - enough to pay the energy bills of every household in the country.

Professor Martin Knapp said ‘the cost of dementia is high, but the key question is what does that cost buy? We need to make sure that people with dementia and their carers get effective and cost-effective treatment, care and support.’

To download the full report, click here

British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference 2014

The  BSPS  Annual Conference 2014   was held at the University of Winchester from 08 -10 September. Presentations were made by staff and students from the Social Policy Department: Dr Coast, Dr Gjonca, Dr Goisis, Dr Leone, Prof Murphy, Dr Oczan, Prof Platt, and Ben Wilson.

Programme is available here

The poster session at BSPS 2014 was organised by two LSE PhD students –Valeria Cetorelli and Heini Vaisanen – and included posters by Alessandro Di Nallo and Heini Vaisanen.

Professor Martin Knapp awarded Fellowship at King's College London

Professor Martin Knapp (picture left with Paul McCrone) has been awarded a fellowship as an Honorary Professor of Health Economics at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London.  More

Social Policy Association launches new website.

The Social Policy Association used the Sheffield 2014 conference to launch a brand new website, along with three short videos aimed at prospective students which consider, amongst other questions, "What is Social Policy"
Professor Anne Power

Rising prices, falling wages and welfare cuts- a recipe for debt in Newham.

Households in one of the poorest boroughs in London face crippling debt and financial pressures despite a widespread desire to work and an aversion to high cost lenders, according to a new report from LSE.

Professor Anne Power from the LSE Housing and Communities Unit, part of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion led the study.


Twins and short spaced births are linked to premature death among parents. Professor Emily Grundy discusses the implications of raising children close in age.

Mothers of twins and parents who have children in quick succession have a greater risk of dying prematurely, new research from LSE shows.

The findings, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggest that the accumulated physical, emotional and financial stresses of raising children close in age could have long-term health implications. More

Dr Adam Oliver discusses the policy battle to reduce the nation's expanding girth.

With obesity levels in the UK now the third highest in Western Europe, political leaders are struggling to find a solution to the nation’s expanding girth. Are nudge policies the way to go?

The latest findings on obesity published in the Lancet should set off alarm bells worldwide. More than 2 billion people – nearly 30 per cent of the world’s population – are now considered overweight, according to the leading medical journal. More
Dr Ernestina Coast

Dr Ernestina Coast presented findings of a systematic review on maternal and newborn health to the WHO in Geneva

Dr Ernestina Coast, a member of the Guideline Development Group for the World Health Organization's Technical Consultation on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health,  presented in Geneva 15-17th July 2014 the findings of a systematic review, led by herself and involving a team from the LSE including Eleri Jones and Sam Lattof. The systematic review addressed the question "What interventions to provide culturally-appropriate skilled maternity care lead to an increase in use of skilled maternity care before, during and after birth?"

Dr Armine Ishkanian

Dr Armine Ishkanian at  International conference - 'United we stand? Alliances and conflicts between social democratic parties, trade unions, and social movements'

Dr Armine Ishkanian was the keynote speaker at an international conference titled “United we stand? Alliances and conflicts between social democratic parties, trade unions, and social movements” hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Berlin on 7 July. She presented findings from a Robert Bosch Stiftung funded research project titled Interpreting the Movements of 2011 – 2012.  The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, which was established in 1925,  is the largest and oldest of the German party-associated foundations and has offices and projects in over 100 countries. All conference delegates were given printed copies of the report,  Reclaiming Democracy in the Square?  Interpreting the Movements of 2011-2012, that Dr Ishkanian co-wrote with Marlies Glasius (University of Amsterdam).


Professor Ian Craig reappointed as a Visiting Professor in Practice in the Department of Social Policy extended for a further three years

Ian is an ex-local authority Director of Children's Services and Chief Schools Adjudicator for England. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education. His main interests are in basic/compulsory education and in school systems and structures. He has worked extensively abroad over many years, recently assisted Prof Anne West in research in Scandinavia, and advised the Governments of Pakistan and Rwanda on teacher certification and development.
He is very willing to offer his time and expertise to LSE colleagues and can be contacted at i.craig1@lse.ac.uk

Professor Martin Knapp

Autism costs the UK £32 billion a year

Research led by Professor Martin Knapp has highlighted that autism costs the UK £32 billion a year; more than any other medical condition, and greater than cost of cancer, stroke and heart disease combined. Affecting more than 1% of the population, care for those affected can last for 60-70 years.


"Saving our Sanity" by Professor Martin Knapp

It is increasingly recognised across the world that intervening early in mental illness not only spares millions from untold misery but can save millions in finances. Professor Martin Knapp provides an overview of a field of study that could transform this century and in which LSE leads the way in the Summer 2014 edition of LSE Alumni's Connect magazine.

Anton Hemerijck

Department of Social Policy Centennial LectureFault Lines and Silver Linings in the European Social Model(s)

On Wednesday 11th June 2014, Professor Anton Hemerijck gave the Department of Social Policy Centennial Lecture. He considered whether the aftermath of the 2008 global credit crunch marks a new opportunity to reconfigure and re-legitimise social policy and the European project. Read more here (pdf)

Anton Hemerijck is LSE Centennial Professor in the Department of Social Policy. Professor David Piachaud chaired this event, with invited commentators Dr Waltraud Schelkle and Professor David Soskice.

The podcast is now online.

Dr Ernestina Coast

Dr Ernestina Coast at an International workshop in Kenya on 'Decision-making regarding abortion'

Dr Ernestina Coast  was an invited participant at an international workshop in Kenya on 'Decision-making regarding abortion' from 3 - 5 June. She presented findings from an ESRC/DFID-funded research project 'Pregnancy termination trajectories in Zambia: the social and economic consequences for women'. This presentation was the first output of a new ESRC-funded grant for Impact Maximisation from ESRC/DFID’s Poverty Alleviation Research programme.

Dr Hakan Seckinelgin

Dr Hakan Seckinelgin wins award for Inspirational Teaching at the 2014 LSE Student-Led Teaching Awards

Dr Hakan Seckinelgin, reader in International Social Policy, is one of the winners of the 2014 LSE Students' Union Student-Led Teaching Awards.

"What I learned in his class will stay with me for the rest of my life."
Hakan is commended for teaching with passion and encouraging everyone to engage with deep discussions. By combining knowledge of key course content with practical examples based on his own field experiences, Hakan creates an inspiring class atmosphere, encouraging students to challenge what they have already learned, really caring about the wellbeing of every individual and driving them to further their knowledge of the course and the wider world.

Class Teacher Awards 2014

This year the Department of Social Policy decided to increase the number of class teacher awards from one to three in recognition of the special contribution Graduate Teaching Assistants make to the Department's teaching.

There were numerous contenders and the decision was difficult to make but we are delighted to announce the three winners were: Margarita Gelepithis, Eleri Jones, and Joseph Downing.
Professor Stephen Jenkins

Professor Stephen Jenkins, new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality

Stephen Jenkins, Professor of Economic and Social Policy, is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality. He has also been appointed an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Institute for Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. He has recently given invited lectures to the UK Department for Work and Pensions and the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg, about income mobility and poverty dynamics; to the Economic Policy series of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, about state dependence in labour markets; and to the third Biannual Assisi Workshop on Economics and Institutions about the treatment of country-level effects in microeconometric analysis.

Dr Coretta Phillips nominated for BBC Radio 4/British Sociological Association award

Dr Coretta Phillips  was nominated to the shortlist of the inaugural BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed/ British Sociological Association Award for Ethnography for her book The Multicultural Prison: Ethnicity, Masculinity and Social Relations Among Prisoners. The shortlist was discussed on a special programme on Radio 4 on 23 April 2014 (link). This used material from the original interview discussing the book on Thinking Allowed in May 2013.  (The winner of the Award for Ethnography was Professor Helen Sampson, for her book International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century. Last year, Dr Phillips’ book won the Criminology Book Prize 2013, sponsored by Routledge.)
New LSE research project: South Asia's urbanisation-migration nexus

An innovative DFID-funded research project investigates the economic, political and spatial relationships that result from the urbanisation-migration nexus in five South Asian countries- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. The £279.000 project is led by Dr Sunil Kumar (Principle Investigator, Department of Social Policy) with Dr Melissa Fernandez Arrigoitia (Senior Research Officer, LSE) and Dr Zlatko Nikoloski (Senior Research Officer, LSE Health and Social Care), and runs through until March 2015.
Read more (PDF)
Professor Paul Dolan on BBC Horizon

Professor Paul Dolan discusses how intuition and logic interact and help us make the numerous decisions that we are faced with every day.

Read more here
CNESCO:  Conseil National d'Évaluation du Système Scolaire.
(National Council for the Evaluation of the School System).

Professor Anne West has been nominated as a member of the le Conseil national d'évaluation du système scolaire (Cnesco) an independent body recently set up by the French Government to evaluate the organisation and outcomes of the French school system.  She is one of two foreign members nominated by the French Minister of Education in order to bring an international dimension to the work of Cnesco. Read more.
Research funding: women's health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

A team from the Department of Social Policy ( Dr Coast, Dr Leone, Prof Lewis) have been awarded funding by the Middle East Centre for a research project with the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University. The research project will generate new data and analyses to better understand women's health over the lifecourse, with a particular focus on those women currently under-served or neglected by the health system. See more here.
Social Policy Academics listed in new LSE's 'Influential Academics' project

Five academics, past and present, from the Department of Social Policy have been named in LSE's 'Influential Academics' project. The project, hosted by British Government at LSE, is intended to show how a number of the School's personalities contributed directly to political thought and policy. Read more here.
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.
Centennial Professorship Announcement


The Department is delighted to announce that LSE has appointed Anton Hemerijck, Professor of Institutional Policy Analysis at VU University Amsterdam, to the position of Centennial Professor in the Department of Social Policy. Professor Hemerijck has been nominated to the Centennial Chair on account of his outstanding contribution to the comparative study of social policy with particular reference to his important contributions to theorising changing (European) welfare states in times of intrusive social and economic restructuring. He joined the Department in January 2014 and will stay until December 2016.


Please view the press release for further information (PDF) 
Popular Representations of Development

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.

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 Coretta Phillips has been jointly awarded the Criminology Book Prize
for 2013

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.
Green Impact

partment 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 (NICE)

Press release by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)