News and events archive
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.
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 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 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 Study: Initial 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 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 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.
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.
LSE Research News: Poor 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 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 News: Ethical 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.
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
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 News: Does 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 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.
LSE Research News: Sex 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.
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
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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.
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 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 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"
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Department of Social Policy Centennial Lecture: Fault 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.
To see pictures from the event, view the image gallery.
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 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, 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)
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
Dr Coretta Phillips
has been jointly awarded (with Dr Deborah Drake, The Open University, for Prisons, Punishment and the Pursuit of Security
) the Criminology Book Prize 2013 for her book The Multicultural Prison: ethnicity, masculinity and social relations among prisoners
Dr Ernestina Coast is one of the winners of the 2013 LSE Students' Union Student-Led Teaching Awards
Dr Ernestina Coast
, Senior Lecturer in Population Studies, is one of five winners of the 2013 LSE Students' Union Student-Led Teaching Awards. Duncan McKenna, the Education Officer in the LSE Students' Union, wrote, when announcing the awards, "We asked students to highlight those teachers who had shown exceptional commitment to the teaching of their students, those who had expanded their knowledge beyond the classroom and had a profound effect on their lives and their time at LSE through teaching creatively, inclusively and through creating opportunities for them in the wider world.
Department achieves Silver Sustainability Award
The Department was delighted to receive a Silver Award for Green Impact at the LSE's 2013 annual Celebration of Sustainability.
LSE Health together with 12 other institutional partners have been awarded a € 3 million research grant by the European Commission under DG Research's 7th Framework Programme for their project entitled ADVANCE-HTA, commencing in January 2013 for 3 years. LSE Health will act as the principal investigator and coordinator, led by Panos Kanavos, reader in International Health Policy, bringing together a team of high-level experts with extensive experience in the area of health policy, health economics, health and research methodologies, access to medicines, pharmaceutical policies, medical devices and health technology Assessment (HTA).
To view the press release, please click here
PSSRU at LSE and Kent are delighted to be part of a partnership that has been awarded by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC). The partnership is led by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), and also involves Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), Research in Practice (RIP) and Research in Practice for Adults (RIPfA).
Announcement by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Press release by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
'Reading the Riots'
series wins at the British Journalism Awards 2012
Reading the Riots
, a joint project led by Professor Tim Newburn
at LSE and Paul Lewis of The Guardian
, which aimed to understand the roots and responses to the 2011 riots, has won the innovation of the year award at the Press Gazette's
British Journalism Awards 2012.
Personal Health Budgets Evaluation final report
Final report on personal health budgets have been published with the Department of Health. Contributors include Julien Forder and Paul Dolan.
The Department's Centenary Colloquium
Social Policy Futures: Wreckage, Resiliance or Renewal?
considered challenges for the future.
Care for older people: projected expenditure to 2022 on social care and continuing health care for England's older population
This analysis by the London School of Economics, commissioned by the Nuffield Trust, projects expenditure on social care and health care for older people in England from 2010 to 2022. Rachel Wittenburg, Bo Hu, Adelina Comas Herrera and Jose-Luis Fernandez contributed to this report.
British Academy welcomes Professor Le Grand
The British Academy has elected Professor Julian Le Grand
, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy (pictured), as one of its 38 new Fellows. British Academy Fellowships are awarded to highly distinguished academics who are recognised for outstanding research in their field.
Professor recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Professor Eillen Munroe
(pictured) has been awarded a President's Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of her significant contributions to improving the lives of patients with mental illness.
Lasting legacy or missed opportunity?
The scale of what needs to be done to ensure that the promised Olympic legacy is achieved in the London Borough of Newham has been set out in the initial findings of a new study by Professor Anne Power
for the poverty charity Elizabeth Finn Care.
Police fear they could not cope with more riots
Police fear a second wave of riots across England and are concerned they may not have the resources to cope suggests the Reading the Riots project in new analysis of the country's 2011 unrest.
Department achieves bronze sustainability award
The Department was delighted to receive a Bronze Award for Green Impact at the LSE's annual Celebration of Sustainability. Green Impact is an NUS project that helps university staff and students take small steps to enhance their department’s sustainability.
Congratulations to the Green Impact Team
on this achievement
Taskforce calls for action to expand public service mutual
A report published by Professor Julian Le Grand (pictured) and the Mutuals taskforce recommends actions to make this burgeoning movement a mainstream option for public service delivery.
Child protection reforms welcomed but pace needs to be accelerated
In a new progress report for the Government, Professor Eileen Munro (pictured) has said that a “culture change” was underway in the child protection system but there is an urgent need to now accelerate reforms.
Innovative proposal for recalibration
Professor Julian Le Grand (pictured) argues that some of the Euro-member states should quit and instantly re-join (QIR) the European Economic and Monetary Union. Such an option would not only benefit deficit countries, such as Greece, but also surplus countries, such as Germany.
CASE Annual Report 2011
The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion has recently published its annual report. As well as giving a guide to recent activities and publications, it contains feature articles on current and recent research.
Former PhD student runner up in thesis competition
Dr Markus Ketola (pictured), a former PhD student and now LSE Fellow in the Department, has been awarded a runner up place in a doctoral thesis competition organised by the LSE Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies in the European Institute for his study on 'Europeanisation and civil society: the early impact of EU pre-accession policies on Turkish NGOs'.
Wednesday's child is full of woe
Professor Stephen Jenkins (pictured) addresses poverty and inequality in the The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Seven Days of Social Science Research video series.
University reforms have created "middle-income poverty trap"
Systems of financial support for poorer students applying to university are confusingly complex and involve dramatic “cliff-edges” where help for the marginally better-off suddenly disappears, new analysis by the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Book launch - Bangladesh: politics, economy and civil society
Professor David Lewis (pictured) launched his book Bangladesh: politics, economy and civil society
at an event in Dhaka, Bangladesh, jointly organised by the British Council and the LSE Bangladesh Alumni.
Broadway Theatre, Catford, 27 April - 26 May
Dr Michael Shiner, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, is the Executive Producer for a new StopWatch
production examining the impact of police Stop and Search powers.
Nearly eight million struggle to afford keeping warm says independent review
Professor John Hills today published the final report of his independent review of fuel poverty. The review confirms that fuel poverty is a serious national problem and shows that it is set to rise rapidly.
Anorexia study backs government ban on underweight models
Anorexia is a socially transmitted disease and appears to be more prevalent in countries such as France where women are thinner than average, according to new LSE research.
Professor Eileen Munro takes up key strategic role at The College of Social Work
Professor Eileen Munro (pictured) is to work with the recently launched College of Social Work in the role of Transitional Chair for the College's Children's Faculty. She will take up the position in March for a period of 12 months
Child protection expert wins New Year's honour
Professor Eileen Munro (pictured) has been awarded the CBE for her services to children and families.
Choosing a school is not parents' top priority finds new study
More than eight in 10 people think parents should send their children to the nearest state school, reveal new findings from the first survey to gauge Britons' attitudes to school choice in detail.
Reading the Riots
Unprecedented study by LSE and the Guardian finds that widespread anger and frustration with the police was a significant factor behind the summer riots.
Are there really seven billion of us?
Professor Mike Murphy
comments on the United Nations estimate that on Monday 31 October the world's population will reach seven billion. "As you can never get a true figure to compare, you are always going to be essentially guessing… We will never have a true, definitive figure."
Self-taught pioneer of the Welfare State honoured
Richard Titmuss (1907-73), who founded the academic discipline of Social Administration (now Social Policy) at LSE, has been commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at 32 Twyford Avenue, Acton, London.
LSE to Monitor Inequality and Poverty under the Coalition
LSE researchers have launched a new programme to report on the impact of the recession, spending changes and the government's social policy reforms on inequality and poverty in the UK.
Fuel poverty a serious problem says independent review by LSE expert
At least 2,700 people in England die each year because they cannot afford to keep warm an interim report to the Government has warned.
LSE academic prescribes 'hope' in the battle against HIV/AIDS
'Hope' could be a valuable tool to enable policy makers to adopt the best policies to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa, an LSE professor has argued.
Research Highlight: Re-imagining Happiness
What makes us happy? Professor Paul Dolan
, a behavioural economist, knows that he is not very reliable at predicting what will make him happy.
Great recession will hit incomes for years
Ordinary households have yet to feel the worst effects of the recession on their income a study of 21 wealthier countries reveals today.
Do tax credits really 'make work pay'?
Using benefits or tax credit schemes to top-up low wages is not necessarily a good way of promoting a work ethic among people in chronically low-paid work, according to new research from LSE.
Reading the riots - LSE and Guardian launch study of disorder in English cities
The causes and consequences of the English riots last month, the most serious bout of civil unrest in a generation, will be examined in an innovative study by LSE and the Guardian newspaper.
Women more stressed by commuting than men
Women suffer more stress from their daily commute than men according to new research by LSE and the University of Sheffield.
Life-threatening nut allergies viewed as 'frivolous and self indulgent fad'
Parents of nut-allergy sufferers face hostility and scepticism in trying to find safe environments for their children, a new study has found.
Future of Britain's poorest families still relies on urgent social investment finds new book
Some of Britain's poorest neighbourhoods are at risk of decaying into ghetto-like enclaves if budget cuts halt society's efforts to pull them 'back from the cliff edge', a new book warns.
Munro Review of Child Protection
Professor Eileen Munro
gave evidence to the Select Committee on Education in a special session which examined her recently published review of child protection in England. A video of the committee meeting is available on the Parliament UK
Margaret Hardiman (1918-2011)
It is with sadness that the Department reports the death of Margaret Hardiman at the age of 92. Margaret was instrumental in the creation of a graduate diploma course in social planning in developing countries. This course continues to date as the MSc Social Policy and Development.
LSE academic appointed to new Greek cabinet
Professor Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Public Health and Director of LSE Health, has been appointed to the new Greek cabinet.
The Munro Review of Child Protection
Professor Eileen Munro, Department of Social Policy, has completed her ten month long review of the child protection service in England.
Promotion, prevention and early intervention dramatically cut the costs of mental ill health, says government – sponsored research report
Every pound spent on parenting programmes to prevent conduct disorder in young children saves the UK £8 over a child's lifetime, according to a new report.
Will the Olympics make us happier?
A new study into whether hosting the 2012 Olympic Games will boost our happiness is being launched by LSE, with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.
Doubling expenditure on the NHS between 1997 and 2010 had a variable impact on health system performance
A new report reveals that
while public expenditure on health care in England more than doubled between 1997 and 2010, the impact on health system performance has been variable.
Social Policy professor to lead government fuel poverty review
Professor John Hills (pictured) has been appointed by energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne to lead an independent review of the fuel poverty target and definition.
Closing the gap between development policymakers and people
An innovative programme in Bangladesh is bringing international aid policymakers closer to the people affected by their policies according to Professor David Lewis (pictured).
Treating NHS hospitals with competition and closures
Patients in England, especially the poorest, have benefited from choice and competition according to LSE economist Dr Zack Cooper.
Government's Spending Review: fair?
The government's claim that its 2010 Spending Review promotes 'fairness' has been challenged by Dr Tania Burchardt , Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy.
Crime maps, policing and fear
Daniel Bear, a PhD candidate in the Department of Social Policy at LSE, whose research includes street level policing in London, discusses the pros and cons of the Home Office's new crime mapping website - 'Sometimes a crime map is just a crime map.'
LSE professor to chair Mutuals Taskforce
Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, announced today that Professor Julian Le Grand (pictured), Richard Titmuss
Professor of Social Policy, will lead a new Mutuals Taskforce
to drive reform at the centre of government with the prime minister's backing.
Child protection must focus on the child, not on rules and targets
Professor Eileen Munro has signalled a new approach on child protection with an interim report for the Government which focuses on helping children, rather than on the regulations, inspections and procedures that have thrown the system out of balance.