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The Department of Social Policy is the longest established in the UK and has received the highest possible rating in all Research Assessment Exercises carried out in the UK. In the last RAE in 2008 it led the field nationally with 50 per cent of its research recognised as world-leading, and 100 per cent ranked at international level. The Department prides itself in being able to offer teaching based on the highest quality empirical research in the field.

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.

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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.|

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) 

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 each day.
Read more here|
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|


Department of Social Policy Centennial Lecture: Fault Lines and Silver Linings in the European Social Model(s)| 

Date: Wednesday 11th June  2014
Time: 18.30-20.00
Venue: New Theatre, East Building

Speaker: Professor Anton Hemerijck
Chair: Professor David Piachaud

Professor Hemerijck will consider 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.

Ticket information:
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 6043

Further events are listed in the Department diary|.

Past events are listed in News and Events archive|.
LSE Public Lectures

PSSRU LSE Literary Festival Discussion: "Who is it who can tell me who I am?" Understanding Dementia through Art and Literature|

Recorded on 25th February 2014
Speakers: Melvyn Bragg, Dr Andrea Capstick, Professor Justine Schneider
Chair: Professor Martin Knapp|

LSE Public Lectures

LSE Literary Festival Discussion: Self-Help: myth or reality?|

Recorded on 25th February 2014
Speakers: Dr Julian Baggini, Professor Paul Dolan|, Professor Barbara J Sahakian
Chair: Professor Ilina Singh



Richard Titmuss Annual Lecture: Richard Titmuss: forty years on|

Recorded on Wednesday 23 October 2013
Speaker: Professor Howard Glennerster|
Chair: Professor Julian Le Grand


Dr Armine Ishkanian

Reclaiming Democracy in the Square? Interpreting the Anti-Austerity and Pro-Democracy Movements

|Recorded on Thursday 10 October 2013
Speakers: Dr Heba Raouf Ezzat, Professor Marlies Glasius, Dr Armine Ishkanian| (pictured)
Chair: Professor David Lewis

More podcasts available at Events podcasts|
Banding and Ballot Report

Banding and Ballots Secondary School Admissions in England: Admissions in 2012/13 and the Impact of Growth of Academies|

Published by The Sutton Trust (February 2014)

Authors: Dr Philip Noden|, Professor Anne West|, Audrey Hind

This report from LSE uses data from all of England's 3000 secondary schools to examine how many schools are using random allocation (ballots) or banding in their admissions.

Regulating Long Term Care Quality

Regulating Long-Term Care Quality|

Cambridge University Press (February 2014)

Author: edited by Professor Vincent Mor, Dr Tiziana Leone|, Anna Maresso

The number of elderly people relying on formal long-term care services is dramatically increasing year after year, and the challenge of ensuring the quality and financial stability of care provision is one faced by governments in both the developed and developing world. This edited book is the first to provide a comprehensive international survey of long-term care provision and regulation, built around a series of case studies from Europe, North America and Asia. The analytical framework allows the different approaches that countries have adopted to be compared side by side and readers are encouraged to consider which quality assurance approaches might best meet their own country's needs. Wider issues underpinning the need to regulate the quality of long-term care are also discussed. This timely book is a valuable resource for policymakers working in the health care sector, researchers and students taking graduate courses on health policy and management.

An Equal Start?

An Equal Start? Providing quality early education and care for disadvantaged children|

The Policy Press (January 2014)

Author: edited by Dr Ludovica Gambaro, Dr Kitty Stewart|, Professor Jane Waldfogel

Providing early education and care (ECEC) which is both equitable and high quality is a challenge all governments are confronting. This comparative volume seeks both to broaden and to deepen our understanding of policies in operation in different countries. It asks how successfully policies in eight different countries ensure that all children, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, can access high quality ECEC. The countries included are Australia, France, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the UK and the US. Each chapter is written by academic experts from the country in question, and contains empirical evidence on access to services by children from different backgrounds, alongside careful analysis and discussion of how services are organised, including the operation of funding and regulation mechanisms.

Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change

Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change: Goals, Issues and Trajectories in China, India, Brazil and South Africa|

Edward Elgar (October 2013)

Author: edited by Professor James Midgley, 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.


New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime|

Routledge (October 2013)

Author: edited by Dr Coretta Phillips|, Colin Webtser.

The disproportionate criminalisation and incarceration of particular minority ethnic groups has long been observed, though much of the work in criminology has been dominated by a somewhat narrow debate. This debate has concerned itself with explaining this disproportionality in terms of structural inequalities and socio-economic disadvantage or discriminatory criminal justice processing.

This edited volume offers an accessible and innovative approach, including chapters on anti-Semitism, social cohesion in London, Bradford and Glasgow, as well as an exploration of policing Traveller communities. Incorporating current empirical research and new departures in methodology and theory, this book also draws on a range of contemporary issues such as policing terrorism, immigration detention and youth gangs. In offering minority perspectives on race, crime and justice and white inmate perspectives from the multicultural prison, the book emphasises contrasting and distinctive influences on constructing ethnic identities.

Further publications at Publication archive|.
The impact of the Iraq War on neonatal polio immunisation coverage: a quasi-experimental study|
Cetorelli, Valeria (2013) The impact of the Iraq War on neonatal polio immunisation coverage: a quasi-experimental study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health (Published online)

The generics paradox revisited: empirical evidence from regulated markets
|Vandoros, Sotiris and Kanavos, Panos| (2013) The generics paradox revisited: empirical evidence from regulated markets. Applied economics, 45 (22). pp. 3230-3239. ISSN 0003-6846

Making working-class parents think more like middle-class parents: choice advisers in English education |
Exley, Sonia| (2012) Making working-class parents think more like middle-class parents: choice advisers in English education. Journal of education policy . ISSN 0268-0939 (In Press)

Intergenerational fertility correlations in contemporary developing countries |Murphy, Michael J.| (2012) Intergenerational fertility correlations in contemporary developing countries. American journal of human biology . ISSN 1042-0533 (In Press)

Marital instability and female labor supply |
Özcan, Berkay| and Breen, Richard (2012) Marital instability and female labor supply. Annual review of sociology, 38 . ISSN 0360-0572 (In Press)

Further publications at Publication archive|.
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