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The Department of Social Policy is the longest established in the UK.
The Department prides itself in being able to offer teaching based on the highest quality empirical research in the field. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the UK's nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment, which is undertaken every six to seven years, the Department was ranked first in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research and was also awarded the joint highest marks for the non-academic impacts of its work. When adjusted to take account of the high proportion of staff submitted to REF, it is the number one UK Social Policy Department for overall research quality.
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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).

Dr Alice Goisis, a researcher at LSE and the lead author of the paper, said: “Our research is the first to look at how the cognitive abilities of children born to older mothers have changed over time and what might be responsible for this shift.”

 
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.

 

 
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.

The study shows that while state support is important in improving quality of life at the time of birth for parents and children, it may also have long term benefits in many other areas of the individuals lives.

 
Literary Festival 2017

ACADEMIC DEBATE
Stagnation Generation: Exploring Intergenerational Fairness

Hosted by the Resolution Foundation, the International Inequalities Institute at LSE and LSE Literary Festival

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Time: 5.00pm-6.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Rachel Farrington, Georgia Gould, Professor John Hills, Omar Khan
Chair: David Willets

Are today's young people getting a bum deal? Young people have experienced the biggest pay squeeze in the aftermath of the financial crisis, seen their dreams of home ownership drift out of sight and witnessed a welfare state in retreat. Are these short term effects or do they run deeper, and how can policy make a difference? The Resolution Foundation, convenors of the Intergenerational Commission, partner with the International Inequalities Institute to debate this pressing issue.

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme "Revolutions".

 
Literary Festival 2017

ACADEMIC DEBATE
Representing Poverty and Inequality: The legacy of Charles Booth

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute and LSE Literary Festival

Date: Saturday 25th February 2017
Time: 5.00pm-6.30pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Jospeh Bullman, Professor Mary Morgan, Sarah Wise
Chair: Professor Nicola Lacey

In the wake of the Centenary of the death of Charles Booth, whose poverty maps and surveys started a quiet revolution in the methodology of the social sciences, a group of writers will reflect on what we can learn from Booth’s work today in terms of the techniques available to write about, analyse and make present to the reader the realities of poverty and inequality.

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme "Revolutions".

 
Lecture Theatre

BSPS Meeting on Menopause, Health and Culture

Organised by LSE and LSHTM

Date: Wednesday 24th May 2017
Time: 9.30am-4.00pm
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

Preliminary Programme

This meeting is free but registration is requried. Please email Alexis Palfreyman to book your place. 

 

 
Further events are listed in the Department diary.

Past events are listed in News and Events archive.

Recent Podcasts

Drugs

Drug Policies Beyond the War on Drugs?

Recorded on 15 February 2017

Speakers: Dr John Collins, Professor Lawrence Phillips, Dr Joanne Csete, Dr Michael Shiner

As countries examine new ways of managing drug issues beyond the problematic and simplistic model of the 'war on drugs', this lecture examines how LSE research, among others, can help impact and drive government policies.

 

 
Literary Festival 2017

The Relationship between Inequality and Poverty: mechanisms and policy options

Recorded on 8 February 2017

Speakers: Dr Eleni Karagiannaki and Dr Abigail McKnight 

This lecture examines the empirical relationship between economic inequality and poverty across countries and over time, paying attention to different measurement issues. It then considers a range of potential mechanisms driving this relationship and explores policy options.

 
Dr Valeria Cetorelli

Documenting Genocide: survey evidence on ISIS violence against Yazidis

Recorded on  11th January 2017

SpeakerDr Valeria Cetorelli

The United Nations Human Rights Council has recently declared that ISIS violence against the Yazidi religious minority constitutes a case of "ongoing genocide". Dr Valeria Cetorelli will present the first survey evidence on the number and demographic profile of Yazidis killed and enslaved by ISIS.

 
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Pressing For Change: 25 years seeking trans equality

Recorded on10th January 2017

Speaker: Professor Stephen Whittle
ChairDr Hakan Seckinelgin

Press for Change, founded in 1992, campaigned using social education, legal case work, and parliamentary lobbying to successfully change the UK into what is now one of the most Transgender-friendly countries in the world. Stephen Whittle will discuss what worked, what didn't and what is left to be done.

 
Professor Sonia Correa

Abortion frontlines in Latin America: The Uruguayan exceptionality

Recorded on 5 December 2016

Speaker: Professor Sonia Corrêa
Chair: Dr Ernestina Coast

Download: Audio

Since the late 1970´s Sonia Corrêa has been involved in research and advocacy activities related to gender equality, health and sexuality. She  is currently a research associate at the Brazilian Interdisciplinary Association for AIDS, in Rio de Janeiro and a Visiting Fellow at the Gender Institute, LSE.

 
When Elephants Fight

Department of Social Policy Film Screening and Q&A:
When Elephants Fight

Recorded on 24 October 2016

Panelists: Peter Jones, Bandi Mbubi, JD Stier
ChairDr Armine Ishkanian

#StandWithCongo presented the London premiere of When Elephants Fight, a documentary on how multinational corporations and corrupt politicians in Democratic Republic of the Congo threaten human rights. Narrated by Robin Wright, House of Cards, with LSE alumnus, Kwame Marfo as International Executive Producer.

To view the documentary trailer and to request a free screening visit the #StandWithCongo website.

 
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External  Videos

BullyingVideo
Bullying Experiences of Disabled Children and Young People in England

Released on : 1 June 2016
Contributor: Professor Lucinda Platt

Research conducted by Stella Chatzitheochari (University of Warwick) in collaboration with Sam Parsons (University College London) and Lucinda Platt (London School of Economics and Political Science) suggests that children and young people with disabilities are more likely to be bullied at school compared to those students with no known disabilities.
 

Recent LSE Videos

This information is generated by an RSS feed from the Department audio and video channel, and shows the 4 most recent videos produced by the LSE.
  • What you can do with a Social Policy degree from LSE - Alex [Video]
    Contributor(s): Alex Talbot, Azhar S-O-Haj-Mohamed, Layla Doyle, Rhea Dattani | The Department of Social Policy’s undergraduate degree programmes allow students to develop skills which are attractive to a wide range of employers. Our graduates have found work in a variety of industries including; politics and government, education and teaching, banking and finance, NGOs, charities and international development, as well as journalism, media and publishing, advertising marketing and PR, and accounting and auditing.
  • What you can do with a Social Policy degree from LSE - Azhar [Video]
    Contributor(s): Alex Talbot, Azhar S-O-Haj-Mohamed, Layla Doyle, Rhea Dattani | The Department of Social Policy’s undergraduate degree programmes allow students to develop skills which are attractive to a wide range of employers. Our graduates have found work in a variety of industries including; politics and government, education and teaching, banking and finance, NGOs, charities and international development, as well as journalism, media and publishing, advertising marketing and PR, and accounting and auditing.
  • What you can do with a Social Policy degree from LSE - Layla [Video]
    Contributor(s): Alex Talbot, Azhar S-O-Haj-Mohamed, Layla Doyle, Rhea Dattani | The Department of Social Policy’s undergraduate degree programmes allow students to develop skills which are attractive to a wide range of employers. Our graduates have found work in a variety of industries including; politics and government, education and teaching, banking and finance, NGOs, charities and international development, as well as journalism, media and publishing, advertising marketing and PR, and accounting and auditing.
  • What you can do with a Social Policy degree from LSE - Rhea [Video]
    Contributor(s): Alex Talbot, Azhar S-O-Haj-Mohamed, Layla Doyle, Rhea Dattani | The Department of Social Policy’s undergraduate degree programmes allow students to develop skills which are attractive to a wide range of employers. Our graduates have found work in a variety of industries including; politics and government, education and teaching, banking and finance, NGOs, charities and international development, as well as journalism, media and publishing, advertising marketing and PR, and accounting and auditing.
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Latest Publications

This information is generated by an RSS feed from LSE Research Online, and shows the 20 most recent publications (either published, or accepted for publication).

Featured Publications
Italy Homes

Age norms, family relationships and home leaving in Italy

Demographic Research, 2017, 36(9), 281-306

Author: Marco Tosi

Previous research has shown that social norms have an influence on young adults’ life course transitions. However, few studies have explicitly and directly tested the idea that perceived age norms affect the decision to leave the parental home.

Dr Marco Tosi, in his recently published article, asks whether normative factors are correlated with the decision to leave the family nest in Italy, and whether this association depends on a system of perceived costs and benefits, parental approval of their children’s decisions, and the quality of parent-child relationships.

 
Dr Joan Costa-Font

Careful in the Crisis? Determinants of Older People's Informal Care Receipt in Crisis-Struck European Countries

Health Economics, 2016, 25: 25-42

Authors: Joan Costa-Font, Martin Karlsson, Henning Øien

Macroeconomic downturns can have an important impact on the receipt of informal and formal long-term care, because recessions increase the number of unemployed and affect net wealth. This paper investigates how the market for informal care changed during and after the Great Recession in Europe, with particular focus on the determinants of care receipt.

Globesity? The Effects of Globalization on Obesity and Caloric Intake

Food Policy, 2016, 64: 121-132

Authors: Joan Costa-Font, Nuria Mas

This paper examines the effect of globalization, in its economic and social dimensions, on obesity and caloric intake, namely the so –called ‘globesity’ hypothesis. The results suggest a robust association between globalization and both obesity and caloric intake.

Related press article 
The meals your parents made for you are now too calorific for modern lifestyles
The Telegraph, 26th December 2016

 
Protest

What does democracy mean? Activist views and practices in Athens, Cairo, London and Moscow

Democratization Journal (November 2016)

Authors: Dr Armine Ishkanian and Dr Marlies Glasius

This article sheds light on the discontent with and the appeal of democracy by interviewing some of the most committed critical citizens: core activists in street protests. Activists saw themselves as engaged in prefigurative politics by fostering democratic practices within the movement and, ultimately, in society, but also raised concerns about internal power dynamics reproducing existing inequalities and exclusions.

 
The Politics Of Global AIDS

The Politics of Global AIDS

Springer International Publishing (forthcoming in 2017)

Author: Dr Hakan Seckinelgin

This timely book looks critically at the policy response to AIDS and its institutionalization over time. It raises important questions about who benefits, who decides, and in whose interests decisions are made. Taking the early international response to the epidemic as its starting point, and focusing on the work of agencies such as UNAIDS, it identifies two logics underpinning strategy to date. First, the idea of HIV as a ‘global emergency’ which calls for an extraordinary response.  Second, the claim that medicine offers the best way of dealing with it. The book also identified the rise of something more dominant  – namely Global AIDS – or the logic and system that seeks to displace all others. 

 

Podcasts and videos
Social Policy Brochure 2017