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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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MPhil/PhD Applications- second funding deadline on 27 April|

The Department is welcoming further applications for ESRC| and LSE scholarships in Social Policy and Demography/Population studies|.

Find out more about our eligibility and requirements here|.

 

 

 
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|, on February 12 2015, a new report examining the social implications of whole building energy efficiency refurbishments in residential tower blocks.

 

 

 
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'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.

 
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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|).

 
 
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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.

 
 
Professor John Hills

LSE Works: CASE Public Lecture
Changing Patterns of Inequality in the UK|

Date: Thursday 12 March 2015
Time: 18.30-20.00
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Professor Sir John Hills and Dr Polly Vizard, CASE
Chair: Bharat Mehta, Chief Executive of Trust for London

Members of LSE's CASE will present new findings on the ways in which patterns of economic inequality changed in the UK over the economic crisis 2007-13. This will be followed by a discussion and opportunity to direct questions to the lead researchers of the two reports:

Falling Behind, Getting Ahead: The changing structure of inequality in the UK, 2007-2013

The Changing Anatomy of Economic Inequality in London, 2007-2013.

Hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEworks

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries contact events@lse.ac.uk|

 

 
Further events are listed in the Department diary|.

Past events are listed in News and Events archive|.

Recent Podcasts

LSE Public Lectures

Department of Social Policy/PSSRU LSE Literary Festival Discussion
Perceptions of Madness: understanding mental illness through art, literature and drama|

Recorded on 25 February 2015

Speakers: Dr Sarah Carr, Paul Farmer, Nathan Filer, Dr John McGowan
Chair: Professor Martin Knapp|

 
Will Hutton

Department of Social Policy Public Lecture:How Good We Can Be: ending the mercenary society and building a great country|

Recorded on 11 February 2016

Speaker: Will Hutton
Chair: Professor Sir John Hills|

 
Professor David Lewis
 
LSE Public Lectures

Conflict Research Group Public Discussion: Picturing Race and Inequality: the potential for social change|

Recorded on 13 January 2015

Speakers: Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Mark Neville, Professor Tim Newburn|, Professor Gwendolyn Sasse, Polly Toynbee

 
Professor John Hills

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

Recorded on 12 November 2014

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

 
More podcasts available at Events podcasts|

Recent 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.
  • Reading the Riots [Video]
    Contributor(s): Professor Tim Newburn | Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, talks about the prize-winning study ‘Reading the Riots’ that he did with the Guardian newspaper.
  • MSc Criminal Justice Policy [Video]
    Contributor(s): Dr Coretta Phillips, Dr Michael Shiner, Professor Tim Newburn, Professor Robert Reiner, Kirat Kaur Kalyan, Amy Taylor, Sarah Anderson, Elvio Lopez-Correia, Alejandro Litman-Silberman, Sarah Anderson | Introduction to the MSc Criminal Justice Policy at the LSE.
  • Executive MSc Behavioural Science [Video]
    Contributor(s): Professor Paul Dolan, Dr Barbara Fasolo | A short video introduction to the Executive MSc in Behavioural Science which is being launched by LSE’s Departments of Social Policy and Management. The programme is delivered in a modular format and aims to provide a suite of high quality integrated courses for individuals seeking to advance their career in behavioural science while continuing to work.
  • Social Policy at LSE: Alistair McGuire [Video]
    Contributor(s): Professor Alistair McGuire | A profile of Alistair McGuire, Professor of Health Economics at LSE Department of Social Policy.
More videos available at Social Policy Video Channel|

Other videos

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Koestler Trust Mentoring Programme
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Released on:
03 November 2014
Contributor(s): Dr Leo Cheliotis|

Since 2007 The Koestler Trust has supported ex-offenders to continue with their artistic activities by matching them with a specially trained arts mentor. The Koestler Trust commissioned this film to help explain and promote the mentoring programme to future mentees, mentors and funders. The film explains the journey from a mentee that is starting out through to mentee that has attained a higher level with the programme.

 
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Gearty Grilling: Martin Knapp on Spending on Mental Health
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Released on: 30 October 2014
Contributor(s): Professor Martin Knapp|

Professor Martin Knapp discusses why we should prioritise spending on mental health.
 
Professor Paul Dolan

Department of Social Policy Public Lecture:
Happiness by Design|

Released on: 22 October 2014
Contributor(s):Professor Paul Dolan| 

Chaired by Professor Elaine Fox (Oxford), Paul Dolan held a public lecture at the LSE to coincide with his new book ‘Happiness by Design’. The sold out event included a lecture by Paul, a conversation with Elaine Fox and finally a Q&A segment with the audience that posed some interesting questions.

 
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Gearty Grilling: Anne Power on growing inequality and why we need food banks
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Released on: 
25 June 2014
Contributor(s): Professor Anne Power|

Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy, discusses growing inequality, why government should listen more to ordinary people and why we now need food banks.
 
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Gearty Grilling: Julian Legrand on how choice and competition can improves public services|

Released on: 21 May 2014
Contributor(s): Professor Julian Legrand
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Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss professor of social policy and one of the principal architects of the UK Government’s public service reforms, explains why competition is the best way of enhancing hospitals and schools.

 

 

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
Social Rights and Human Welfare

Social Rights and Human Welfare|

Routledge (March 2014)

The idea of social rights has always played a central, but often contested, part in social policy. In his latest book, Professor Hartley Dean| radically reframes our understanding of social rights as the articulation of human needs.

Taking an international perspective on rights-based approaches, the book looks at how social rights can be understood and critiqued in theory- discussing ideas around social citizenship, human need and human rights, collective responsibility and ethical imperatives. The book moves on to consider social rights in practice, providing a comparative examination of their global development, before looking more specifically at rights to livelihood, human services and housing, and at the ways in which these rights can be enforced. The final section re-evaluates prevailing theory and debates about rights-based approaches to poverty alleviation and outlines possible future directions.

Hartley Dean, is a Professor of Social Policy at LSE, where he teaches a Masters-level course on Social Rights and Human Welfare. He was formerly a welfare rights worker in Brixton, South London.

 
Government Paternalism: nanny state or helpful friend?

Government Paternalism: nanny state or helpful friend?|

Princeton University Press (January 2015)

Should governments save people from themselves? Do governments have the right to influence citizens’ behaviour related to smoking tobacco, eating too much, not saving enough, drinking alcohol, or taking marijuana - or does this create a nanny state, leading to infantilisation, demotivation, and breaches in individual autonomy? Looking at examples from both sides of the Atlantic and around the world, Government Paternalism examines the justifications for, and the prevalence of, government involvement and considers when intervention might or might not be acceptable. Building on developments in philosophy, behavioural economics, and psychology, Professor Julian Le Grand| and Bill New explore the roles, boundaries, and responsibilities of the government and its citizens.