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

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

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

 
Congratulations

Prize Winners 2015/16 Announced!

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

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

 

 
Health data

LSE Health awarded major European grant for big data project

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

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

 
Mother and baby

Mental health interventions in pregnant women and new mothers have benefits

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

Preventative measures and initiatives targeted at women already experiencing mild, moderate and severe mental illness can deliver benefits. But, as the report emphasises, the economic and societal benefits also need to be considered in the long term.

 
Geneva Challenge

Social Policy Alumni win this year's Geneva Challenge

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

Arianna and Abraham were part of the winning team which came up with the MINGA - Collective Waste Management project.    

 
conference

International Health Policy Conference 2017

LSE Health & Social Care and the LSE’s Department of Social Policy's Inaugural International Health Policy will be held at the LSE from 16th-19th February 2017.

This unique conference seeks to bring together academics and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines to take a multi-disciplinary approach to key health and social care issues.

Further information here

For any queries regarding registration or for further information please email ihpc2017@lse.ac.uk

 
Further events are listed in the Department diary.

Past events are listed in News and Events archive.

Recent Podcasts

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.

 
More podcasts available at Events podcasts

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
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. 

 
Journal In Behavioural Public Policy

Journal in Behavioural Public Policy

Forthcoming in 2017

Edited by Adam Oliver, George Akerlof and Cass Sunstein

Behavioural Public Policy is an interdisciplinary and international peer-reviewed journal devoted to behavioural research and its relevance to public policy. The study of human behaviour is important within many disciplinary specialties and in recent years the findings from this field have begun to be applied to policy concerns in a substantive and sustained way. 

 

 

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