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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.
Intergenerational Family

Is intergenerational living the secret to good mental health in old age?

Intergenerational cohabitation (parents and adult children living in the same household) may have contributed to curbing high rates of depressive symptoms among older people during the Great Recession, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King’s College London.

 

 
Nursery

Government reforms could put the sustainability and quality of early years provision at risk

New research from LSE suggests that government proposals to introduce a new national early years funding formula could put the sustainability of early years education and care providers at risk, and also put at risk the quality of provision available for children.

In their reports, Dr Philip Noden and Professor Anne West from the Department of Social Policy at LSE, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, provide a picture of how existing local funding formulae have been constructed, how funds have been distributed to different types of providers, and how they have addressed different policy priorities.

 
cash

High incomes study shows women are less than a quarter of top one per cent

A new study by LSE’s International Inequalities Institute shows that women make up a smaller and smaller fraction of those with high incomes, the closer you get to the top.  Women have been increasing their representation in the top 10 per cent, but progress has been much less at the very top 0.1 per cent.

 

 
Dr Sara Evans-Lacko

Health experts report US$246 billion cost of workplace depression across eight countries

New data shows that workplace depression is a major issue across different cultures and economies, with “wide and devastating” consequences for thousands of organisations worldwide.

In a study of eight countries spanning diverse cultures and GDP, researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) say depression is collectively costing the nations of Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa and the USA more than US$246 billion a year.

 
Dementia Crisis

Report calls for global action to tackle dementia crisis

A new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International, authored by researchers at King’s College London and the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE, reveals that most people with dementia have yet to receive a diagnosis, let alone comprehensive and continuing healthcare.

The World Alzheimer Report 2016: Improving healthcare for people living with dementia, calls for concerted action to increase the coverage of healthcare for people with dementia worldwide.

 
When Elephants Fight Film Screening

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

Date: Monday 24 October 2016

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Panelists: Nat Dyer, Bandi Mbubi, JD Stier
ChairDr Armine Ishkanian

#StandWithCongo presents 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.

 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECongo

 
Dr Kitty Stewart

LSE Library Public Lecture
Revisiting The Case for Family Allowances: what would Eleanor Rathbone have made of state support for children in 2016?

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2016

Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Kitty Stewart

Eleanor Rathbone was a key force behind the introduction of state financial support for children, publishing 'The Case for Family Allowances' in 1940. Seventy years after her death, and 71 years after the 1945 Family Allowances Act, this talk considers what Rathbone might have made of the current design of child benefits and child tax credits in the UK.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #RememberEleanor

 
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 paper submission or 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

Dr Kitty Stewart

Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science public lecture
The Welfare Trait: how state benefits affect personality

Recorded on 29th June 2016

Speakers: Dr Adam Perkins, Dr Kitty Stewart 
Chair:  Professor Jason Alexander

 

 
Cities for a small Continent

LSE Housing and Communities and La Fabrique de la Cité public discussion
Cities for a Small Continent

Recorded on 24th May 2016

Speakers: Professor Brice Katz, Professor Anne Power
Discussants: Donal Durkan, Mathieu Goetzke

 

 
Social Advantage And Disadvantage

Department of Social Policy book launch and discussion
Social Advantage and Disadvantage

Recorded on 18th May 2016

Speakers: Professor Hartley Dean, Professor Lucinda Platt,Dr Sonia Exley
Discussant: Fran Bennett
Chair: Professor David Piachaud
Panellists: Professor Stephen Jenkins, Dr Coretta Phillips, Dr Isabel Shutes

 
Tom Gash

Department of Social Policy and Mannheim Centre for Criminology Public Lecture
Criminal: the truth about why people do bad things

Recorded on 3rd May 2016

Speaker: Tom Gash
Chair: Professor Tim Newburn

 

 
Tales From Houghton Street

Tales from Houghton Street: an LSE oral history

Tales from Houghton Street is an oral history project to celebrate LSE’s 120th anniversary in 2015.

Professor Julian Le Grand talks about his LSE experience. 

 

 
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
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. 

 

 
Cities for a small Continent

Cities for a Small Continent

Policy Press (May 2016)

Professor Anne Power’s new book, Cities for a Small Continent, collects compelling evidence from seven archetypal industrial cities across Europe that were the power-houses of the industrial revolution. She argues that far from being “clapped out”, “jobless, poor and dirty” they are stuffed with assets that can be recycled and reused.

Professor Power’s compelling framework spells out the green shoots of a new industrial economy to combat environmental and social unravelling. Community investment, social enterprise and integration, have gained momentum as Europe’s crowded, resource-constrained cities face environmental and social limits faster than other less densely urban countries, such as the US. She concludes that “Europe’s urban renaissance points to a more viable, more balanced urban future in the world’s smallest, most crowded, most city-loving continent.”

 
Social Policy In a Cold Climate

Social Policy in a Cold Climate: policies and their consequences since the crisis

Policy Press (April 2016)

Editors: Professor Ruth Lupton, Dr Tania Burchardt, Professor John Hills, Dr Kitty Stewart and Dr Polly Vizard

A new LSE book offers an authoritative, evidence-based analysis of the impact government policies have had on inequality and on delivery of services such as health, education, adult social care, housing and employment since the 2008 recession.

The editors, Ruth Lupton, Tania Burchardt, John Hills, Kitty Stewart and Polly Vizard, conclude that although the financial crisis and subsequent recession hit the economy hard, Britain’s welfare state did initially protect many of the most vulnerable from its sharpest effects.  But that protection was not uniform. Young adults were hardest hit in the labour market, for example, while those of pension age had their incomes improved faster than inflation.

 
Social Advantage and Disadvantage

Social Advantage and Disadvantage

Oxford University Press (January 2016)

Editors: Professor Hartley Dean and Professor Lucinda Platt

Social advantage and disadvantage are potent catch-all terms. They have no established definition but, considered in relation to one another, they can embrace a wide variety of more specific concepts that address the ways in which human society causes, exacerbates or fails to prevent social divisions or injustices. This book captures the sense in which any conceptualisation of disadvantage is concerned with the consequences of processes by which relative advantage has been selectively conferred or attained. It considers how inequalities and social divisions are created as much by the concentration of advantage among the best-off as by the systematic disadvantage of the worst-off. 

 

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