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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.
Ageing Population

Migration does not slow rate of ageing population

Different levels of migration have not led to different rates of population ageing within the UK population, new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has found.

Professor Michael Murphy, author of the paper, says: “Changing population age structure in the long term is more complicated than simply opening our borders to more migrants in the hope of increasing the proportion of working-age people.



Leaving the EU poses 'critical threat' to NHS

Britain’s withdrawal from the EU would negatively impact the NHS in a number of ways, a new briefing report by academics from LSE and the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London has warned.

“We have been struck by the profound vacuum of robust evidence on the role of the EU in our health system” says co-author Professor Elias Mossialos. "We have tried to provide clear and balanced answers to the main questions that have arisen during the debate."

Global Health

LSE partners with University of Chicago to create global health programme

LSE and the University of Chicago have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to create the world’s first transatlantic partnership in global health policy and economics. 

Anticipated to launch in 2018, it will bring together LSE’s focus on health economics and policy with Chicago Harris’s expertise in global health and public policy, according to LSE Health Director Professor Elias Mossialos.



Best Paper Award in VOLUNTAS for 2015

The article, “Surreptitious Symbiosis: Engagement Between Activists and NGOs,” by Professor Marlies Glasius (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Armine Ishkanian (LSE) has been selected for the Best Paper Award in VOLUNTAS for 2015. The award will be presented at the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) international conference in Stockholm (28 June - 1 July 2016).
ARTICLE: Glasius, Marlies and Ishkanian, Armine (2015) Surreptitious symbiosis: engagement between activists and NGOs VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 26 (6). 2620-2644. ISSN 0957-8765

Dr Kitty Stewart

Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science public lecture

The Welfare Trait: how state benefits affect personality

Date: Wednesday 29th June 2016
Time: 18.30-20.00
LSE campus, venue TBC to ticketholders

Dr Adam Perkins
Dr Kitty Stewart  (pictured)
Professor Jason Alexander

In this lecture Dr Perkins argues that welfare policies which increase the number of children born into disadvantaged households risk proliferating dysfunctional, employment-resistant personality characteristics, due to the damaging effect on personality development of exposure to childhood disadvantage.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEwelfare

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested.

For ticket information see here


Further events are listed in the Department diary.

Past events are listed in News and Events archive.

Recent Podcasts

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. 


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External  Videos

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

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Latest Publications

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Featured Publications
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. 


Podcasts and videos
Undergraduate Open Day July 2016