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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.

LSE Health broadens engagement with China

LSE Health has announced a range of new initiatives with Chinese partners across academia and government, including a collaboration with the School of Public Health at Fudan University to explore issues of policy reform in China’s developing health-care system, joint research with Peking University, and a Sino-European forum on food and medicine quality. 


Transparency, big data and international cooperation at the heart of Korean health system success

A transparent system, data analysis and active international cooperation are at the heart of Korea’s successes in health system development said Dr Myongsei Sohn, President of the Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA), at a public lecture hosted by LSE Health.


Global Girls Research Initiative Launched

Dr Ernestina Coast and Professor Lucinda Platt from the Department of Social Policy are two of a number of LSE academics involved in an exciting new ‘Global Girls Research Initiative’ (GGRI) funded by DfID for nine years and led by the Overseas Development Institute.  The GGRI, which was formally launched on the 23rd November focuses on adolescence, a time of life that is critical to development but that remains fraught for poor adolescent girls in low- and middle-income countries. The GGRI will be conducting a multi-country longitudinal research programme; and Ernestina will be involved in research on sexual and reproductive health, while Lucinda will be providing input into survey instruments. Both will be involved in capacity-building activities relating to the programme of work. 


Academics AbroadProfessor Anne West

Anne West, Professor of Education Policy, holds the 2015 Fritz Karsen Chair at Humboldt University in Berlin. Earlier this month she visited Berlin, meeting with professors, researchers and graduate students, and working on two articles with Professor Rita Nikolai.  Two proposals for international conferences in Berlin and in Hannover were submitted, one of which also involves Dr Sonia Exley. Further collaborative research is planned.

Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power

Department of Social Policy and Manheim Centre for Criminology Book Launch Discussion

Stop and Search: assessing a police power

Date: Thursday 26 November 2015
Time: 18.30-20.00
Venue: CLM 2.02, Clement House
Speakers: Professor Ben Bowling, Dr Rebekah Delsol, Dr Victor Olisa, Professor Robert Reiner, Dr Michael Shiner 
ChairProfessor Jennifer Brown

This panel event showcases findings from a new edited collection on police stop and search. The implications will be discussed by a range of experts.

Suggested hashtag for Twitter users: #LSEStopSearch

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.

South Asia Centre

An LSE South Asia Centre Event

Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Sri Lanka

Dr Sanchita Banerjee Saxena will discuss her recent book, which explores the labour behind the global garment and textiles industries. Click here for more details on the book.

ChairProfessor David Lewis

Date: Friday 27 November 2015
Time: 16.00-17.30
Location: NAB 1.15, New Academic Building, LSE

The event is free and open to all with no ticket required. If you have any queries contact the SAC here.

Further events are listed in the Department diary.

Past events are listed in News and Events archive.

Recent Podcasts

Anthropology and Development: challenges for the 21st century

Department of Social Policy and Department of Anthropology public discussion
Anthropology and Development: challenges for the 21st century

Recorded on 28 October 2015

Speakers: Professor James Fairhead, Professor Katy Gardner, Professor David Lewis, Professor David Mosse
Chair: Professor Deborah James

Too Many Children Left Behind

CASE and International Inequalities Institute Public Lecture
Too Many Children Left Behind: the US achievement gap in comparative perspective

Recorded on 21 October 2015

Speakers: Professor Jane Waldfogel, Dr Lee Elliott Major 
Chair:  Professor Sir John Hills

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.
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Gearty Grilling: John Hills on the Cost of Inequality

Released on:
28 May 2015
Contributor(s): Professor Sir John Hills

John Hills, Professor of Social Policy, discusses the need to reduce inequality in Britain.




Latest Publications

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Featured Publications
Neoliberalising Old Age

Neoliberalising Old Age

Cambridge University Press (October 2015)

Governments are encouraging later-life working and state pension ages are being raised. There is also a growing debate on intergenerational equity and on ageism/age discrimination. John Macnicol, visiting Professor in the Department of Social Policy and one of Europe's leading academic analysts of old age and ageing, examines the effect of neoliberalism on the recent ageing and social policy agenda in the UK and the USA. He argues that the demographic and economic impulses behind recent policy changes are in fact less important than the effect of neoliberalism as an ideology, which has caused certain key problems to be defined in a particular way. The book outlines past theories of old age and examines pensions reform, the debate on life expectancy gains, the causes of retirement, the idea of intergenerational equity, the current debate on ageism/age discrimination and the likely human consequences of raising state pension ages.

Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology

SAGE (July 2015)

Throughout the text the authors, Professor Jennifer Brown, Yvonne Shell and Teri Cole, provide a detailed analysis of key concepts, debates and theories while weaving in insights and reflections from key professionals, ensuring those studying and seeking continuous professional development in the area of forensic psychology. This text gives the policy context as background to current practice as well as detailing key theories, research and assessment skills necessary to pass assignments and get past the stage 2 supervised practice requirements en route to becoming a qualified forensic psychologist.

Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power

Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power

Palgrave Macmillan (June 2015)

Edited by Rebekah Delsol and Dr Mike Shiner

Stop and search is often billed as a vital tool in the fight against crime, yet its use remains controversial. Anger and resentment over the misuse of this tactic were widely implicated among the causes of serious public disorder in 1981 and again in 2011, fuelling an ongoing cycle of crisis and reform that has engulfed British policing. This edited collection provides a detailed assessment of stop and search by leading experts in the field. It considers the legal basis of stop and search, the purpose and function of these powers, their effectiveness in tackling criome and their impact on trust and confidence in the police. 


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