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LSE-Cities-London-executive-education-cropLondon and Global Cities at LSE Summer School

Professor Ricky Burdett, Philipp Rode (LSE Cities)and Professor Tony Travers (LSE London) are launching a new initiative at LSE:  this year, for the first time, they are offering a one-week course as part of the LSE’s Executive Summer School on ‘London and Global Cities: Governance, Planning and Design’ which will take place from 30 June to 4 July 2014 at LSE. 

The five day course will be an intensive exploration and analysis of how London is governed and managed, drawing parallels with and implications for other major cities. The course draws from the collective research work they have done on cities and London at LSE over the past years. Key themes will include governance, planning and design, infrastructure, transport, housing and economic competitiveness.  The course will include classes given by the core teaching group; guest lectures by key members of London’s political, development, transport and housing sectors; and, visits to London’s newest redevelopment area surrounding King’s Cross, and the expanding Canary Wharf development in East London.

For a broader course outline and detailed learning outcomes visit the webpage|

Bridget Hutter gives lecture on risk regulation and crisis at Princeton

On 10 April Professor Bridget Hutter is giving a public lecture on ‘Risk Regulation and Crisis: A Social Science Perspective on Global Uncertainties’, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Research Community on Global Systemic Risk, Princeton University, for details see poster| (PDF).


Nigel Dodd 2014-cropNigel Dodd promoted to Professor of Sociology

Congratulations to Nigel Dodd, who has been promoted to Professor of Sociology. Professor Mike Savage, Head of the Sociology Department, says 'This is a truly well-deserved recognition of his profile as probably the best social theorist of money in the world, as well as of his outstanding teaching and service to the Department and LSE over many years.'  Professor Dodd's new book, The Social Life of Money, will be published by Princeton University Press in September 2014.  He will be giving a public lecture at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne on May 22, entitled 'Vires in Numeris: Taking Simmel to MtGox', see their events page|. He will also be speaking at Yale on 12 September 2014 


BSA Judy WajmanJudy Wajcman appointed to Anthony Giddens Chair in Social Theory

The Department of Sociology is delighted to announce that Judy Wajcman has been appointed to the Anthony Giddens Chair in Social Theory, in succession to Paul Gilroy. She is pioneer in several fields over the course of her distinguished career. She conducted one of the earliest British studies of women workers, was a co-founder of the first women's studies programme, at the University of Cambridge, and was the first woman fellow at St. John's College. Books on the sociology of work and organisations include Women in Control: Dilemmas of a Workers' Co-operative, Managing Like a Man: Women and Men in Corporate Management and The Politics of Working Life. She is however best known for her contribution to the development of science and technology studies. Her co-authored book The Social Shaping of Technology is regarded as a landmark in the field, as are her books on the gendered character of technology Feminism Confronts Technology and TechnoFeminism. She has been President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and was recently awarded the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award by the Communications and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association. Her latest book, Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, will be published this autumn by the University of Chicago Press.

SavageMike Savage appointed to Martin White Chair in Sociology

Mike Savage has also been appointed to the Martin White Chair in Sociology, in succession to Nikolas Rose. He has played a leading role in the re-invigoration of the study of class and inequality over recent decades. Trained as an historian, his early work, notably his first book The Dynamics of Working Class Politics (1987) argued that the changing fortunes of working class politics needed to be understood in local context, and informed not only be the analysis of work relations, but also urban dynamics and local gender inequalities. This work initiated a long standing interest in the historical sociology of Britain, the most recent manifestation of which is his recent Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: the Politics of Method (2010) which examines how the social sciences have themselves become key agents of social change over the past 50 years. His many studies of social class inequality have emphasised the need to turn the sociological lens on privileged and powerful and include the Class Analysis and Social Transformation (2000) and the co-authored Culture, Class, Distinction(2009). His current work on the BBC’s Great British Class Survey has attracted great academic and public interest. He was made Fellow of the British Academy in 2007 and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.


Fran Tonkiss

Fran Tonkiss promotion and new book

We are delighted to report that Fran Tonkiss, who joined the Department of Sociology in 2003 has been promoted to Professor of Sociology. This is fitting recognition of Fran’s role as an internationally-recognised scholar in the fields of urban and economic sociology. She has carved out a distinctive international profile through linking debates about economic change with the built urban form. Her major publications in these fields include Space, the City and Social Theory (Polity, 2005), and Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalisation, Production, Inequality (Routledge, 2006). She is also the co-author of Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (Polity, 2001, with Don Slater), and co-editor of Trust and Civil Society (Macmillan, 2000, with Andrew Passey). Her most recent book is Cities by Design: the social life of urban form published by Polity in November 2013. Fran is currently the managing editor of the highly-rated journal Economy and Society, and was the LSE-based editor of the British Journal of Sociology from 2007 to 2010. She is also active in the field of policy and public engagement: she has provided expertise to a number of architectural competition juries, publishes regularly on social and policy issues in the architectural press, acted in the capacity of scientific expert on the committee for a new Swiss spatial strategy in 2009-10, and since 2011 has been a member of the UN-Habitat Urban Private Sector Advisory Board.



Claire Moon joins European Network for the Social Study of Forensics

Dr Claire Moon was an invited participant in the launch of the new European Network for the Social Study of Forensics in Amsterdam, 22-23 November 2013. The launch brought together around 15 scholars from around Europe working on the intersection of the forensic sciences and social and political issues. The launch raised a variety of issues including human rights, privacy, social control, policing, and disaster and atrocity victim identification. The network is planning a range of future activities including conferences, seminars, lectures, public events and collective writing projects.

Money as the measure of man

Claire Moon published a chapter entitled 'Money as the measure of man: values and value in the politics of reparation' which compared reparations granted to victims of gross violations of human rights in South Africa and Argentina. It was published in an edited collection entitled 'Value and Values in Criminology and Community Justice' which explores the inherent, although sometimes invisible, values in crime theory, criminal justice and research practice. The collection spans Marxist, postmodern and feminist perspectives on criminology, analysis of the dynamics of race, gender and age, research methods and ethics, the working of the criminal justice system, and engages with current debates about new challenges for criminology such as the green movement and Islamophobia.

 NYC at Night

‘Configuring Light/Staging the Social’ project receives ESRC funding for three year international seminar series

The ‘Configuring Light/Staging the Social’ project led by Dr Don Slater (LSE Sociology) and Dr Joanne Entwistle (King’s College London) has received ESRC funding for a three year international seminar series on light as material culture, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of practitioners and academics to discuss a wide range of issues around light and lighting. Confirmed speakers of the seminar series include professionals and academics from Qatar, New Zealand, USA, Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom.

‘We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to create a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural forum that will bring together not only academics of different disciplines, but also enable collaboration with leading-edge lighting professionals in design, building and planning,’ Don Slater commented on the launch of the ESRC seminar series.

The 30,000 GBP funding ensures that the seminar series can run three international seminars per year for three years. Eight will be hosted in UK venues and one will be held in a European capital. Each seminar will have one international speaker and three domestic presenters with an additional audience of about fifty people. The first event will be hosted at LSE in spring 2014, the second seminar will take place in summer 2014 at King’s College London. For more information read press release| (PDF). 


Ricky Burdett Mar 13Ricky Burdett joins Bill Clinton on Resilient Cities judging panel

Professor Ricky Burdett (pictured) joins former presidents Bill Clinton and Olusegun Obasanjo on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Resilient Cities judging panel.  Nearly 400 cities across six continents applied to the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, which was announced on the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100th anniversary in May 2013. The  Foundation has now announced the names of seven distinguished judges from around the world who will select the first round of cities to join the network:

• Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
• Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria
• Professor Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities
• Dr Peter Head, Chair, Ecological Sequestration Trust
• Dr Helene Gayle, President, CARE USA
• Anshu Jain, Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank
• Dr Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation

Configuring Light/Staging the Social

Light is a material through which we organize social space; it is the infrastructure of everyday life, entering into the ways in which social life and interaction is staged and enacted in specific social worlds.  Configuring Light/Staging the Social is a multidisciplinary research programme that forges an integral dialogue between social sciences, design, architecture and urban planning focused on light as one of the most fundamental features of social life. It is coordinated by Dr Don Slater, LSE Sociology and Dr Joanne Entwistle of King’s College London. The research programme aims at developing interlinked projects focused on the ways in which light as a material is configured into built environments by using multidisciplinary and academic-practitioner collaborations to explore four over-arching thematics. Its perspective is ethnographically comprehensive: mapping all the significant forms of knowledge, practice and governance and all the actors (consumers, designers, planners) that enter into the processes of configuring light and staging social life. For more information email configuringlight@lse.ac.uk|, go to www.configuringlight.org| or visit Facebook page|.


volcanoHutter and Lloyd-Bostock on the fallout from Eyjafjallajökull 

A new analysis by Professor Bridget Hutter and Professor Sally Lloyd-Bostock of the volcanic ash crisis in 2010, which led to the closure of Europe's airspace for six days and huge financial losses for airlines, reveals how powerful economic interests can shape regulation.  It explores how, before the crisis, the airline industry failed to respond to regulators’ calls to discuss modifications to standards and protocols. Then, during the crisis, commercial pressures forced the modification of internationally agreed safety guidelines in a matter of days.  The report is published in the latest issue of the British Journal of Sociology.  For more please follow link to LSE News press release|

Awol Allo joins Centre for the Study of Human Rights

Awol Allo has been appointed as LSE Teaching Fellow in Human Rights for the academic year 2013-14 and will be joining the Centre for the Study of Human Rights from 1 October. He is currently Lord Kelvin and Adam Smith Scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow and will shortly be submitting his completed thesis 'Law and Resistance: Toward a Performative Epistemology of Law'.  He has an LLM (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and did his LLB at Addis Ababa University.

Awol was until recently part-time Lecturer in Human Rights Law at the University of Strathclyde. He has also been a part-time lecturer in Public Law at Glasgow Caledonian University, and temporary lecturer in Politics and tutor at Glasgow University and comes to us with practical experience of a range of human rights issues.

Ordinary streets LSE CitiesSuzanne Hall and the future of high streets

Dr Suzanne Hall has been leading research on this currently highly controversial topic as part of the Ordinary Streets project at LSE Cities.  Urban ethnographer and lecturer in sociology Suzi, who teaches in the Cities Programme, has been studying city streets in London for more than five years, focusing on Rye Lane in Peckham, south London, a poor and ethnically diverse neighbourhood which paradoxically bucks the national trend of declining footfall and struggling independent retailers, as local businesses adapt to their customers'  needs.
The research project is featured in LSE research highlights|.


Judy Wajcman receives CITASA Career Achievement Award

 Judy Wajcman and Paul DiMaggio 2013-08-10

Professor Judy Wajcman is the 2013 recipient of the CITASA William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award. CITASA is the Communications and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).  The award was presented during the Annual Meeting of the ASA in August 2013 in New York City.  Image above of Judy Wajcman at the ceremony with Professor Paul DiMaggio from Princeton.

This award recognizes a sustained body of research that has provided an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology.

Judy Wajcman is taking part in a distributed open collaborative course or DOCC on 'Feminism and Technology', which is being offered as an alternative to the MOOC model.  The DOCC aims to challenge MOOC thinking about the role of the instructor, about the role of money, about hierarchy, about the value of "massive," and many other things. For more read: Feminist professors create an alternative to MOOCs|.

Bridget Hutter visits ANU

Bridget Hutter will be Visiting Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) Australian National University 18-31 August. She will give a seminar at the Australian Productivity Commission on Thursday 29 August.


Dr Ayça Çubukçu in discussion with Talal Asad on Egypt

On July 11, 2013, Ayça Çubukçu, IGLP Network Member and Jadaliyya Turkey Page Co-Editor spoke with Talal Asad, distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Scholar of Secularism and Middle Eastern Studies, to discuss his thoughts on the military intervention in Egypt July 3, 2013. Some say it was a coup, others insist it was a response to the people’s demands. To see what Dr. Asad has to say, read the full discussion in Jadaliyya online: Neither Heroes nor Villains|


Winning picture by Evangelos Georgas

The image below of the Communist pre-election campaign in Greece 2012, taken by LSE Sociology PhD student Evangelos Georgas, won the photograph category in the LSE Research Festival 2013|.  Evangelos is working on the topic  ‘Understanding Radicalization: Party Articulation and Popular Receptions of the Crisis in Greece Since 2010.’
Evangelos Georgas Athens Crisis 2012

Bridget Hutter takes part in high level risk regulation workshops

Professor Bridget Hutter was recently invited to participate in two high levels risk regulation workshops. The first, sponsored by the Better Regulation Executive (BRE) and Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), was a collaborative workshop at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on the subject of Better Regulation, on 16th May. The second, organized by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (21st June) was a closed expert workshop of senior regulators, and academics, designed to explore ways in which food safety regulation might develop in the next few years. Professor Hutter also met with a member of Australian Government’s Productivity Commission with regard to a study for the Government on approaches that regulators use to engage with small businesses.

Dr Daniel Laurison joins the Department

We are delighted to welcome Daniel Laurison as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, funded for three years out of Professor Mike Savage's ESRC Professorial Fellowship. Daniel has just completed his PhD at UC Berkeley and has interests in political sociology and cultural sociology as well as stratification - for more see Research Fellows and Visiting Fellows|.

Living in the Endless CityLiving in the Endless City one of top ten architecture books

Living In The Endless City (Phaidon Press, 2011), has been named one of The Independent’s 10 Best Architecture Books|.  Edited by Professor Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, the book takes a close look at the issues that affect cities around the world in the 21st century. It is commended by The Independent as "a fascinating book filled with writing by architects, urban planners, mayors and policymakers, debating the issues about urban living in the 21st century. It looks in detail at nine of the world's biggest cities, discussing everything from climate change to security."

LSE Sociology faculty nominated for teaching awards

Congratulations to Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Dr Janet Foster, Dr Jesse Potter and Professor Mike Savage, who have all been recognised for outstanding teaching by LSE Students' Union in the annual LSESU Teaching Awards. 

'My Child'  UK premiere at Open City Docs Fest

On Friday 21 June at 6pm the film 'My Child' by Turkish director Can Candan will be showing at the New Academic Building, LSE as part of London's international documentary film festival, presented in collaboration with LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights. The film is about a very courageous and inspiring group of people in Turkey, who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and is
followed by panel discussion with Can Candan and Metehan Ozkan (Co-Producer, LISTAG activist), chaired by Dr Ayça Çubukçu (Lecturer in Human Rights LSE).  For more information and booking see My Child|.

Ayça Çubukçu appeared on BBC Newsnight on Monday 3 June to talk about the demonstrations in Taksim Square and around Turkey - watch on BBC iplayer|

Departmental away day

Faculty spent 4 June at an 'away day' held at the London Mathematical Society in Russell Square, where they discussed sharing good practice, feedback, department strategy/focus, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and next steps for the Department.  Dr Liz Barnett and Claire Gordon from the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre joined them for the first session.  In the picture below they take a break and enjoy the sunshine.

Away Day Jun 13


Alumna Alice Mah wins Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

Congratulations to Alice Mah, who has been awarded the 2013 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize by the British Sociological Association for the best first and sole-authored book on sociology. The book is Industrial Ruination, Community, and Place: Landscapes and legacies of urban decline  which explores experiences of urban decline and post-industrial change in three different community contexts: Niagara Falls, Canada/USA; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; and Ivanovo, Russia, and is based on the PhD thesis she completed in the Department in 2008.

Nigel Dodd is on the money

Dr Nigel Dodd spoke at an interdisciplinary conference in the first week of May at Queen Mary, University of London, called 'Money Matters - Encounters Between Money and Literature'. This conference was part of the event series of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (AGCR) and brought together different disciplines such as Literary Studies, Sociology and Law enhancing a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue. This event was designed to encourage cross-disciplinary debate, inquiry and exploration into the scientific, academic, sociological and cultural implications of money in all its forms.


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