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Two LSE academics awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize to fund future research

Dr Laura Valentini of the Department of Government and Dr Dominik Hangartner of the Department of Methodology have been awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes.LSE_Old_Building-large

The £100,000 prize, awarded to outstanding young scholars of high potential, is to be spent on activities to promote the winners’ future research.

The Leverhulme Prize, founded in 2001, recognises researchers whose work has already gained international recognition, and whose future career shows great promise. The prize is awarded to up to 30 scholars each year, across a range of academic disciplines.

Dr Laura Valentini is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government. Her research focuses on the methodology of political theory, and on justice and democracy at both the domestic and the international level. One of her recent papers discusses different challenges to global democracy and how they might be overcome.

She said: “I feel very privileged and honoured to have been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Relations. With the help of the prize, I will be able to lay the foundations of a new project focusing on the moral obligation to obey positive norms, and to further develop my research on the methodology of political theory.”

Dr Dominik Hangartner is Associate Professor in the Department of Methodology. His research interests include statistical methods and political behaviour, with a focus on immigration and attitudes towards immigrants. His most recent research focused on how the naturalisation of immigrants is a catalyst for integration.

He said: "I feel very humbled and privileged to have been awarded this prize and to join past and present recipients who I have long admired and respected. The very generous prize sum will catalyse my recent research projects focusing on the effects of asylum policies on long-term integration of refugees.”.

Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, said: “Congratulations to both Dominik Hangartner and Laura Valentini on being awarded this prestigious prize. We are pleased to have two winners from the School and we look forward to them building on their research in their respective disciplines.”

Posted 3 November 2015