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News archive 2010


Football penalty shoot-outs are unfair (16 December 2010)

Football penalty shoot-outs give an unfair psychological advantage to the team that shoots first, according to new research.


Support from senior women is essential to increase the number of women leaders (15 December 2010)

Research by an LSE student has informed a new book on coaching women to lead.


Improving corporate governance (13 December 2010)

Pioneering research into why traditional corporate strategy and power structures are failing is explored in a new book by a group of leading experts in business, finance and law.

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Family's challenging past inspires £2.6 million programme to encourage new generation of African leaders (13 December 2010)

A husband and wife, who were forced with their families to leave the brutal dictatorship of 1970s Uganda, are making a generous donation to help a new generation of African leaders develop their skills

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BNP downplays 'race card' to boost legitimacy says new research (10 December 2010)

The British National Party has attempted to boost its legitimacy by downplaying the issue of race according to new LSE research.

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Innovative new course puts strategy back at the heart of public life (6 December 2010)

The London School of Economics and Political Science is launching a unique new course to help future leaders rediscover the lost art of strategy.

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Global metros show economic growth shift towards emerging markets (30 November 2010)

Nearly half of global GDP is produced in 150 large metropolitan areas, and the rapid growth in emerging Asian and Latin American metros presents those in European and the United States with major competitive challenges and significant opportunities finds a new report.

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Sex offenders should not be banned from looking after children (30 November 2010)

Sex offenders should not be automatically banned from adopting, fostering or working with children, according to an LSE law expert.

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Early intervention approaches to mental health services can save the UK up to £40 million per year (24 November 2010)

Providing an early intervention service approach rather than standard mental health care for one cohort of patients with psychosis, the UK could save £40 million per year in the short term finds a new study.


LSE professor inspires Parliamentary rethink on voting reform (19 November 2010)

The Government is being urged to revise its agenda for electoral reform by MPs and members of the Lords who seized on analysis of the topic by LSE professor Patrick Dunleavy.


LSE shortlisted for Sustainability Awards 2010 (16 November 2010)

LSE has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Awards 2010 under the category Sustainable Client/Developer of the Year. The awards recognise outstanding achievement in sustainability in the built environment and are a key benchmark for achieving best practice in the sector.

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 Overuse of the internet is very high among UK children (15 November 2010)

 Excessive use of the internet is very high among children in the UK with one in five admitting they have gone without food or sleep to stay online.

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Government shouldn’t ‘over react’ to financial crisis (12 November 2010)

Politicians and policy makers should avoid over-reacting to the current financial crisis and instead focus on preventing the next one according to a new book by LSE London, London coping with austerity: A review of housing, planning and public policy issues in 2010

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UK influence abroad depends more on diplomats than armed forces or aid (1 November 2010)

A report on the future of the UK's foreign policy published today warns that the Foreign Office must not be starved of resources because it offers the best way of upholding the nation's declining global influence.

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Developing countries need stronger voices in international system to ensure its legitimacy says WTO head (28 October 2010)

The legitimacy of the UN system and other international organisations depends upon developing countries being given stronger voices within them writes the Director-General of the WTO in LSE's journal Global Policy.

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The Duke of York learns about life at the London School of Economics (25 October 2010)

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, attended a lecture on population growth, spoke to student societies, and enjoyed a lunch overlooking the rooftops of London during a visit to LSE.

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Museums over-reacting by hiding mummies and other ancient human remains says new book (25 October 2010)

British museums are increasingly over-sensitive about the display of human remains and are hiding them away following demands for greater 'respect' from minority groups such as Pagans, as well as their own staff, a new book reveals.


 LSE wins funding for open source learning project  (18 October 2010)

LSE's Centre for Learning Technology has been awarded funding for a  project to open up a range of digital and information literacy teaching materials.

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Pathways to Law shortlisted for excellence award (15 October 2010)

Pathways to Law, a programme run by LSE’s Widening Participation team, has been shortlisted in the ‘Equality and Diversity’ category for the Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2010.

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Research reveals likely housing winners and losers (12 October 2010)

Academics from the Financial Markets Group at LSE, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, have devised a mathematical model to provide some foresight into changes into the housing market.

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LSE to purchase Land Registry building (12 October 2010)

Land Registry has confirmed that following an open and fair competition it has agreed to sell, subject to contract its Head Office building to LSE.

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Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to Christopher Pissarides (11 October 2010)

LSE professor Christopher Pissarides  was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences today.

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It’s Time To Change - LSE lecturer fronts campaign to end mental health discrimination (8 October 2010)

Dr Erik Baurdoux, a lecturer in statistics at LSE, has become the face of a new campaign to end discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems.

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LSE academic seeks collaborators to assist with new book on human rights (6 October 2010)

Conor Gearty, professor of human rights law at LSE will launch a unique new writing project, The Rights' Future, on Wednesday 6 October. Unlike traditional launches, the book this event announces is not yet written.


LSE New Students' Centre wins planning permission from Westminster (5 October 2010)

LSE's first new building for more than 40 years drew a step closer with the grant of planning permission by Westminster City Council.

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Climate change talks should focus on ‘building blocks’ of policy instead of international treaty  (30 September 2010)

International talks on climate change should focus on putting together the “building blocks” of global policy instead of drawing up a comprehensive new treaty, according to new research published in the journal ‘Global Policy’.

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LSE launches private equity initiative with support from Abraaj Capital (27 September 2010)

A new initiative on the research and teaching of private equity is being launched at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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New ideas for economic growth in developing countries
(13 September 2010)

Government ministers, policymakers and academics from 12 countries in Africa and South Asia will join leading Western experts to debate the latest ideas for stimulating economic growth in developing countries at a conference hosted by LSE.

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New research shows that high-speed rail does deliver economic growth (13 September 2010)

High-speed rail lines bring clear and significant economic benefits to the communities they serve, the first thorough statistical study of the subject has discovered

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The Royal Navy is becoming dangerously weak (23 August 2010)

The silent principles of the UK's national security will be compromised unless the future fleet is strengthened, claims a new article co-authored by an LSE expert and published in the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).


Mapping happiness? There's an app for that (16 August 2010)

Mappiness, an iPhone app mapping happiness across the UK, is officially launched today at LSE. The project will help researchers understand how people's feelings are affected by their immediate environment -- including features such as pollution, noise, weather conditions and green space.

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Women’s ‘double shift’ of work and domestic duties a myth finds new research (4 August 2010)

If we consider the hours spent doing both paid work and unpaid household, care and voluntary work together, men already do more than their fair share, argues LSE sociologist Catherine Hakim.


U.S. study finds working mothers do not harm children’s development (3 August 2010)

New research co-authored by a visiting professor at LSE finds children do not fare worse if their mums work in the first year of life.

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Powerful leaders make worse decisions by dominating their colleagues into silence says new LSE study (3 August 2010)

Strong leaders may also be worse managers a new study has found because they give off such an impression of power that their colleagues' opinions are stifled.


British Academy elects four fellows from LSE  (24 July 2010)

Four LSE scholars have been elected as Fellows of the prestigious British Academy, the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences.

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Kosovo independence ruling (23 July 2010)

Dr James Ker-Lindsay comments on the International Court of Justice's ruling that Kosovo's declaration of independence did not breach international law

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International Court of Justice to decide on Kosovo independence (19 July 2010)

Dr James Ker-Lindsay comments ahead of the International Court of Justice's decision on Kosovo's declaration of independence.


Cut youth custody in half, prevent re-offending AND save money (16 July 2010)

A new book edited by a visiting professor at LSE has backed calls for the Government to tackle youth crime by halving the number of young people in custody

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Leading economists storm the Bastille of high finance

Twelve economists set out their view of what's wrong with finance and how to reform it in a new book published on July 14 - Bastille day.


Competition makes NHS hospitals more efficient

Competition in the English NHS improves hospital efficiency and can save the health service significant amounts of money, according to a new study by researchers at LSE.

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Turning off the tap for online personal data - prototype system unveiled by EnCoRe (29 June 2010)

A prototype system that aims to turn off the deluge of personal data that floods the internet and threatens people's security and identity will be unveiled at a press briefing at LSE today.


Conflict as a productive element of democracy: commemorative event in honour of Lord Dahrendorf (14 June 2010)

A year after the death of the sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf, Stiftung Mercator, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Konstanz are to pay tribute to his legacy to academia


Small land sites could solve housing crisis

Reusing small empty sites of up to two hectares could more than meet the UK's housing demand without building on greenfield land, according to an LSE report.

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LSE academic to conduct review of child protection

Eileen Munro, professor of social policy at LSE, has been appointed by the Government to conduct an independent review to improve child protection.

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Sports stadiums with the 'Wow!' factor have extra economic impact

Dramatic and eye-catching sports stadiums like London's Olympic arena can drive up local property prices by as much as 15 per cent through the sheer quality of their architecture alone concludes a new study by urban economists.

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City homeowners make 'better neighbours'

Homeowners living in city centres and the suburbs make better neighbours than those who live in less built up areas according to new research from LSE.


Is there more to electoral reform than the alternative vote?

The issue of electoral reform is back on the government’s agenda but are there fairer alternatives to the proposed alternative vote? A symposium at the London School of Economics seeks to explore the various non-proportional options for electing MPs.

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LSE focuses new centre on collaboration with the people and institutions of the Middle East

The London School of Economics and Political Science has announced the launch of the Middle East Centre - a multidisciplinary research centre focusing on modern Middle Eastern cultures, societies, economies, and international relations. The centre will be directed by Professor Fawaz Gerges.

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Radical finance manifesto that can save us from destructive markets

Investment funds should limit their annual turnover to 30 per cent and avoid any dealings with hedge funds or other forms of alternative investment, argues a radical new manifesto aimed at saving 'dysfunctional' markets from future crises


The link between divorce and men who help around the house

Divorce rates are lower in families where husbands help more with housework, shopping and childcare, according to new LSE research.



Hasty changes can disrupt government departments

Reorganizations of civil service departments in the UK are often announced at short notice, usually poorly managed and are always costly, finds a new study.


A new direction for climate policy (11 May 2010)

Rapid advance in addressing climate change is now possible for the first time in 15 years because global climate policy crashed in 2009, according to The Hartwell Paper, a new international report co-ordinated at LSE, is published today.

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Book on Stalin wins major prize for LSE academic  (30 April 2010)

Dr Vesselin Dimitrov, a reader in the Department of Government, has been awarded the Alexander Nove Prize for the best book in Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet studies, for his book on Stalin and the Cold War.

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LSE academic wins 2010 Harry S. Truman Book Award (26 April 2010)

Dr Steven Casey, a senior lecturer in the Department of International History, becomes the first non-American to win the Harry S Truman Book Award for his work on US propaganda during the Korean war.

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Research shows Cabinet government 'substantially undermined'

Collective Cabinet government has been seriously compromised in recent years, and a semi-official 'Department of the Prime Minister' has been established at No.10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office, argues a book published today.

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US can learn from Britain's battle against child poverty (24 March 2010)

A new book from an LSE academic shows that Britain has been largely successful in its efforts to reduce child poverty and that the United States can learn from its example.

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Your erotic power can be just as useful as your qualificatons finds study  (22 March 2010)

A new report identifies 'erotic capital' as a powerful commodity that can count as much as education in the workplace, politics, media or the arts.

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'Credit card debt? It's in my genes (but don't tell the bank) (19 March 2010)

Some people have a genetic bias toward running up credit card debt a new academic study has discovered. The findings are featured in the new LSE Research magazine.

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Major 2.7 million euro research project launched at LSE (18 March 2010)

The impact of increasing inequalities in income, wealth and education across Europe will be examined in a three year research project launched at LSE.

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Politics experts predict hung parliament at next UK election (15 March 2010)

A hung parliament at the next UK election is predicted by four experts in the new LSE Election Experts Blog.

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Europe's 'Phoenix' cities show how to survive a new age of urban limits (11 March 2010)

Europe's hard-pressed cities can show the rest of the world's urban giants how to survive the coming financial, environmental and social crisis predict the authors of a new study.


New report puts electoral system under the microscope(10 March 2010)

A new analysis of the pros and cons of different voting systems dispels the myths about their effects on government.

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The rise of the new man and his handyman (5 March 2010)

Companies could make their employees more productive by having them work with hardworking friends according to new research

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Working with friends can make you more productive says research (26 February 2010)

Companies could make their employees more productive by having them work with hardworking friends according to new research

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LSE academic says UK faces looming ‘oil crunch’ (12 February 2010)

An LSE academic has joined leading business figures to call on the Government to take action to minimise the damage caused by a future 'oil crunch'.


New LSE study on online child safety is first of its kind (9 February 2010)

The London School of Economics and Political Science has launched the first ever EU-wide survey which asks young people directly about their experiences of internet safety.

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Research proves that prevention is cheaper than cure (1 February 2010)

Preventive social care services more than pays for itself in savings to the NHS, new research shows. 

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Global Policy launches with insight and analysis on overseas aid, Afghanistan and how to prepare for the next world crisis (1 February 2010)

UK Development Secretary Douglas Alexander suggests action on three fronts to help poorer countries during 2010, in an article for the first edition of the new LSE journal Global Policy.


LSE signs up for universities' global green charter (29 January 2010)

The LSE has joined other leading universities at the World Economic Forum in Davos to sign a Sustainable Campus Charter, which commits it to adopting sustainable policies for its operations, research, and teaching.

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Afghanistan civil society meeting at LSE leads to criticism of conference (28 January 2010)

Afghan community leaders attending a meeting held at the London School of Economics and Political Science have criticised the conference on the future of their country which opens in London today.

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Policy interventions needed 'from cradle to grave' to counter entrenched inequalities (27 January 2010)

The independent National Equality Panel, chaired by LSE's Professor John Hills, argues that policy interventions are needed at each life cycle stage to counter the way economic inequalities are reinforced over people's lives and often on to the next generation.


Incoherent legal reform risks 'death of libel' warn researchers (27 January 2010)

The adoption of the many current proposals to reform the laws of defamation would leave the media free to publish false allegations with little fear of being put to redress according to a report from a lawyer at LSE. 

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Students get a grounding in the big issues as LSE's innovative new course launches (18 January 2010)

A pioneering academic course that asks every undergraduate to grapple with the some of the world's most important problems has been launched at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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NHS performance better in England than other UK countries finds major new report (21 January2010)

A new study into the NHS has found England is spending less but performing better than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Gwyn Bevan, Professor of Management Science at LSE's Department of Management, is one of the authors of the report .

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Unmarried fathers are granted parental responsibility to make them 'feel good' writes LSE academic (12 January 2010)

Unmarried fathers are being granted legal parental responsibility based on whether it makes them 'feel good' rather than the role they play in their child's life, Helen Reece from the London School of Economics and Political Science has found.

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Intimate portrait of contemporary Britain and economic migration revealed in new exhibit at LSE (6 January 2010)
A major new commission by Birmingham-based photographer Andrew Jackson exploring contemporary Britain and economic migration will be exhibited at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from Monday 11 January.


The online show-offs who threaten our common privacy are on the agenda at conference of media experts(6 January 2010)
Online 'exhibitionists' who bare their personal lives to the world on the internet may be not just embarrassing themselves but undermining our right to a private life, a conference will hear this week.