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News archive 2014


New Year Honours at LSE (30 December 2014)

Congratulations to Professor Julian Le Grand, who has been awarded a knighthood for services to social science and public service and Claire Milne, who has been awarded an MBE for services to the telecommunications sector.  


More generous state unemployment benefits may protect the health of unemployed men (19 December 2014)

Men who lose their job in US states that provide generous unemployment benefits are at lower risk of poor health, according to research led by Jonathan Cylus of LSE.

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Research Excellence Framework 2014 (18 December 2014)

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework shows LSE as the top university in the UK for world-leading research.

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Migration and London focus of new book by LSE London (15 December 2014)

The current debate on migration needs to be better informed and based on an understanding of the impact and contributions of different migrant groups, according to a new book by LSE London.

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LSE study shows sharp rise in teenage childbearing during Iraq War (12 December 2014)

A new study by Valeria Cetorelli, an LSE PhD candidate in demography, shows that teenage fertility in Iraq rose significantly between 2003 and 2010 due to increased early marriage among less-educated girls.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Sandra Jovchelovitch on social change in Brazil's favelas (11 December 2014)

Sandra Jovchelovitch, Professor of Social Psychology, discusses how researching social change in Brazil's favelas can help other slum-dwellers around the world.


Dr Riccardo Crescenzi awarded 1.3 million Euro research grant (10 December 2014)

Dr Riccardo Crescenzi, Associate Professor of Economic Geography, has been awarded a 1.3 million Euro research grant for a five-year project on multinational enterprises.


Sexting, cyberbullying and when online and offline worlds clash (10 December 2014)

Children are taking on board parental advice about using the internet but often struggle to make sense of it, meaning they still may act unwisely when confronted with a risky situation finds an LSE report.


LSE awarded £1 million of scholarships to study inequality   (4 December 2014)

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded the School 15 doctoral scholarships, worth £1million over the next three years, for students to undertake interdisciplinary research on ‘the challenge of escalating inequalities’.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Jill Peay on mental health in prisons (4 December 2014)

Jill Peay, Professor of Law, discusses why people with mental health problems who commit crimes should not be imprisoned.

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Poverty has touched the lives of more than half of the UK's millennium generation (2 December 2014)

More than half of the children born in the UK at the turn of the millennium have experienced poverty at some point during their first 11 years.


Young people who argue with their fathers are less resilient when faced with unemployment as adults (1 December 2014)

Adolescents who have poor relationships with their fathers are more likely to fare worse psychologically if they become unemployed as adults says new research from the Centre for Economic Performance.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Bob Ward on climate change (27 November 2014)

Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the Grantham Research Institute, reveals his optimism about the chances of controlling climate change in the latest Gearty Grilling.

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Cities are key to driving economic growth and fighting climate change (26 November 2014)

A new series of studies released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and led by LSE Cities suggests how cities develop will be critical to achieving economic growth and tackling climate change. 


World's top economists warn UN Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed without emphasis on economic growth (24 November 2014)

Some of the world’s top economists have warned the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, that the Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed without a stronger emphasis on the need for economic growth.


Stand tall if you are living in a democracy (20 November 2014)

Men growing up in a democracy are likely to be taller than those who spend the first 20 years of their lives in a communist regime.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Emily Jackson on assisted dying (20 November 2014)

Emily Jackson, Professor of Law, discusses euthanasia and assisted suicide in the latest Gearty Grilling.


UK rises to fourth most entrepreneurial economy in the world (20 November 2014)

The UK has become Europe's most entrepreneurial economy and has climbed five places to fourth globally, according to the 2015 edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI).


New Ebola bulletin warns of danger to food security in Sierra Leone (17 November 2014)

The number of traders in some areas of Sierra Leone affected by Ebola has fallen by almost 70 per cent, warns a new bulletin on the economic impact of Ebola from the International Growth Centre, based at LSE. 


Poor lose, and rich gain from direct tax and benefit changes since May 2010 – without cutting the deficit (16 November 2014)

A new report co-authored by LSE's Professor John Hills finds the poorest have lost the biggest share of their incomes following benefit and direct tax changes since the 2010 election.

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This week's Gearty Grilling: Jon Danielsson on Financial Regulation (14 November 2014)

Jon Danielsson, Reader in Finance and Director of the Systemic Risk Centre, discusses financial risk and regulation.



New book challenges the popular myths surrounding the welfare state (12 November 2014)

A new book by Professor John Hills challenges the "strivers versus skivers" myths that underpin current political debate around welfare benefits.

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Local ceasefires offer respite for civilians and a glimpse of peace in Syria (10 November 2014)

A new report, co-authored by LSE academics, finds local ceasefires could hold the key to easing humanitarian suffering in Syria and building momentum towards ending the bloody conflict.


Brazilian Secretary of State for Social Development to speak at LSE (10 November 2014)

Tereza Campello, the Brazilian Secretary of State for Social Development, is among the speakers at an international policy seminar to discuss LSE research carried out in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.


Conservative pledge to scrap Human Rights Act condemned by LSE Law Professor (7 November 2014)

A Conservative election pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act was condemned in a keynote speech at LSE by Conor Gearty.


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This week's Gearty Grilling: Mary Morgan on modelling the economy (6 November 2014)

Mary Morgan, Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics, discusses how economists work and think.


More of us are heading down the social ladder, new research finds (6 November 2014)

A study by Oxford University and LSE shows that, contrary to what is widely suspected, there has been no decline in social mobility in Britain over recent decades but more of us are moving down rather than up the social ladder.


UN Habitat Director to join the 13th Urban Age Conference (6 November 2014)

The head of UN Habitat, Joan Clos, will join one of the major world gatherings of urban leaders next week in Delhi, as part of the 13th Urban Age conference, organised by LSE Cities and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society.


LSE Executive Summer School graduate awarded £7m for sustainable credit programme by Central Bank of Nigeria (5 November 2014)

Dr Antonia Ashiedu, Hon. Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation of the Delta State, Nigeria, is to manage and administer two billion Naira (over seven million pounds) for the continued sustainability of a Micro-Credit Scheme aimed at helping both the rural and urban poor.

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"EU migrants should not be entitled to access national welfare systems for first three years" (4 November 2014)

National governments should be able to limit EU migrants’ access to out-of-work and in-work benefits, social housing and publicly funded apprenticeships until after three years argues a pamphlet co-authored by LSE Professor of European Law Damian Chalmers.


Changing internet risks for children (4 November 2014)

European 11-16 year-olds are more likely to be exposed to some online risks, such as being cyberbullied, compared to four years ago. However, they are less likely to make contact with a stranger online, according to the latest EU Kids Online report.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Martin Knapp on mental health spending (30 October 2014)

Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit, discusses why spending on mental health should be a priority.

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Does having children make us any happier? (28 October 2014)

 The birth of a first and a second child briefly increases the level of their parents’ happiness, but a third does not, according to new research from LSE and Western University, Canada.  

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Parents less likely to monitor their children's internet use if accessed via smartphones (24 October 2014)

Parents are less likely to supervise their child’s internet use if they are accessing the internet using a smartphone or tablet, finds the latest report from EU Kids Online at LSE.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Lilie Chouliaraki on humanitarian communication (23 October 2014)

Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor of Media and Communications, discusses the ethics of the use of celebrities by humanitarian organisations.


LSE report reveals £8 billion cost of mental health problems in pregnancy (20 October 2014)

Perinatal mental health problems cost the UK £8.1 billion each year, according to a new report released by LSE and the Centre for Mental Health.


TRIUM Executive MBA Programme ranked number one in the world in Financial Times survey (20 October 2014)

The TRIUM Global Executive MBA Programme, in which LSE is a partner, has been ranked number one in the world by the Financial Times annual ranking of Executive MBA programmes.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Paul Cheshire on the housing crisis (16 October 2014)

Paul Cheshire, Professor Emeritus of Economic Geography, argues that green belt land should be used to solve the housing crisis.

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First female President of Malawi to launch LSE programme examining women's experiences of public life (15 October 2014)

Dr Joyce Banda is visiting LSE as a Visiting Professor as part of the Above the Parapet programme, which examines the experiences of high profile women who have shaped public life.


LSE Library launches Fabian Society Archive (14 October 2014)

The Library has made hundreds of pamphlets and minute books from the Fabian Society available on its Digital Library.

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LSE launches specialist entrepreneurship unit (10 October 2014)

A specialist unit dedicated to promoting and understanding entrepreneurship’s potential as a powerful force for driving change around the globe has been launched by LSE.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Eileen Barker on cults (9 October 2014)

Eileen Barker, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, discusses accusations that she is a "cult apologist" in this week's Gearty Grilling.


School can worsen disabled children's behavioural problems, researchers say (3 October 2014)

Much more could be done to help children with physical and learning disabilities cope with the challenges they face on entering school, new research suggests.


LSE continues to ride high in rankings (2 October 2014)

LSE has maintained its position as one of the top universities in the world according to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 


LSE Library launches "the Woman's Hour of Westminster" digital archive (1 October 2014)

LSE Library has launched ‘Boni Sones and Associates Archive of Women’s Parliamentary Radio and Parliamentary Radio broadcasts’.


Liberian Minister at LSE appeals for help on Ebola (25 September 2014)

Axel Addy, Liberia's Minister of Commerce and Industry, warned that the numbers succumbing to the Ebola epidemic could 'explode beyond control.'


Where the Scots have led, the English, Welsh and Northern Irish can follow...   (25 September 2014)

IPA Director, Professor Conor Gearty, looks at the potential fallout of the Scottish independence referendum, and says it is time for constitutional change across the UK. 


LSE launches new PPE degree (24 September 2014)

LSE has now opened applications for a new, four-year undergraduate PPE degree which starts in October 2015, combining the disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics for the first time.

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Lord Stern wins prize for greatest contribution to British energy economics in last decade (23 September 2014)

Lord Stern, Chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE, has received a prize from the British Institute of Energy Economics.


LSE named University of the Year for Graduate Employment (22 September 2014)

LSE has won University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015. 

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Dame Tessa Jowell joins LSE (17 September 2014)

The former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will be working with LSE Cities and the Department of Government as a Professor of Practice.

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International investment in London housing market unfairly maligned says housing expert (17 September 2014)

International investment kept residential development alive in central London in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and remains important, a leading housing expert will say at a conference at LSE.


LSE Ranked Second in the World for Social Sciences (16 September 2014)

LSE has maintained its position as second in the world for social sciences, according to the QS World University Rankings 2014/15.


Dementia now costs £26 billion a year (10 September 2014)

The cost of dementia to the UK has hit £26 billion a year - enough to pay the energy bills of every household in the country, according to a new report co-authored by LSE.


LSE celebrates fifth annual graduation ceremony in Beijing (20 August 2014)

LSE held its fifth graduation ceremony in Beijing, China on Monday 18 August 2014, celebrating the success of around 270 graduates with their families and friends.

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Psychology of parenting: Mother's personality measured during pregnancy predicts how well children perform in GCSEs (18 August 2014)

Babies born to mothers who hold a strong belief that their fate is in their own hands and not down to luck tend to perform better in their GCSE exams 16 years later.


LSE launches new award for asylum seekers (18 August 2014)

LSE is set to offer financial support worth up to £20,000 a year for asylum seekers who have been offered a place to study at the School.


Internet speed closely linked to property values (31 July 2014)

Home owners in London are willing to pay up to 8 per cent above the market price for properties in areas offering very fast internet speeds, according to a new study.


LSE and ESC announce the launch of a new executive-style MSc to train the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular sciences (24 July 2014)

The MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences aims to equip cardiovascular specialists with the health management, economics, research and policy skills required to take on advisory, management or leadership roles within the field.

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Black and ethnic minority students less likely to receive offers from university than white students (23 July 2014)

University applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to receive conditional offers than comparable white British applicants according to research from LSE.


Two alumni made LSE Honorary Fellows (18 July 2014)

Two LSE alumni with a record of outstanding service to public life and the law have been made Honorary Fellows of the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Rising prices, falling wages and welfare cuts – a recipe for debt in Newham   (18 July 2014)

Households in one of the poorest boroughs in London face crippling debt and financial pressures despite a widespread desire to work and an aversion to high cost lenders, according to a new report from LSE.

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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre nominated for RIBA Stirling Prize (17 July 2014)

LSE's Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, the first new building commissioned by LSE in over 40 years, has been shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize.

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British Academy elects four Fellows from LSE (17 July 2014)

Four academics from LSE have been elected Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research.


LSE one of England's biggest university spenders on student outreach and bursaries (17 July 2014)

LSE recognised as one of England’s biggest university spenders on student outreach and bursaries, as a proportion of its fee income, in a report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and The Office for Fair Access (OFFA).


Twins and short spaced births linked to premature death among parents (16 July 2014)

Mothers of twins and parents who have children in quick succession have a greater risk of dying prematurely, new research from LSE shows.


Cyber bullying now more common than face-to-face bullying for children (3 July 2014)

Cyberbullying and exposure to online sites with negative content such as messages of hate or self-harm is a growing problem for the UK's children, according to a new report from LSE.

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This week's Gearty Grilling: Danny Quah on Chinese democracy (2 July 2014)

Danny Quah, Professor of Economics and International Development, discusses whether China needs to emulate the political and social order of the West.

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Cohabiting couples should be wary of government advice to make legal agreements (2 July 2014)

Government initiatives to persuade cohabiting couples to make legal agreements about asset redistribution on separation are ineffective and could actually damage relationships, according to Helen Reece. 


MPs urged to double psychological therapy in the NHS (1 July 2014)

At a meeting in Parliament on Tuesday 1 July, MPs will be urged to double the provision of psychological therapy in the National Health Service by Professors Richard Layard and David Clark from LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance.


Russia's Eurasian Union: a far-reaching attempt at economic integration weakened by its political use (27 June 2014)

The Ukraine crisis has accelerated the regional competition between Russia and the European Union and has changed its nature, according to a new report from LSE.


Fear of social rejection leads to improved work performance (26 June 2014)

People who fear being disliked are more inclined to improve their work performance because they seek feedback from their colleagues, according to a recent LSE study.


Crowdsourcing a UK Constitution: talking to teenage mothers (25 June 2014)

Teenage mothers discuss their vision for a written UK constitution in a landmark video from LSE's Institute of Public Affairs.

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This week's Gearty Grilling: Anne Power on why we need food banks (25 June 2014)

Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy, discusses growing inequality and why we need food banks.


Are 'debt-shy' companies holding back the economy? (24 June 2014)

New measures are needed to encourage high-growth small and medium-sized enterprises to seek funding to expand, according to a new report co-written by LSE's Neil Lee for ICAS.


LSE Student Entrepreneur of the Year announced (23 June 2014)

LSE Careers Entrepreneurship has announced that Katerina Kimmorley, co-founder of Pollinate Energy, is ‘LSE Student Entrepreneur of the Year’.


Childhood aspirations affect later career choices (18 June 2014)

Boys who dream of becoming firemen and girls who aspire to become hairdressers are more likely to end up in stereotypically male or female occupations as adults according to new research from LSE.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Alex Voorhoeve on why we need philosophers (18 June 2014)

Alex Voorhoeve discusses why we need philosophers to help us question intuitive moral judgements.


Scotland takes action to solve rental housing crisis (17 June 2014)

The Scottish Government will appoint a private rented sector champion to help solve the country’s housing crisis, on the advice of a report co-authored by LSE London and the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research.

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Senior politicians to pioneer landmark parliamentary scheme with LSE's Institute of Public Affairs (11 June 2014)

David Davis, John Denham and Sarah Ludford are to pioneer a landmark parliamentary scheme with LSE's Institute of Public Affairs.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Heather Jones on the First World War (11 June 2014)

Heather Jones discusses why the British population supported the First World War despite reports of heavy casualties.


Autism is the most costly medical condition in the UK (10 June 2014)

Research published in a leading international medical journal shows that autism costs the UK more than heart disease, cancer and stroke combined.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Christine Chinkin on women in international law and her experiences in Gaza (4 June 2014)

Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law, discusses a new European convention to combat violence against women, and her experiences on a UN fact-finding mission in Gaza.


Landmark UK constitution crowdsourcing carnival at LSE (3 June 2014)

Peter Tatchell and Martin Lewis are among the high profile speakers at a landmark LSE crowdsourcing carnival to engage the public in drafting a new UK constitution.


Sensationalist media coverage skewing children's ability to assess online risk (2 June 2014)

Sensationalist media coverage of online risks, such as cyberbullying or the dangers of meeting an online ‘friend’ offline, may be acting as a barrier to effectively educating children on e-safety, a new report has claimed.


Pakistan's football factories score goal for innovation (28 May 2014)

Pakistan’s football-making industry is benefitting from a new technology which allows balls to be made more efficiently, thanks to research funded by the International Growth Centre, based at LSE.



This week's Gearty Grilling: Alan Sked on founding UKIP and his battle with Nigel Farage (28 May 2014)

Alan Sked, the founder of Ukip, discusses the party's liberal roots, and his battle with Nigel Farage.

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New report sets out steps for improving media education for all (28 May 2014)

The UK is well placed to deliver effective media literacy training on a broad scale but underfunding and a lack of policy support for Media Studies by a succession of UK governments is preventing this success claims a new report.


LSE named AJ100 Client of the Year for architectural innovation (23 May 2014)

LSE has been named the AJ100 Client of the Year by the Architects' Journal for its outstanding contribution to UK architecture.

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This week's Gearty Grilling: Julian Le Grand defends the introduction of competition in public services (21 May 2014)

Julian Le Grand explains why competition is the best way to improve hospitals and schools in the latest Gearty Grilling.


Europe's children's growing overdependence on the internet and smartphones (21 May 2014)

One in two children report two or more experiences associated with overdependence of smartphone use, such as feeling pressure to always be available and experiencing unease when unable to check their smartphone, a new report has found.


Vulnerable people need to be protected from nuisance calls and scams (19 May 2014)

Vulnerable people should be given free call blocking equipment to stop nuisance calls that could be potential financial scams, says a researcher from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


This week's Gearty Grilling: Catherine Boone on land rights in Africa (14 May 2014)

Professor Catherine Boone discusses how land and property issues are at the core of political conflict in Africa.


Improving the recruitment of community health workers in Zambia (14 May 2014)

How do you improve the recruitment, retention and performance of community health workers in rural Zambia? A new film by the International Growth Centre, based at LSE, shows how economists and policymakers can collaborate to provide answers to questions like these.


LSE ranked as top university in London (12 May 2014)

The first major university guide of the year has ranked LSE as the third best university in the UK and London’s leading institution, maintaining its excellent position from last year.

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Voting – what's the alternative? (9 May 2014)

Ahead of the European Parliament election, members of the public are invited to take part in a unique online voting experiment which aims to understand the effects of different electoral systems on politics.


The second Gearty Grilling: Tim Besley on why we need economists (7 May 2014)

Tim Besley, School Professor of Economics and Political Science and a former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, is the subject of the second Gearty Grilling.


Nobel Prize economists call for new approach to failed drug war in new LSE IDEAS report (6 May 2014)

Five Nobel Prize economists call for an end to the 'war on drugs' in a new report from LSE. 'Ending the Drug Wars' includes a call on governments to redirect resources away from an enforcement-led and prohibition-focused strategy, toward proven public health policies of harm reduction and treatment.


New film illustrates UK income and wealth inequality (1 May 2014)

A new film from LSE's Centre for Economic Performance shows how income and wealth inequality in the UK are higher than most people think they are and higher than they think they should be.



The Gearty Grillings: LSE's Institute of Public Affairs launches a new weekly series of short video debates on key issues. (29 April 2014)

A weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates on key issues affecting the world today is launched this week by the LSE's Institute of Public Affairs (IPA).

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NHS will pay a high price for short-term mental health cuts, report warns (10 April 2014)

A new economic report, published today by the charity Rethink Mental Illness and the London School of Economics, has found that investing in quality care and support for people with schizophrenia and psychosis, results in huge savings in the long-term.


How parenting style influences children's wellbeing (9 April 2014)

Shouting at children when they misbehave, rather than reasoning with them, is more harmful to their overall behaviour, according to new research from LSE.


One hundred thousand social housing tenants trapped in larger homes, unable to downsize (9 April 2014)

The bedroom tax has left many social housing tenants struggling to cope and has failed to free up homes in many areas, according to new research from LSE.


UK ninth most entrepreneurial economy globally (9 April 2014)

The UK has slipped from sixth to ninth place in the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI).



LSE wins five sports premierships (4 April 2014)

LSE has recorded an outstanding season in sport, winning premierships in four different sports in the London-based university league competition (LUSL) as well as jumping 15 places in the national British University College Sport (BUCS) league as a result of numerous promotions.

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International aid being used to influence elections (3 April 2014)

Governments of democratic developing countries are using international aid to support their election drives, new research has found.

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LSE holds sixth Asia Forum in Kuala Lumpur ( 3 April 2014)

The Sixth LSE Asia Forum brought together academics, policy makers, and figures from business and finance to discuss Asian development and how it relates to the rest of the world.

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LSE receives major gift to create new Southeast Asia Centre   (3 April 2014)

LSE has received a significant donation from Professor Saw Swee Hock to establish a new interdisciplinary academic centre focused on Southeast Asia. 


Rising inequalities not inevitable (27 March 2014)

Increasing inequalities across some of the richest countries in the world are not inevitable according to findings from an international research project, which included a team of researchers from LSE.

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Welfare reforms forcing social housing tenants into poverty (25 March 2014)

The bedroom tax, introduced almost a year ago, is having a widespread impact on social housing tenants, with many unable to move to smaller properties, according to a new LSE report.

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Report calls for wellbeing to be at the heart of public policy design (20 March 2014)

An independent commission, has published its final report, co-authored by LSE Visiting Professor Gus O'Donnell and Professor Lord Richard Layard (pictured), which recommends that government target public policy-making at 'wellbeing', or life satisfaction, not simply economic growth.


New criminal offences proposed to protect hospital patients from gross negligence (17 March 2014)

Hospital patients who have been subjected to gross mistreatment and appalling standards of healthcare will be protected by a new criminal offence of ‘wilful neglect’ under plans sanctioned by the UK Government.

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LSE statement on finding of the BBC Trust Editorial Standards Committee on the making of "Panorama: North Korea Undercover"   (17 March 2014)

LSE response to the finding of the BBC Trust Editorial Standards Committee on the making of “Panorama: North Korea Undercover”.


Depressed employees cost European businesses £77 billion a year (13 March 2014)

Employers need to take a more proactive approach to employees with depression in the wake of figures showing the illness now costs European workplaces an estimated £77 billion a year.


Eminent historian to be 2014-2015 Philippe Roman Chair at LSE IDEAS (12 March 2014)

Pandemics, nuclear war and the global history of population control are among the issues explored by the latest academic to take up the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE.  

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30,000 people with mental health problems lose social care as funding cut by £90million (12 March 2014)

Since 2005, 30,000 people with mental health problems have lost their social care support, following a £90 million shortfall in funding due to cuts to local authority budgets, according to research by the Personal Social Services Research Unit, based at LSE.

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Recessions increase racial prejudice and inequality in the UK  (11 March 2014)

Periods of high unemployment see more people admitting to being racially prejudiced and ethnic minorities disproportionately suffering in the job market, according to new research by LSE.


LSE's reputation continues to rise (6 March 2014)

LSE has risen to 24th in the annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, representing a year-on-year rise for the School since the rankings were first set up.


New research shows how technology squeezes middle skilled workers (6 March 2014)

The rise of information and communication technologies (ICT) has increased the demand for highly-skilled, university-educated workers at the expense of middle-skilled workers.

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Banding and ballots on the rise as schools seek fairer intakes (27 February 2014)

A small but growing number of schools, mainly sponsored academies, are using ability banding or random allocation (ballots) as part of their admissions criteria, according to new research by LSE on behalf of the Sutton Trust.

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Global acclaim for LSE subjects (26 February 2014)

The QS World University Rankings by Subject place LSE as one the top three places in the world to study Geography, Politics and International Relations, Media and Communications, Accounting and Economics. 

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Mayor's draft housing plans not a strategy for radical change (26 February 2014)

Despite the Mayor of London’s draft plan to increase the supply of housing in the city being called a ‘strategy’, it lacks the strategic approach necessary to bring about the required radical change according to academics from LSE and other housing experts.


New tool for participating in UK and EU policymaking on media issues (25 February 2014)

Just over a year after the Leveson Report laid bare the complex web of relationships between politicians and the media, a new website offering a free and accessible way to participate in the decisions politicians make about the media has been unveiled by LSE.

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LSE Library launches First World War digital exhibition as Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014 begins (24 February 2014)

To mark the start of LSE’s Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014, LSE Library has launched WW1 @ LSE: a common cause, an online exhibition featuring a selection of digital images related to the First World War. 


LSE wins Green University award (21 February 2014)

People and Planet have given LSE the “Student and Staff Engagement Award” for its excellent and innovative work in promoting sustainability. 


'One size fits all' approach to global marketing a recipe for failure    (20 February 2014)

Major global brands are at risk of failing to win new customers from Eastern countries because they don’t take into account key cultural differences when marketing their products, new research has found.


Universities stand to benefit in recessions, new research shows (13 February 2014)

New research from the London School of Economics and Political Science shows that universities across the world actually benefit during recessions, wielding far greater recruiting power to attract talented graduates compared to the private sector.


Preventive measures – how youngsters avoid online risks (11 February 2014)

Children’s perceptions of online risks and problematic situations may greatly differ from those of adults, with the line between positive and negative online experiences being very thin. This can lead to teenagers participating in risky pursuits, such as sharing sexual pictures with friends, researchers have found.


Smartphones and tablets offer children more online opportunities, but expose them to more risks (11 February 2014)

This is one of the findings of a new report from Net Children Go Mobile, a research project co-ordinated by LSE, published on Safer Internet Day.


More jobs, better jobs, needed to tackle poverty in cities (7 February 2014)

 Good jobs – and plenty of them – are the most important factor in reducing poverty in the UK’s cities, according to a new report released today co-authored by LSE academics.


Is it time to introduce user charges for NHS cancer patients? (6 February 2014)

An NHS cancer specialist researching health economics at LSE has suggested introducing user charges for cancer patients to ensure high quality care within stagnating NHS budgets.


LSE leads £15 million consortium to improve social care practices (3 February 2014)

LSE's Professor Martin Knapp has been reappointed Director of the School for Social Care Research (SSCR), which has been awarded a second, five-year term following a £15 million funding injection from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).


LSE campus transformed by new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (30 January 2014)

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW), the latest landmark building of LSE, has opened its doors with the LSE Students' Union taking residence of the £38m building this month.

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Human touch still essential for market liquidity and stability at NYSE (30 January 2014)

Changes to regulations that secure the role of specialist brokers in determining stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange are essential to maintaining market liquidity and stability according to an LSE academic.


LSE students embark on first-ever interfaith trip to Holy Land (30 January 2014)

A group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim London School of Economics students recently took part in a ground-breaking interfaith trip to Israel/Palestine.


G20 tax haven crackdown fails to catch evaders (30 January 2014)

An analysis of the G20 crackdown on tax havens has found little economic benefit in bilateral treaties, with evaders just shifting billions of dollars to other countries.

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Co-director of LSE Asia Research Centre receives Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award 2014 (30 January 2014)

Dr Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Director of the LSE India Observatory and Asia Research Centre, has received the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award 2014 for outstanding service, contribution and achievements in the field of education.


LSE IDEAS and Public Policy Group ranked 2nd best university think tank in the world (28 January 2014)

Two LSE research groups, the foreign affairs centre LSE IDEAS and political analysts/consultants the Public Policy Group, have jointly been named the second best university think tank in the world in a global survey.


What can popular media teach academics about poverty and development? (27 January 2014)
What can the critically acclaimed television show The Wire teach us about development and poverty? Are popular novels Half of a Yellow Sun and The Quiet American contributing to a wider understanding of social deprivation? Can we learn more from novels, films and television shows than academic studies? These are some of the questions explored in a new book. 

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Too few women called to give evidence to parliamentary select committees (22 January 2014)

Women are seriously under-represented among those who give evidence to parliamentary select committees according to stark new figures from Democratic Audit UK, an independent research organisation based at LSE.


Rising income inequality associated with increasing mortality new study finds (16 January 2014)

Between 1975 and 2006 life expectancy has continued to rise and mortality rates continued to fall in rich countries, but not as much as they would have done if income had been more evenly distributed, a new study has found.

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Social sciences worth an estimated £24 billion to UK economy  (13 January 2014)

Social science is now big business in the UK, according to new research which shows that the sector is worth approximately £24.3 billion a year to the national economy.