Highlighting current research at LSE.


The limits of Human Rights
Is everyone entitled to the protection of human rights or do some - like the Al Qaeda  activist targeted for execution by the United States - forfeit that protection? Professor Chetan Bhatt, in this short video, examines the issues.


The Library in the Digital Age
As widespread digitisation of books triggers the most significant shift in reading habits since the Gutenberg press, what happens to the libraries? Will they become mere book museums, insulated storehouses to safe-keep books from physical decay? And when everything in print is digitized, why will we still need librarians?


Opportunities and Risks for Children Online

What risks do children face online? How often do they encounter material that they find upsetting? Researchers asked 23,000 children across Europe what they had seen and done online.


Raising the Quality of Qualitative Research

Researcher bias is a problem when interpreting texts. Kavita Abraham, of LSE's Methodology Institute, explains what happens if you get a computer program to do the interpretation for you.


A Very Modern Action: The Spring Reprisals of 1917

How do reprisals against prisoners of war affect wartime decision-making? In 1917, the Germans calculated that public outrage could be used to their advantage. Heather Jones explains.


Washington's revolving door

Former political staff turned lobbyists in the US claim their high salaries reflect their abilities, but critics complain they are merely exploiting political connections. Mirko Draca explains who's winning the argument.


The moral structure of legal systems - part 1: positivism versus natural law

Is morality intrinsic to law? In the first of two films on The moral structure of legal systems, Dr Kristen Rundle explains how an argument between two legal philosophers rumbles on fifty years later.


The moral structure of legal systems - part 2: an insurance against tyranny?

Part II of The moral structure of legal systems concerns a peculiar correlation: tyrannical regimes tend to possess chaotic legal systems. Dr Kristen Rundle asks: Why?

The Mathematics of Machine Learning  

The Mathematics of Machine Learning

Computers struggle with tasks we find simple. But try to describe explicitly the difference between the handwritten numerals 1 and 7, and you begin to appreciate the problem. Professor Martin Anthony explains what role mathematicians play in making computers less stupid.


A New Approach To Child Protection

Inspired by the findings of air crash investigations, Professor Munro explains the need for a new "systems approach" to rectifying the failings of the child protection agencies.

The Second Indian Green Revolution  

The Second Indian Green Revolution

Two LSE economic historians trying to understand India’s agricultural past find themselves studying a parallel story in the present.

On the evolution of morality  

On the evolution of morality

Is there one moral scheme that is true for all people at all times? Is it ours? No, and probably not; says philosopher Jason Alexander, as he explores the evolution of morality.

Choice and the Future of Healthcare  

Choice and the Future of Healthcare

Zack Cooper of LSE Health looks at what the US healthcare system and the NHS might learn from one another and where the “patient choice” agenda is going next.

Living in the Second Nuclear Age  

Living in the Second Nuclear Age

Whatever happened to the bomb? Nuclear weapons never went away, we just stopped paying them any attention. In fact we’re now living in "the Second Nuclear Age". Professor Arne Westad of IDEAS explains.

Ethics and the importance of dialogue  

Ethics and the importance of dialogue

In Plato’s time, dialogues were one of the most popular forms of philosophical enquiry and writing. Alex Voorhoeve explains why he has chosen to construct his new book, Conversations on Ethics, in the same way.

Measuring the economic impact of a  

Measuring the economic impact of a
natural disaster

How do economies react to and recover from massive natural disasters such as the Great Kanto Earthquake that struck Japan in 1923? Professor Janet Hunter provides insights.

As birds need ornithologists  

As birds need ornithologists: science and philosophy of science

Physicist Richard Feynman is said to remarked that ‘Philosophers of science are about as useful to scientists as ornithologists are to birds’. Senior lecturer in philosophy, Roman Frigg, gives his riposte in this short film.

Colonising knowledge in The Kingdom of Kandy  

Colonising Knowledge in the Kingdom of Kandy

Dr Sujit Sivasundaram shows how local knowledge in Sri Lanka was used as a means of resistance against the British in the 1800s, and subsequently absorbed and adopted by the colonists as their own.


The Politics of Personal Identity

Too much information? Dr Edgar Whitley questions whether the government’s plan to protect us from identity fraud through its proposed ID card scheme could backfire.

Bioweapons risk and response  

Bioweapons: risk and response

Could stoking the fear of a biological weapons attack make it more likely to happen? Dr Filippa Lentzos explains.

Montage of the world with text 6.7bn 2009  

Five challenges for saving the planet

Lord Nicholas Stern explains how we can both manage climate change and also usher in a new era of global prosperity.

Dr Christopher Badcock  

Psychotic savants

Dr Christopher Badcock presents a radical revision to the current classification of mental disorders

Demonstration, crowd scene and police in high visability jackets  

Panic on the Streets of London

Research economist Mirko Draca explains how the July 2005 terrorist attacks became a "natural experiment"on the effect numbers of police have on crime.

Paul Woolley  

Dysfunctional markets

The huge expansion of the global financial system in recent decades has now culminated in a devastating downfall according to Dr Paul Woolley.

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