Social Policy Events Calendar

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We host a range of events across a broad spectrum of topics relating to social policy. Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to all.





A Commitment to Welfare: the impact of Richard Titmuss on health and social policy

Thursday 22 October 2020, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy and the Department of Health Policy- online public event

Speakers: Jon Ashworth MP, Dr Sara Machado, Professor Lucinda Platt, Professor John Stewart
Chair: Professor Sir Julian Le Grand

Having joined the LSE in 1950, Richard Titmuss almost single-handedly, created the academic field of social administration (what we would now call social policy) in Britain. He wrote extensively on health, inequalities and other welfare issues, which have again come to the fore in the COVID-19 pandemic. What can we learn from Richard Titmuss as we look forward to the post-COVID world? 

Our panel of experts in health and social policy issues will reflect on the life and legacy of Richard Titmuss via the lens of his extensive work, particularly those around the principles of altruism and social solidarity, as well as his role in policy and academic networks at home and internationally.

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The Active Ingredient of Inequality

Monday 26 October 2020, 5.00pm-6.00pm

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute- online public event

Speaker: Professor Francisco Ferreira

Chair: Dame Minouche Shafik

Around the world, people’s life chances are powerfully shaped by their race, gender, place of birth and family background. Two individuals born in the same city and on the same day may turn out to have very different schooling opportunities, to meet with different treatment by the police and other state institutions, and to face different job market conditions, depending on the neighbourhoods and families they were born into.

Francisco H. G. Ferreira is the Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies and Director (designate) of the International Inequalities Institute at LSE. He is also affiliated with the Department of Social Policy. 

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Mechanisms of Matthew effects in social investment

Seminar series on International Social and Public Policy

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 2.00pm-3.30pm- online event

Speaker: Dr Amelia Peterson

Chair: Dr Timo Fleckenstein

Social investment is an approach to public policy which aims to enhance social welfare through the formation of skills and human capital. The social investment paradigm has been troubled by the discovery of Matthew effects, often described as the monopolisation of new investments by already advantaged groups.

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Migrant Day Labourers in the US and the Politics of Precarity

Part of the seminar Series on Migration Ethnicity and Race

Tuesday 10 November 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Online public event

Speaker: Dr Paul Apostolidis (Department of Government, LSE)

Chair: Professor Lucinda Platt (Department of Social Policy, LSE)

This project develops a new conception of precarity by juxtaposing Latino migrant day labourers’ commentaries with recent critical theory on widespread forms of precarity. Methodologically, this inquiry opens new research trajectories by grounding political theory in field research among migrant workers and in collaboration with their labour organisations.

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Policy Capacity Matters for Capacity Development: Comparing Teacher In-service Training and Career Advancement in Basic Education Systems of India and China

Seminar series on International Social and Public Policy

Tuesday 17 November 2020, 5.00pm-6.30pm- Online event

Speaker: Dr Yifei Yan

Chair: Dr Timo Fleckenstein

It is widely accepted that capacity development (CD) is central to development administration, but many of these initiatives have failed to improve government effectiveness. This paper argues that CD should be built upon possessing the policy capacity to perform the analytical, operational and political functions necessary to make it effective.

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PhD Atrium exhibition 2020

Exhibition: Education for Impact: promoting wellbeing and equality

Hosted by LSE Arts

Monday 20th January to Friday 14 February 2020, Atrium Gallery, Old Building LSE

This transformative and inter-disciplinary exhibition showcased PhD research being undertaken in the Departments of Social Policy, Health Policy and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences under the broad themes of wellbeing and equality.

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Exhibition: How Social Policy Research Shapes the World You Live In

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy

Thursday 10 January - Sunday 20 January 2019

gallery@oxo, OXO Tower Wharf

This comparative and contemporary exhibition showcased Social Policy research responding to global challenges in areas such as inequality, work, family, poverty, migration and education.

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Visions for Social Progress

Visions for Social Progress: The Future of Social Policy

Department of Social Policy Public Event

Panellists: Professor Bea Cantillon, Professor Philippe van Parijs, Professor Fiona Williams
Chair: Dr Timo Fleckenstein

15th November 2018

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Realising Aspirations? Gender, Ethnicity and Job Inequalities

Department of Social Policy Public Event

8 November 2018

Panellists: Dr Omar Khan, Professor Heidi Mirza, Esohe Uwadiae
Research presented by: Samantha Parsons, Professor Lucinda Platt
Chair: Nik Miller

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Maro Matosian

Why is it Important to Pass the Domestic Violence Law in Armenia?

30 November 2017

Speaker: Maro Matosian
Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian

Women’s rights NGOs in Armenia have been campaigning for the passage of a domestic violence bill for many years.  As the Armenian National Assembly debates the bill, there have also been heated debates between the defenders and critics of the bill. Maro Matosian, the Executive Director of the Women’s Support Center NGO in Armenia, gave a presentation on the latest developments and why, from the perspective of human rights and social justice, it is important for this bill to become law.  

Judicial review

The Value and effects of Judicial Review
By Varda Bondy, Professor Lucinda Platt, and Professor Maurice Sunkin
Seminar to launch the major research report- 2016

The first comprehensive independent study to consider the effects of judicial review principally from the perspective of claimants and their advisers. The findings provide significant new insights into the value of judicial review for claimants, policy and practice, and challenge many widely held assumptions.

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Blowing the Lid : Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens
By Stuart Feather, Daniel Monk and Dr Hakan Seckinelgin 
Department of Social Policy book launch and discussion- 2016

Stuart Feather in his book describes the Gay Liberation Front’s founding, its meetings in Central London (starting at the LSE), principles, fights over revolutionary practice, gender differences and transsexuality. He relates protests and confrontations often with Women’s Liberation against Miss World and the Festival of Light in detail, sometimes bitter, often hilarious. A participant in many of the actions described, he also includes contributions from many other activists.

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