Measles and migrants
In the past two years, Europe has recorded more than 22,000 cases of measles: a sharp reversal of the 96% decline of the last 20 years. Why is it happening and who is at risk?
First born children of women in their thirties perform best in tests of mental development and psychological well-being
The firstborn children of mothers in their thirties score more highly on measures of mental development and psychological well-being than children born to other first time mothers reveals new research. Read more.
Women on the beat
2015 marks 100 years since Edith Smith became the first female police officer in Britain with powers of arrest. Today, women make up 28 per cent of the force but the struggle for acceptance is far from over. Read more.
Cost is the biggest barrier to young people's participation in sport because a third live in poverty
Schools should open up their facilities at evenings and weekends to enable more young people to take part in sport. This is just one of a series of recommendations from an LSE study. Read more.
Dr Leonidas Cheliotis, Department of Social Policy, gave a plenary lecture on 'Political Systems and Punishment: The Challenges of Democratisation' at the 2nd Latin American Congress on Crime and Society, in Argentina from 10-12 December.
Global Girls Research Initiative Launched
Dr Ernestina Coast and Professor Lucinda Platt from the Department of Social Policy are two of a number of LSE academics involved in an exciting new ‘Global Girls Research Initiative’ (GGRI) funded by DfID for nine years and led by the Overseas Development Institute.
Anne West, Professor of Education Policy, holds the 2015 Fritz Karsen Chair at Humboldt University in Berlin. Earlier this month she visited Berlin, meeting with professors, researchers and graduate students, and working on two articles with Professor Rita Nikolai. Two proposals for international conferences in Berlin and in Hannover were submitted, one of which also involves Dr Sonia Exley. Further collaborative research is planned.
Child poverty measurement
Dr Kitty Stewart contributes to LSE British Politics and Policy Blog on child poverty measurement. Read more.
Professor Lucinda Platt was invited to give the opening lecture at an International Seminar on Design, Collection and Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Mexico, held at CIDE, Aguascalientes, Mexico from the 19-20 November.
New flat rate state pension will lead to benefit cuts for some groups
A new report involving LSE academics has found that low earning renters stand to lose the most from planned reforms to state pensions and long-term care if they are not protected. Read more.
New LSE Housing Academy for social landlords launched
The Academy will help housing associations remain viable social businesses by supporting the communities where they work in a period of austerity. It will be hands-on and action-oriented locally while driving home policy messages among decision-makers. Read more.
Dr Timothy Hildebrandt in the South China Morning Post on the end of China's one-child policy
Dr Timothy Hildebrandt says that with the end of China’s one-child policy, family expectations to produce an offspring will eventually ease on the only child who happens to be gay or lesbian. Read more.
Government regulation and industry practices stalling drug development finds new report
The majority of new medicines entering the market offer few clinical advantages over existing alternatives according to a new analysis article published in the British Medical Journal. Read more.
Research Funding News
The LSE is delighted to have been awarded £565,000 by theJoseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) for a three-year programme to investigate the links between poverty and inequalities. Read more.
Working to the death
Should we accept George Osborne’s claim that the UK’s state pension scheme faces collapse unless we increase the retirement age? In a new book released this month, LSE Visiting Professor John Macnicol challenges this view. Read more.
Dr Armine Ishkanian was an invited speaker at the Vienna Policy Conference (29-30 October) which was organised by the Open Society Foundation in Europe and the ERSTE Stiftung.
Research Funding News
Dr Kitty Stewart has received Nuffield Foundation funding to undertake research on segregation in early years settings.
Research Funding News
Professor Anne Power has received funding from Trafford Hall to gather new evidence on the impact of the new government’s austerity programme on social landlords and tenants.
Dr Jeroen Luyten awarded McKinsey Company Award
Dr Jeroen Luyten (LSE Health Fellow) was recently awarded the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and McKinsey & Company annual scientific prize for his excellent PhD research, and for demonstrating the social and economic relevance of his work.
Heavy drinkers and drugs users underestimate their levels of consumption compared to others
Heavy drinkers and users of illegal drugs downplay their relative levels of consumption, when comparing themselves to others, reveals research by LSE and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Read more.
Dr Timothy Hildebrandt at Chatham House
Dr Timothy Hildebrandt appeared at Chatham House where he spoke in response to the premiere of a Channel 4 documentary on gay conversion therapy in China.
Research Funding News
Dr Timo Fleckenstein has been awarded funding under the British Academy's International Partnership and Mobility Scheme. The project will critically assess the opportunities but also the limits of social investment policies, developing a long-term strategy for social investment policies in the re-design of welfare states.
Research Funding News
Dr Polly Vizard, from CASE, has been awarded funding by the Nuffield Foundation to extend knowledge and understanding of multidimensional poverty and disadvantage experienced by children and young people in Britain.
Poor children in London get better grades than those outside due to improvement in the capital's schools
New work, published by researchers associated with the Centre for Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), concludes that the improved performance largely reflects gradual improvements in school quality over time. Read more.
Dr Timothy Hildebrandt on the gay marriage proposal on the Beijing subway
Dr Timothy Hildebrandt was quoted by the BBC in its coverage of a gay marriage proposal on the Beijing subway that has gone viral on social networking sites in the last week. Read more.
PhD candidate working on Brazil's first community protocol at the International Institute for Environment and Development
Roberta Peixoto Ramos, a PhD candidate at the Social Policy Department, is working on a project to develop the first community protocol in Brazil, which is being implemented at a traditional community in the Brazilian Amazon Forest. Read more.
Lucinda Platt gave a plenrary lecture on "What can the sociological anaysis of social mobility bring to the immigration debate? Examples and Reflections" at the European Sociological Association's conference in Prague, 25-28 August. Read more.
Dr Ernestina Coast elected to Guttmacher Institute Board
Dr Coast has been elected to the Board of the Guttmacher Institute. The Institute's overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide.
Internet is both harming and helping older people in social interactions
The report, co-authored by Dr Jacqueline Damant and Professor Martin Knapp, found that digital technology has the potential to both harm and help social networking. Read more.
Attending church is the key to good mental health among older Europeans
A study of depression among older Europeans has found that joining a religious organisation is more beneficial than charity work, sport or education in improving their mental health.
Drug possession should be removed from police performance indicators
Drug possession should be removed from police performance indicators to encourage officers to spend more time solving serious crime rather than targeting low level possession of cannabis, according to a new LSE study by Dr Michael Shiner. Read more.
Research Impact Case Study-
Helping reform police 'stop and search' powers
LSE research into the 2011 riots in England leads to a review of police powers.Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, collaborated with the Guardian in a groundbreaking investigation of the causes of the 2011 riots in England.
Professor Stephen Jenkins gave a plenary lecture on "To what extent has income inequality increased?" at the biennial conference of the Society for the Analysis of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), in Luxembourg, 13-15 July.
Single currency has led to increase in generosity, decrease in national pride
New research from LSE economists Dr Joan Costa Font and Professor Frank Cowell (Department of Economics) shows that countries who have adopted the Euro single currency in the past decade have experienced a decline in national pride. Read more.
Older hospital patients face "widespread and systematic" pattern of poor care
One million older people are affected by poor or inconsistent care in hospitals, according to new research by Dr Polly Vizard and Dr Tania Burchardt from CASE. Read more.
LSE report shows dementia costs Wales £1.4 billion a year
A new LSE report commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society, and led by Professor Martin Knapp from PSSRU, reveals the hidden cost of dementia in Wales is estimated at £1.4 billion, an average cost of £31,300 per person each year. Read more.
Research Funding News
Professor Martin Knapp, from PSSRU, has received funding from Mind to undertake an economic analysis of their peer support programme and to model the health economic impact of each programme component.
Research Funding News
Professor Elias Mossialos, from LSE Health and Social Care, has been awarded funding from LSE’s Kuwait Programme to examine the causes of some of the most prevalent chronic diseases and to study the main determinants of access to, utilisation of, and satisfaction with the healthcare system in Kuwait.
Paying people incentives to make healthy choices only works in the long term if they are paid to NOT do something
Monetary incentives to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles only work in the longer term when they are designed to stop negative behaviour, rather than promote positive choices, suggests new research undertaken by Dr Matteo M Galizzi and Professor Paul Dolan. Read more.
Being a parent – before and after a split
Dads who are actively involved in bringing up their young children are more likely, in the event of a split from their partner, to keep in regular contact with their child, according to new research by Professor Lucinda Platt.
Can't help falling in love? Why divorce and separation might not be that bad for your health
Middle-aged men and women who have experienced the upheaval of separation, divorce and remarriage are almost as healthy as couples in stable marriages, according to a new study involving Professor Emily Grundy.
Primary health care should play bigger role in treating chronic kidney disease
Healthy eating, regular exercise and blood pressure and cholesterol control are among the most effective ways of managing the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD).Read more.
Professor Anne West at the International Comparisons Conference in Paris on 4th and 5th June
Professor Anne West gave two plenary presentations at the International Comparisons Conference in Paris on 4th and 5th June. The Conference focused on social and ethnic mixing in schools and included contributions by academics from a wide range of countries including Canada, the US, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and England.
Zambia urged to tackle the stigma of abortion and unwanted pregnancies
Despite safe abortions being legal in a very wide number of circumstances since 1972, women in Zambia continue to take unnecessary risks to end unwanted pregnancies. Read more.
Research Funding News
Dr Ernestina Coast and Dr Emily Freeman have been awarded £30,000 by the LSE RIIF to study unsafe abortion in rural Zambia and practices of conscientious objection by medical practitioners. This successful funding bid develops out of an on-going research project into unsafe abortion in Zambia funded by ESRC-DFID.
LSE Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2015
Dr Arjan Gjonca has been highly commended for the Award for Excellent Welfare and Pastoral Support.
LSE Class Teacher Awards 2015
Diana Quirmbach, Dr Bert Provan and Liz Bailey have received Class Teacher Awards. These awards are nominated by academic departments in regognition of the special contribution made by graduate teaching assistants, teaching fellows and guests teachers to their work.
Professor Stephen Jenkins and Professor Lucinda Platt at the Trento Festival of Economics
On Monday 1 June Professor Stephen Jenkins and Professor Lucinda Platt gave lectures at the Trento Festival of Economics, which this year had Social Mobility as its theme.
Research Funding News
Professor Anne West has been awarded a grant from the Nuffield Foundation to explore the public funding of early years education in England. The project will involve an analysis of government policy on the funding of free early education, along with an analysis of expenditure and will explore how the funding formula for free early education has been developed and implemented in a sample of local authorities with different levels of deprivation, political complexions and constellations of providers.
Honesty trumps political loyalty in lost wallet experiment
People are just as likely to return a ‘lost’ wallet to an owner who has a different political affiliation to their own suggests new research by Professor Paul Dolan. Read more.
LSE Research News- Professor Martin Knapp awarded funding
Professor Martin Knapp from PSSRU, has received funding from the Shirley Foundation to conduct research to examine the economic case for interventions for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
New Research Impact Case Study- Creating incentives to improve public services
Innovative policy ideas from Professor Sir Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, and LSE researchers inspired radical government reforms that introduced choice and competition to improve key public services. Read more.
Members of Department presented research at this year's Population Association of America's Annual Meeting
Nine members of the Department of Social Policy presented their research at this year's Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. They included Dr Barclay, Ms Batyra, Dr Coast, Dr Goisis, Professor Grundy, Dr Herman, Ms Mariani, Professor Myrskyla, Professor Platt and Ms Vaisanen. Read more.
Thousands miss out on palliative care due to unfair health system
The UK’s palliative care system needs a major overhaul, according to an LSE report, which reveals widespread inequities and a lack of services for non-cancer patients. Read more.
No such thing as an empty nest when it comes to graduates
An LSE study looking at the relationship between parents and their adult children returning to live at home after university has revealed mixed experiences. Read more.
Shining example of UK research
Reading the Riots, a study by LSE and the Guardian newspaper to examine the causes and consequences of the 2011 London riots, has been picked as one of the "shining examples of UK research" by the journal Nature.
ARMA Awards- Professor Tim Newburn nominated in the Impact category
Professor Tim Newburn is a finalist in the Impact category of the ARMA awards, which "celebrates a research manager or research management team that has invented, innovated or transformed the processes for supporting the translation of research into societal impact". He was nominated for his collaboration with the Guardian on a project called Reading the Riots.
Dr Leonidas Cheliotis awarded Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award
Dr Cheliotis, Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Department of Social Policy, has been selected for the 2015 Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award by the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (Critical Criminal Justice Section).
Professor Lucinda Platt participates in workshop on 'Reducing Inequality: What American' Scholarship Can Learn from the European Experience'
A group of US and European scholars met at Marbach Castle to discuss the pressing subject of inequality across society and between different groups and how it might be addressed. Jointly funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and the Jacobs Foundation , the workshop participants discussed commissioned papers covering the state of inequality in the US across five areas of overall inequality, immigration, mental health, education and criminal justice, with a particular focus on youth inequality.
High rise estates can work if they are made energy efficient, says new LSE report
LSE Housing and Communities, in partnership with Rockwool, launched High Rise Hope Revisited, a new report examining the social implications of whole building energy efficiency refurbishments in residential tower blocks.
'Nurture' more important than 'nature' for overweight children
Parents’ lifestyles, rather than their genes, are primarily responsible for their children being overweight according to research by the Centre for Economic Performance, based at LSE. Read more.
Dr Hakan Seckinelgin appointed new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Society
Dr Hakan Seckinelgin, Associate Professor in International Social Policy, is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Society.The journal, which is published four times a year, has multidisciplinary focus that is interested in theoretical and empirical research on civil societies, their development and their interactions with the broader local and global societal processes.
Family beliefs a barrier to aged care health reform
New research by Dr Joan Costa-i-Font shows that older people are avoiding taking out long-term care insurance, fearing their children will desert them in old age. Read more.
LSE Research News- Professor Stephen Jenkins awarded funding
Professor Stephen Jenkins was awarded funding of £59,082 through the University of Essex’s ESRC-funded Research Centre for Micro-Social Change (MiSoC). The research aims to point to ways in which our society can navigate the post-war transition from solidarity built on a sense of common purpose to the integration of people with diverse backgrounds, preferences and abilities in an era of new pressures.
LSE Research News- Professor Anne Power awarded funding
Professor Anne Power, LSE Housing, was awarded funding of £30,817 from Street Games UK Ltd to undertake a study to uncover how poverty impacts on young people, how this interacts with access to sport and how these barriers can be overcome.
Professor David Lewis speaks at Wilson Center
To Avoid Reinforcing Status Quo, Focus on Understanding Livelihood Systems
Leonidas Cheliotis has won the 2014 Best Public Intellectual Special Issue Award
Dr Cheliotis won the award for his guest-edited special issue of the prestigious centenarian journal South Atlantic Quarterly (published by Duke University Press) on 'Prison Realities: Views from Around the World'. Dr Cheliotis’ own contribution to the collection discusses the uses and abuses of temporary release in a Greek male prison.
New Year Honours at LSE
Professor Julian Le Grand has been awarded a knighthood for services to social science and public service.
Julian Le Grand has been the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 1993. Read more.
LSE's Department of Social Policy excels in the REF again
LSE's Department of Social Policy has excelled once again in the REF, the UK's most recent nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment, which is undertaken every six to seven years. The results published last week show that LSE Social Policy is the UK's number one department for world leading and internationally excellent research.
The REF assessment takes place according to a quality scale from 1* to 4*, with 4* representing world leading research quality. In REF 2014 LSE's Department of Social Policy had the highest percentage (94%) of world leading 4* and internationally excellent 3* publications of any UK institution. It also had the highest possible scores (100%) for research impact and environment.
In the overall ranking, aggregating scores for research outputs, impact of research on policy, and academic environment LSE Social Policy was placed second in the country league table. When adjusted to take account of the percentage of staff submitted to REF, LSE Social Policy is by some distance the number one UK Social Policy Department for overall quality research.
Congratulations to everyone in the Department of Social Policy for an outstanding set of results.