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Charles Booth Centenary Lectures
III Public Lectures, November 3rd 2016

This event, which coincides with the LSE Research Festival 2016, is part of a wider LSE celebration of pioneering social scientist Charles Booth, who died in 1916, and whose original survey into life and labour in London is held in the LSE Library.

Booth's investigation of poverty in London provides a key example both of the creative development of social science and of the ways in which research may be used to have a positive impact on society. The event brings together a group of scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the substance of Booth's ideas as well as his broader legacy for the social sciences and for contemporary social analysis.

 The event is free and open to all on a first come first serve basis. If you wish to register your interest in advance, send an e-mail to

The event programme is listed below. Drop in for one or several sessions.

  • Session 1: 2.15-3.00pm -  Welcome and Introduction: Charles Booth and the Social Sciences
    Prof Mary Morgan (LSE Economic History Dept)
    Chair: Prof Nicola Lacey (LSE Law Dept and International Inequalities Institute)
    Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

  • Session 2: 3.15-4.15 - Economy, Work, Pay, Class - Then and Now
    : Profs Alan Manning (LSE Economics Dept), Stephen Machin (LSE Centre for Economic Performance), Fran Tonkiss (LSE Sociology Dept)
    Chair: Prof Nicola Lacey
    Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

  • 4.15-4.45 Coffee break

  • Session 3: 4.45-5.45 Housing, Health, Personal Circumstances, Criminality - Then and Now
    Dr Suzi Hall (LSE Cities), Profs Anne Power (LSE Social Policy Dept, LSE Housing and Communities), Emily Grundy (LSE Sociology Dept) and Tim Newburn (Social Policy Dept)
    ChairDr Suki Ali (LSE Sociology Dept)
    Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

  • Session 4: 6.00-7.00pm"The Chain: How Inequality Works"
     Prof John Hills (LSE International Inequalities Institute and Social Policy Dept)
    Chair: Prof Julia Black
    Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

This lecture will trace some of the ways in which rising inequalities in income and wealth and the policies associated with them are driving the housing crisis for those at the margins. 

For a map of campus, see here.

News Posted: 24 October 2016      [Back to the Top]

Government plans will reallocate nursery funding
from poorer to richer children

The government’s grammar schools plans have been covered widely with evidence presented that in practice, academic selection increases educational inequality, and strengthens the relationship between social background and attainment. In contrast, plans to change the funding system for nurseries and pre-schools have received little attention. But these reforms actually pose a greater threat to social mobility than proposals to expand grammar schools, argue Kitty Stewart and Ludovica Gambaro for the LSE British Politics and Policy blog. continue reading

News Posted: 29 September 2016      [Back to the Top]

New Global Welfare Futures seminar series
LSE Department of Social Policy

All lectures will be held in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE. Maps here

Can the Welfare States survive?
Speaker:  Prof Andrew Gamble (Cambridge/ Sheffield)
Tues 27th Sept,  6pm

The Return of the Family? Variation across post-industrial societies
Speaker:  Prof Mary Brinton (Harvard)
Tues 25th Oct,  6pm

Global Capitalism and the Rise of Inequality:  re-embedding (labour) markets and employment relations ?
Speaker:  Prof Lane Kenworthy (UC San Diego)
Wed 9th Nov, 6pm

Re-imagining Civil Society Engagement:  in search of social innovation
Speaker: Prof Maurizio Ferrera (Milan)
Wed 23rd Nov,  2pm

News Posted: 22 September 2016      [Back to the Top]

Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy
A new interdisciplinary seminar series starting in Autumn 2016

Three institutes in LSE are hosting a new seminar series: the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI), the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and the new International Inequalities Institute (III). It will be chaired by Prof Ian Gough, Visiting Professor at CASE and Associate at Grantham.

The overlap between environmental pressures and degradation on the one hand and the ‘social dimension’ of inequality and human wellbeing on the other hand is of immense importance but under-researched. There is a yawning gap to be filled by a coherent, exciting and interdisciplinary research agenda. This series of seminars will explore and develop that agenda.  

 The seminars will be focused in two ways: on global warming and climate change rather than a wider range of environmental problems, and on the UK and other rich countries - the ‘welfare states’ of the OECD, roughly the same as and the Kyoto Annex II countries.

The first six seminars of the series will take place on:

Thursday 3rd November 2016, 12.00-13.30 with Prof Ian Gough on ‘Climate change, Inequality and Social Policy’. Registration is required. Sign up for this seminar.

Thursday 1st December 2016, 12.00-13:30 with Lucas Chancel, (title tbc) Research Fellow New Prosperity, IDDRI Paris (Sciences Po)

Thursday 16th February 2017, 12.00-13:30 speaker tbc

Thursday 9th/16th March 2017, 12.00-13:30 date and speaker tbc

Thursday 27th April 2017, 12.00-13:30 speaker tbc

Thursday 25th May 2017, 12.00-13:30 speaker tbc

A sandwich lunch and refreshments are provided.

News Posted: 22 August 2016      [Back to the Top]