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Tania Burchardt to become Director of CASE
from September 2016


After over 18 years in the role, John Hills will be stepping-down as Director of CASE from mid-September, reflecting the increasing demands on his time as Co-Director of the recently established LSE International Inequalities Institute.


Tania Burchardt, currently Deputy Director will become Director of CASE.  Tania will be supported by Abigail McKnight, Kitty Stewart and Polly Vizard as Associate Directors, while Anne Power will continue to direct the LSE Housing and Communities Group. 


CASE colleagues are delighted that John will continue to be involved in an advisory function as Chair of CASE and through continuing research as part of the centre.

News Posted: 08 July 2016      [Back to the Top]

LSE Housing and Communities Book Launch
Cities for a Small Continent: International Handbook of City Recovery by Professor Anne Power

LSE Housing and Communities, with support from La Fabrique de la Cité invites you to the launch of Anne Power's latest publication 'Cities for a Small Continent'. This book draws together 10 years of ground-level research into the ways Europe's ex-industrial cities are treading new paths in sustainability. Anne Power uses seven case-study cities to detail how and why city change happens, and how cities in the world's smallest, most crowded, most city-loving continent can build a more viable, balanced and sustainable urban future.

To purchase a copy of Cities for a Small Continent, please visit the Policy Press website

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Chaired by Professor Ricky Burdett, this event will explore the causes and consequences of urban challenges in post-industrial European cities and the potential that their model offers in creating more sustainable cities. Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution will situate this study in a US-context whilst Anne Power will set out the European perspective. Speakers confirmed are:
  • Professor Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities
  • Professor Anne Power, LSE Housing and Communities and Professor of Social Policy
  • Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution
Cities for a Small Continent will be available to buy at the event. There will also be an opportunity to have your book signed by Anne Power and Bruce Katz.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please RSVP to to register your interest.

Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 3PH

LSE Housing Special Event

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

Sanctions and inequalities: what do we know and need to know about the impact of benefit sanctions
on particular groups?


CASE and UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI) jointly held a seminar with a panel discussion on 16th March 2016.


It brought together three speakers who have investigated different aspects of the impact of sanctions, and provided the opportunity for participants to discuss the evidence and gaps in our knowledge. Presentation slides and associated papers are available below.



Anne Power (CASE, LSE)

How are sanctions hitting people’s lives? Community-level evidence


Aaron Reeves (International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

Does applying sanctions to unemployment benefit recipients increase welfare exit and employment? A cross-area analysis of UK sanctioning reforms  download here

Working paper: Do punitive approaches to unemployment benefit recipients increase welfare exit and employment? download here


David Webster (University of Glasgow)

Sanctions: The Missing Evidence download here

Listen to the presentations here  


Discussants: Michael Adler (University of Edinburgh) and Maurice Sunkin (UKAJI)

Notes from the session available to download here

Listen to the discussion here

News Posted: 16 March 2016      [Back to the Top]

Date for your diary: 27th April
What was the impact of the Coalition government on social policy outcomes and welfare governance?

Venue: London School of Economics, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Wednesday 27th April 2016, 3.00 - 6.00 pm, followed by a drinks reception

Speakers:  Professor Hugh Bochel, Professor Sir John Hills, Professor Ruth Lupton, Professor Martin Powell, Dr Polly Vizard

Respondents: Nick Timmins 
(The King's Fund, Institute for Government, former public policy editor at the Financial Times) and Peter Taylor Gooby (Research Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent)

Chair: Professor Coretta Phillips 

This event will launch two new complementary publications analysing UK social policy from 2010 to 2015.  Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell will introduce The Coalition government and social policy: restructuring the welfare state and Ruth Lupton will present on the key findings from Social Policy in a Cold Climate: policies and their consequences since the crisisPolly Vizard and Martin Powell will jointly present on “What happened in health services? John Hills will then lead a short commentary to be followed by a discussion led by the respondents Nick Timmins and Peter Taylor-Gooby. There will then be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Hugh Bochel is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Lincoln. 

John Hills is Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and Co-Director of the International Inequalities Institute at LSE.

Ruth Lupton is Professor of Education at the University of Manchester. 

Martin Powell is Professor of Health and Social Policy, University of Birmingham.

Coretta Phillips is An Associate Professor of Social Policy at the LSE

Dr Polly Vizard is a Associate Professorial Research Fellow at CASE, LSE.

This event is free and open to all please register your interest by email to

News Posted: 03 March 2016      [Back to the Top]

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