The conference aims to engage with different legal systems across cultures focusing on the ways in which social mores are institutionalised in societies aiming to render a subtle, complex account of the discursive construction of gender, linking together ideologies, language, their cultural groundings and their operation in legal context.
PhD methodology conferences provide an opportunity for current PhD students and recent graduates from all social science disciplines to share their research methodologies and the challenges they encountered in every step of their research. The aim is to provide the opportunity for PhD students to debate and reflect on their methodological choices, and to consider alternative methods, approaches tools and sources.
The end of 2013 has seen the launch of LCSS’s Public Policy platform bringing together policy makers, academics and students within the broad field of Public Policy. The platform has set itself an ambitious agenda of organising regular roundtable discussions on topical issues with expert names, informal debates as well as community projects attempting to directly address the issues and challenges which certain sections of society may be facing. The functioning of this platform has been aided by a team with a wealth of experience within the social sciences discipline.
As well as setting out a fascinating agenda, the platform has made a fast start having organised its first roundtable of the term on Foreign Policy-Making in Britain: the Role of Institutional Power as well as a number of informal discussion forums with invaluable presentations on key policy topics.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, London Centre for Social Studies is proud to organize and introduce the new season of Professional Development Workshop (PDW) series for PhD and graduate students of all levels. The PDW series will be open to graduate students or researchers from all universities, disciplines and departments in and around London (registration will be on a first come first served basis).
LCSS held its fourth annual Welcome Reception at the University of Westminster on 28th October 2013. The welcome reception brought together a number of postgraduate students to offer beneficial advice on how to make the most of their time in the UK and to succeed on their chosen course.
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LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Izmir on Gender & “The Law”: Limits, Contestations and Beyond, in partnership with Dokuz Eylul University, Gediz University and Indiana University.
LCSS conducted the second of its roundtable discussions on the Scottish referendum, concentrating on the European Union and economic implications of independence as well as the actual referendum procedure.
A focus on the possible EU, legal, constitutional, defence and foreign policy implications for both Scotland and the Rest of the United Kingdom (rUK) in the event of Scottish independence.
The 2nd LCSS PhD Methodology Conference, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Doctoral Training Centres, was held on 22nd of February at the London School of Economics (LSE).
School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent
Professor of Social Policy, University of Kent
Head of Social Policy, New Economics Foundation
Vice-Chancellor, University of Westminster
Professor of Social Policy, University of Strathclyde
Senior Policy Adviser, Cabinet Office
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Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet -- On Thursday 4th April 2013 an interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition. Baroness Meacher is an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords as well as the chair of the East London and City Mental Health Trust.
Bernard Harris -- The relationship between solidarity and welfare provision has often been the subject of debate. A number of commentators, on both left and right, have accused the welfare state of undermining the voluntary solidarities which were associated with the growth of self-help and mutual-aid associations, such as trade unions and, especially, friendly societies.
Simon Griffiths and Henry Kippin -- The Observer journalist, Andrew Rawnsley, wrote that the ‘enduring question of British politics is about our public services’ – the things we collectively pay for and provide for each other: welfare, health, education and so on. In the UK, debates about welfare reform and the public services now provide some of the main points of conflict