reesej1

About reesej1

I am an MSc student in Politics and Communications at the LSE and also work part time for research centre LSE Cities. I currently live in Lambeth, London but am originally from the countryside in Buckinghamshire. In my spare time I enjoy reading political biographies, baking and cooking, cycling, travelling when I can and exploring new places in London.
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    Delivering winning Election Night coverage: LSE students assist with ITV GE2017 programme

Delivering winning Election Night coverage: LSE students assist with ITV GE2017 programme

25 of our undergraduate students assisted ITV with their General Election 2017 programme, which aired from Thursday 8 June until the early hours of Friday 9 June 2017. The work required involved taking calls from constituencies and logging the election results on a database, which were then subsequently broadcast live on television.

BSc student Naomi Potter details her experience working […]

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    Understanding Terrorism. What can the Arts and Social Science learn from each other?

Understanding Terrorism. What can the Arts and Social Science learn from each other?

James Hughes discusses his research on the conflict in Northern Ireland between 1969 – 2005 as well as the advice he provided to the Director of a play, titled ‘Everything Between Us’, which deals with the legacy of the conflict and received its London premiere in April 2017.

The question of what constitutes terrorism is an ongoing puzzle in social […]

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    ‘Despite being an undergraduate, I felt as much a part of the conference as anyone else’: BSc student James Sanders on presenting at an academic Conference

‘Despite being an undergraduate, I felt as much a part of the conference as anyone else’: BSc student James Sanders on presenting at an academic Conference

BSc student James Sanders reflects on his experience attending and presenting a research paper at the Political Studies Association Conference in Glasgow in April 2017.

When people ask what my research is about, their eyes tend to glaze over as I say: “demonstrating the robustness of proprietary quantitative textual analysis tools through a series of methodological challenges”. Granted it isn’t […]

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    How ‘groupthink’ in Theresa May’s Downing Street delivered another round of UK political chaos

How ‘groupthink’ in Theresa May’s Downing Street delivered another round of UK political chaos

The UK’s political turmoil has continued with the Conservatives’ disastrous 2017 campaign. But what lead to the multiple miscalculations involved? Patrick Dunleavy argues that it forms part of a wider pattern of mis-governing from the centre of Whitehall that has characterized Theresa May’s leadership style from the outset.

All British Prime Ministers end their careers in failure. Either they are […]

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    ‘Recursive communication’ on mitigating today’s crisis of legitimacy

‘Recursive communication’ on mitigating today’s crisis of legitimacy

MSc student Mary Diduch details the gap between constituents and those in elected office outlined by Jane Mansbridge in her ‘Listening to One’s Constituents? Now, There’s an Idea’ Brian Barry memorial lecture, held at LSE on Monday 15 May 2017. Listen to the event podcast.

How should elected representatives best communicate with citizens?

It’s an age-old question, one that extends beyond […]

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    What can you learn from an undergraduate research internship?

What can you learn from an undergraduate research internship?

In summer 2016, the Department of Government ran its research internship scheme for undergraduates for the second year. The programme enables BSc students to develop key skills by working with academic faculty on their research. We spoke to BSc student Trishna Kurian and Associate Professor Joachim Wehner about the internship scheme and their work on a project about voting behaviour in South […]

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    Populism, Nationalism, and the Elite: A Weekend at Cumberland Lodge

Populism, Nationalism, and the Elite: A Weekend at Cumberland Lodge

MSc student Rob Macquarie reflects on the Department of Government’s annual visit to Cumberland Lodge from the 28-30 April 2017, with the theme ‘‘The Rise of Populism? Resurgent Nationalism in an Internationalised World’.

Whatever one’s position on the political spectrum, it’s undeniable that the past 12 months have been a turbulent time for intellectuals. The debate on contemporary politics has […]

Inequality in Mexico and How to Address It

MSc student Erica Belcher provides an overview of the LSE Mexico Week 2017 launch event on ‘Inequality in Mexico and How to Address It’, which took place on Monday 6 March. Listen to the podcast recording.

Income inequality is no new news for Mexico. In fact, the words of Alexander von Humboldt (1811) ring as true today as they did […]

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    Truth for Giulio Regeni!: Tragedy, Complex Complicity and the Pursuit of Effective Transnational Advocacy

Truth for Giulio Regeni!: Tragedy, Complex Complicity and the Pursuit of Effective Transnational Advocacy

MSc student Cazadira Fediva Tamzil reflects on the ‘Truth for Giulio Regeni!’ Transnational Activism & Human Rights Violations in Egypt’ LSE Department of Government event, which took place on Thursday 2 March 2017. Listen to the podcast recording.

On Thursday 2 March 2017 the LSE Department of Government Collective Action Forum hosted a ground-breaking event entitled ‘Truth for Giulio Regeni!’ Transnational […]

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    ‘Distinctive, dynamic, illuminating and challenging’ : Emma Jones-Phillipson on her Parliamentary Internship

‘Distinctive, dynamic, illuminating and challenging’ : Emma Jones-Phillipson on her Parliamentary Internship

MSc student Emma Jones-Phillipson is currently a Parliamentary Intern for Baroness Shas Sheehan and provides us with an insight into her experience working in the House of Lords.

My interview for my internship was one of the most intimidating experiences of my time in London (so far). This was not due to a severe interviewer or an intense line of questioning […]