Research

Building a research community: the Conflict Research Group

Dr Denisa Kostovicova details the Conflict Research Group (CRG) lunchtime research seminars and public events, organised during term times since 2011, in her ‘Building a research community: involving academics, doctoral students and master’s students in the Conflict Research Group seminars’.

The Conflict Research Group (CRG) is a multidisciplinary group based at the Department of Government that gathers staff and students who […]

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    The plumage and the bird: We need to reappraise what is ‘essential’ and what is ‘superfluous’ in political life

The plumage and the bird: We need to reappraise what is ‘essential’ and what is ‘superfluous’ in political life

Political theories have often included frameworks that minimise the importance of some aspects of human flourishing and prioritise others. Rodney Barker takes issue with these distinctions, arguing for the fundamental importance of cultural choices and display in understanding human conduct in his new book titled ‘Cultivating Politics and Public Identity: Why Plumage Matters’.

At the end of the eighteenth century, […]

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    Europeans Would Accept More Refugees—If the Asylum System Were Fair

Europeans Would Accept More Refugees—If the Asylum System Were Fair

Kirk Bansak, Jens Hainmueller and Dominik Hangartner’s study of the European refugee crisis shows broad support across Europe for the proportional allocation of asylum seekers.

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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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    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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    Will Labour’s ‘six tests’ hold the government to account on the UK’s Brexit deal?

Will Labour’s ‘six tests’ hold the government to account on the UK’s Brexit deal?

With Article 50 triggered, Kate Alexander Shaw analyses the Labour Party’s ‘six tests for Brexit’, arguing that they may let the government off the hook rather than holding them to account over the UK’s final EU deal.

The justice of art at South Africa’s Constitutional Court

Dr Eliza Garnsey, who recently presented her work at the LSE Department of Government Conflict Research Group seminar on Thursday 23 February, outlines the importance of art in the constitutional Court of South Africa. Dr Denisa Kostovicova, one of the organisers of the Conflict Research Group seminar has been awarded funding for a ground-breaking collaborative research project, ‘Art and […]

What can academics and activists learn from each other?

John Chalcraft leads the Collective Action Forum, an innovative project designed to bring academics and activists together. He argues that engaging with activists can help universities take a fresh look at the world’s problems and make a positive impact on society.

Prison doesn’t work: why don’t we care?

Several recent high-profile incidents have highlighted endemic problems facing the UK prison system. Dr Helen Brown Coverdale argues that recognising the role of caring in safe, effective and humane penal regimes is essential to meet the needs of offenders, victims and society.

February 28th, 2017|Featured, Research, Staff|0 Comments|