What are members of marginalised communities doing to protect themselves in a datafied society?
Our Data Bodies is a collaborative, participatory research and organising effort. Since 2015, we have been working in three cities: Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; and Los Angeles California. Our project combines community-based organising, capacity-building, and rigorous academic research to find answers to questions about the relationship of technology to marginality. We have conducted approximately 140 in-depth interviews, a dozen participatory workshops, and three interpretive focus groups. Our preliminary findings reveal the impacts of everyday, pervasive surveillance on mental health and well-being, on the one hand, and acts of individual and collective agency, defiance, and refusal, on the other hand.
Presenter: Seeta Gangadharan, Department of Media and Communications
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How is student-led research changing LSE?
Change Makers is a collaborative programme between LSE and LSE Students' Union. It gives students the chance to make meaningful change at LSE by conducting independent research. Beginning in 2018/19, Change Makers funded approximately £50,000 worth of student-led research projects, each of which identified and investigated a specific aspect of the School. Findings and recommendations from those projects are now being shared, to impact on the student experience in 2019/20 and beyond.
Presenter: Ellis Saxey, Eden Centre
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What does the internet know about us?
How is our data shared and used in the digital environment? What are the risks and how can we protect our privacy online? Over the past year we have been talking to children, parents and educators about online data and privacy as part of our ICO-funded project "Children's data and privacy online: growing up in a digital age". We found that children are becoming aware of the commercial and institutional uses of their data and they care about their privacy, but there are important gaps in their media literacy and digital skills. Children often turn to their parents and teachers for guidance but adults also struggle to understand the complex digital environment and to know what to advise children. To promote children's understanding we developed an online privacy toolkit.
Presenters: Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri, Department of Media and Communications
Find out more about Children's data and privacy online
What does it mean to think visually, and feel visually?
Why do people hate Trump’s Wall and love the Great Wall of China? To explore this question, I published an article “The Politics of Walls,” and then made a short film, “Great Walls”. This experience showed me how textual media are helpful for explaining the ideological issues of how walls divide people, while audio-visual media effectively highlight the affective intensities of how walls can also move and connect people. Research films thus push us to think visually, and feel visually. This is important because most people get their information about the world from visual media. “Great Walls” was made with the support of the LSE’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund.
Presenter: William A Callahan, Department of International Relations
Find out more about the politics of walls
How can we best make real-world decisions with human-made probabilities?
Science gives us tools that are both imperfect and useful. LSE's Centre for the Analysis of Time Series is at the forefront of improving these tools and communicating how to use them wisely. Our projects include collaboration with humanitarian agencies to save lives by acting before disasters occur, and forecasting the results of the US National Football League.
Presenters: Leonard Smith, Erica Thompson and Ed Wheatcroft, CATS
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How do we create engaging and creative outreach for disseminating research findings of public interest widely, using the spaces in the city we all share?
Public artwork commissioned by Civil Society Futures. The soundbox is a birdfeeder with a built-in speaker playing recordings of people working in the UK voluntary sector. These interviews are the raw data used in the report. The recording comprises six short pieces around the main emerging themes – the meaning of civil society, issues raised by young people about their community, etc. The soundbox is an engaging way to create outreach for research findings of public interest and invites listeners to think about the process of research analysis. Themes are curated not only around facts but also around opinion, emotion, and imagination.
Presenter: Mariana Bogdanova, Department of Management
Find out more about the birdfeeder soundbox
How can LSE Library collections support your research?
LSE Library staff will showcase two recent projects which demonstrate how the Library’s flagship collections can support research, and inspire future projects:
Jill Craigie: Film Pioneer - an AHRC-funded research project drawing on the Library’s Jill Craigie archive
Peace Activism and the "New Cold War" – an LSE-funded knowledge exchange and impact project based on the Library’s CND collection.
Presenters: Gillian Muphy and Anna Towlson, LSE Library
Find out more about LSE Library's collections
How do refugees integrate into the labour market of host communities?
The overwhelming majority of humanitarian migrants is hosted in low and medium income countries. Despite being poor, Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa. Given that unemployment is already high and local resources stretched, refugees face particular integration obstacles in these contexts. In looking into various initiatives in Uganda, this project tries to better understand what these integration challenges are, how these can be countered and what the role of both domestic and international actors in this process.
Presenter: Hilke Mairi Gudel, Department of Government
Find out more about mobile populations in Uganda
What does global health mean to you?
Why does global health matter? The Global Health Intiative is a cross-departmental research platform set up to increase the coherence and visibility of Global Health research activity across the School, both internally and externally. It provides support for interdisciplinary engagement and showcases LSE's ability to apply rigourous social science research to emerging global health challenges.
Presenter: Beth Kreling and Charnele Nunes, Global Health Initiative
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What is the lived experience of high-density housing in the London context?
Despite the flaws in focusing entirely on supply as the solution to the housing crisis, it is widely acknowledged that London is in need of more homes. With the city’s lateral expansion restricted by the Green Belt, this new housing is being produced at unprecedented densities – forming a contrast to the low-rise terraced houses and private gardens that characterise most neighbourhoods. In this film, residents of several high-density developments show us what they like and dislike about their homes. The film is part of a three-year research and knowledge-exchange programme exploring residents' experience of high-density living.
Presenters: Fanny Blanc and Kath Scanlon, LSE London and Tim White, LSE Cities
Find out more about living in high density
How can we use digital technologies and design to inform people about politics and policy?
Social scientists collect a lot of data. But data can only be useful for policy change if it is communicated in a way which gives context, understanding and creates interest. Three new projects from LSE's United States Centre (The State of the States), South Asia Centre (States of South Asia - India Pilot) and the Centre for Women, Peace and Security (WPS National Action Plans) illustrate social science data across different study areas by visualising policy trends, geographic, social and economic data, and the effectiveness of policy implementation.
Presenters: Chris Gilson, United States Centre, Nicky Armstrong, Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and Chris Finnigan, South Asia Centre
Find out more about these initiatives in the US Centre, South Asia Centre and Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
How does palm oil agriculture impact carbon emissions and haze episodes in Southeast Asia?
Through a number of multi-disciplinary collaborative projects, we aim to understand the environmental impact of deforestation and agricultural conversion in the tropical peat-swamp regions of Southeast Asia. Land clearance and drainage releases significant carbon emissions and increases landscape susceptibility to fires leading to costly air pollution episodes across Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. Through field-scale experiments and opportunistic fieldwork at fires, our work aims to quantify greenhouse gas and haze-forming emissions from land degradation and burning, as well as investigate the serious deleterious effects on human health and the economy. Our work informs REDD+ initiatives and contributes to forest conservation management across the region.
Presenter: Thomas Smith, Department of Geography and Environment
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How can government inefficiencies in the diffusion of sewerage infrastructure affect under-five mortality rates?
I study a nation-wide expansion of sewerage infrastructure that took place in Peru between 2005 and 2015 on under-five mortality using original administrative panel data at the district level and exploiting random geography-driven variation in budget allocation to instrument for project placement. Mortality rates increased in districts that experienced greater sewerage diffusion, attributable to poor technical rigor during the execution of the works and exacerbated by delays and mid-construction abandonment. Public interventions aimed at correcting market failures in the development of large infrastructure are prone to government failures that put at risk infant and child survival.
Presenter: Antonella Bancalari, Department of Social Policy
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How does LSE support the career progression of its PhD students?
This comparative study draws on research conducted with three different groups of people: PhD students, Doctoral Programme Directors and PhD administrators. It seeks to explore current career development practice and evaluate strenghts, weaknesses and potential gaps in what is offered. Our findings have been compared with those from a similar study at the University of Oxford School of Social Sciences. the findings include: 1 Recommendations, 2 Case study of good practice, 3 Student to student advice, 4 The LSE PhD Career Development Culture.
Presenters: Catherine Reynolds, LSE Careers, and Hannah Cottrell, Department of Anthropology
Find out more about careers services for PhD students and research staff
How can we combat infectious disease and anti-microbial resistance with real-world innovations?
The Bloomsbury SET (Science, Economics, Technology) is a £5-million programme of translational research activities funded by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund. Led by the Royal Veterinary College in partnership with LSE, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and SOAS, the programme focuses on the development of low-cost, portable diagnostic tools and vaccines to counter infectious diseases and increasing resistance to antimicrobials. It aims to connect places, people, businesses, ideas and infrastructures in pursuit of innovative solutions (tools, vaccines, models) that will help safeguard human health.
Presenters: Aygen Kurt Dickson, LSE Research and Innovation, and Mark Smith, RVC
Find out more about the Bloomsbury SET