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Asian Robotics Review
Looking to make a fortune investing in robotics?

Industrial robots are high-quality, productive workers; humans can’t match their output.  Because of these steel-collar workers and their peerless output—around the clock if necessary!—productivity gets a boast. Factory owners like the increase in productivity, low price and ROI of these workers, so they are buying ever more. Such mass productivity affects GDP. Georg Graetz of Uppsala University and Guy Michaels of the London School of Economics in their Robots at Work “found that, on average…the increasing use of industrial robots over the time period raised the annual growth of GDP by 0.37%. They compared this substantial growth to the boosts in productivity that occurred at the turn of the 20th century from steam technology.” The comparison was near identical.

CEP and impact
Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) at LSE

Did you know that funding is available to support knowledge exchange activities at any point throughout the research life-cycle?

The KEI Fund is designed to support a variety of innovative research engagement activities and the KEI Strategy Group welcomes applications of any size up to £100k/year for a maximum of 3 years.

The key public engagement activities for 2017/18 will be driven by the core theme Beveridge 2.0: Rethinking Beveridge for the 21st century and colleagues are invited to submit proposals in line with this theme, other innovative proposals also welcome.

Visit the new KEI website for full details of the KEI Fund, hear from colleagues on the value of research praxis, and gain practical advice and information on all aspects of KEI through the KEI Toolkit.

CEP recent awards
Sara Evans-Lacko, PSSRU

Awarded an European Research Council Proof of Concept Grant for the NCore project, which aims to develop a mobile app which facilitates access to mental health services and treatments for young people with mental health problems; and to assess its feasibility, acceptability and potential clinical and costeffectiveness. If successful, the app would: (1) increase access to mental health care by providing links to relevant existing services; (2) increase access to relevant evidence-based mobile health interventions and to address barriers to care and (3) allow individuals to review services they have used and provide feedback which can be accessed by other app users. 

Race Disparity Audit
launch of Ethnicity Facts and Figures website

The UK Government’s Race Disparity Audit website 'Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ was launched today, providing some previously unavailable data. CASE researchers were engaged in the developmental process of the Audit. Measuring inequalities within and between ethnic groups has been part of our previous work on the EHRC Equality Measurement Framework that Dr Tania Burchardt and Dr Polly Vizard helped to develop, and on the work of the National Equality Panel chaired by Professor John Hills.

Heat, greed and human need: climate change, capitalism and sustainable wellbeing
New book by Professor Ian Gough

Wednesday November 8th at 6.30-8.00 pm followed by a wine reception

Venue: Shaw Library at London School of Economics, London


Professor Ian Gough (Visiting Professor, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, and Associate, Grantham Research Institute, LSE) presents his new book (Edward Elgar 2017).

This book builds an essential bridge between climate change and social policy. Combining ethics and human need theory with political economy and climate science, it offers a long-term, interdisciplinary analysis of the prospects for sustainable development and social justice. Beyond ‘green growth’ (which assumes an unprecedented rise in the emissions efficiency of production) it envisages two further policy stages vital for rich countries: a progressive ‘recomposition’ of consumption, and a post-growth ceiling on demand.

Please book your place at this event using Eventbrite

Chair: Professor Dame Judith Rees, Vice-chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE

Discussant: Kate Raworth, Oxford University Environmental Change Institute; author of Doughnut Economics

Event hashtag: #HeatGreedHumanNeed

Economic Decisions Talk at the British Science Festival
Oriana Bandiera, Nava Ashraf, Maitreesh Ghatak

People aren't always as selfish as economists assume. This event was part of the British Science Festival held in Brighton in September 2017, and examined how our social preferences affect our decision making and explored the economic consequences.

The expert panel, including Oriana Bandiera, Nava Ashraf, and Maitreesh Ghatak, discussed how we can incorporate personal motivations into economic models and discussed the implications on the organisation of firms, the use of monetary incentives, and the delivery of public services.

You can listen to the discussion from this link