ICRG Researcher’s Dataset – Table 3B

By Kieron L Jones, on 16 April 2014

We now have access to the ICRG Researcher’s Dataset – Table 3B: http://metalib-a.lib.ucl.ac.uk/V/?func=find-db-1-title&mode=titles&scan_start=i&search_type=start&restricted=all.  It provides annual averages of the 12 components of ICRG’s Political Risk Ratings (Table 3B), as published in the International Country Risk Guide.  Average ratings are provided for all countries covered by ICRG from 1984 through to the last full calendar year.  Components include: government stability, socioeconomic conditions, corruption, ethnic tensions, democratic accountability, religion in politics, etc.

The BL Newsroom to open at St Pancras, Monday 7 April

By Kieron L Jones, on 7 April 2014

Refurbishment work on the British Library Newsroom is progressing well and the new facility will open on Monday 7 April. Readers will once again have access to microfilm and digital newspaper collections as well as broadcast, multimedia and archived websites.

Periodical collections formerly held at Colindale are already available to order again, following an embargo that ran from June last year to 17 February. The majority of periodicals, amounting to some 24,000 titles, have been moved to Boston Spa and are available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 48 hours. A small number of high-use periodicals have been moved to St Pancras and will be available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 70 minutes.

Readers can choose to order these journals online in advance of their visit using Explore the British Library which has improved information about the titles and volumes held by the Library. Readers can also track the progress of their requests via My Reading Room Requests. Records for microfilm and print newspapers that are currently being moved are also visible. Although these items remain unavailable for the time being, the records will link to digital versions where these are available and will help Readers to plan future research.

Print newspapers will become available again in autumn 2014, where there are no microfilm or digital alternatives available in our collection.

For full details, please see the March Collection Moves Bulletin. (PDF)

Get answers to frequently asked questions about changes to access to newspapers. (PDF)

Find out how to upgrade your Newspaper Reader Pass to a full British Library Reader Pass. (PDF)

Find out what you should do if you still have credit on your Colindale self-help copying account. (PDF)

Law, Gender and Sexuality: sources and methods in socio-legal research

By Kieron L Jones, on 28 March 2014

19 May 2014

Organised by:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Event Type:
Research Training
Venue Details:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square


This event, organised collaboratively by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the British Library, aims is to draw attention to archives and their content that newcomers to the field may not be aware of and to consider the methodological and practical issues involved in analysing sources.

For a copy of the programme, please click here


Feminism and the Law:

  • Feminist Judgments  –   Professor Rosemary Hunter (University of Kent Law School)
  • Feminist approaches to sexuality and law scholarship  -  Professor Rosemary Auchmuty (University of Reading School of Law) 

Multi Collection Repositories:

  • Sisterhood and after: an archive of social and legislative change?  –  Dr Polly Russell (British Library) 
  • British Library collection highlights for research on  law, gender and sexuality  –  Jon Sims (British Library)
  • Highlights from LSE  library including Hall Carpenter Archives and specialist collections of the Women’s Library@lse  -  Heather Dawson  (London School of Economics Library)

Law and Same Sex Partnerships

  • Queering Genealogy through Wills  -  Daniel Monk (Reader in Law, Birkbeck, University of London )
  • Popular culture as sources for research on law in lesbian and gay lives  -  Dr Rosie Harding (Birmingham Law School) 

Legal Professions and Education

  • The IALS Archives of Legal Education –  Elizabeth Dawson (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)
  • Researching the UK’s first female law professor: thinking about gender, method and sources  –  Professor Fiona Cownie (Keele University School of Law) 
  • On Researching Men, Masculinities and Law: The Examples of Fatherhood and the Legal profession  –  Professor Richard Collier (Professor of Law and Social Theory, Newcastle University)

Visual Sources & Methods in Law, Gender and Sexuality scholarship

  • Images and archives: law , gender and sexuality  –  Professor Leslie Moran (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • The scene of the crime: police photographs, visual culture and sexuality  –  Dr Dominic Janes (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Legal treasures: on the shelf and online   –  Professor Amanda Perry-Kessaris (University of Kent Law School

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENTS:   For on-line booking and payments, please click here

  • Registration fees:
  • Full Rate: £70.00. 
  • Members of the SLSA: £60.00.  
  • Reduced rate for IALS students only: £30.00

 For further information and queries, please email IALS.Events@sas.ac.uk

The Research Ethics Guidebook

By Kieron L Jones, on 28 March 2014

The Research Ethics Guidebook is designed as a resource for social science researchers – those early in their careers, as well as more experienced colleagues.  It aims to help you find your way through the variety of regulatory processes and procedures that can apply to social science research – signposting you to more detailed information along the way, and acting as a prompt for reflection and questioning at all stages of the research process. You might use it for:

  • Your own research…  To help you write a research proposal, apply for ethics approval, or deal with ethics dilemmas that arise during a project.
  • Undergraduate studies…  As a resource for students, for research methods assignments or as a basis for tutorial discussions, or in carrying out undergraduate research projects.
  • Research supervision …  To help your student negotiate ethics at different stages of the research process, and as a tool for reflecting on your responsibilities in relation to ethics in student research.
  • Staff development…   For training of ethics committee members or research supervisors.

UK Data Service releases suite of instructional videos and webinars

By Kieron L Jones, on 20 March 2014

Researchers and students trying to get to grips with secondary data in the digital age now have some extra guidance to rely on.

The UK Data Service has produced a series of short ‘how to’ video tutorials that demonstrate specific online tasks and skills:

  • How to download UK survey data
  • How to log in to the Secure Lab
  • How to download a subset of survey data using Nesstar
  • How to use weights in Nesstar
  • How to access census aggregate data in InFuse
  • How to match and convert data using GeoConvert
  • How to access information about postcodes using GeoConvert
  • Creating an intensity map using Google Fusion tables

Each tutorial is just a few minutes long and contains online demonstrations of the task supported with audio explanations, making it easy for users to pause and replay the video as they learn and master the necessary skills. Some may be suitable for classroom use. Additional videos will be released over the coming weeks and months.

In addition, the UK Data Service is making recordings of its past webinars available online for open use. These webinars are live recordings of actual online training events, ranging from 45 to 60 minutes in length and often including participant question-and-answer sessions. Details of the original webinar are included so participants can see in advance the topics covered.

There are three webinars currently posted:

  • An introduction to the UK Data Service: Resources for postgraduates
  • New and easier ways of working with aggregate data and geographies from UK censuses
  • Showcasing the UK Quali Bank online browsing system for qualitative data

All video tutorials and past webinars are free to use, with no registration required. See more at the links below.

UK Data Service video tutorials

UK Data Service past webinars

The Conversation is looking for data-driven academic research

By Kieron L Jones, on 27 February 2014

Researchers from UK universities and research institutes now have a powerful new channel to get visibility for research underpinned by secondary data.

The Conversation is a fast-growing, independent and non-profit source of data-driven news.

It was established in the UK as a charitable organisation with support from academic funders HEFCE, HEFCW and the Scottish Funding Council along with Research Councils UK and several independent research foundations. Twenty UK universities have added their support as founding partners. The site currently features articles from experts at 113 universities and other academic institutions across the UK.

Academic researchers who use data from the UK Data Service may find The Conversation an especially helpful place to:

  • gain visibility for their work
  • share their expert knowledge with those who shape public policy
  • stimulate debates on issues of interest to wider society

Contributing authors receive a photo byline and short bio, along with access to a suite of behind-the-scenes analytics to better understand the volume and diversity of each article’s readers – a handy and visual way to demonstrate impact.

The editorial process is transparent, online, and guided by trained journalists who have worked at leading publications including The Guardian, The Economist, Reuters and The Observer. The editors are also open to working with academic authors on better ways of visualising the data they use.

The Conversation UK website is organised into themes including:

  • business and economy
  • education
  • politics and society
  • science and technology
  • health and medicine

In addition, articles are indexed by individual topics, with the option for readers to subscribe to topics of personal or professional interest. Articles filed under the Hard Evidence topic are specifically written by academics with a body of published work who ‘use research evidence to tackle the trickiest public policy questions’.

There are several ways to get involved:

  • sign up to the newsletter: get a flavour of the kind of articles featured in The Conversation
  • pitch an idea: describe an article you’d like to write in 100 words or less – or suggest a colleague who might have the expertise to contribute
  • become an author: set up an academic account and submit an article

Researchers who write articles based on data from the UK Data Service are encouraged to cite their data to acknowledge the data source, make it easier for others to find, and to encourage more secondary analysis. For more on how (and why) to cite research data, see the ESRC’s guidance Data citation: What you need to know.

To learn more:

New Library books

By Kieron L Jones, on 21 February 2014

Freedom, responsibility and economics of the person / Jérôme Ballet … [et al.]. London : Routledge, 2014.

Asian tigers, African lions : comparing the development performance of Southeast Asia and Africa / e Leiden : Brill, 2013.

Nell, Edward J. Rational econometric man : transforming structural econometrics / Edward J. Nell, Karim Errouaki ; w Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, c2013.

Public sector shock : the impact of policy retrenchment in Europe / edited by Daniel Vaughan-Whitehe Cheltenham : Edward Elgar ; Geneva : International Labour Office, c2013.

Miller, Karen Johnston. Making and managing public policy / Karen Johnston Miller and Duncan McTavish. London : Routledge, 2014.

Bridge, Simon. Understanding the social economy and the third sector / Simon Bridge, Brendan Murtagh & Ken O’Neill. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Dunleavy, Patrick. Growing the productivity of government services / Patrick Dunleavy, Leandro Carrera. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, c2013.

Boydstun, Amber E., 1977- Making the news : politics, the media, and agenda setting / Amber E. Boydstun. Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Trial to YouGov Reports

By Kieron L Jones, on 23 January 2014

UCL has a trial to YouGov Reports until 23rd April 2014.

For further details, please view the UCL Library Electronic Resources Blog post at: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/library-ejournal/2014/01/23/yougov-reports/

EUI Library’s latest edition of their bibliography on the global financial and economic crisis

By Kieron L Jones, on 17 January 2014

A very useful bibliography from EUI of the latest research publications covering the origins of the global financial & economic crisis, empirical and narrative works, finance and banking, risk, derivatives and hedge funds, regulation, central banking and economic governance, the crisis in Europe and the Eurozone labour market and socio-economic aspects, ethical aspects, new comparative and historical literature (since January 2008), prospective and normative works – implications and aftermath, and research and methodological implications.


By Kieron L Jones, on 17 December 2013

The economic downturn and recent signs of recovery in the UK raises urgent questions about how we can move to a more stable form of growth that will be and sustainable over the long term. Reliance on unsustainable resources and an adherence to traditional forms of economic growth are placing the UK in a fragile position and undermining our capacity for leadership in innovation. Bold action is required to steer the UK towards a pathway of green growth and thus towards a green economy.

The report of the UCL Green Economy Policy Commission argues that the time is right to move towards a green economy. It provides a synthesis of recent research and evidence in this area, and explores the high-level policies and frameworks necessary to achieve this, making a number of significant policy recommendations. This event will offer an opportunity to hear about the main findings and recommendations as well as a lively panel discussion focusing on some of the major challenges in achieving a green economy as well as considering the possible responses.

Chaired by Gus O’Donnell, Visiting Professor, UCL Political Science and former Head of the Civil Service


Professor Paul Ekins, Chair of the UCL Green Economy Commission and Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy

Steven Fries, Chief Economist, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Followed by a drinks reception

Book your ticket to the launch event on 24 February 2014 from 5pm-8pm.

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commision

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commission, chaired by Professor Paul Ekins, brought together a diverse group of academics with expertise in economics, the built environment, engineering, political science, innovation, and resource efficiency to consider how the UK might implement policies that will support a ‘green economy’. By applying knowledge and perspectives across disciplines, it seeks to offer a novel approach to a complex public policy challenge.