2016 SPERI Conference announcement: ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’

halifaxhall_16_250The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is pleased to announce that its next major conference will take place from 4-6 July 2016 and will be held, as previously, in the Halifax Hall conference centre in Sheffield.

The theme of the conference will be: ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’. SPERI’s focus encompasses analysis of all the major contemporary issues in political economy.

As such, the conference will embrace discussion of the following five major themes:

  • The political and economic map of the UK: the unevenness of economic recovery; the prospects for industrial rebalancing; the role of the economic crisis in fuelling devolution to Scotland, the North of England and elsewhere
  • The future of the European political economy: the impact of crisis and austerity on the single currency; the possibility and implications of ‘Brexit’; uncertainty surrounding Europe’s global leadership and the European project as a whole
  • Shifting economic power in the early 21st century: the current position of the BRICS, of Africa and of Latin America; issues of decline in the Western world; prospects for global development and global governance in uncertain times
  • The growing environmental and climate crisis: prospects and problems in generating sustainable development nationally, regionally and globally; post-Kyoto climate change politics; impacts on people, communities and ways of living
  • The political economy of welfare: the impact of further retrenchment in the UK’s welfare settlement and the comparative experience of other countries; the role of the private and charitable sector in welfare provision; the politics of deepening inequality

The conference organisers will put out a formal ‘call for proposals’ in the autumn. We encourage would-be participants to submit full proposals for relevant panels of 3-4 papers – but individual paper submissions are also welcome. For now, please put the dates in your diary and start thinking about organising a panel!

For a flavour of SPERI’s last conference on ‘The Global Contours of Growth and Development: Beyond the Crisis’, held in July 2014, also at Halifax Hall, click here. For any enquiries please email speri@sheffield.ac.uk.

Colin Hay and Tony Payne, Directors, and Craig Berry, Deputy Director, of SPERI