Posts by Sarah Boswell

Forced Labour, Trafficking & Slavery BISA-IPEG/ University of Sheffield seminar

We are pleased to announce an upcoming seminar to take place here in Sheffield entitled ‘Forced Labour, Trafficking, and Slavery: The Political Economy of Exploitation and Protection in the 21st Century’. The seminar is jointly hosted by SPERI, The University of Sheffield Department of Politics and Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group, and the British International Studies Association International … Continue reading

28 March 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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SPERI Research mentioned in Parliamentary Debate

In a parliamentary budget debate yesterday, Paul Blomfield MP referred to recent SPERI Research to argue that the budget does nothing to tackle regional inequalities and the north/south divide: “The Budget does not just ignore those issues; it is making them worse. Research by Sheffield political economy research institute has exposed the Chancellor’s flagship increase in the income tax  personal allowance as … Continue reading

25 March 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Registration open for George Monbiot Annual Lecture

You can now register to attend the third SPERI Annual Lecture, this year to be given by George Monbiot. In his lecture ‘The Pricing of Everything’, George will address what he sees as a growing attempt to reduce political decisions of all kinds to a narrow, financial cost-benefit analysis. He will discuss the threat that he thinks this poses to … Continue reading

21 March 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Response to the budget: podcast & policy brief

SPERI Research Fellow Craig Berry responds to Osborne’s budget announcement in both the latest Policy Brief series and in the video below, arguing that changes to tax allowances will not help the lowest paid in Northern regions. Berry argues that the lowest-paid workers do not benefit at all from the Budget measure to increase the income tax personal allowance and … Continue reading

21 March 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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New SPERI Paper by Ben Clift

You can now download the next in the SPERI Paper series Paper No.10 – The Hollande Presidency, the Eurozone Crisis & the Politics of Fiscal Rectitude by Ben Clift (SPERI Honorary Research Fellow & Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick). The paper analyses the political economy of the Hollande Presidency in France, evaluating the economic policies pursued by the French Socialist … Continue reading

20 March 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Richard Woodward to join SPERI as a Visiting Fellow

We’re pleased to announce that Richard Woodward will be joining SPERI as a visiting fellow from March until September 2014. Richard is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics, Philosophy & International Studies at the University of Hull. His main research interests are in the field of political economy with special reference to the globalisation and governance of financial markets, … Continue reading

14 March 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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New book by Colin Hay & Stephen Farrall

SPERI Director Colin Hay has recently received an ESRC research award, along with Professor Stephen Farrall (School of Law, University of Sheffield) for a new and exciting project entitled ‘Long-term Trajectories of Crime in the UK‘. Using the Thatcher and Major governments (1979- 1997) as a case study, the aim of the project is to explore the experiences of crime, victimisation and fear of … Continue reading

10 March 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Video: In Conversation with Andrew Haldane

If you missed ‘In Conversation with Andrew Haldane (Executive Director for Financial Stability, Bank of England)’ on Thurs 20 February 2014, you can now watch the video in full below. You can also find out more about the event here.  

7 March 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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New SPERI Paper – The Social Bases of Austerity

We’re pleased to announce the arrival of the latest SPERI Paper The Social Bases of Austerity: European Tunnel Vision & the Curious Case of the Missing Left by Stephanie Mudge. Stephanie is a SPERI Research Fellow & Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California Davis. You can read the abstract and download the full paper, free, below. Abstract The … Continue reading

27 February 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Thanks for attending ‘Andrew Haldane In Conversation’

It was another full house on Thursday 20 February, when Andrew Haldane (Executive Director for Financial Stability at the Bank of England and University of Sheffield alumnus) returned to Sheffield. The audience at Firth Hall at the University of Sheffield listened intently to Professor Andrew Gamble (Chair of SPERI International Advisory Board and Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge) engaging with Andrew … Continue reading

25 February 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Andrew Haldane In Conversation – tonight

At 6pm tonight Professor Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge and Chair of SPERI International Advisory Board) will interview the ‘one to watch’ at the Bank of England – Andrew Haldane, Director of Financial Stability. The event, which will take place in Firth Hall, University of Sheffield, should be a full house. If you didn’t manage to get a ticket, please come … Continue reading

20 February 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Sterling depreciation & the UK trade balance

We’re pleased to announce that the highly anticipated second British Political Economy Brief in the series has now been published. The paper No.2. Sterling depreciation & the UK trade balance, by Craig Berry and Scott Lavery, considers the relationship between the relative value of sterling and the UK trade balance. When a country’s currency depreciates in value relative to its major competitors, its exports … Continue reading

18 February 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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SPERI videos now on iTunes U

We’re pleased to announce that you will soon be able to download SPERI content including videos, podcasts, academic papers and policy briefs – free, on iTunes U. The University of Sheffield now has its own exciting iTunes U channel and SPERI is one of the first parts of the University to use the facility. The first video, of the SPERI … Continue reading

14 February 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Craig Berry debates the Minister for Pensions Steve Webb MP & other events this week

It’s been another busy week for the SPERI team. On Monday 10th February SPERI Research Fellow Craig Berry debated pensions with the Minister for Pensions Steve Webb MP. At the event held by the International Longevity Centre (ILC) UK entitled Linking state pension age to longevity: Tackling the fairness challenge, Ben Franklin presented a new report which outlined issues surrounding the steadily … Continue reading

13 February 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Events & Communications Administrator wanted!

I (Sarah) will be leaving SPERI at the end of February to begin a new challenge as Research Marketing and Communications Manager for the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. I am sad to be leaving such a fantastic job in a fantastic institute (in the words of the Rt Hon Ed Miliband – it really is … Continue reading

7 February 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Second pivot in the ‘Building a Sustainable Recovery’ series published

The second in the SPERI Palgrave pivot series Building a Sustainable Recovery: SPERI Research & Policy has now been published and is available for purchase. Uneconomic Economics and the Crisis of the Model World by Matthew Watson (University of Warwick) analyses the political response to imploding markets through the lens of the history of thought, asking ‘what has gone wrong … Continue reading

5 February 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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First seminar in the ESRC Politics of Wellbeing series to take place today

The first seminar in the new ESRC Seminar Series on The Politics of Wellbeing takes place at the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), University of Sheffield, today. The series, led by Ian Bache (Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, Karen Scott (Lord Richard Percy Fellow, Newcastle University) and Charles Seaford (Head of the Centre for Wellbeing, new … Continue reading

31 January 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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One week left to submit a proposal for SPERI Conference

There’s just one week left to submit a paper or panel proposal for SPERI annual conference. The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis will take place on 30 June – 2 July 2014 at the newly renovated Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield. It will seek to take discussion of the political economy of the crisis beyond its … Continue reading

24 January 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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Two weeks left to submit a proposal for SPERI annual conference

There’s just over two weeks left to submit a paper or panel proposal for SPERI annual conference ‘The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis’. The conference will take place on 30 June – 2 July 2014 at the newly renovated Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield. It will seek to take discussion of the political economy of the … Continue reading

17 January 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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SPERI launches British Political Economy Briefs series

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is today launching a new series of publications, SPERI British Political Economy Briefs. The first edition, ‘Pay in Manufacturing and Finance’, assesses what the latest data on pay across different sectors tells us about the rebalancing of the British economy away from financial services and towards manufacturing. The brief reports evidence, however, that … Continue reading

8 January 2014 by Sarah Boswell
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