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Tony Payne stands down as SPERI Director

Today is Tony Payne’s final day as Co-Director of SPERI. He is retiring from this position, but will retain an ongoing role in SPERI in the future as a Professorial Fellow. Tony was the founding Co-Director of SPERI with Colin Hay and has led SPERI with Colin since we were established in 2012. In his new Professorial Fellow role Tony … Continue reading

31 July 2017 by SPERI
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New Pivot Book: The Political Economy of Britain in Crisis

The Eighth Pivot book in the ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy‘ series has been published. Researched and written by Christopher Kirkland, this book explores two recent crises in British political economy: the crisis of 1976–9, for which the trade unions were impugned, and the 2007 economic crisis, for which bankers were (at least initially) blamed. The author argues that the “crisis … Continue reading

20 July 2017 by SPERI
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SPERI celebrates its fifth anniversary at the Bank of England

SPERI was delighted to celebrate its fifth anniversary yesterday (Wednesday 12 July 2017) with an event and reception at the Bank of England. The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) was launched at the University of Sheffield in 2012 to research the political and economic issues posed by the global financial crisis. Since then, we have published a huge number … Continue reading

13 July 2017 by SPERI
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Laying the Foundations – the first major report from the Industrial Strategy Commission

The Industrial Strategy Commission has today published its first major report, Laying the Foundations. The report outlines the key foundations for a successful long-term industrial strategy. The Commission, an independent, authoritative inquiry into the development of a new, long-term industrial strategy for the UK, has been established jointly by SPERI and Policy@Manchester and is chaired by Dame Kate Barker. Dr … Continue reading

10 July 2017 by SPERI
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Professor Martin Jones appointed Honorary Research Fellow at SPERI

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Martin Jones has become an Honorary Research Fellow of SPERI. In May 2017 Martin left the University of Sheffield to become Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor of Human Geography, and Co-Director of the Centre for City-Region Dynamics at Staffordshire University. We are very pleased that Martin will remain officially attached to SPERI and … Continue reading

6 July 2017 by SPERI
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Hungry Britain: the rise of food charity | New book by Hannah Lambie-Mumford

A new book by SPERI Research Fellow Hannah Lambie-Mumford is published today by Policy Press. Hungry Britain: the rise of food charity draws on empirical research with the UK’s two largest charitable food organisations and explores the prolific rise of food charity over the last 15 years and its implications for overcoming food insecurity. As the welfare state withdraws, leaving … Continue reading

5 July 2017 by SPERI
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SPERI granted observer membership of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

We are very pleased to report that SPERI has been granted observer membership of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). SPERI is currently working with FEPS on two research projects: Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe (with Policy Network); The Post-crisis Political Economy of Young People across Europe. The observer status confirms the importance of our partnership … Continue reading

3 July 2017 by SPERI
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Scott Lavery secures prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Award

We are delighted to announce that Dr Scott Lavery has recently been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship award which he will undertake at SPERI. The award, which runs from January 2018 to December 2020, will allow Scott to pursue an independent research project entitled Capitalising on the European Crisis: New Geographies of Economic Power in the EU. The … Continue reading

28 June 2017 by SPERI
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Registration open for SPERI annual lecture by Stephanie Flanders

We are delighted to welcome Stephanie Flanders to deliver the 2017 SPERI annual lecture. Her talk is entitled ”For the many not the few’: do we know how to deliver inclusive growth?’. The event will take place at 18.00 on Tuesday 26 September 2017 in Firth Hall, University of Sheffield. Book your place via eventbrite here. Stephanie was the former BBC … Continue reading

27 June 2017 by SPERI
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Sean McDaniel to join SPERI to work on ‘economic justice’

Sean McDaniel will join SPERI from 1 July as part of our support for the Commission on Economic Justice established by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The Commission was set up to rethink economic policy for post-Brexit Britain. This agenda has long been at the heart of SPERI’s mission, and Sean’s existing research on social democratic politics across … Continue reading

20 June 2017 by SPERI
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SPERI joins the debate at the OECD Forum in Paris

SPERI researchers attended the OECD Forum in Paris on Tuesday 5th June to debate and discuss our work on inclusive growth. The OECD Forum is a major international conference held in Paris each year at the OECD’s headquarters. Representatives from government, business, civil society and academia from across the OECD’s 35 member countries and around the world come together to … Continue reading

7 June 2017 by SPERI
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The New Political Economy of Oil

SPERI is delighted to report two new publications that explore in different formats the changing political economy of oil and the place that oil now occupies in the economic and political predicaments that confront the West.  Both are authored by Helen Thompson, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Research Fellow of SPERI. … Continue reading

1 June 2017 by SPERI
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SPERI at the European Parliament

SPERI held the fourth of a workshop series on Brexit (funded by the White Rose Consortium) at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event, entitled ‘Regions, Cities and the EU after Brexit: Towards a ‘multi speed’ Europe?’, included leading academics and practitioners from the UK and the EU with notable contributions by Professor Jan Zielonka from the University of Oxford, … Continue reading

1 June 2017 by SPERI
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New SPERI Paper: The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model

Today SPERI publishes a new research paper entitled ‘The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model’. The paper draws together contributions from a series of workshops which ran throughout 2016 funded by the White Rose Consortium. The paper includes contributions from the three organisers of the workshop series, Scott Lavery (SPERI, Sheffield), Lucia Quaglia (York) and Charlie … Continue reading

30 May 2017 by SPERI
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The long-term impact of the state pension ‘triple lock’ | New Brief

A new report published today by SPERI finds that the impact of the pension ‘triple lock’ is modest and should be maintained.  In this new Brief, Craig Berry explores the merit of the criticism the triple lock attracts by considering the policy’s long-term impact on state pension outcomes; in short, the triple lock is assessed as a pensions policy, not simply a pensioner … Continue reading

18 May 2017 by SPERI
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Brexit and the environment panel discussion co-hosted by SPERI

On Friday 12th of May SPERI, together with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, hosted a panel discussion ‘Brexit and the Environment – Opportunity or a threat?’. The event was part of the Festival of Debate and was well-attended by the public. The panel consisted of Dr Apolline Roger (Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Sheffield), Kate Jennings … Continue reading

16 May 2017 by SPERI
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Colin Hay speaks to Radio France Internationale about the UK general election

Professor Colin Hay, Co-Director of SPERI, was interviewed by David Coffey of Radio France Internationale about the surprise UK general election. Listen to the interview in full here or watch below. The topics that Colin discussed included the current levels of public support for the Conservatives and the Labour Party, the likelihood of a second independence referendum in Scotland and … Continue reading

11 May 2017 by SPERI
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The post-crisis political economy of young people across Europe | New SPERI research project

With its tenth anniversary approaching, it is clear that the 2008 global financial crisis has had significant ramifications throughout Europe that are still being felt today. Many European economies remain stagnant, with sluggish wage growth and increasing labour market precariousness. Although all age cohorts have been affected by the specific impacts of the crisis, young people across Europe in particular … Continue reading

5 May 2017 by SPERI
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A timely event on Thatcher’s legacy

Last week SPERI hosted a rare screening of ‘Generation Right’, a documentary about Margaret Thatcher and her legacy. The film is one of the outcomes of the research led by Stephen Farrall and SPERI Co-Director Colin Hay which analysed the political attitude of children who grew up under Thatcher. A large number of students and members of the public came … Continue reading

5 May 2017 by SPERI
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New Global Political Economy Brief published

We are pleased to publish another SPERI Global Political Economy Brief – No. 8 in the series.  The authors are John Mikler and Ainsley Elbra, both of the University of Sydney, and the title of their Brief is Paying a ‘Fair Share’: Multinational Corporations’ Perspectives on Taxation. In the Brief Mikler and Elbra address the issue of global corporate tax … Continue reading

3 May 2017 by SPERI
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