Posts by SPERI

Local authority pension fund investment since the financial crisis | New SPERI report

A new report published today by SPERI presents evidence and analysis on asset allocations by local authority pension funds in the UK. In this new SPERI British Political Economy Brief, Craig Berry and Adam Barber chart the changes in investment patterns by local authority pension funds since the 2007/08 financial crisis, and the extent of moves towards ‘alternative’ investments such … Continue reading

12 December 2017 by SPERI
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New SPERI paper on the abolition of Britain’s capital controls

We are pleased to publish a new SPERI Paper by Jack Copley on the role of competition and ideas in Britain’s abolition of capital controls which took place between 1977-9. In his paper Jack seek to challenge this conventional wisdom regarding the role of competition and ideas in capital control liberalisation through a close historical examination of Britain’s abolition of … Continue reading

7 December 2017 by SPERI
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Craig Berry and Arianna Giovannini’s book on Northern economic development

SPERI is delighted to report that Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, edited by our deputy director Craig Berry and honorary research fellow (and senior lecturer at De Montfort University) Arianna Giovannini, has been published by Palgrave. This collection explores the politics of local economic development in Northern England. It starts from the premise that socio-economic … Continue reading

4 December 2017 by SPERI
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New book by Valbona Muzaka published in SPERI Palgrave series

We are delighted to announce the publication of a further volume in the SPERI series ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research and Policy’ published by Palgrave Macmillan. The author is Valbona Muzaka, Honorary Research Fellow of SPERI and Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at King’s College, London. The book is entitled: Food, Health and the Knowledge Economy: The … Continue reading

28 November 2017 by SPERI
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SPERI Industrial Strategy Commissioners react to government white paper

The government’s white paper on Industrial Strategy was published today (27 November 2017). Earlier this month the Industrial Strategy Commission, an independent joint initiative by Policy@Manchester at The University of Manchester and SPERI published its Final Report. Dr Craig Berry, Deputy Director of SPERI, and Professor Richard Jones, SPERI Associate Fellow and Professor of Physics, served as members of the Commission and … Continue reading

27 November 2017 by SPERI
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The Coming Crisis – New SPERI book edited by Colin Hay and Tom Hunt published

SPERI is delighted to announce the publication of The Coming Crisis, edited by our Director Colin Hay and Policy Research Officer Tom Hunt. Nearly ten years on from the global financial crisis of 2008, The Coming Crisis seeks to provide a timely warning as to the dangers still present and building in the global economic system.  The new book, published … Continue reading

20 November 2017 by SPERI
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SPERI hosts Finance Curse Workshop with the Tax Justice Network and Copenhagen Business School

On Thursday 16-17 November SPERI will host a workshop at Halifax Hall, Sheffield, on the phenomenon and concept of the ‘finance curse’. The workshop has been organised in collaboration with the Tax Justice Network (TJN), the leading global tax campaign organisation, and the ENLIGHTEN Horizon 2020 programme at the Copenhagen Business School. The workshop has been organised by Andrew Baker (SPERI, … Continue reading

10 November 2017 by SPERI
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New SPERI-IPPR literature reviews published

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) have today published a series of literature reviews, compiled to inform IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice. The reviews have been authored by SPERI research assistant Sean McDaniel and deputy director Craig Berry. The three published today focus on: Work, labour markets and welfare The company … Continue reading

6 November 2017 by SPERI
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The UK needs an ambitious industrial strategy | The Final Report of The Industrial Strategy Commission published today

The UK’s people, places and businesses will only achieve their potential if there is a complete overhaul of how the government views industrial strategy. This is a key message of the Final Report of the Industrial Strategy Commission which has been published today. The Commission, a joint inquiry by SPERI and Policy@Manchester, was established to help to shape the development of … Continue reading

1 November 2017 by SPERI
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SPERI 2018 Conference: 2nd Call for Proposals

Political Economy Ten Years After the Crisis Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield 2-4 July 2018 The SPERI Conference is becoming increasingly recognised as a key forum for debating major contemporary issues in political economy in new and challenging ways. It takes place in Halifax Hall in a leafy part of Sheffield and always attracts a range of leading scholars, doctoral … Continue reading

26 October 2017 by SPERI
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How can the new industrial strategy benefit the North of England? | SPERI public event

The Government will soon publish its new industrial strategy, but will it benefit people, places and industries in the North? This is a key question that the Industrial Strategy Commission, a new inquiry jointly run by SPERI, set out to answer. On November 1st the Commission will publish its Final Report. Join us a week later on Thursday November 9th … Continue reading

24 October 2017 by SPERI
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New book published in SPERI book series

Colin Hay and Tony Payne, as joint editors of the SPERI book series with Palgrave Macmillan ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research and Policy‘, are delighted to announce the publication of a new book in the series. The book is authored by Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn and is entitled Professional Authority after the Global Financial Crisis: Defending Mammon in Anglo-America. Malcolm … Continue reading

20 October 2017 by SPERI
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Diverging Capitalisms workshop 4: Inequality, Growth and Social Democratic futures in a dividing Europe

On Wednesday 11 October, many of the SPERI team gathered in Brussels to participate in a one-day workshop entitled ‘Inequality, Growth and Social Democratic futures in a dividing Europe’. They were joined by an esteemed assortment of policy-makers, political advisers, think tank colleagues and fellow scholars. The workshop, organised jointly by SPERI, Policy Network and the Foundation for European Progressive … Continue reading

13 October 2017 by SPERI
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The rise of food charity across Europe – international panel event

On the 14th November SPERI will welcome leading food charity researchers from Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and the UK to the University of Sheffield. An international panel event, organised by SPERI Research Fellow Hannah Lambie-Mumford, author of the new book Hungry Britain: the rise of food charity, will discuss the rise of charitable food initiatives across Europe and what it tells us about … Continue reading

5 October 2017 by SPERI
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Forthcoming workshop – Diverging Capitalisms: Inequality, Growth and Social Democratic futures in a dividing Europe

On Wednesday 11 October, the final workshop in the Diverging Capitalisms project – a SPERI collaboration with the Foundation of European Progressive Studies and Policy Network – will take place in Brussels. Scholars and policy practitioners will congregate to debate the future of social democracy in the context of a fragmenting Europe, rising inequality and the evolving foundations of European … Continue reading

29 September 2017 by SPERI
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Researching uncertainty & Revisiting the developmental state – new SPERI Comment blog series launched

This week we are launching two new SPERI Comment blog series. Revisiting the developmental state The first series, co-ordinated by Matt Bishop and Tony Payne, will explore the developmental state, a concept that first emerged in political economy debates in the early 1980s. In their introductory blog, Matt and Tony argue that it is time for fresh thinking about developmental … Continue reading

27 September 2017 by SPERI
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Tackling Insecure Work: political actions from around the world –new SPERI report for GMB

‘Tackling Insecure Work: political actions from around the world’ a new report by SPERI for the GMB trade union has been published today (September 25th) The new report by Tom Hunt and Sean McDaniel sets out a range of examples of how and where political action is being taken around the world to tackle different forms of insecure work and … Continue reading

25 September 2017 by SPERI
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‘For the many not the few’: SPERI annual lecture to be delivered by Stephanie Flanders

Leading economics journalist Stephanie Flanders will deliver the 2017 SPERI Annual Lecture at the University of Sheffield tomorrow (Tuesday 26 September 2017). Her talk, ‘For the many not the few’: do we know how to deliver inclusive growth?,’ will be delivered to a sold-out audience in Firth Hall. The lecture will also be streamed live on Facebook from 6pm at: https://www.facebook.com/theuniversityofsheffield/videos/10155511741250259/ The prestigious … Continue reading

25 September 2017 by SPERI
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How to localise pension investment and support local economies – new SPERI research project

People throughout the UK create a large amount of investable capital through saving for a pension. Yet this capital is rarely retained in the areas they live and work in. SPERI is embarking on a major new research project funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust which will examine localising pension investments. The project, led by Dr Craig Berry, will assess … Continue reading

14 September 2017 by SPERI
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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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