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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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SPERI 2018 Conference: First 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

18 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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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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