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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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SPERI presents at Fabian Society conference in Sheffield

SPERI professorial fellow Andrew Gamble and research fellow Scott Lavery contributed to the Sheffield Fabians conference on Saturday 29th April. Andrew spoke on a panel alongside Lord Maurice Glasman (Labour Peer) and Paul Blomfield (Sitting MP, Sheffield Central) on Brexit and its implications. Scott spoke on a panel alongside Richard Caborn (former trade minister, adviser to Advanced Manufacturing Park) and … Continue reading

2 May 2017 by
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Labour and work in the modern economy | New SPERI and openDemocracy collaboration

SPERI and openDemocracy have launched a new collaboration to explore the themes of labour rights and worker organisation in the modern economy.  Work for many people is changing fast with concerns about low pay, casualisation and insecurity central to current policy debates. Issues and questions connected to the ‘gig economy’ and ‘platform-working’ have increasingly come to dominate academic and policy … Continue reading

7 April 2017 by
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SPERI holds policy roundtable to explore Brexit, Article 50 and the views of EU business

On Friday 31st March SPERI celebrated the publication of our latest Global Political Economy briefs by holding a policy roundtable event at the University of Sheffield. The roundtable, funded by the ESRC, “Understanding EU Business views on Brexit”, brought together a select group of representatives from academia, employer organisations, business and policy advocacy groups to discuss our latest briefs: ‘Frankfurt, … Continue reading

3 April 2017 by
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Book Launch of ‘The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes’

‘The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes‘ authored by Sabyasachi Kar and Kunal Sen and published in the SPERI Palgrave Pivot series was launched in New Dehli with a keynote speech by Dr Naushad Forbes, President of the Confederation of India Industry (CII). Read the coverage in the Asian Age: Post-Independence Growth gets a fresh perspective. The book breaks down … Continue reading

3 April 2017 by
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New SPERI Briefs: Understanding EU Business Views on Brexit

Two new SPERI Global Political Economy Briefs are published today. The first Brief, Frankfurt, Paris and Dublin: Post-Brexit Rivals to the City of London? assesses the strategic positioning of alternative financial centres in the aftermath of Brexit. It shows how three major rivals to the City are organising to attract ‘low hanging fruit’ from London. Read coverage of the Brief in … Continue reading

3 April 2017 by
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SPERI Welcomes Visiting Research Fellow from the University of Amsterdam

We are delighted to welcome Bart Stellinga from the University of Amsterdam, who is spending ten days in SPERI as part of the partnership between our institute and the University of Amsterdam’s Political Economy and Transnational Governance programme group (PETGOV). The partnership was made possible thanks to the award of a Sheffield International Mobility Scheme grant facilitated by SPERI Research … Continue reading

24 March 2017 by
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The politics of devolution in England: launch of a special edition of the Political Quarterly

The launch of a special section of the latest edition of the Political Quarterly entitled ‘The Politics of Devolution in England’, hosted by SPERI on Thursday 23 February 2017, provided the setting for a much needed debate on the opportunities and challenges of devolution across Yorkshire. Arianna Giovannini (De Montfort University; SPERI Honorary Research Fellow) and Andrew Mycock (University of Huddersfield), guest … Continue reading

27 February 2017 by
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Publication of The Kerslake Review

A new report on the future of the UK Treasury was published in mid February by an independent team of reviewers.  SPERI submitted evidence to the review team. The team was chaired by Lord Kerslake and sought to undertake an ‘independent review of the Treasury to consider how it should work to promote and manage more sustainable growth in a … Continue reading

23 February 2017 by
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New Podcast: Brexistential Crisis? Making Sense of British Politics after Brexit

SPERI Co-Director Colin Hay speaks to the Max Plank Institut for the Study of Societies in Cologne about British Politics after Brexit. Colin reflects on how the vote for Brexit was allowed to happen, its wider implications (both political and economic) and the seismic changes through which British politics is currently being remade. Listen to the podcast in full.

14 February 2017 by
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New visiting PhD student at SPERI

We are very pleased to welcome Sabrina Arcuri who will be spending the next five months with us at SPERI. Sabrina completed a BSc in Environmental Economics and an MSc in local sustainable development and management at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Pisa, with a thesis on the analysis of the environmental performance of local and global … Continue reading

7 February 2017 by
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SPERI to help develop a new industrial strategy for the UK | New policy commission announced

SPERI and academics from The University of Manchester have today announced a new independent policy commission to help shape the government’s industrial strategy The Industrial Strategy Commission, which will be led jointly by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and policy@manchester, is an authoritative inquiry into the development of a new, long-term industrial strategy for the UK. Dr Craig … Continue reading

6 February 2017 by
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“Thatcher’s Children, Blair’s Babies”: new paper by Farrall, Grasso, Gray, Hay & Jennings makes headlines

A new study published last week in the British Journal of Political Science has made headlines of all the major newspapers. The paper co-authored by SPERI Associate Fellows Stephen Farrall and Maria Grasso, SPERI Co-Director Colin Hay, Will Jennings and Emily Gray, analysed data from the British Social Attitudes Survey taken between 1985 and 2012 and found that Blair’s generation is … Continue reading

3 February 2017 by
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Resolution Foundation report on living standards launched at Sheffield Town Hall

The Resolution Foundation launched “Forging ahead or falling behind: Devolution and the future of living standards in the Sheffield City Region” yesterday evening in the Sheffield Town Hall. Its report analyses economic inequalities between cities and within cities and was presented by Stephen Clarke, Research and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation. He showed how the Sheffield City Region lags … Continue reading

20 January 2017 by
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SPERI joins forces with leading parliamentarians to develop new solutions on inclusive growth

SPERI has today launched a new partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth – a cross-party group of senior parliamentarians – to develop solutions for a more inclusive and more equal economy. The APPG on Inclusive Growth is backed by a range of influential individuals and organisations across politics, business, trade unions, finance, churches and faith groups and … Continue reading

19 January 2017 by
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University of Sheffield PhD scholarships – Study at SPERI

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for at least 23 PhD scholarships for 2017/18 entry. These include Doctoral Academy scholarships, with further scholarships likely to be available through the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership competition. SPERI offers a dynamic and stimulating research environment in which students work in the open-plan SPERI office at the heart … Continue reading

3 January 2017 by
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