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Raising the Bar pamphlet featuring SPERI’s Craig Berry launched in parliament

On Monday night SPERI’s Craig Berry spoke at the launch of Raising the Bar: How Household Incomes Can Grow the Way They Used To, a new pamphlet published by the Fabian Society, in the Houses of Parliament. The pamphlet, available in full here, features Craig alongside Chi Onwurah MP (shadow industrial strategy minister), Anneliese Dodds MP (shadow Treasury minister), Rachel … Continue reading

18 April 2018 by
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Craig Berry wins prestigious British Academy rising star award

SPERI is delighted to announce that our deputy director Craig Berry has won a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. These awards are made to distinguished early career academics to enable engagement in career development through interdisciplinary projects. Craig’s award builds upon his research on UK industrial strategy, and work on the Industrial Strategy Commission (which was nominated last week … Continue reading

26 March 2018 by
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SPERI’s Industrial Strategy Commission nominated for major award

We are delighted to report that the Industrial Strategy Commission, featuring SPERI’s deputy director Dr Craig Berry and associate fellow Professor Richard Jones, has been nominated for a prestigious Guardian University Award. SPERI established the Industrial Strategy Commission in partnership with policy@manchester (University of Manchester) in early 2017. Craig and Richard were joined by Professor Diane Coyle and Professor Andrew … Continue reading

22 March 2018 by
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Congratulations to Adam Barber

We are delighted to report that SPERI doctoral researcher, Adam Barber, passed his PhD viva on 1 December 2017.  His thesis was entitled: ‘Have banks in the UK learned lessons from the 2008 financial crisis?’ His analysis suggested that, following the crisis, different banks have taken different paths.  While some institutions have become more risk-averse and display signs of lesson-learning, … Continue reading

3 January 2018 by
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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New book on ‘depoliticization’ featuring SPERI researchers

We are pleased to report that Anti-politics, Depoliticization and Governance – edited by SPERI director Colin Hay, with Paul Fawcett, Matthew Flinders and Matthew Wood will be published by Oxford University Press on 7 September 2017. The book examines the relationship between moves towards depoliticization and the apparent rise of political disaffection within broader governance process. It brings together a … Continue reading

7 September 2017 by
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Official launch of the PSA political economy group in Cambridge

SPERI is delighted to report that the Political Studies Association’s British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group will be formally launched in September. The group is convened by SPERI’s deputy director Craig Berry, and honorary fellow Jeremy Green. The group will hold its inaugural workshop at the University of Cambridge on Wednesday 13th September. More information about the workshop, which … Continue reading

18 August 2017 by
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The declining salience of ‘saving’ in British politics | New SPERI brief

A new report published today by SPERI finds that the salience of the concept of ‘savings’ in British political discourse appears to have declined.  In this new SPERI British Political Econony Brief, Craig Berry explores how savers and the saving process have been discussed in the election manifestos of the Conservative Party and the Labour Party since 2005, up to the … Continue reading

1 August 2017 by
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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