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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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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
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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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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
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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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