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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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Two New Honorary Research Fellows appointed at SPERI

We are very pleased that Arianna Giovannini and Daniela Gabor have been made Honorary Research Fellows at SPERI, thereby bringing the number of SPERI Honorary Research Fellows to eight. Arianna Giovannini is a Lecturer in Local Politics at De Montfort University (DMU) where she is also a member of the Local Governance Research Unit (LGRU) and the Centre for Urban … Continue reading

15 December 2016 by
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Two successful grant bids

Two valuable projects linked to SPERI’s core research programmes have been awarded large grants. The first project, entitled ‘Beyond Trafficking and Slavery: Towards Decent Work for All’, has been awarded to Dr Genevieve LeBaron as part of the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund Networks. Through the grant, LeBaron and her collaborators will bring together global stakeholders to map the knowledge … Continue reading

13 December 2016 by
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EU economic governance after Brexit: Governing a disintegrating Europe – New Brief

We are pleased to publish the second Brief of a series drawing on the project ‘Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe’, led by FEPS, Policy Network and SPERI. In this Brief Lucia Quaglia, University of York, and Waltraud Schelkle, London School of Economics, provide new insights on how fragmented political and economic interests, both internationally and intra-nationally, … Continue reading

29 November 2016 by
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New Brief: Scotland and the North of England: Sub-national economic development and the UK’s finance-led growth model

A new SPERI British Political Economy Brief ‘Scotland and the North of England’, published today, compares economic development in Scotland and the North of England since the creation of the Scottish parliament in 1999. Authored by Scott Lavery, the Brief focuses on two major sectors – finance and manufacturing – and shows that despite enjoying distinct ‘devolved’ policymaking competences, Scotland’s economic trajectory since … Continue reading

27 November 2016 by
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George Osborne is gone, but Osbornomics is not forgotten: Craig Berry reacts to Autumn Statement 2016

Craig Berry, SPERI Deputy Director, analyses today’s statement in an article for the Huffington Post. The full text is available below. Philip Hammond’s most interesting announcement was that today’s Autumn Statement will be his last as well as his first – the Budget will switch to spring from autumn, and spring will see only a fiscal and economic update rather … Continue reading

23 November 2016 by
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Simon Wren-Lewis delivers the New Statesman/SPERI Prize lecture

The winner of the 2016 New Statesman/SPERI Prize for Political Economy is Professor Simon Wren-Lewis. Yesterday evening Professor Wren-Lewis delivered his prize lecture to an audience at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster on “What Brexit and austerity tell us about economics, policy and the media”. The biennial prize is jointly run by the New Statesman and the Sheffield Political Economy … Continue reading

23 November 2016 by
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