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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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Two New SPERI Pivots Published

The series, ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy’, now counts 7 volumes with the addition of two exciting new books. The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes by Sabyasachi Kar and Kunal Sen This book breaks down the last 65+ years of Indian development into several episodes of growth, providing a rich set of insights into the … Continue reading

22 November 2016 by
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Third Workshop on the Political Economy of Brexit

The third instalment of the SPERI White Rose research project on the ‘Political Economy of Brexit’, led by Scott Lavery, took place on Wednesday 9th November at the University of Leeds. Organised by Charlie Dannreuther, the workshop examined the impact of Brexit on Britain’s infrastructure and investment and focused on how leaving the EU might affect a number of key … Continue reading

15 November 2016 by
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SPERI at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Marrakech

SPERI Doctoral Researcher, Kaisa Pietilä, will be joining leading academics from the University of Sheffield in attending the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech from 12-18 November 2016. Kaisa is part of the 2016 Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures PhD cohort which aims to build a global community of sustainability leaders of tomorrow. Kaisa’s research focuses on … Continue reading

10 November 2016 by
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Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland, event livestreamed from 6pm tonight

Tonight’s lecture by Nicola Sturgeon MSP will be livestreamed from 6pm on the following page: You can also follow us on twitter @SPERIshefuni using #SturgeonSPERI. The Herald in Scotland and The Scotsman, amongst other newspapers, have advance coverage of Nicola Sturgeon’s SPERI lecture this evening. The reports say that Nicola Sturgeon will stress how austerity has caused huge social … Continue reading

7 November 2016 by
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SPERI-PETGOV Research Collaboration

A team of scholars from SPERI visited Amsterdam on Friday 28 October to take part in a joint workshop with friends and colleagues from the University of Amsterdam. Our organisational host at the University of Amsterdam was The Programme on Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV), led by Professor Geoffrey Underhill. This collaboration between two centres of research in political … Continue reading

3 November 2016 by
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