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‘Global Business of Forced Labour’ findings presented at major international conference at Yale University

Professor Genevieve LeBaron, SPERI co-director, presented findings from her ESRC project ‘The Global Business of Forced Labour‘ at a major international conference at Yale University earlier this month. Professor LeBaron presented the findings at a conference entitled ‘Fighting Modern Slavery: What Works?’ hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Centre for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University, 1-3 … Continue reading

18 November 2018 by
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Finance fragmented? New SPERI research on EU financial centres post-Brexit published

When the UK leaves the European Single Market, financial firms domiciled in the City of London will lose their ‘passporting rights’. Ahead of the UK’s departure many UK-based banks and other financial institutions are considering whether to relocate parts of their operations to alternative financial centres inside the EU. Frankfurt and Paris are two of the main ‘rivals’ to the City … Continue reading

22 October 2018 by
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Patrick Kaczmarczyk to host webinar with Heiner Flassbeck | 24th October 2018

SPERI doctoral researcher Patrick Kaczmarczyk will host a webinar with Heiner Flassbeck  – a former Secretary of State in the German Ministry of Finance and UN chief economist – to which the public is invited to attend. The event takes place on Wednesday 24 October at 5 pm and is part of the Young Scholars Initiative’s series on New Developments in Trade. In … Continue reading

22 October 2018 by
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New vacancies: Two new Post-Doctoral Research Associate positions at SPERI

We are excited to invite applications for two new Post-Doctoral Research Associate positions at SPERI. SPERI is an excellent place for early career scholars to launch their academic careers; it provides a vibrant and collegial intellectual environment, opportunities for mentorship and collaboration, and unique support for policy and public engagement. SPERI values diversity in both intellectual and people terms. We … Continue reading

11 October 2018 by
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New SPERI report: The UK’s Finance Curse? Costs and Processes

A new SPERI report assesses the cost of ‘too much finance’ for the UK from the 1990s to the current period. The UK’s Finance Curse? Costs and Processes suggests that the total cost of lost growth potential for the UK caused by ‘too much finance’ between 1995 and 2015 is in the region of £4,500 billion. This total figure amounts … Continue reading

5 October 2018 by
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Jacqueline Best to join SPERI in 2019 as Leverhulme Visiting Professor

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Jacqueline Best will be joining SPERI as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor between January-April 2019. Jacqueline is a Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is an internationally-renowned scholar in the fields of international political economy, global governance and international relations theory. She is an editor of … Continue reading

27 September 2018 by
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Michael Jacobs joins SPERI

SPERI is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Jacobs as a new Professorial Research Fellow at SPERI and the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Michael is an economist with expertise in international political economy, climate change and energy policy, and social democratic and green political thought. He joins SPERI from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) … Continue reading

25 September 2018 by
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Can communication and design change how we perceive tax? | NEW SPERI public event

On Thursday 4th October join SPERI for a special event in London as we discuss the role that communications and design can play in shaping people’s attitudes to tax. The event will celebrate the launch of ‘Communicating Tax: Exploring alternatives to the UK government’s Annual Tax Summary’, a new report by Liam Stanley (SPERI, University of Sheffield) and Rebecca Bramall … Continue reading

19 September 2018 by
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SPERI’s new Political Economy Seminar Series – 2018/19 details announced

We are delighted to announce details of our new Political Economy Seminar Series, organised jointly with the Political Economy Research Group in the Department of Politics. The monthly seminars are for researchers at the University of Sheffield who have an interest in political economy. For more information about please contact the series organisers Professor Genevieve LeBaron and Dr Liam Stanley 2018 … Continue reading

18 September 2018 by
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SPERI doctoral researcher attends UNCTAD Summer School in Geneva

SPERI doctoral researcher Patrick Kaczmarczyk attended the first summer school organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva between 3-7th September. UNCTAD’s mandate is to promote an equitable participation of developing countries in international commerce and finance. The summer school brought academics and policymakers together to discuss the detrimental implications … Continue reading

12 September 2018 by
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Professor David Coates (1946-2018)

It is with great sadness that we must report that Professor David Coates passed away yesterday after a short illness.  He was 71 years old. David had held the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina since 1999, having previously been a professor at the Universities of Leeds and Manchester.  His work on British and … Continue reading

8 August 2018 by
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NEW EVENT: World Food Day Keynote Lecture by Professor Jennifer Clapp

On Tuesday 16 October 2018 – World Food Day – the University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures (SheFF) group, SPERI and the Department of Politics are delighted to be co-hosting a Keynote Lecture by the world-leading esteemed food, environment and International Relations scholar Professor Jennifer Clapp (School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo, Canada). The lecture is free … Continue reading

6 August 2018 by
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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships – call for applications   

The British Academy has announced details of their Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme. The Fellowships are a three-year award made to an annual cohort of outstanding early career researchers. We would like to invite applications from talented researchers working in political economy to apply to the scheme in order to join our research community at SPERI in 2019. If you would like … Continue reading

6 August 2018 by
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New vacancy: Professorial Research Fellow at SPERI

SPERI is seeking to appoint a new Professorial Research Fellow to join our team. Full details about the new job can be found here. Overview We are seeking candidates with an outstanding research profile and a track record of influencing think tanks and government policy making. The Fellowship will commence in September 2018 and runs to 31 January 2021. During … Continue reading

11 July 2018 by
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SPERI launches new postgraduate research programme on the political economy of the Weinstein scandal

SPERI has launched a new postgraduate research programme that will focus on the political economy of the Weinstein scandal. PREPPE – the Postgraduate Research Experience Programme in Political Economy – offers opportunities for students on the SPERI-affiliated MA in Global Political Economy to participate in a new research project, in the context of an on-going commitment to research-led learning. The … Continue reading

28 June 2018 by
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Localising pension fund investments – new SPERI report published today

SPERI today publishes a new report by Dr Craig Berry (Reader at Manchester Metropolitan University) which explores the prospect of UK pension funds localising their investment strategies. The report ‘Localising pension fund investments; Engaging with stakeholders, overcoming the barriers’ is the culmination of a project, funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Since the 2008 financial crisis, UK policy-makers have looked … Continue reading

28 June 2018 by
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SPERI Paper 44 | New paper by Inga Rademacher on the legitimacy of tax cuts in the United States

We are very pleased to publish a new SPERI Paper by Dr Inga Rademacher. Dr Rademacher’s paper ‘Universality, market justice, wasteful government: the legitimacy of tax cuts on higher incomes in the United States 1981-2001’ aims to explain the impact of legitimation practices on the acceptance of heightened inequality in the US tax system. The growing acceptance of neoliberal tax cuts, … Continue reading

26 June 2018 by
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The Global Business of Forced Labour | Major report by Professor Genevieve LeBaron published

Labour exploitation including forced labour is endemic at the base of global tea and cocoa supply chains. This is the conclusion of a pioneering international study published today by Professor Genevieve LeBaron, Co-Director of SPERI. The two-year Global Business of Forced Labour study investigated the business models of forced labour in global tea and cocoa supply chains. Forced labour is work … Continue reading

31 May 2018 by
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“The world economy is more dangerous and less stable now than in 2008″ | Interview with Professor Colin Hay

Nearly ten years on from the global financial crisis of 2008, Colin Hay, SPERI co-director, and Tom Hunt, SPERI  Policy Research Officer, have edited a book which provides a timely warning as to the dangers still present and building in the global economic system. In The Coming Crisis (Palgrave, 2017) they draw on research on the political economy of growth, stagnation, austerity … Continue reading

8 May 2018 by
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The rise and rise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation | New SPERI Global Political Economy Brief

We are very pleased to publish a new SPERI Global Political Economy Brief on ‘The rise and rise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation‘. The Brief charts the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and assesses how Russia and China have come together to cooperate on common geostrategic and geoeconomic goals for the long-term economic integration of Asia. The new Brief by Rick Rowden, … Continue reading

24 April 2018 by
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