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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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Should we put a price on carbon? | Public event on May 11th

Free panel discussion: Should we put a price on carbon? Friday May 11th, 5.30-7.00pm Lecture Theatre 6, The Diamond, University of Sheffield, S3 7RD Registration is free and places can be booked here Global carbon emissions must be urgently reduced. Almost all countries have agreed to do their part, but emissions continue to increase. So there is a pressing need to … Continue reading

22 April 2018 by
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New SPERI co-directors announced

A message from Professor Colin Hay Dear colleagues and friends of SPERI, I am really delighted to be able to announce some fantastic news about SPERI’s leadership. Genevieve LeBaron and Adam Leaver have both been offered, and have both accepted, to join me as co-directors of SPERI, with immediate effect. You will find a short biopic of each below. Given … Continue reading

17 April 2018 by
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OECD global conference on inclusive growth takes place in Parliament

Earlier this month the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Inclusive Growth hosted the OECD’s first ever global parliamentary conference on inclusive growth in the Houses of Parliament. SPERI is the research partner for the APPG. Tom Hunt, SPERI’s Policy Research Officer, led the organisation of the two-day conference. Parliamentarians from 26 countries took part in the conference to debate new … Continue reading

17 April 2018 by
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The rationale for local authority pension fund investment decisions | New SPERI report

A new report published today by SPERI assesses the rationale behind the strategic asset allocation of the UK’s largest local authority pension funds since the 2007/2008 financial crisis. The analysis in this new SPERI British Political Economy Brief by Craig Berry and Adam Barber builds directly upon that of our previous Brief, Local Authority Pension Fund Investment Since the Financial Crisis, … Continue reading

13 April 2018 by
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Hannah Lambie-Mumford appointed to new Food Standards Agency expert committee

Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford, Research Fellow at SPERI, has been appointed as an expert member of the Food Standard Agency’s new independent Advisory Committee for Social Science. The Advisory Committee for Social Science (ACSS) will be an independent, expert committee of the Food Standard Agency (FSA), providing strategic advice, including how the FSA can bring together different types of evidence, approaches … Continue reading

6 April 2018 by
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Professor Mick Moran (1946-2018)

We were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected death earlier this week of Professor Mick Moran.  Mick was an active member of SPERI’s International Advisory Board.  He wrote blogs for SPERI Comment, spoke at our meetings, workshops and conferences, acted as referee for our book manuscripts and gave unstinting support to SPERI. Mick was a distinguished authority … Continue reading

6 April 2018 by
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Child food insecurity in the UK- three new SPERI Briefs published today

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute has today published a new three-part series of British Political Economy Briefs on child food insecurity in the UK. Together, the briefs, co-ordinated by SPERI Research Fellow Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford highlight the critical issue of children in the UK not having enough food to eat. SPERI Brief 31 Children’s experiences of food and poverty: … Continue reading

23 March 2018 by
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