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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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Crisis in the Eurozone Periphery | New book published in SPERI Palgrave series

We are delighted to announce the publication of a further volume in the SPERI series ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research and Policy’ published by Palgrave Macmillan Crisis in the Eurozone Periphery: The Political Economies of Greece, Spain, Ireland and Portugal, edited by Owen Parker and Dimitris Tsarouhas, investigates the causes and consequences of crisis in four countries of … Continue reading

2 March 2018 by
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New vacancy: Inclusive Growth Research Associate at SPERI

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Research Associate to join SPERI and work on our programme of research on inclusive growth. Inclusive Growth Research Associate SPERI’s research programme on inclusive growth aims to consider the multilevel dimensions of the inclusive growth agenda. Many so-called ‘left behind’ regions in advanced economies share similar economic and social characteristics and in … Continue reading

19 February 2018 by
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New SPERI Paper: Revisiting the developmental state

We are pleased to publish a new SPERI paper edited by Matt Bishop and Tony Payne on ‘Revisiting the developmental state’. Originally published as a blog series late last year, the paper brings together a number of eminent experts on the subject: Kunal Sen, Shaun Breslin, Ziya Öniş, Valbona Muzaka, David Booth, Courtney Lindsay and Henry Wai-chung Yeung. The notion … Continue reading

7 February 2018 by
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New FEPS-SPERI policy brief: Turning ‘intergenerational fairness’ into progressive policy

A new FEPS-SPERI policy brief by Kate Alexander Shaw, ‘Turning ‘intergenerational fairness’ into progressive policy‘ is published today. In the new brief Kate Alexander Shaw sets out a series of recommendations for how the ‘intergenerational fairness’ can be turned into progressive policies. The brief’s central argument is that progressives need to develop an analysis that connects a structural understanding of the problem … Continue reading

30 January 2018 by
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Reimagining tax through speculative design – new SPERI project

SPERI is embarking on a new collaborative project which will explore the role of communications between tax authorities and taxpayers in increasing ‘tax morale’. The project will be led by Dr Liam Stanley (SPERI) in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Bramall at the University of the Arts London (UAL). Tax is the lifeblood of public life. It funds public services and contributes … Continue reading

25 January 2018 by
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Three new SPERI-IPPR literature reviews published

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) have today published its final series of literature reviews, compiled to inform IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice. The reviews have been authored by SPERI research assistant Sean McDaniel and deputy director Craig Berry. The three published today focus on: Macroeconomic policy change since the financial crisis … Continue reading

22 January 2018 by
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Baby Boomers versus Millennials | New paper on the politics of intergenerational fairness

A new paper by Kate Alexander Shaw, published today, ‘Baby Boomers versus Millennials: rhetorical conflicts and interest-construction in the new politics of intergenerational fairness’ analyses the current debate in the UK around intergenerational fairness. The paper is part of our research project on the Political Economy of Young People in Europe, in collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), … Continue reading

18 January 2018 by
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New SPERI research brief on Frankfurt, financial services and Brexit

When the UK leaves the European Single Market, financial firms domiciled in the City of London will lose their ‘passporting rights’. This means that many UK-based banks and other financial institutions will need to relocate a significant portion of their operations, capital and staff to alternative financial centres inside the EU. Frankfurt has consistently been identified as one of the … Continue reading

16 January 2018 by
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New study identifies innovative approaches to tackle forced labour in global supply chains

A major new report published today proposes new policy interventions to tackle previously unaddressed root causes of exploitative work conditions. ‘Confronting Root Causes: Forced Labour in Global Supply Chains’, is published by researchers from Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, an organisation that studies labour exploitation, in partnership with SPERI. Dr Genevieve LeBaron, leader of SPERI’s Labour and Work in the Global Political … Continue reading

10 January 2018 by
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Local authority pension fund investment since the financial crisis | New SPERI report

A new report published today by SPERI presents evidence and analysis on asset allocations by local authority pension funds in the UK. In this new SPERI British Political Economy Brief, Craig Berry and Adam Barber chart the changes in investment patterns by local authority pension funds since the 2007/08 financial crisis, and the extent of moves towards ‘alternative’ investments such … Continue reading

12 December 2017 by
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New SPERI paper on the abolition of Britain’s capital controls

We are pleased to publish a new SPERI Paper by Jack Copley on the role of competition and ideas in Britain’s abolition of capital controls which took place between 1977-9. In his paper Jack seek to challenge this conventional wisdom regarding the role of competition and ideas in capital control liberalisation through a close historical examination of Britain’s abolition of … Continue reading

7 December 2017 by
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