Workshop Report: Sustainable Societies: Designing Sustainable Economies: Translating ideas and research into policy and practice
This is the report of a workshop organised by Hayley Stevenson, as part of her ESRC Future Research Leaders award which brought together people with very different perspectives on the challenge of sustainability. There is no single vision for a sustainable economy; debates feature many overlapping and competing concepts like sustainable development, green economy, green growth, harmony with nature, degrowth, steady state economy, circular economy, etc. The aim of the workshop was to take people out of their ‘informational cocoons’ to generate rich and challenging discussions, and to advance our collective understanding of challenges we face.
SPERI-CLES Report: The Real Deal: Pushing the parameters of devolution deals’
This report published by SPERI and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) calls on the new government to reset the devolution agenda, rethink UK governance at all levels, and presents ideas for a new settlement to make devolution a force for progressive change. The report – co-authored by SPERI’s Deputy Director Craig Berry, Policy Research Officer Tom Hunt and researchers from CLES – outlines new ideas for future devolution deals in eleven policy areas: employment policy, transport, energy and environmental policy, housing and land use, health, procurement, local banking, higher education, lottery funding and the democratic process.
The recent rise in food banks in the UK has drawn particularly stark attention to the issue of food insecurity and has initiated a heated public and highly politicised debate. There is now a considerable amount of research being undertaken into the extent and experience of household food insecurity in the UK. This is the report of a worshop which brought together around 60 delegates with the aim of showcasing cutting-edge findings and reflecting on the implications of what we know to identify the key gaps in our evidence base that need filling as well as exploring the intersections between non-academic researchers, practitioners and the academy.