SPERI in the media

10 July 2017
The Times
Industrial strategy ‘must help all regions’
An industrial strategy for Britain will succeed only if institutions are created that put responsibility for delivering the long-term economic framework at the heart of government and reach across the regions.
The recommendation for a new national framework is central to the first big report by the Industrial Strategy Commission, an independent body established by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute and Policy@Manchester and chaired by Dame Kate Barker, a former Bank of England rate-setter.

8 June 2017
Washington Post
The center in British politics has all but disappeared, leaving the country as polarized as the U.S.
Andrew Gamble, a political scientist at the University of Cambridge, said Macron’s rise in France demonstrates “that the potential is there.”  “It’s very difficult to lead an insurgency in Britain,” Gamble said. “Nevertheless, if the Lib Dems had had a Macron, that would have been very interesting.”
One stumbling block has been doubt about how Farron, a Christian, views homosexuality and abortion rights. He has been tongue-tied at times about the distinction between his own beliefs and legitimate subjects of government regulation. “I’m not running to be pope,” he said Wednesday, calling it “fundamental” to liberalism that everybody “live the way they choose to.”
Colin Hay, a political scientist at Sciences Po in Paris studying European democracy and voter disaffection, said it was “deeply ironic that the Liberal Democrats’ leader is accused of being the only illiberal leader of a liberal party in Europe.”
Farron’s inability to capitalize on voter discontent in the way that Macron did, however, has more to do with the specificity of the two electoral systems, Hay said. In France, Macron convinced millions of voters to buck the established parties. In Britain, the path to Downing Street runs through Parliament, in a first-past-the-post system where placing second or third in scores of constituencies does not translate into legislative power.

27 May 2017
The National
Independent Scotland could boost the north of England, says Common Weal’s Robin McAlpine
Dr Scott Lavery, a research fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute agrees that the UK’s economic model is “highly dysfunctional” and fails both Scotland and the north of England. “Since 2008, UK workers have experienced the sharpest fall in wages of any country in Europe with the exception of Greece,” he states. “Savings have collapsed, productivity remains stagnant and household debt is projected to increase. “By 2022, both Scotland and the north of England are expected to see their share of UK output fall by 0.7 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively. New thinking and collaboration between Scotland and the north is therefore necessary. “The dysfunctional UK economic model is driven by the centralisation of both economic and political power. “Unless there is a new approach, London – the only UK city region to have surpassed pre-crisis levels of output – will continue to absorb economic activity, drawing in capital, esources and talent while consol- idating deep regional inequality and imbalances.”

11 May 2017
Radio France Internationale

Colin Hay speaks to Radio France Internationale about the UK general election

30 April 2017
The Guardian
Poorest face ‘double whammy’ if Tories ditch triple lock on pensions
Craig Berry, deputy director at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (Speri), said reducing the triple lock would have little impact on the government’s finances over the next few years, while the economy remained strong. But without a 2.5% rise when earnings growth and inflation are low, pensioner incomes will fall back and lead to millions of people over the coming decades needing extra state funds.
“The triple lock should be maintained,” he said. “The policy increases the costs of the state pension only modestly, and represents the least the government can do to ensure its value starts to rise, from a very low base, towards the average for highly developed countries.”

3 April 2017
The Guardian

EU financial centres vie to poach tens of thousands of City jobs
Coverage of new SPERI research led by Scott Lavery on alternative EU financial centres’ strategic positioning in the aftermath of Brexit.

23 March 2017
The Asian Age

Post-Independence Growth gets a fresh perspective

12 March 2017
China Daily
Can China save the world from protectionism? by Tony Payne

7 March 2017
Radio France International
Live interview with Colin Hay, co-director of SPERI on Brexit.

6 March 2017
The Times

Universities devise rival strategy for industry
Two leading universities in the north of England are setting up an independent commission on industrial strategy to provide an alternative nationwide voice to Theresa May’s long-awaited but much-criticised consultation on industrial policy.
Days after the government’s industrial strategy green paper was slated in the House of Commons by MPs on the business select committee, the universities of Sheffield and Manchester will launch an industrial policy forum today. The Industrial Strategy Commission will be chaired by Dame Kate Barker, a former member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee…

2 February 2017
The Independent
Young people are now more right-wing and authoritarian in their views than previous generations

2 February 2017
The Times
Blair’s babies beat Thatcher’s children for leaning right

1 February 2017
The Financial Times
‘Blair’s babies’ even more rightwing than ‘Thatcher’s children’
Coverage of new paper by Maria Teresa Grasso, Stephen Farrall, Emily Gray & Colin Hay: Thatcher’s Children, Blair’s Babies, Political Socialization and Trickle-down Value Change: An Age, Period and Cohort Analysis

25 January 2017
El Mercurio
Corte Suprema fuerza votaci votación del Brexit en el Parlamento, donde podría moderarse












22 January 2017
The Guardian
Brexiters expect to leave the EU on a free trade ‘crusade’. What if they are wrong?
The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute highlighted the uphill task of recalibrating the economy back towards manufacturing. It found output had “barely risen” in the past five years despite 5% more jobs. The booming ready-meal sector underpins buoyant food production, but pharmaceuticals, for example, are still way below their pre-crisis peak. The prospect is that, outside the EU, Britain will join Turkey as a low-cost producer, undercutting continental goods through low corporate tax and wage cuts. Turkey avoids tariffs as a member of the EU’s customs union.

19 January 2017
The Guardian
It’s time to rewrite the rules of economics to end the growing chasm of inequality

BBC Radio Sheffield
17 January 2017
Howard Pressman
Professor Simon Bulmer, Associate Fellow at SPERI and Professor of European Politics at the University of Sheffield discusses UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest speech in regard to Brexit negotiations. (Item starts: 2.21.30)

16 January 2017
Supply Chain Audits Work for Corporations, But Not The Planet, Says New Report
A new report argues that supply chain audits are ineffective at improving compliance and act merely to embed an unhealthy status quo in multinational offshore sourcing. The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) based at the University of Sheffield, in the UK, conducted a series of interviews with experts and practitioners. In one interview, a former director of CSR at a US retailer, painted a bleak picture of the sector: “Within the social compliance world, it is now standard operating understanding that audits don’t work to achieve change within organizations”. The authors claim that supply chain audits are “ineffective tools for detecting, reporting, or correcting environmental and labor problems in supply chains.”

9 January 2017
Thinking Allowed
Super Rich: the 1% of the 1%
With Professor Rowland Atkinson, SPERI Associate Fellow and Research Chair in Inclusive Society at the University of Sheffield.

7 January 2017
The Independent
This is why we will all be poorer in 2017
Jonathan Perraton, SPERI Associate Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sheffield comments on the British economy’s prospects for 2017.

Public Sector Focus: Nov/Dec 2016
Britain needs a real deal for devolution









15 Decembre 2016
Le Dauphiné libéré

Conseil Le Dauphiné libéré
















14 December 2016
How the media misled us  over Brexit and Donald Trump by Simon Wren-Lewis

24 November 2016
Huffington Post
George Osborne Is Gone, But Osbornomics Is Not Forgotten: Reaction To Autumn Statement 2016

24 November 2016
The Guardian
View on the autumn statement: half right, half wrong

According to one recent analysis by Sheffield University, in terms of output per hour the last five years’ productivity performance has been by far the worst period for 45 years.

21 November 2016

How Old People Are Skewing British Politics
Dr Craig Berry from the University of Sheffield has researched population ageing and its effect on politics for the Intergenerational Foundation, and believes older people are “certainly” becoming more influential. “Democracy has sort of developed in young societies where young people outnumber old people quite substantially, but that’s no longer the case,” he says. “In the next ten to 20 years we’re going to see that go into reverse quite sharply.”

Dr Berry was keen to stress that age demographics do not vote uniformly and that “there’s as much of a class divide in benefits from public expenditure within age groups as there is across age groups”. He doesn’t believe that “older voters aren’t going to screw over younger people election after election”, but did suggest an older population does currently favour the Conservative Party. “It does seem they are much more popular among older groups, and not just the oldest old, but Baby Boomers in their sixties who are going to be around for decades yet. They’re much more likely to be conservative and, as you get older, you’re much less likely to change your mind about your political preferences.”

7 November 2016
The National
Axe austerity to boost industry, urges Nicola Sturgeon

7 November 2016
The Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon urges Chancellor to slow pace of deficit reduction

7 November 2016
The Yorkshire Post
Sturgeon seeks English allies to shape Brexit

6 November 2016
The Herald Scotland
Sturgeon to issue anti-austerity plea in keynote speech in Sheffield

6 November 2016
The Scotsman

Sturgeon blames Brexit on Tory austerity












21 October 2016
The Yorkshire Post
Manufacturing is in great peril
The report by the influential Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), warns that there are few signs of sustainable growth in advanced manufacturing. Possible trade barriers caused by Brexit are also likely to cause significant challenges, the report saidSPERI, which is an academic institute based at the University of Sheffield, argues that manufacturing is creating lower-skilled jobs without boosting productivity. Read more.

21 October 2016
BBC: Inside Out
Watch Craig Berry discussing Brexit and the Northern Powerhouse (from 18:35)






21 October 2016
The Guardian
UK manufacturing recovery based on increase in low-skilled jobs, finds report









10 October 2016
BBC Radio Sheffield
Toby Foster at breakfast
38.42 in: SPERI Research Fellow Scott Lavery talks to Toby Foster about the rise of employment in the low pay sector and the general trend towards more insecurity in the UK labour market.

15 September 2016
Simon Wren-Lewis wins 2016 New Statesman/SPERI Prize for Political Economy
A prize jointly run by the New Statesman and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), which recognises scholars who have succeeded most effectively in disseminating original and critical ideas in the political economy to a wider public audience, is featured for being awarded to Professor Simon-Wren Lewis at the University of Oxford this year.

11 September 2016
Herald Scotland
Economists warn Scotland: do not try to emulate London
Dr Craig Berry, Deputy Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Sheffield, echoed MacFarlane’s view. “Countries overly dependent on large financial sectors tend to be far more unequal, socially and geographically,” he said. “Their economies [present] fewer incentives for capital to be directed towards productive industries, and this undermines the economy’s long-term resilience, compounded by the inherent volatility of finance. For an independent Scotland to pin its economic fate on finance would be an enormous gamble.”

China Daily
5 September 2016
European opinion leaders comment the ongoing G20 summit
Tony Payne, director of the University of Sheffield’s Political Economy Research Institute
China is quite right to restate the case for an open global economy at the G20 summit in Hangzhou. Normally, this is one of the truisms that world leaders reiterate as a matter of routine, but at the moment it has extra meaning and significance because of the rising tide of populist politics that has emerged of late in parts of Europe and in the United States itself, which has been the most consistent advocate of openness since 1945. At the heart of that populism is a demand for national protectionism, as illustrated in its most threatening manifestation in Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ rhetoric. America First unavoidably means the global order second. China cannot say it openly for all of the normal diplomatic reasons, but it badly need Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, to turn up at the next G20 summit! China is exceptionally well placed to make that case and lead the global order in that direction.

4 September 2016
Angela Merkel ‘boosted Brexit campaign’
German political economist argues Merkel’s refugee policy was driven by domestic concerns.

25 July 2016
“Osborne’s legacy is arguably one of centralisation”: so what would real devolution look like?

25 July 2016
Public Sector Executive
Councils must ‘break free’ from centralised and austere devolution

The Independent
22 July 2016
Theresa May must give local governments power to help abandoned Brexiteer communities, report says

Public Finance
22 July 2016
Devolution ‘failing’ to address national problems
The Real Deal: Pushing the parameters of devolution explores the current state of devolution in the UK, and urges local authorities to seize the opportunity to forge a distinctive economic and social future. It puts forward 11 proposals in areas including employment policy, transport, energy and environmental policy, housing and land use, health and procurement.
The paper was published in collaboration between the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).

The Guardian
19 July 2016
Theresa May is no breath of fresh air on poverty
A 2014 report by Sheffield University found that northern areas were hardest hit by local government funding cuts under the Tory austerity programme, with cuts amounting to £160 a head more than their counterpart councils in the south-east.

China Daily
19 July 2016
EC top officials to debate market economy status for China
After reading the documents, Tony Payne, director of the University of Sheffield’s Political Economy Research Institute in UK, said the document is “timely but not visionary.” “It is timely coming 10 years after the last such strategy communication and lot has changed in the global political economy since then,” said Payne. He said it is good that it covers economic and security problems and was also honest in conceding that issues such as steel overcapacity are a problem in EU-China relations and accepting that they need to be addressed, not ignored. “In my opinion, it is not visionary. But instead, it seeks to cover the oblivious issues, running from trade to investment, to migration and security,” said Payne. Payne said the European Commission hasn’t set any overarching rationale for the EU and China coming together. “Why is this important? Why is it important now? What values underpin the engagement?” he said. “In other words, the substantial parts of the communication paper could have been framed eloquently and with effort.”

The Conversation
15 July 2016
La Grande-Bretagne en pleine crise brexistentielle by Colin Hay

29 June 2016
Why Austerity Is To Blame For Brexit
Opinion piece by Craig Berry

Media Part
29 June 2016









L’Est Republicain
24 June 2016













Radio France International – Interview with Colin Hay
23 June 2016
On the day of the Brexit vote, RFI’s David Coffey speaks to Colin Hay, political scientist specialising in UK politics, on what has brought Britain to this point in it’s relationship with the European Union.








China Daily
24 June 2016
China can save the world from economic crisis by Tony Payne

The Guardian
22 June 2016
Brexit would widen the north-south divide as poorest areas stand to lose most
As the University of Sheffield’s Political Economy Research Institute recently reported, that £8.5bn – which doubles with match funding from the government and other sources – has to be seen in the context of severe budget cuts hammering local government through “austerity politics”. Thus it has achieved greater importance because seven-year funding rounds can allow councils to plan with greater certainty.[…]The Sheffield researchers calculate that from 2007, Wales has gained almost 37,000 EU-financed jobs; Scotland 44,000 and the north of England 70,000. Their report warns: “If the UK were to leave the EU … evidence suggests that the loss of structural funds would disproportionately affect Wales, Northern Ireland, the south-west and the north-east (with) a significant impact on job creation and business activity.”
As Craig Berry, the deputy director of the Sheffield research institute, says, the economic status quo works neither in favour of the UK’s poorest regions – which face the most uncertainty in the event of Brexit – nor for the government’s much-vaunted “northern powerhouse” agenda. This, he says, would be incompatible with EU withdrawal through the loss of vital European funding and restricted access to continental export markets.

El Pais
21 June 2016
Financiada por Europa pero partidaria del ‘Brexit’
Cornualles, una de las regiones que más ayudas comunitarias recibe, está entre las más euroescépticas
Al ser una de las zonas menos desarrolladas tanto del país como de toda la Unión, Cornualles es una de las que más fondos europeos recibe. Unos 1.200 euros per cápita; un 64% más que la media de Reino Unido, según explica Scott Lavery, profesor del Instituto de Investigación Política y Económica de la Universidad de Sheffield (SPERI) y uno de los autores de un estudio que desgrana el impacto de estas ayudas. Un dinero que, por supuesto, dejaría de fluir si Reino Unido abandona la UE.

FG insight
3 June 2016
Trade access and subsidies key for devolved nations as EU vote nears

Daily Telegraph
1 June 2016

Mapped: Where in the UK receives most funding EU funding and how does this compare with the rest of Europe?
A study by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) reveals that 20,000 EU-funded projects in the North of England between 2007 and 2013 created 70,000 jobs as well as a further 80,000 jobs between Scotland and Wales.

The Yorkshire Post
31 May 2016
Tom Hunt and Scott Lavery: Why North is vulnerable to Brexit vote

BBC Northern Ireland
25 May 2016
Brexit would mean greater economic uncertainty for Northern Ireland, study suggests

Yorkshire Post
25 May 2016
Regions ‘will feel different Brexit impacts’

The Guardian
11 May 2016
Unless we think imaginatively, benefits will be consigned to history by Tom Clarke
The arrival of a new book by a serious social democratic theorist – Andrew Gamble’s Can the Welfare State Survive? – is a heartening sign of the left waking up to the challenge. Instead of incrementally contesting every fresh cut, the need is to go back to first principles. So rather than concede to more aggressive means-testing or conditionality based on “good behaviour”, Gamble springs out of the defensive crouch and embraces the idea of a citizen’s stipend paid universally as of right. And remarkably, in this era of Benefits Street, the idea of a basic income is finding fans across the spectrum.

The New Statesman
22 April 2016
The Remain campaign needs a dash of the Brexiters’ utopianism by Craig Berry

15 April 2016
Jeremy Corbyn could transform the Brexit debate – but does he want to?
As Owen Parker at the University of Sheffield has observed, many on the British left are tempted by the idea of “Lexit” – a British exit from the EU that would allow a future Labour government to enact a genuinely socialist program outside of the constraints of the single market.[…]But, as Parker rightly points out, the idea that a UK outside the EU could in some way quarantine itself from globalisation or extricate itself from the pressures of economic integration is a chimera. All of the challenges that the UK faces as a country are better solved through collective action with its partners than by trying to pull up the drawbridge and acting alone.

BBC Breakfast
8 April 2016
UK productivity – still no sign of recovery

Big Issue North
4 April 2016

Squaring up EU money has helped regenerate northern cities

China Daily
17 March 2016
World needs China to take leadership role by Tony Payne

The Financial Times
11 March 2016
Lobby group warns on costs of bank levy
Research by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute shows that smaller banks and building societies will pay a higher surcharge as a proportion of their balance sheet than the biggest global banks based in the UK.
It said that, based on an analysis of 2014 results, the average surcharge for building societies would equate to a tax of 0.045 per cent of their total liabilities, compared with 0.028 per cent for the big four banks — Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Irish Times
07 March 2016
Government policies have left workers with less job security

Eurasia Review
07 March 2016
Europe wide shift towards weather job security and employment support

News Talk Radio
07 March 2016
Report critical of Irish job security

Irish Examiner 
07 March 2016
Report critical of Irish job protection

The Yorkshire Post
17 February 2016
Households at risk of food and fuel poverty as ‘heat or eat’ dilemma proves real

The Guardian
10 February 2016

Bank of England’s recovery policies have increased inequality, finds S&P

The Guardian
30 January 2016

Levy on luxury London homes would net £86m a year for social housing

This article covers the following SPERI Brief: International Flows of Capital into London Property

Daily Mail
31 January 2016
Call for new tax on mega-rich £5m homes which would raise £86m a year ‘billionaire bonus fund’ to go on housing for low-paid
This article is based on the following SPERI Brief: International Flows of Capital into London Property

The Yorkshire Post
20 January 2016
Is it possible to bridge the North-South divide?

Dhaka Tribune
18 January 2106
Study: Global supply chains for multinational companies fail to detect serious abuses

New Internationalist Magazine
January 2016
Humanity adrift

The Times Higher Education
15 January 2016
‘Even if Greece is bankrupt, we still have our bodies, and we will help those who need us’

The Guardian
14 January 2016

Supply chain audits fail to detect abuses, says report

Huffington Post
5 January 2016
Facing Up to the Impending UK Referendum on the European Union by Tony Payne

23 November 2015
Skilled jobs needed to close North/South divide
The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute says boosting the number of skilled jobs would stop the north falling further behind the south. Author Tom Hunt said manufacturing was a “good base to build on”. The government said the research, commissioned by BBC Sheffield, backed the case for its Northern Powerhouse.

Sunday Politics Yorkshire and Lincolnshire 
22 November 2015
Watch Tom Hunt 41 minutes in talking about his latest Brief which compares the post-crisis performance of the Sheffield, Brighton and Oxford city-region economies.






The Guardian
15 September 2015
Jeremy Corbyn’s politics of hope can seize power from the elite

Daily Sabah, Turkey
12 September 2015
The age of great uncertainty
Leading political economists from the University of Sheffield, Anthony Payne and Colin Hay, used the phrase in a challenging study to refer to the ongoing battle to determine the future of global neoliberalism, or the laissez-faire market society as we know it.

L’Obs, France
03 September 2015
Cette Angleterre qui vote rouge

LObsSheffield-1_180Sarah Halifa-Legrand, a journalist from the French political magazine L’Obs, visited Sheffield last month to report on the Labour Leadership election and Jeremy Corbyn’s recent campaign rally in the city. SPERI researchers Scott Lavery and Craig Berry spoke to Sarah about the Corbyn campaign and its significance.

For many young people who have been brought up in Thatcher and Blair’s Britain, Corbyn’s ideas appear very new. They have only heard them as part of a contestation movement – never in terms of the politics of Westminster” stresses Scott Lavery, young researcher at the University of Sheffield.

Two groups have joined Corbyn, summarises Craig Berry, political Scientist at the University of Sheffield. The first one is composed of Trade Unionists, civil servants, academics which are attached to Labour, don’t like New Labour and want to transform the party with Corbyn. The second group is composed of extreme left militants and young people which have come for Corbyn and do not care about the future of Labour. If Corbyn loses, they will go”.

What [Corbyn’s supporters] have in common is that they want to change the nature of debate after five years of ineffective austerity. Their primary concern is not necessarily to secure a Labour win in 2020” adds Scott Lavery.

Yorkshire Evening Post
03 September 2015
North could be set for greatest growth since Victorian era, says think-tank

The FT
02 September 2015
UK’s Northern Powerhouse minister promises big investments
This week, Sheffield University analysis of the government’s National Infrastructure Pipeline also showed a heavy bias towards London, with the capital set to receive more public funding than every other English region combined.

Cornish Guardian
02 September 2015
‘Shocking’ report shows Cornwall is missing out, says Mebyon Kernow

The Independent
01 September 2015
Osborne failing to deliver Northern Powerhouse, say business leaders
Speri’s report shows the regions where the private sector is weakest are receiving far less infrastructure investment; 3 per cent of England’s businesses are based in the North-east.







The Independent online
01 September 2015
The figures which show that people in the North are being short-changed by the government

BBC LookNorth
01 September 2015






The Yorkshire Post
01 September 2015
Tories’ committment to ending North-South divide ‘highly questionable’, says report
The capital is set to receive more funding for major projects that all the others English regions combined, and six times more per head of population than Yorkshire and the Humber, according to the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).

TheBusinessDesk, Yorkshire
01 September 2015
Infrastructure investment is just £851 per head in Yorkshire

The Independent
9 July 2015
You may have missed it, but the government’s aim to balance the economy failed

Huffington Post
9 July 2015
The Age of Irresponsibility by Craig Berry

BBC Look North
8 July 2015






Sheffield Telegraph
8 July 2015
Rebalancing bid ‘failed’ says study

International Business Times
8 July 2015
Summer budget 2015: UK still a ‘buy-to-let paradise’ despite Osborne’s tax hike on landlords
“There were some minor reforms to the tax relief available to buy-to-let landlords (at the behest of the Bank of England), but Britain clearly remains a buy-to-let paradise,” said Dr Craig Berry, deputy director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield.

Huffington Post
19 June 2015
It’s the Political Economy, Stupid! by Tony Payne & Colin Hay

Aljazeera America
3 May 2015
UK austerity debate: Labour and Tories square off over planned cuts
“David Cameron aims to achieve a budget surplus by 2018/19 through 10 billion pounds ($15 billion) of cuts to the welfare bill and 30 billion pounds ($45 billion) of cuts to other departmental budgets,” Scott Lavery, an economist at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, explained. “This means that the benefits system – already under huge pressure from five years of Tory austerity — would continue to be squeezed, while the cash-starved public sector would also come under additional pressure.

By contrast, Labour plans a slower pace of deficit reduction, with greater emphasis on tax rises as opposed to spending cuts. [Labour leader] Ed Miliband wants to impose a higher rate of income tax on the rich, tax properties worth more than 2 million pounds ($3 million) and create a levy on bankers’ bonuses.”

22 April 2015

Game of losers? Poisoned chalice awaits election victor
“The whole issue of Brexit and Cameron’s stance on Brexit could become the basis of splits within the Tory (Conservative) party,” said Colin Hay, co-director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute.[…]”It depends how badly the Conservatives do but there is a scenario in which … there is a potential challenge to Cameron coming from the eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party,” said Hay.

The Guardian
22 April 2015
Food bank use tops million mark over the past year
Hannah Lambie-Mumford, a research fellow at the University of Sheffield and a food bank specialist, said the data was “an urgent call to policymakers to address the root cause of food poverty in the UK”.

BBC Radio Sheffield
22 April 2015
Toby Foster at Breakfast
1h8m46s into the programme: Interview with Hannah Lambie-Mumford about food poverty and food banks following the publication of the latest figures of food banks users by the Trussell Trust.

Sheffield Telegraph
17th April 2015
Balance of electoral support could shift in seven South Yorkshire seats if Ukip-BNP vote combines, study finds
Dr Craig Berry, deputy director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, said: “It is fair to say that, if the Ukip and BNP support combines in these seats, and helps to create more momentum for Ukip’s campaigns in these areas, then it does alter the balance of electoral support in ways that are not predictable.”

The Times
16th April 2015
Farage slide is not a windfall for the Tories
Article based on a research from the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield which has found a relationship between voting UKIP and living in a deprived area.

The Guardian
15th April 2015
Real change can only be gained through Ukip, claims Nigel Farage
A new study by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) on Tuesday challenged the notion that Ukip poses the greatest threat to the Conservatives, arguing Labour may have “as much, if not more, to fear from the rise of the party”. Dr Craig Berry, co-author of the report, said: “The argument that the Green party and Scottish National party will take votes from Labour, whilst Ukip will grow at the Conservatives’ expense, is too simplistic. Our analysis demonstrates that many prospective Ukip supporters reside in areas with high levels of deprivation, and as such Ukip may pose as great a threat to Labour as it does to the Conservatives.

New Statesman
30th March 2015
Why are so many people using food banks?
The determinants of food poverty and food insecurity are big, structural issues, including – and very importantly – income. That is one of the most important things: people need more money,” says Hannah Lambie-Mumford, a faculty research fellow at the University of Sheffield specialising in food poverty and insecurity in Britain.[…]“In my research, very often volunteers at food banks will say, ‘We wish we didn’t exist; our ultimate aim is to do ourselves out of business,’” says Hannah Lambie-Mumford of the University of Sheffield.

My Science
15th March 2015
The Budget risks further entrenching regional housing inequalities, study finds
Dr Craig Berry, SPERI Deputy Director and author of the report, said: “The UK housing market has returned to business as usual. This can be seen as a sign of economic recovery yet, equally, it also suggests that many of the problems associated with the onset of the financial crisis and subsequent stagnation remain salient. The coalition government’s decision to reform and, in effect, significantly reduce the tax burden on housing transactions indicates that it is relatively unconcerned by the economy’s dependence on the housing market, nor the acute regional inequalities which pervade the UK economy.

The Financial Times
19th February 2015
London and Southeast benefit as public sector job losses show regional divide
Scott Lavery of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute said that the figures showed public sector employment could complement, rather than be in conflict with, the goal of boosting private sector job creation. “Simplistic assertions about the public sector ‘crowding out’ private sector job creation need to be challenged if we are to build a more sustainable and equitable economic settlement for the UK,” he said.

The Independent
4 December 2014
Northern Ireland risks ‘double whammy’ over corporation tax

The Guardian
11 November 2014
Interrogating the entrepreneurial state
The article explores the state’s role in innovation by the inaugural SPERI/New Statesman Prize winner Mariana Mazzucato

7 November 2014
The economist who beat Thomas Piketty

Huntington News
6 November 2014
Getting a Caribbean voice at the G20
In a recent analysis of the G20 in a period of what he aptly describes as “The Great Uncertainity” facing the world, Tony Payne, Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, argues that the organization needs “urgent institutional reform” if it is to do “the critically important steering job” that is “necessary in the context of global interconnectedness”.

The Yorkshire Post
30 October 2014
Study uncovers ‘Victorian views of the poor’

BBC Radio Coventry/Warwickshire
9 September 2014
Scott Lavery explains why the polls in the Scottish Referendum are narrowing.

One News Page
8 September 2014
Shortlist announced for the New Statesman/SPERI prize in political economy
Six world-class thinkers, who have been shortlisted for the inaugural New Statesman/Sheffield Political Economic Research Institute (SPERI) prize in political economy, are featured. The winners will be announced in October.

BBC Radio Coventry/Warwickshire
9 September 2014
Scott Lavery explains why the polls in the Scottish Referendum are narrowing.

One News Page
8 September 2014
Shortlist announced for the New Statesman/SPERI prize in political economy
Six world-class thinkers, who have been shortlisted for the inaugural New Statesman/Sheffield Political Economic Research Institute (SPERI) prize in political economy, are featured. The winners will be announced in October.

The Guardian, 15 July 2014
Northern, poor areas hit hardest by council cuts
Councils in the north-west of England have had to make cuts amounting to £160 a head more than their counterparts in the south-east, new research from Sheffield university has found.[…]
Craig Berry, SPERI research fellow and co-author of the report, said: “The extent to which the 2014 local elections were influenced by pattern is not clear, although it is apparent that the Conservatives’ losses were concentrated in areas that have not been shielded from the cuts to the same extent as Conservative councils in general.

Times Higher Education: Campus news, 26 June 2014
Taxation in the UK has become increasingly regressive since the financial crisis, a report reveals. The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, based at the University of Sheffield, found that the contribution to total revenue of progressive taxes such as income and capital gains tax fell from 58 per cent in 2007-08 to 54 per cent in 2012-13. The contribution of regressive taxes such as VAT rose from 25 to 28 per cent of the total over the same period.
SPICe Briefing: The increasing demand for emergency food aid in the UK, 25 June 2014
SPERI Policy Brief by Hannah Lambie-Mumford used for a research briefing on food banks just published by the Scottish Parliament.


Science Codex
16 June 2014
Coalition deficit reduction has made UK tax base more regressive

A report from the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield which has found that taxation in the UK has become increasingly regressive since the financial crisis, particularly since the coalition government came to office, is featured.

 New Statesman
June 2014
On the economy, the SNP is starting to sound Osborne-esque

As Craig Berry, a research fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, told me in January: “Primary responsibility for the UK’s £30bn balance of payments deficit lies with southern England, whose main contribution to Britain’s export base – financial services trade – is far too dependent on the crisis-hit Eurozone”.


The Conversation, Wednesday 4 June 2014

The Queen’s speech leaves pensions in a royal muddle by Craig Berry


The Sunday Herald, Sunday 20 April 2014

Think tank: ‘Measures to help economy made the rich far richer’



The Guardian, Tuesday 8 April 2014

Need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts, research shows


Lambie-Mumford said her research showed that food banks were expanding to meet rising demand caused in part by a squeeze on welfare entitlements which made already poor people even worse off.


Interview with Craig Berry, on manufacturing in Sheffield, is featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘In Business’.



TCT Magazine, Wednesday 19 March 2014

Craig Berry’s The Conversation article is discussed in relation to the budget and what this means for the manufacturing industry.



The Conversation, Wednesday 19 March 2014

Craig Berry gives a post-budget analysis and argues that the measures are an inadequate fix for British manufacturing.



Yorkshire Post, Tuesday 25 February 2014

Expanding on something that Andrew Haldane said at the recent SPERI event, Bernard Ginns discusses how modern history might have turned out very differently had politicians and their economic advisers picked the right reading material.



The Guardian, Saturday 22 February 2014

Will Hutton mentions the recent SPERI Paper by Professor Richard Jones in his ‘Comment is Free’ article ‘Centrica typifies the ills of the British energy industry’.



Yorkshire Post, Saturday 22 February 2014

In a front page exlusive Bernard Ginns covers the recent SPERI event ‘In Conversation with Andrew Haldane’ with the headline ‘Banker savages ‘unjust’ bailout that cost taxpayer over a trillion’.



Policy Network, Thursday 20 February 2014

Craig Berry writes for Policy Network, showing how investment and consumption performance reveal the frailty of the UK economy.



Professional Pensions, Thursday 20 February 2014

Professional Pensions reports on a presentation by Craig Berry, questioning the evidence base which supports increases in state pension age.



Yorkshire Post, Tuesday 16 February 2014

Bernard Ginns puts forward that maybe Yorkshire should go it alone and discusses how the SPERI British Political Economy Brief No.2 shows that the Government is concentrating on boosting the London property market rather than rejuvenating manufacturing in the North.



International Business Times, Monday 15 February 2014

The IB Times draws upon SPERI British Political Economy Brief No.2 to demonstrate that Britain’s trade deficit has remained unchanged since 2008 despite a weakened pound; whereas on previous occasions, a depression in the value of sterling has led to an increase in UK exports.



The Sunday Herald, Sunday 16 February 2014

The Sunday Herald, Scotland, draws upon the latest SPERI British Political Economy Brief to show that the UK Government have promoted a recovery in the City of London at the expense of the Scottish economy.



Reuters UK, 11 February 2014

The upcoming event ‘In Conversation with Andrew Haldane’ is mentioned in their list of top economic events.



Professional Pensions, Tuesday 11 February 2014

Craig Berry’s response to a statement by pensions minister Steve Webb is covered by Professional Pensions.



CNBC, 7 February 2014

The upcoming event ‘In Conversation with Andrew Haldane’ is mentioned in their list of top economic events.



Yorkshire Post, 16 January 2014

Economy ‘trapped in growth crisis’ – Yorkshire Post discusses the first SPERI policy brief by Craig Berry



Yorkshire Post, 9 January 2014

Warning on stalling factory pay in North as City’s salaries soar – Yorkshire Post discusses the first SPERI policy brief by Craig Berry



Sheffield Star, 9 January 2014

Industry declines while Sheffield booms – Sheffield Star reports on the first SPERI policy brief by Craig Berry, which found that pay in the manufacturing sector is continuing to decline despite Government ambitions to boost industrial growth.



Shifting Grounds, 11 December 2013

Craig Berry responds to the ‘One Nation’ economy and Jon Cruddas MP in the article ‘One Nation, Many Questions’.



The Guardian, 10 December 2013

The Guardian has published a summary of the web chat that took place on 5 December. Genevieve Le Baron was one of the commentators discussing how to tackle forced labour in supply chains.



The Economist, 5 December 2013

A report by Genevieve Le Baron, Jean Allain (Professor of International Law, Queen’s University, Belfast) and Andrew Crane (Professor of Business Ethics, Schulich School of Business, Toronto) on the business of forced labour in the UK’s food, construction and cannabis industries published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is mentioned.



The Guardian, 5 December 2013

Genevieve Le Baron took part in a live Guardian web chat on ‘how to tackle slavery in supply chains’ with Beate Andrees (Head of the Special Action Programme to combat forced labour, International Labour Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland), Dan Viederman (Chief Executive, Verité, Amherst, US), Andrew Wallis (Chief Executive, Unseen, Bristol, UK), Neill Wilkins (Migration Programme Manager, The Institute of Human Rights and Business, Chichester, UK), Rachel Phillips Rigby (office of child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking, U.S. Department of Labour, Washington D.C., USA) and Aidan McQuade (Director, Anti-Slavery International, London, UK).



The Guardian, 4 December 2013

How UK wonder substance graphene can’t and won’t benefit UK

Aditya Chakrabortty reports the disappointing investment in graphene in the UK, and draws upon SPERI Paper No.6 – The UK’s Innovation Deficit and How to Repair it (PDF 1131KB) to argue that the lack of investment in innovation and technology as a whole, paints a glum picture for the future of the British economy.


The Guardian, 20 November 2013

Forced labour in the UK: ‘There was no escape. I lived every day in fear’

A report by Genevieve Le Baron, Jean Allain (Professor of International Law, Queen’s University, Belfast) and Andrew Crane (Professor of Business Ethics, Schulich School of Business, Toronto) on the business of forced labour in the UK’s food, construction and cannabis industries published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is mentioned.


The Conversation, 20 November 2013

Dodgy economics of the transatlantic free trade deal

Craig Berry criticises the rationale behind the transatlantic trade negotiations.


The Guardian, 17 November 2013

Britain looks ill-armed if a currecy war breaks out

SPERI Paper No.6 The UK’s Innovation Deficit and How to Repair it by Professor Richard Jones, in which he examines in detail how the UK is a less research and development intensive country than it was 30 years ago, is mentioned in an article by Larry Elliot about trade and innovation deficits.


The Conversation, 4 November 2013

The new global contest is more than just a wacky race

Tony Payne questions the ‘global race’ terminology used of late by a host of politicians.


The Conversation, 24 October 2013

Big data lets global corps bet on the threat of climate change

Jo Bates expresses her concerns about corporations making money from climate change.


The Conversation, 17 October 2013

US standoff was fallout from the financial crisis – and it’s not over

Stephanie Mudge discusses whether democracy can continue to absorb the ongoing political fallout of the financial crisis.


The Conversation, 11 October 2013

US shutdown opens the way for China in global currency markets

Jeremy Green suggests that China may benefit from the US political shutdown.


The Conversation, 1 October 2013

Punitive Osborne offers job seekers nothing for something

Craig Berry responds to George Osbourne’s proposal for a ‘help to work’ scheme which would force welfare recipients in to unpaid jobs.


The Conversation, 25 September 2013

The regressive politics of quantitative easing

Jeremy Green highlights quantitative easing as a deeply political policy programme with winners and losers, which affects the overall distribution of wealth and resources within society.


New Statesman, 8 August 2013

We shouldn’t be hanging on the every word of Britain’s new “superstar” central banker

Jeremy Green argues that Britain’s economic debate needs to be more daring than the Bank of England can ever be.


BBC Radio Sheffield, 6 August 2013

Scott Lavery discussed the differences between the British and German economies, and what we can learn from the German industrial strategy.


New Statesman, 29 July 2013

There’s a new horizon in history: “panic time”

In the final part of ‘The Great Uncertainty’ series, Colin Hay and Tony Payne argue that if we are collectively to chart some kind of workable way through The Great Uncertainty, we need to be sure to find the time to talk all of this through as concerned members of global society.


New Statesman, 22 July 2013

By crushing emissions, the recession is saving our lives

In the fourth of ‘The Great Uncertainty’ series, Colin Hay and Tony Payne consider the profound environmental challenge we face.


New Statesman, 17 July 2013

Uncertainty in the BRICS

In the third of ‘The Great Uncertainty’ series, Colin Hay and Tony Payne discuss the shift taking place in the balance of global economic power.


New Statesman, 2 July 2013

Uncertainty is news for economists, and the Great Uncertainty is the biggest news of all

In the second of ‘The Great Uncertainty’ series, Colin Hay and Tony Payne discuss the financial crisis in an age of uncertainty.


New Statesman, 24 June 2013

This isn’t the Great Recession, it’s the Great Uncertainty

In the first of a five part series (first featured on SPERI Comment) Colin Hay and Tony Payne label the current era the Great Uncertainty and suggest that the present conjuncture is being shaped by a remarkable, and hugely challenging, coalescence of three major processes of structural change occurring simultaneously and interacting in all manner of complicated ways.


BBC Radio Ulster, 27 March 2013

Following the two blogs Corporation tax in Northern Ireland: the policy debate and Corporation tax in Northern Ireland: the policy debate, Richard Murphy debated the issue of corporation tax in Northern Ireland.


BBC Newsnight, 24 January 2013

Colin Hay was featured on BBC Newsnight. He spoke about what David Willetts’ proposals  to rebalance the economy through industry and what innovative technologies mean for the economy.


BBC Radio Sheffield, 23 January 2013

Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge and Chair of SPERI’s International Advisory Board) took part in a phone in on the Toby Foster at Breakfast show on BBC Radio Sheffield, providing expertise on the possibility of a EU referendum in the hours leading up to David Cameron’s speech.

The Guardian, 22 January 2013

Our welfare state is being transformed under false pretences

Dan Silver referenced SPERI Paper No.1 The British Growth Crisis: a Crisis of and for Growth by SPERI Director Colin Hay.