A successful SPERI conference closes

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The final day of SPERI’s 2016 conference organised around the theme of ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’ began with a plenary session devoted to ”The Other Crisis’: The Political Economy of Green Transformation’.

Chaired by SPERI Research Fellow, Martin Craig, the two speakers were Professor Peter Newell (University of Sussex) and Dr Hayley Stevenson (University of Sheffield). Their presentations generated an intense discussion about the ways in which political economies need to change to respond to growing environmental threats and also the ways in which the discipline of political economy itself needs to be rethought to accommodate this huge issue.

Eight more panels on topics ranging from democratic transitions, global governance, corporate power, employment regulation and the uneven geographies of rebalancing in the UK then concluded the conference.

Amidst all the formal sessions, meetings of research groups took place; discussions were held with publishers who attended the conference; doctoral students chatted to senior Professors; and many friendships were made and renewed.

Thank you to everyone who attended the conference and especially to all of our plenary speakers, panellists, discussants and volunteers for contributing and making the conference such a success.

2016 SPERI Conference

Thank you to everyone who has proposed a paper or a panel by the deadline. Please note that we cannot accept any more submissions. We will email you on 18th January to inform you of the outcome.

On behalf of SPERI, I would like to send you our best wishes for the holiday season.

Click here for the 2015 SPERI review.

SPERI 2016 Conference: Final Call

UniversityofSheffield-SPERI-200‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’

Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield
4-6 July 2016

The SPERI Conference is becoming increasingly recognised as a key forum for debating major contemporary issues in political economy in new and challenging ways. It takes place in Halifax Hall in a leafy part of Sheffield and always attracts a range of leading scholars, doctoral students and practitioners with an interest in political economy.

We have had a number of excellent submissions already and we look forward to putting together a programme for what promises to be a very stimulating and engaging three days. The deadline for submission is the 18 December at 5pm.

We welcome proposals for a relevant panel of 3-4 papers (or an individual paper) for the 2016 SPERI conference that speaks to one of the following conference themes:

  • The political and economic map of the UK: the unevenness of economic recovery; the prospects for industrial rebalancing; the role of the economic crisis in fuelling devolution to Scotland, the North of England and elsewhere
  • The future of the European political economy: the impact of crisis and austerity on the single currency; the possibility and implications of ‘Brexit’; uncertainty surrounding Europe’s global leadership and the European project as a whole
  • Shifting economic power in the early 21st century: the current position of the BRICS, of Africa and of Latin America; issues of decline in the Western world; prospects for global development and global governance in uncertain times
  • The growing environmental and climate crisis: prospects and problems in generating sustainable development nationally, regionally and globally; post-Kyoto climate change politics; impacts on people, communities and ways of living
  • The political economy of welfare: the impact of further retrenchment in the UK’s welfare settlement and the comparative experience of other countries; the role of the private and charitable sector in welfare provision; the politics of deepening inequality

The opening plenary session of the conference will be addressed by Wolfgang Streeck, former Director of the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and author of the acclaimed Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism. Other speakers already committed to address plenary sessions include: Zoe Irving (University of York), Mary Evans (London School of Economics), Hayley Stevenson (University of Sheffield), Peter Newell (University of Sussex), Brian Burgoon (University of Amsterdam) and Lord Roger Liddle (Policy Network).

Please submit your panel/abstract proposal(s) to Laure Astill by emailing speri@sheffield.ac.uk by no later than 5pm on December 18th 2015. Please also feel free to discuss your ideas in advance with Laure or any of the conference organisers.

Colin Hay and Tony Payne, Directors, and Craig Berry, Deputy Director, of SPERI

Second Call for Proposals

UniversityofSheffield-SPERI-200‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’

Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield
4-6 July 2016

The SPERI Conference is becoming increasingly recognised as a key forum for debating major contemporary issues in political economy in new and challenging ways. It takes place in Halifax Hall in a leafy part of Sheffield and always attracts a range of leading scholars, doctoral students and practitioners with an interest in political economy.

We welcome proposals for a relevant panel of 3-4 papers (or, if you prefer, an individual paper) for the 2016 SPERI conference that speaks to one of the following conference themes:

  • The political and economic map of the UK: the unevenness of economic recovery; the prospects for industrial rebalancing; the role of the economic crisis in fuelling devolution to Scotland, the North of England and elsewhere
  • The future of the European political economy: the impact of crisis and austerity on the single currency; the possibility and implications of ‘Brexit’; uncertainty surrounding Europe’s global leadership and the European project as a whole
  • Shifting economic power in the early 21st century: the current position of the BRICS, of Africa and of Latin America; issues of decline in the Western world; prospects for global development and global governance in uncertain times
  • The growing environmental and climate crisis: prospects and problems in generating sustainable development nationally, regionally and globally; post-Kyoto climate change politics; impacts on people, communities and ways of living
  • The political economy of welfare: the impact of further retrenchment in the UK’s welfare settlement and the comparative experience of other countries; the role of the private and charitable sector in welfare provision; the politics of deepening inequality

The opening plenary session of the conference will be addressed by Wolfgang Streeck, former Director of the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and author of the acclaimed Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism. Other speakers already committed to address plenary sessions include: Zoe Irving (University of York), Mary Evans (London School of Economics), Hayley Stevenson (University of Sheffield), Peter Newell (University of Sussex), Brian Burgoon (University of Amsterdam) and Lord Roger Liddle (Policy Network).

Please submit your panel/abstract proposal(s) to Laure Astill by emailing speri@sheffield.ac.uk by no later than 5pm on December 18th 2015. Please also feel free to discuss your ideas in advance with Laure or any of the conference organisers.

Colin Hay and Tony Payne, Directors, and Craig Berry, Deputy Director, of SPERI

First Call for Proposals

UniversityofSheffield-SPERI-200‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’

Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield
4-6 July 2016

The SPERI Conference is becoming increasingly recognised as a key forum for debating major contemporary issues in political economy in new and challenging ways. It takes place in Halifax Hall in a leafy part of Sheffield and always attracts a range of leading scholars, doctoral students and practitioners with an interest in political economy.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a relevant panel of 3-4 papers (or, if you prefer, an individual paper) for the 2016 SPERI conference that speaks to one of the following conference themes:

  • The political and economic map of the UK: the unevenness of economic recovery; the prospects for industrial rebalancing; the role of the economic crisis in fuelling devolution to Scotland, the North of England and elsewhere
  • The future of the European political economy: the impact of crisis and austerity on the single currency; the possibility and implications of ‘Brexit’; uncertainty surrounding Europe’s global leadership and the European project as a whole
  • Shifting economic power in the early 21st century: the current position of the BRICS, of Africa and of Latin America; issues of decline in the Western world; prospects for global development and global governance in uncertain times
  • The growing environmental and climate crisis: prospects and problems in generating sustainable development nationally, regionally and globally; post-Kyoto climate change politics; impacts on people, communities and ways of living
  • The political economy of welfare: the impact of further retrenchment in the UK’s welfare settlement and the comparative experience of other countries; the role of the private and charitable sector in welfare provision; the politics of deepening inequality

The opening plenary session of the conference will be addressed by Wolfgang Streeck, former Director of the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and author of the acclaimed Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism. Other speakers already committed to address plenary sessions include: Zoe Irving (University of York), Mary Evans (London School of Economics), Hayley Stevenson (University of Sheffield), Peter Newell (University of Sussex), Brian Burgoon (University of Amsterdam) and Lord Roger Liddle (Policy Network).

More information about the conference can be found on the SPERI Conference website.

Please submit your panel/abstract proposal(s) to Laure Astill by emailing speri@sheffield.ac.uk by no later than 5pm on December 18th 2015. Please also feel free to discuss your ideas in advance with Laure or any of the conference organisers.

Colin Hay and Tony Payne, Directors, and Craig Berry, Deputy Director, of SPERI

SPERI Conference: ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is pleased to announce that its next major conference will take place from 4-6 July 2016 and will be held, as previously, in the Halifax Hall conference centre in Sheffield.

The theme of the conference will be: ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’. SPERI’s focus encompasses analysis of all the major contemporary issues in political economy. As such, the conference will embrace discussion of the following five major themes:

  • The political and economic map of the UK: the unevenness of economic recovery; the prospects for industrial rebalancing; the role of the economic crisis in fuelling devolution to Scotland, the North of England and elsewhere
  • The future of the European political economy: the impact of crisis and austerity on the single currency; the possibility and implications of ‘Brexit’; uncertainty surrounding Europe’s global leadership and the European project as a whole
  • Shifting economic power in the early 21st century: the current position of the BRICS, of Africa and of Latin America; issues of decline in the Western world; prospects for global development and global governance in uncertain times
  • The growing environmental and climate crisis: prospects and problems in generating sustainable development nationally, regionally and globally; post-Kyoto climate change politics; impacts on people, communities and ways of living
  • The political economy of welfare: the impact of further retrenchment in the UK’s welfare settlement and the comparative experience of other countries; the role of the private and charitable sector in welfare provision; the politics of deepening inequality

The conference organisers will put out a formal ‘call for proposals’ in the autumn. We encourage would-be participants to submit full proposals for relevant panels of 3-4 papers – but individual paper submissions are also welcome. For now, please put the dates in your diary and start thinking about organising a panel!
For a flavour of SPERI’s last conference on ‘The Global Contours of Growth and Development: Beyond the Crisis’, held in July 2014, also at Halifax Hall, click here.

Colin Hay and Tony Payne, Directors, and Craig Berry, Deputy Director, of SPERI