A new interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Sheffield aims to bring together leading international researchers in the social sciences, policy-makers, journalists and opinion formers to reassess and develop substantive proposals to respond to the political and economic challenges posed by the global financial crisis and its legacy.
At the heart of such challenges is the problem of growth – where it will come from, how it will be sustained and how it might be made both environmentally and institutionally sustainable. These are challenges for the world economy as a whole as they are for the local, regional and national economies which together comprise it.
SPERI will bring the analytical insights offered by a genuinely interdisciplinary political economy to bear on these pressing problems, providing a context in which policy-makers and academics can come together to explore and develop the growth strategies of the future.
SPERI will provide a home for visiting researchers and policy-makers from the UK and beyond and an international focus for debate, discussion and policy development in the wake of the global financial crisis. It builds on the activities of the University’s longstanding Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) and seeks now to take the work of this centre to another stage.
Papers from SPERI's first conference: