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Open piggy bank, with coins spilling out.
by Shaun Wilson  |  2nd June 2021

In our latest article on Transforming Society, Shaun Wilson makes the case for seizing this moment for a reform of the living wage for the benefit of wealth redistribution, worker health, productivity and social justice.…Read more

Man making tacos.
by Kaitland M. Byrd  |  24th May 2021

Beyond the beleaguered urban restaurant industry, Kaitland Byrd, author of 'Southern Craft Food Diversity', reminds us of the diversity and marginalization of the producers who supply these restaurants with southern craft products.…Read more

Person holding out pennies in their hands
by Heather Whiteside Stephen McBride and Bryan Evans  |  12th May 2021

Heather Whiteside, Stephen McBride and Bryan Evans, authors of 'Varieties of Austerity', consider the austerity measures adopted in response to the global financial crisis and the knock-on effect these have had on the COVID-19 situation.…Read more

Small plant held in hands

Following the publication of the government’s Transforming public procurement Green Paper, which aims to speed up and simplify procurement processes, Mark Neild, senior lecturer at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, calls for a radical rethink of public service commissioning to reflect the public’s values, not economic value.…Read more

Two-way street arrows on a road
by Rajiv Prabhakar  |  14th January 2021

Rajiv Prabhakar, author of 'Financial Inclusion', outlines some of the reasons for the tensions between academics and policy makers, and calls for a better understanding of how these groups can help each other, whether in the field of financial inclusion or COVID-19 public health policy.…Read more

Sign saying 'The climate is changing, why aren't we?'
by Philippe Bihouix  |  8th December 2020

Following the publication of ‘The Age of Low Tech’, Philippe Bihouix explains the concept of shifting baselines and argues that we need the absolute decoupling of economic growth and resource consumption.…Read more

Graffiti saying 'unskilled jobs are a classist myth'

Kathryn Telling reviews the tone of recent discussion on unemployment and argues that treating hospitality workers and social carers as essentially interchangeable is a minimisation of both sets of workers’ skills, as well as their education and training.…Read more

Words 'Work in progress' written on glass
by Mark Williams Ying Zhou and Min Zou  |  19th November 2020

Based on 'Mapping Good Work', by Mark Williams, Ying Zhou and Min Zou, this policy briefing covers key messages and policy recommendations around what exactly ‘Good Work' is, where it is most likely to be found across the occupational structure and how we might best promote a ‘Good Work recovery'.…Read more

Sign saying 'No cuts'
by Donna Baines and Ian Cunningham  |  9th November 2020

Launching their new book ‘Working in the Context of Austerity: Challenges and Struggles’, Donna Baines and Ian Cunningham call for a major rethink of social and employment policies that can provide alternatives to austerity and protect against its damaging impacts.…Read more

Iranian women following Covid-19 protective protocols stock photo
by Farhang Morady  |  3rd November 2020

Farhang Morady, author of ‘Contemporary Iran: Politics, Economy, Religion’, outlines the cumulative economic effects of sanctions, COVID-19 and government mismanagement on an already shattered economy, but draws hope from the imminent US elections and from regime change in Iran.…Read more