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News from SPERI 
December 2015
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As 2015 draws to an end we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and contributions this year, whether through research and collaboration, attending SPERI events, or reading our publications and blogs. This year our research has continued to shape the debate about a sustainable recovery and our work has appeared on the front pages of the national press and on TV. Our events have attracted key thinkers and practitioners from the world of political economy and have been attended by large audiences.
2016 looks set to be another busy and politically charged year, and our work will continue to research the increasingly unbalanced global order. In the New Year we'll launch a new series of Global Political Economy Briefs to showcase our work on global affairs, and look forward to a timely new research project, in collaboration with FEPS and Policy Network, exploring Britain's relationship with the EU. New books by SPERI researchers on global governance, the future of the welfare state, austerity, green growth and the North will be published, alongside new SPERI Papers and Briefs. We also look forward to our Conference in Sheffield in July. Keep in touch with us on social media, via the website and blog and we'll hope to see you at our events in 2016.
Recent events
Event: 'Power to the North?'
RESEARCH: Our Research Fellows this year have produced a wide and impressive range of outputs with more planned around the continuing projects of economic rebalancing, forced labour and global supply chains, and green growth. We held workshops on household debt and food poverty and ran joint seminars with IPPR on the British Growth Model and with the White Rose Network on devolution. We organised events in Greece as part of our research project on the political economy of southern Europe.
Event: 'Power to the North?'
EVENTS: In February we welcomed the TUC General Secretary, Frances O'Grady, to SPERI for our 'In Conversation' event. Lord Robert Skidelsky, renowned biographer of John Maynard Keynes, delivered our 4th Annual Lecture in May on 'The Failure of Austerity'. We also co-hosted a lecture with the ever-popular economist Ha-Joon Chang, and held a SPERI teach-in on Corbynomics. It was a full house for our 'Power to the North?' debate in November which brought together Julia Unwin, Ben Lucas, Helen Pidd, Craig Berry and Lisa Nandy MP to discuss devolution with a very enthusiastic audience.
Workshop on the ‘Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse'
PUBLICATIONS:  Our Co-Directors Colin Hay and Tony Payne published 'Civic Capitalism' which we successfully launched in Sheffield Town Hall in April. We also published eight SPERI papers on varying subjects including sustainable economic development, austerity, corporate welfare and inequality, as well as nine SPERI British Political Economy Briefs including, amongst others, work on infrastructure investment, general election analysis, public sector employment and tax summaries and, most recently, a brief on neoliberalism, austerity and the UK media.
SPERI Comment: On our political economy blog this year we published 146 posts offering a range of perspectives on the most important political economy issues in the UK, Europe and the world. Have a look at our top 10 most read blogs of 2015.
Book Launch: Promised You a Miracle
Power to the North? Prospects and Challenges to Devolution & City Deals in the North of England
Friday 22 January 2016, 12pm, Leeds University

This one-day event is organised by the White Rose Consortium for the North of England of which SPERI is a part. Places are limited. Register here.
Book Launch: Promised You a Miracle
SPERI Book Launch: Promised You a Miracle by Andy Beckett
Tuesday 16 February 2016, 6pm
Richard Roberts Auditorium, Sheffield University

Register now for the first SPERI event of 2016. Andy Beckett of The Guardian will speak about his new book 'Promised You a Miracle: UK 80-82''.
Book Launch: Promised You a Miracle
'In Conversation' with David Willetts
Wednesday 23 March 2016, 6pm
Firth Hall, Sheffield University

David Willetts will join us for our next 'In Conversation' event in March. David was Minister of State for Universities and Science between 2010 and 2014 and is now Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation. Register now
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