Austerity and Food Poverty: the vicious circle of obesity, ill-health and deprivation

In today’s post Hillary Shaw and Julia Shaw consider the links between poverty, poor diet and ill health.  In the UK, escalating food, fuel and housing costs, stagnating incomes and poor employment prospects have realised a fateful and catastrophic convergence … Continue reading

Communities first? Hybridity helps understand governing neighbourhoods under austerity

Madeleine Pill and Valeria Guarneros-Mesa report on their research into hybridity and city governance in Cardiff, which was recently published in Policy and Politics. Welsh Government is phasing out its (former flagship) Communities First tackling poverty programme from 2017/18.  The … Continue reading

The Vulnerabilities of Local Government Liveability Services

In today’s post, Paul O’Brien reports on the findings of recent research that highlights the dangers posed by changes in local government for the sustainability of basic ‘liveability’ services. The past month has been a tumultuous one for British politics. … Continue reading

Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis on Cities in Europe: Chapter on the Social Investment Market

CURA Researcher Robert Ogman has published a chapter on the social investment market in a recently published book on Urban Austerity in Europe. Robert’s chapter discusses the relationship between austerity policies and the social investment market, showing government’s turn towards Social Impact … Continue reading

Reclaiming Local Democracy: Ines Newman

In this post Ines Newman describes the argument of her recent book “Reclaiming local democracy: a progressive future for local government“. Ines argues against the market fundamentalism informing the changes in British local government since the 1980’s, outlines an ethical … Continue reading

Book Review: What a Waste – Outsourcing and how it Goes Wrong

In this book review, CURAs Dr. Heather Connolly shares her thoughts on the recent book by Researchers at Manchester Capitalism “What a Waste”. This blog was originally published on the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute’s website. With increasing numbers of failures … Continue reading