Category Archives: Policy & Politics

This page contains posts on politics and policy relating to Urbanism, Austerity and other issues that are of interest to CURA, in the UK and internationally.

Devolution, Inclusive Growth and Local Skills Strategies

Tweet In today’s blog, CURA’s Jonathan Payne argues that the devolution agenda in England has so far been driven by a neo-liberal “growth first” approach that eschews consideration of the challenges presented by inclusive growth. He argues for an inclusive … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Time exchange and reciprocity in the co-production of public services

Tweet In today’s blog, Daniel Durrant discusses a paper based on research conducted as part of an evaluation of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits Project which the Cambridge Centre for Planning and Housing Research were commissioned to do. Time Credits are … Continue reading

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Austerity Diasporas: Brexit, Portugal and Looking to the Future

Tweet With the following post Lisa Rodan completes the four-part series on “Austerity Diasporas”, which is related to her ongoing PhD research onthe experience of Portuguese migrants affected by the 2008 crash and ensuing austerity. The first post focussed on … Continue reading

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Austerity Diasporas: Portuguese-British Identity

Tweet Lisa Rodan continues our “Austerity Diasporas” series, with a third post related to her ongoing PhD research into the experiences of Portuguese migrants affected by the 2008 crash and ensuing austerity. The first post focused on social changes leading up to the 2011 … Continue reading

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Thinking Differently About Peri-urban Infrastructures

Tweet In today’s post, Valeria Gaurneros-Meza dn Steven Griggs report on the results of a two day workshop on peri-urban infrastructures hosted by CURA at DMU on May 2017. Whether we are travelling to work on a train, flushing a … Continue reading

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Austerity Diasporas – Households in Crisis: Austerity, Migration and Family in Portuguese London

Tweet In today’s post Lisa Rodan introduces a series of publications on her ongoing PhD research into how Portuguese migrants understand their lives and experiences in relation to the political and social changes wrought by the 2008 financial crisis and the … Continue reading

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How the world’s first Social Impact Bond drained public resources, and why the market model fails forward

Tweet In today’s blog, Robert Ogman argues that success stories on the social investment market are hiding inconvenient truths, and require honest rethink about such risky and expensive policy experiments In 2009, when governments took on enormous debts to rescue … Continue reading

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From Surge to Sensation: Corbynism and the Unexpected Renaissance of the British Left

Tweet CURA director Professor Jonathan Davies reflects on the implications of June’s general election result for the socialist left in the UK. When Jeremy Corbyn was first elected in 2015, I argued that he would only be able to resist the establishment backlash, … Continue reading

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Communities first? Hybridity helps understand governing neighbourhoods under austerity

Tweet 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.  … Continue reading

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