Festival of Social Science 2021 at NIESR

Thursday, 4 November, 2021 - 16:00 to Thursday, 25 November, 2021 - 19:30
Online & hybrid

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual, UK-wide, free celebration of the social sciences.The 2021 Festival will run 1-30 November, with a number of events themed around social science and the environment, to reflect the COP26 climate change conference taking place 31 October-12 November. The festival will also be covering a huge range of other topics such as the social and economic effects of the pandemic. Details of Festival events and how to book are also available on the ESRC Festival of Social Science website, and events will be promoted on Twitter using the #ESRCFestival hashtag.

2021 Anglo German Foundation Lecture: Professor Jutta Allmendinger

Date: Thursday, 4 November, 2021 - 16:30 to 18:00

Location: Hybrid
For many decades in Europe, it was believed that the issue of housing had been solved: public social housing and company-owned housing had largely remedied the situation. The homeless persons that remained could therefore be easily dismissed as drug addicts or as mentally ill, and should thus be assigned to the health sector rather than to housing. It is only against this background that we can understand why housing poverty has not been systematically linked to poverty research to this day. Definitions of absolute and relative housing poverty are not available, nor are data that could provide information about the affected groups or the duration of housing poverty.

However, one thing is clear. We have long known that housing poverty is creeping further and further into the centre of our society, affecting the working population, single women and an increasing number of children.  How can this new social question be explained? What can be done?

Award winning sociologist Professor Jutta Allmendinger will explore this issue as part ofe Anglo-German Foundation Lecture Series. This was established to commemorate the work of the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Modern Industrial Society (1973-2009).

About the Speaker

Professor Jutta Allmendinger is President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre and a Professor of Educational Sociology and Labour Market Research at Humboldt University. She is also a senior fellow at the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University. Her research interests focus on gender inequality in the workplace, sociology of the labour market, rising inequality in Europe, and educational reform in Germany.

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The Political Economy of Devolution in, and Secession from, the UK

Date: Friday, 19 November, 2021 - 10:00 to 16:00

Location: Online
What are the prospects for devolution and secession in the United Kingdom? Nearly twenty-five years after certain powers were devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the future of UK governance is in question. Both Brexit and Covid-19 have revealed and exacerbated strains in the relationships between the four home nations. Debates range from further devolution, including for English regions, to Scottish independence and Northern Ireland seceding from the UK to form a United Ireland. Many of the key questions are both political and economic in nature.
In preparation of a special issue of the National Institute Economic Review, NIESR is hosting a workshop on “The Political Economy of Devolution in and Secession from  the United Kingdom” on 19 November 2021. This event is divided into three distinct sessions: first, on Scotland; second, on Wales and Northern Ireland; third, on England and Ireland. Among the core issues are national identity and economic resilience, independent currencies, intra-UK trade, institutions and geography, and the impact of both Brexit and Covid-19 on the devolved fiscal settlements. 

A draft programme is available to download.

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NIESR's Autumn Economic Forum

Date: Friday, 12 November, 2021 - 11:00 to 12:00
Location: Online

We are delighted to invite you to our Autumn 2021 Economic Forum, at which we will present and discuss NIESR’s latest forecasts on the UK and global economies, with an opportunity for you to ask questions.

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2021 Prais Lecture: State Capacity and Economic Growth: Cautionary Tales

Date: Thursday, 25 November, 2021 - 18:00 to 19:30

Location: Online

State capacity – the ability to collect taxes, enforce law and order, and implement government policies – is accorded an important role in explaining economic growth. 

This lecture will use historical evidence to raise questions about the usefulness of state capacity, both as an explanation of economic growth and as a concept more generally.

About the Speaker

Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie, Chichele Professor of Economic History, All Souls College at University of Oxford, is a specialist in economic history and Fellow of both the British Academy (FBA) and Academy of Social Sciences (FASS).  Her research interests involve exploring the lives of ordinary people in the past to explain how poor economies get richer and improve human well-being. Recent publications have analysed guilds, serfdom, communities, the family, gender, human capital investment, consumption, and state capacity.

About the Lecture

Established in 2019, the Prais Lecture typically examines issues relating to productivity, economic growth and human wellbeing. It was formed to commemorate Professor Sig Prais, a colleague, friend and champion of the National Institute for over 60 years. The core focus of his research was on productivity and industrial structure, where he concluded that the poor quality and education were at the root of the UK’s productivity problem. Past speakers include Lord Sainsbury, and Bart van Ark from The Productivity Institute.

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