Privatisation – Weighing the evidence

Kevin Albertson, Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School, Professor of Economics. Studies Social Policy, Econometrics, and Applied Econometrics. Dr Kevin Albertson is an eclectic economist with a background in statistics and economics, but now he has escaped from the numerical world of … Continue reading

How European do our European neighbours feel?

By Professor Edoardo Mollona, Professor of Business Economics, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna. Edoardo Mollona is the principal investigator of PERCEIVE project and full professor of Business Economics and Strategic Modelling in the Department of … Continue reading

Nationalisation: cost is not the only question that needs to be addressed

State ownership is back on the political agenda. After four decades in which the UK has led a world-wide movement away from state owned monopolies in utilities and major industries, the Labour Party is now committing itself to nationalisiing gas, … Continue reading

The need for evidence-based policy in an age of loneliness

Youth loneliness is an issue that has come of age. Indeed, loneliness might be seen as the issue of the age. With the appointment of the Minister for Loneliness it is apparent that recent media, civil society, research activity and … Continue reading

The challenge of diversity

Public sector leaders from across the country got together in Manchester in January to try and unlock some tricky challenges. I’d been asked to work with iNetwork, the event organisers, on an opening discussion about public service innovation that could … Continue reading

Sport participation and policy goals in an era of austerity

Sport participation and policy goals in an era of austerity By Dr Daniel Parnell, Senior Lecturer in Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University and an expert in sport policy provides some reflections on his research co-authored research and special issue … Continue reading

Newly published research demonstrates ways to improve the prospects of UK town centres

The High Street UK 2020 project has identified, through scientific means, not only the 25 priorities that will improve the vitality and viability of the High Street but also a helpful framework for town centre renewal. This research which is … Continue reading

New industry body renews High Street optimism

The BID Foundation has launched today (Wednesday 17th January) to meet challenges facing high streets and commercial districts up and down the country. Against a back-drop of ever-more difficult trading conditions and local government cuts, the new industry-led body will … Continue reading

The lesson to be learnt from Carillion is that we need more private sector and charities involved in delivering public services, not fewer.

Dr Chris O’Leary is a specialist in public policy and is a senior lecturer in the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.  Much of his work before joining PERU was around modelling need and demand in terms of multiple needs, prevention and integration of services. Chris also … Continue reading

Football, politics and popular culture

Daniel Parnell, Senior Lecturer in Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University and an expert in football business provides some insight on the recent activity of the new emergent scholarly network, The Football Collective. In a meeting of in excess of … Continue reading

Marloes Peeters on Her Week in Westminster

My Week in Westminster #SciWestminster17 By Marloes Peeters (lecturer Chemical Biology ManMet) After Brexit and recent comments of Michael Gove (“Britain has had enough of experts”), I gained an interest in how policymakers use scientific evidence to support their decisions. … Continue reading

Man Met scientists join politicians for a week in Westminister

Dr Marloes Peeters and Dr James Pritchett are part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society. The scheme pairs scientists with politicians and civil servants so that they can learn about each other’s worlds, and explore how … Continue reading