Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe (InnOSI) Final Conference

Today some of the PERU team are in Brussels leading the closing conference for the InnOSI project. A short video describing the project and its main aims is available to watch. Speakers at today’s conference include PERU’s Prof. Sue Baines, INNOSI Deputy … Continue reading

Meeting the challenge of reforming public services

By Prof Chris Fox   New challenges The challenges that the post-war public sector was built to respond to have changed: life expectancy has risen, employment rates are as high as they have ever been, , crime has fallen and … Continue reading

The Pursuit of “Social Justice”

By Dr Kevin Albertson   In a recent BBC Point of View the philosopher and writer Sir Roger Scruton asked “What does the Tory Party really stand for?”. Scruton argued the most fundamental belief underpinning Conservative policies historically is the idea … Continue reading

Modern life has changed – so services must too

By Professor Chris Fox Life expectancy has risen, employment rates are as high as they have ever been, participation in higher education has increased, crime has fallen and technological innovations have provided new opportunities. In short, how we live has … Continue reading

Pioneering new positive vision of ageing – Guest Blog

Mayor Andy Burnham has committed to pioneering a new positive vision of ageing. Greater Manchester is working to become the UK’s first age-friendly city region, one which values older people and celebrates the fact that people are living longer. To … Continue reading

Rather than promoting economic value, evaluation can be reclaimed by universities to combat its misuse and negative impacts

By Deirdre Duffy Original content taken from LSE Impact of Social Science Blog   To critics across higher education, evaluation frameworks such as the REF and TEF represent mechanisms of control, the generation of a “target and terror” culture. Deirdre Duffy explains … Continue reading

MetroPolis associate Dr Chris O’Leary to speak at Homelessness event

Acting Director and MetroPolis associate Dr Chris O’Leary will present his research into homelessness within the private rented sector at ‘Addressing Homelessness: Reducing-Preventing-Ending’ on the 17th of September.  His session is titled “Understanding the underlying causes of homelessness in the private … Continue reading

Jamie Bartlett on his book tour so far…

By Jamie Bartlett While finishing off my new book ‘Radicals…’ I decided to try something different. I want a book tour, I grandly told my editor Tom, at the time. Tom, who is a very agreeable man, agreed this would be … Continue reading

Dr Steve Millington to present research at the Landscape Institute Conference 2017

    Dr Steve Millington, Director of the Institute of Place Management and MetroPolis Associate, is to present his research at the Landscape Institute Conference 2017.  The session, titled ‘Landscape as social infrastructure: transforming urban spaces‘, will deal with social infrastructure; … Continue reading

Towards universal ratification of the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: the case of Myanmar.

By Dr Annapurna Waughray, Reader in Human Rights Law, Manchester Law School   In April 2017 I visited Myanmar (formerly Burma) with Dr David Keane of Middlesex University to meet non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and activists in Yangon to discuss the … Continue reading

A bitter victory for Theresa May, a glorious defeat for Jeremy Corbyn

Back in April when the General Election was called, my contribution to the discussion was that it proved that everything we thought we knew was wrong. Today, many commentators, campaigners and pollsters are even more wrong. I broke it down … Continue reading

Creating the skilled, stable workforce needed to deliver high quality social care

By Professor Carol Atkinson We read, seemingly daily, of the demands placed by an ageing population on the domiciliary care services that support older people in sustaining effective lives in their own homes and, sadly, of the widespread failures in … Continue reading