Month: April 2020

What Should We Value about Retailing and Towns and What Should We Do About Them?

Professor Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Institute for Retail Studies, Stirling Management School “If they look beyond heroic individualism and accept that individuals exist in a network of social bonds and obligations, we might just see a real realignment” (James Kirkup, Why did Boris Johnson survive? Unherd, 15th April 2020) Ok, the quote above

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One Way Ticket?

Professor Iain Docherty, Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Stirling Dr Tom Forth, Head of Data, Open Data Institute Leeds “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”― Bertrand Russell We have become used to astounding numbers

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Seeing a daily coronavirus death toll might actually make us take more risks

Dr David Comerford, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Stirling Management School Dr Simon McCabe, Lecturer in Management, Work and Organisation, Stirling Management School People are currently being bombarded with reports of the daily death toll from coronavirus. Practically every news website and channel displays the number prominently at all times. These figures provide important data to

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Why misogyny and hate crime reforms need more than slick campaigns

Kim Barker, Lecturer in Law, University of Stirling Olga Jurasz, Senior Lecturer in Law, The Open University Wolf-whistling, catcalling and groping make up just some of the intimidating behaviour that women experience every day from men. But there is an attempt underway in the UK parliament that seeks to protect women from this kind of

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Five ways coronavirus lockdowns increase inequality

Professor Isaac Taber, Senior Lecturer in Finance, Stirling Management School There are still many things we do not yet know about coronavirus, including the mortality rate. We also do not know the ultimate economic effect of measures that governments across the world have implemented to slow the spread of the virus. Nonetheless, it’s safe to

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Christmas and more in March – but only for some

Professor Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Institute for Retail Studies, Stirling Management School On the 31st March, Kantar released their data on the last four weeks of grocery sales and the figures were eye-watering, outperforming Christmas sales and periods. March was the biggest month of grocery sales in the UK ever recorded. In the

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COVID-19 and Food Security: a bite-sized lecture

Professor Rachel Norman, Chair in Food Security & Sustainability, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling In a mini lecture, Professor Rachel Normal discuses how COVID-19 is impacting food security. The virtual lecture is available to watch online, and a transcript is provided below. Hello. My name’s Rachel Norman, and I’m Chair of Food Security

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Keir Starmer elected as Labour party leader – so, who is he?

Eric Shaw, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Party leaders matter more than ever in today’s politics. They embody their parties in the public’s mind and, for many voters, assessing a leader is a cognitive shortcut simplifying the process of electoral choice. So, Keir Starmer’s election as the UK’s Labour party leader,

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COVID-19 and occupational health and safety

Professor Andrew Watterson, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Andrew Watterson argues that failures in worker health and public health planning have collided with devastating effect. This blog draws upon a research report, available here. Occupational health and safety, a reserved matter, has been a Cinderella in the funding and staffing policies and

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Housing exclusion in the English rental market

Dr Kim McKee, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling Dr Jenny Preece, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield Recent research commissioned by the National Housing Federation (2019) shows 8.4 million people in England are directly affected by the housing crisis, with one in seven now living in unaffordable, insecure, overcrowded and unsuitable homes.

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