Media | Speaking

I have significant experience of giving evidence to Parliament, engaging with the media, and speaking at conferences and seminars.

Parliament

  • January 2017-December 2019. Ongoing parliamentary work as part of a partnership between SPERI and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Inclusive Growth.
  • March 2017. My submission to the BEIS select committee’s inquiry into industrial strategy cited in the committee’s final report.
  • July 2016. My research on infrastructure investment mentioned by the Leader of the Opposition at Prime Minister’s Questions.
  • October 2015. My research on the integenerational democratic deficit mentioned in a parliamentary debate.
  • March 2014. My SPERI British Political Economy Brief on tax changes at Budget 2014 mentioned in a parliamentary debate.
  • June 2013. Oral evidence to the House of Commons’ Public Bill Commitee (‘committee stage‘) for the Pensions Bill
  • February 2013. Oral evidence to the House of Commons’ Work and Pensions Select Committee’s pre-legislative scrutiny of the Pensions Bill.
  • January 2013. Oral evidence to the House of Commons’ Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry ‘Governance and Best Practice in Workplace Pension Provision‘.
  • December 2012. Oral evidence to the House of Lords’ inquiry into demographic change and public services.
  • May 2011. Presentation to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Intergenerational Futures on young people and pensions saving.

Media coverage (selected)

  • March 2017. My research on regional infrastructure spending (with Tom Hunt and Laura White) cited in an essay in the New Statesman by Alison McGovern MP.
  • January 2017. Interviewed by French business newspaper Les Echos on UK industrial strategy.
  • January 2017. My research on manufacturing decline used by The Observer in a report on Brexit.
  • November 2016. My research on the intergenerational democratic deficit featured in an article on Vice.
  • October 2016. Appeared on BBC One’s Inside Out programme (across the Northern regions) to discuss Brexit and the Northern Powerhouse.
  • October 2016. My research on manufacturing decline covered by The Guardian.
  • July 2016. My paper on progressive devolution (with colleagues at SPERI and CLES) extensively reported, including The Independent, The Yorkshire Post, Public Finance and the Local Government Chronicle.
  • July 2016. My research on local government spending (with Laura White) cited in The Guardian.
  • July 2016.  My research on infrastructure investment (with Tom Hunt) cited by Full Fact in reference to claims by Jeremy Corbyn regarding regional infrastructure investment.
  • June 2016. Quoted by Lord Bob Kerslake in an article in The Observer on the Northern Powerhouse.
  • May 2016. Appeared on national television (BBC Breakfast) to discuss the regional implications of a potential Brexit. Related reports on trade and structural funds covered extensively in local and regional newspapers.
  • January 2016. Quoted in The Yorkshire Post on the North/South divide.
  • November 2015. My #fakeDWPstories meme related to Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to become Labour Party leader featured on an episode of Dispatches on Channel 4.
  • October 2015. My SPERI British Political Economy Brief on support for the Conservative Party in Northern England used by Channel 4 News to ‘fact check’ a speech by David Cameron.
  • October 2015. Quoted in The Yorkshire Post on the possibility of regional representation within the Bank of England.
  • September 2015. Quoted in French magazine L’Obs (formerly Le Nouveau Observateur) on support for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaign.
  • September 2015. Coverage in The i (front page), The Independent, Financial Times and various local newspapers, and on local television and radio, of my SPERI British Political Economy Brief on infrastructure investment across the English regions.
  • July 2015. Coverage in The Independent of my SPERI British Political Economy Brief evaluating the coalition government’s rebalancing agenda.
  • July 2015. Coverage in The International Business Times and a large number of local newspapers of my response to the Summer Budget 2015.
  • July 2015. Interviewed on BBC Look North (television) and BBC Sheffield (radio) on the Summer Budget 2015 and economic rebalancing.
  • July 2015. Previous research for ILC-UK on older drivers mentioned in the Daily Mail.
  • June 2015. Front page coverage in The Guardian of my letter, alongside 76 leading economists, on George Osborne’s plans to mandate budget surpluses.
  • June 2015. Front page coverage in The Yorkshire Post of my SPERI British Political Economy Brief on support for the Conservative Party in Northern England. Also covered in The Sun.
  • April 2015. Coverage in The Guardian, The Sun, The Times and local newspapers in Sheffield of my SPERI British Political Economy Brief on UKIP and constituency deprivation (with Chris Kirkland).
  • March 2015. Interviewed by Sheffield Live television channel (x2) on Budget 2015.
  • January 2015. Quoted in The National in Scotland on the UK’s falling inflation rate.
  • December 2014. Interviewed by BBC Sheffield radio station’s breakfast show on the 2014 Autumn Statement.
  • December 2014. Interviewed by Sheffield Live television channel on the 2014 Autumn Statement.
  • September 2014. Interviewed by Sheffield Live and Hallam FM radio stations on Scottish independence.
  • July 2014. Coverage on The Guardian website of my SPERI British Political Economy Brief on local government spending cuts (with Laura White).
  • June 2014. Coverage in Times Higher Education of my SPERI British Political Economy Brief on the UK tax base (with Dan Bailey).
  • June 2014. Quoted in The New Statesman on the composition of the UK trade deficit.
  • April 2014. Coverage in The Sheffield Star of my research on young people’s disenfranchisement, in relation to lowering the voting age.
  • April 2014. Interviewed by the In Business programme on Radio 4 for an episode on manufacturing in Sheffield.
  • March 2014. Coverage in The Sheffield Star of my SPERI British Political Economy Brief on Budget 2014’s tax changes.
  • March 2014. Coverage in TCT Magazine of my response to Budget 2014’s measures on manufacturing.
  • February 2014. Extensive coverage of my SPERI British Political Economy Brief on sterling depreciation and the UK trade balance, including front-page coverage in the Herald on Sunday.
  • February 2014. Interviewed by Professional Pensions on state pension age increases, following earlier coverage of my work on this issue.
  • January 2014. Front-page coverage in The Yorkshire Post (and further coverage in The Sheffield Star) of my SPERI British Political Economy Brief on pay in manufacturing and finance.
  • December 2013. Further coverage in The Financial Times of my report on life expectancy inequalities, following the Autumn Statement decision to increase state pension age again.
  • October 2013. Coverage on The Guardian website of my response to George Osborne’s party conference speech.
  • September 2013. Widespread national media coverage of research (by PIRC) I managed for the TUC (with Janet Williamson) on pensions provision in FTSE 100 companies, including The Guardian, The Mirror and The Huffington Post.
  • August 2013. Interview on BBC News television channel on the initial results of automatic enrolment.
  • August 2013. Widespread national and local media coverage of my report for the TUC on life expectancy inequalities, including The Financial Times, The Mirror, and The Telegraph.
  • August 2013. Widespread national and local media coverage of research (by Bryn Davies) I managed for the TUC on the impact of the single tier state pension, including BBC News, The Mirror, The Guardian, and Daily Express. I was also interviewed by a local radio station in Bradford.
  • August 2013. Coverage in Money Marketing of my article (with Richard Berry) on the phoney independence of the Office for Budget Responsibility.
  • June 2013. Quoted in The Guardian on the flawed annuitisation process in pensions provision.
  • May 2013. Coverage on The Financial Times website of my paper ‘Third Time Lucky: Building a Progressive Pensions Consensus’ (with Nigel Stanley).
  • May 2013. Quoted in The Financial Times on the growth of ‘deferred member penalties’ in pensions provision.
  • March 2013. Coverage in The Financial Times of my oral evidence to Parliament on the single tier state pension.
  • February 2013. Interview in Investment & Pensions Europe magazine on the regulation of master trust pension schemes.
  • October 2012. Front page coverage in The Telegraph of my campaign for the TUC with NAPF, Which? and Age UK on the government’s ‘pot follows member’ plan for pension transfers. The story was also covered by BBC News.
  • October 2012. Interview and profile in Pensions Week magazine.
  • October 2012. Widespread specialist media coverage of my Pensions Scorecard report for the TUC, including This is Money, Professional Pensions, and Pensions Age.
  • August 2012. Widespread specialist media coverage of my research (with Anjum Klair) for the TUC on the labour market prospects of people aged just below state pension age, including Professional Pensions, Pensions Age and The Actuary.
  • November 2011. Coverage in The Telegraph of my proposals for a ‘graduated’ state pension.
  • June 2011. Coverage in The Guardian of my report for ILC-UK on young people and pensions saving.
  • October 2010. Interview on local BBC radio (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire) on the implications of the 2010 spending review for intergenerational fairness.
  • July 2010. Interview on BBC World Service radio station on the European Commission’s pension age proposals.

Papers presented (selected)

  • ‘UK industrial policy and “the bioeconomy”‘, at Social and Political Challenges for the Bioeconomy, CBMNet, Sheffield, 2016.
  • ‘The fallacies of freedom: George Osborne’s pensions liberation agenda’, at the SPERI Conference, Sheffield, 2016.
  • ‘Industrial policy change in Britain’s multi-layered economy: policy innovation in an incomplete institutional and ideational environment’ at the PSA Annual Conference, Brighton, 2016. Also presented at the Department of European Studies, King’s College London.
  • ‘The disoriented left? Growth model failure and the nascent politics of a transformative narrative’ at The British Growth Model: Building a Sustainable Future, SPERI/IPPR seminar series, Sheffield (October 2015) and London (December 2015).
  • ‘Pension funds and the City in the UK’s contradictory growth spurts’, at Capital Divided? The City and the Future of the British Economy, City University London, November 2014 (also presented at the PSA Annual Conference, Sheffield, March 2015).
  • ‘Austerity, economic rebalancing and Sheffield’ – public engagement workshop as part of the Broomhill Festival, Sheffield, 2014.
  • ‘Active labour market policy across the competing, contrasting and converging growth models of Europe’, at The Global Contours of Growth and Develipment, SPERI Annual Conference, Sheffield, 2014.
  • ‘I’ll know it when I see it: what does economic ‘rebalancing’ look like?’ at the Political Economy Research Group, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, 2014.
  • ‘The rebalancing act’, at the PSA Annual Conference, Manchester, 2014.
  • ‘Third time lucky? The ‘third consensus’ in post-war UK pensions policy’, at the Institute for Employment Rights, London and Liverpool, 2014.
  • ‘State pension age and life expectancy inequalities’, at Linking State Pension Age to Longevity: Tackling the Fairness Challenge, PwC, London, 2014.
  • ‘Defined contribution: the governance gap’, at Where Next for Pensions Policy?, TUC Trustee Conference, London, 2013.
  • ‘Public service pensions reform: a trade union perspective’, at the Nuffield Foundation, London, 2013.
  • ‘Risk-sharing in workplace pensions’, at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London, 2013.
  • ‘Long-term care, the big society and dementia’, at the RSA, London, 2012.
  • ‘Financial citizenship’, at ILC-UK, London, 2012.
  • ‘Healthy ageing and individual rights’, at Labour Party conference, Liverpool, 2011 (fringe event hosted by the University of Birmingham).
  • ‘Young people, pensions saving and financial citizenship’, at the Pensions Research Network, Westminster Business School, London, 2011.
  • ‘Young people and pensions saving’, at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, 2011; and Governor’s House, London, 2011.
  • ‘Past caring? 10(ish) proposition on long term care funding for older people’, at ILC-UK, London, 2011.
  • ‘The Dilnot Commission and the co-existence of public and private care funding systems in the UK’, at the Edad y Vida Congress, Madrid, 2011.
  • ‘Can older drivers be nudged?’, at RAC Club, London, 2011.
  • ‘The evolution of retirement’, at ILC-UK, London, 2010.
  • ‘Labour’s lost youth: Young Labour, Labour Students and the decline of the Labour Party’, at the PSA Annual Conference, University of Swansea, 2008.
  • ‘British trade policy and the ideology of globalization’, at the BISA Annual Conference, Cork, 2007.
  • ‘Globalization and the role of ideas in international political action’, at the ISA Annual Convention, Chicago, 2007.
  • ‘The concept of globalisation and the treatment of agency in the analysis of global politics’, at World Orders and Global Governance, University of Manchester, 2007.
  • ‘Cosmopolitanism, liberal globalization and the global governance project’, at Critical Encounters Between Cosmopolitanism and Development, University of Manchester, 2006.

I regularly speak at public events as part of panel debates. Recently, I have spoken at public events organised by SPERI, Demos, Resolution Foundation, Festival of Debate, and Centre for Cities.