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WISERD Research - Covid-19: policy responses and social consequences report - front cover
WISERD Research – Covid-19: policy responses and social consequences

Introduction The arrival of Covid-19 to the UK in early 2020 led to rapid and far-reaching changes in the way we live our lives. ‘Lockdown’ led to school closures and working from home became the norm for many workers. And while most shops and businesses closed, ‘key’ workers and services experienced unprecedented pressures. For the…

Geographical Variations in Trade Union Membership: 2021 Edition
Geographical Variations in Trade Union Membership: 2021 Edition

This Research Note presents new estimates of trade union membership derived for detailed geographical areas across Great Britain. Analysis reveals the wide variations in union density that exist both across the country and within particular regions.  Over the period 2000-2019, union density is shown to vary between 9% in Kensington and Chelsea to 54% in…

Democratic and collective ownership of public goods and services - Exploring public-community collaborations
Democratic and collective ownership of public goods and services – Exploring public-community collaborations

Public ownership plays a critical role in climate-saving and social inclusion. Our new report shows how partnerships between public institutions and citizens are one of the key instruments in this process. You can also watch the video below to see three examples of how citizens are cooperating with public institutions to manage essentials such as water, energy,…

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Tackling Labour Market Injustice and Organising Workers: The View from a Northern Heartland

This report, based on 42 interviews with workers, trade unionists and other stakeholders, examines the phenomena of low-paid and precarious work in Sheffield. It focuses on the factors driving the prevalence of such work (including the links with welfare reform), the experiences of workers in seven distinct employment sectors, as well as trade union responses…

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Exploring geographical patterns in the changing landscape of retail banking services in Wales

Over the past decade successive rounds of bank closures and increasing trends towards fee charging ATMs have attracted widespread media and political attention. This report explores how the latest developments in spatial analytical techniques can provide detailed insight into patterns of provision and change. These techniques are used to provide estimates of accessibility at local community…

Weathering the Storms: the hidden value of community anchor organisations - report front cover
Weathering the Storms: the hidden value of community anchor organisations

Executive summary This report is based on previous research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council1 which bore witness to what happened to two established community organisations2 , who delivered the Communities First programme3 locally, from the announcement of its likely closure in October 2016 to its actual termination in March 2018. As well…

‘Towards Justice: Responding to Past Harms’ Webinar briefing

The questions raised by the webinar, Towards Justice: Responding to Past Harms, go to the heart of the purposes of national and international criminal justice systems. One core aim of the criminal justice system is to hold to account those who have broken the law and caused harm to others in the process. This is…