What is the best Christmas present you can give yourself this year if you are in problem debt?

By Andy Lymer, Professor of Accounting and Taxation and Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) at the University of Birmingham The UK’s Money and Pensions Service estimates 8 million of us will face problem debt – debt they don’t know how we will repay – by the end of 2021. … Continue reading “What is the best Christmas present you can give yourself this year if you are in problem debt?”

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Kicking our addiction to plastics

By Professor Ian Thomson Director of Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business The pandemic has seen plastic waste skyrocket, while corporates continue to pump out single-use plastic packaging that’s found dumped all around the world. But a new inter-disciplinary research network at the University of Birmingham is looking to tackle the problem with infinitely … Continue reading “Kicking our addiction to plastics”

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Buying ‘one-time wears’ and self-gifting: A new kind of Christmas

By Dr Charika Channuntapipat and Dr Sarah Montano University of Birmingham Christmas this year will be quite different, with family celebrations limited to the 23rd to 27th December and the vast majority of England in Tier 2 or Tier 3, meaning that Christmas parties are a distant memory and there is no need to buy … Continue reading “Buying ‘one-time wears’ and self-gifting: A new kind of Christmas”

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Responsible consumption and COVID Christmas – shopping safely online

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Christmas is a very special time of the year. It is a time to look back at the year that is nearly past and to gaze forward. It is a time at which family and friends come together to celebrate. It is … Continue reading “Responsible consumption and COVID Christmas – shopping safely online”

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Does it really matter if you don’t drink alcohol at Christmas?

By Professor Isabelle Szmigin Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham Firstly, let me say that I cannot answer the question as I do drink alcohol. I do, however, live with someone who has not had an alcoholic drink for over 30 years, so I have some vicarious understanding of one person’s view. But in a … Continue reading “Does it really matter if you don’t drink alcohol at Christmas?”

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All I want for Christmas is… a little less food?

By Dr Emma Surman Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham For many, this Christmas is going to be slightly different. Christmas parties, carol singing, pantomimes – none of these will be happening in quite the same way. However, if this week’s figures about grocery shopping are anything to go by, it looks like one thing … Continue reading “All I want for Christmas is… a little less food?”

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The Christmas Promise of Social Enterprise

By Dr Scott Taylor, University of Birmingham, and Rosie Ginday MBE, Miss Macaroon December is the moment when corporate advertising turns towards the social. Companies such as John Lewis, Boots, all of the major supermarkets, and even Amazon, stake a claim to doing good by doing business. For some, such as the Co-op group, there … Continue reading “The Christmas Promise of Social Enterprise”

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Flexibility is the Future of Work

By Dr Sarah Forbes and Dr Holly Birkett Co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project The UK has seen a steep rise in the number of employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a recent survey showing that 86% of the employees surveyed worked from home during the first COVID-19 lockdown, with 75.3 per … Continue reading “Flexibility is the Future of Work”

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