COP27 and climate policy for realists

By Dr Johannes Lohse Department of Economics, University of Birmingham With the COP 27 summit ongoing, where do we stand with climate change, and what could a UK policy response look like? Let’s begin with the good news. Carbon emissions in the UK and other western countries have been falling in the past decades, and … Continue reading “COP27 and climate policy for realists”

Exploring the limits of platformisation: can the fashion modeling industry be platformised?

By Abigail Harrington PhD Management, Birmingham Business School Why is there not an Uber for modeling? Drawing from research on the live music industry, researchers offer three identifiable characteristics to explain why some industries may prove difficult to platformise: Complex qualitative evaluations to determine value Complex transactions that are intertwined and require ongoing negotiation A fragmented organizational … Continue reading “Exploring the limits of platformisation: can the fashion modeling industry be platformised?”

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

By Professor Ian Thomson Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been lauded as one of the most successful Games of all time, and the most successful hosted in Britain. With a record number of over 1.5 million tickets reportedly sold, and around … Continue reading “The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the UN Sustainable Development Goals”

Should we cancel student debt or make loan repayment affordable? Lessons from the U.S. and U.K.

By Dr Mathieu Despard, UNC-Greenboro (USA) International Visiting Fellow at CHASM, University of Birmingham If you are visiting the U.S. and attending a dinner party, here’s a sure-fire way to make evening conversation lively. State one of the following: We should cancel all student debt. Student debt is a result of poor choices. Like so … Continue reading “Should we cancel student debt or make loan repayment affordable? Lessons from the U.S. and U.K.”

Soaring UK Household Energy Bills and Bumper Energy Company Profits: What should the Government, Energy Companies and Consumers Do?

By Dr Jing Du Assistant Professor in Finance, Birmingham Business School British households are taking a huge hit due to rising energy prices. The energy regulator Ofgem admitted that the annual bill of British households will rise faster this winter than previously forecast. According to Cornwall Insight, it is predicted that the typical domestic customer … Continue reading “Soaring UK Household Energy Bills and Bumper Energy Company Profits: What should the Government, Energy Companies and Consumers Do?”

The Legacy of Mega-Events: Exploring the challenges in creating a lasting impact from the 2022 Commonwealth Games

By Dr James Davies Research Fellow, City-REDI, Birmingham Business School With the 2022 Commonwealth Games taking over the city of Birmingham this summer, it’s a perfect moment to consider the raft of potential economic and cultural benefits to the region as a result of the games, whilst exploring some of the misconceptions and challenges that … Continue reading “The Legacy of Mega-Events: Exploring the challenges in creating a lasting impact from the 2022 Commonwealth Games”

What impact does the Which? annual rankings of the greenest supermarkets have on consumer behaviour?

By Dr Jennifer TyreeHageman Lecturer in Responsible Business, University of Birmingham In February, the consumer association Which? released its annual rankings of the greenest supermarkets. The ranking system uses three metrics to measure the environmental sustainability of supermarkets: greenhouse gas emissions, plastic usage and food waste generated by the supermarkets. It was good news for … Continue reading “What impact does the Which? annual rankings of the greenest supermarkets have on consumer behaviour?”