Living with and Through Food Insecurity

By Dr Caroline Maroes, University of Birmingham and Professor Morven McEachern, University of Huddersfield  In the forthcoming The Future of Society Festival, we will be discussing what it is like to live with and through food insecurity. Currently, 14.2 million people are living in poverty and experiencing vulnerability on multiple dimensions. One in five people … Continue reading “Living with and Through Food Insecurity”

Retail Success in an Uncertain Market

By Dr Sarah Montano, Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham Primark has recently announced that it is on course to report annual sales and profit growth. The Co-Op has also reported significant sales growth, this is in contrast to the frequent reports of decline in the high street. John Lewis, on the other hand presents … Continue reading “Retail Success in an Uncertain Market”

Thomas Cook – all burnt out

By Dr Amir Qamar, Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Founded in 1841, Thomas Cook has come a long way, having grown its employee base to over 20,000 people and serving around 19 million holidaymakers every year. This week, the travel company was unable to secure funding and announced a $1.5bn loss, … Continue reading “Thomas Cook – all burnt out”

Is Sustainable Fashion an Oxymoron? A Look at Fashion Week and Beyond

By Dr Charika Channuntapipat, Department of Accounting, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Dr Solon Magrizos, Department of Marketing Professor Craig Smith, Department of Marketing  Fashion Weeks have been around for more than half a century and set the trend for fashion lovers worldwide. Recently, the term ‘sustainable fashion’ has become more popular and … Continue reading “Is Sustainable Fashion an Oxymoron? A Look at Fashion Week and Beyond”

How I made my sustainable business a success

By Carly Trisk-Grove BEng Manufacturing Engineering, Business and French alumnus After graduating with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Business and French at the University of Birmingham, I soon joined Ernst & Young (E&Y) in their entrepreneurial team, and was shortly after offered a position within their global expansion team. I spent three years with E&Y … Continue reading “How I made my sustainable business a success”

Visible vs Invisible Policing: How do we reduce criminality?

By Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay Professor of Economics Director of Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing Rhetoric and soundbites from politicians are par for the course, so we should not be surprised to hear the new Home Secretary, Priti Patel’s, comment that she wants “criminals to literally feel terror” at the thought of committing offences. The … Continue reading “Visible vs Invisible Policing: How do we reduce criminality?”

The evolution of chocolate in Britain

By Dr Sarah Montano Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Birmingham Business School With World Chocolate Day upon us, it is timely to reflect on quite why as a nation we like chocolate quite so much and how our purchasing habits have changed since its discovery. The UK is one of the top five nations, in the … Continue reading “The evolution of chocolate in Britain”

How neoliberal governance can promote responsible business and inclusive growth

By Dr Hakeem Bakare, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow  ASAP-East Africa Project, Birmingham Business School Neoliberal policies have become a major socio-economic development instrument across the world in recent times. The implementation of neoliberal policies in the Nigerian cement industry in the late 1990s transformed the sector not just so it was viable, but also a major … Continue reading “How neoliberal governance can promote responsible business and inclusive growth”

Engendered species: gender stereotypes becoming extinct?

By Dr Juliet Kele, Research Fellow In HRM  Department of Management, Birmingham Business School This month saw the introduction of new advertising laws, prompted by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in their review of gender stereotyping in adverts. Under these new rules, traditional gender-role stereotypes would not be completely banned, yet ‘harmful’ or ‘offensive’ depictions, … Continue reading “Engendered species: gender stereotypes becoming extinct?”

Should Amazon give back in the face of changing consumer demand?

By Dr Sarah Montano Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Birmingham Business School Amazon are reportedly opening a series of pop up shops in 10 UK town centres offering a range of products and a click and collect service, in the form of Amazon lockers. There is some concern about Amazon moving to the high street after … Continue reading “Should Amazon give back in the face of changing consumer demand?”