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Campaigners call for democratic approach to managing public land in Greater Manchester

Campaigners call for democratic approach to managing public land in Greater Manchester

  • Over 50 local campaign organisations, including housing and climate groups, trade unions and charities, have signed an open letter to Andy Burnham calling for a democratic approach to managing public land in Greater Manchester. 
  • The letter calls for Burnham to use his strong new mandate to follow the example of Liverpool City Region and establish a Greater Manchester Land Commission by the end of 2021. This would mean that representatives of the public, private and voluntary sectors and academia can develop proposals for how best to use public land in order to address social and environmental needs in the city region.
  • The letter follows the launch of a new report by researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield that raises concerns about the sale of Council-owned land in central Manchester.

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PhD students: Getting published from a standing start

PhD students: Getting published from a standing start

By Xi Xi and Kunkanit Sutamchai

Publishing papers in journals is an effective approach to disseminate your research and communicate with peers in the research field. For a PhD student, having a paper published in an academic journal proves that you are capable to advance in your field and helps you stand out from other candidates in job applications. However, for novice researchers (like us), getting your work published for the first time might feel daunting. In this blog, we would like to share our experiences in the hope that this can be helpful for other PhD students. read more…

Oil: from a lifetime of damage-limitation to outrage

Oil: from a lifetime of damage-limitation to outrage

David Little 

Much of my career has been spent trying to find ways of reducing the environmental pollution and social damage caused by oil spills. In recent work with colleagues at Manchester and Vancouver, we have shown how prolonged public pressure brought genuine improvement to oil spill response (OSR).

But that got us thinking about oil spills and climate change (see Figure 1). In particular: “why does a low-probability risk like an oil spill attract huge public outrage, whereas climate change presents global, extreme and multifarious risks but little or no outrage? That is, until recently, and mainly among young people. read more…

Transnational care across age and generations through the pandemic: continuities and disruptions in Bolivia

Transnational care across age and generations through the pandemic: continuities and disruptions in Bolivia

Tanja Bastia, Reader, Global Development Institute

Transnational care takes various forms. People’s abilities to practice transnational care also varies and has, inevitably, been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

I begin with two vignettes: doña Celia from Santa Cruz, Bolivia and doña Palmira from Cochabamba, Bolivia (names used are pseudonyms). Both have adult children who live abroad. However, their experiences of transnational care could not have been more different.  read more…

A brief primer on wealth for social policy.

A brief primer on wealth for social policy.

Armando Barrientos, Emeritus Professor of Poverty and Social Justice, Global Development Institute

Social policy has traditionally focused on income, its distribution and redistribution. But wealth is increasingly coming into view on issues such as wealth taxes, intergenerational mobility, pensioner capitalism and the super-rich. This brief primer aims to encourage a closer understanding of wealth for the purposes of social policy.

Atkinson distinction between income and wealth is an excellent starting point: “income in a given period is the amount a person could have spent while maintaining the value of his wealth intact” p.39. Wealth is the stock of economic resources or property rights of economic agents. read more…

Hrishipara Daily Financial Diary: The transactions our diarists didn’t make

Hrishipara Daily Financial Diary: The transactions our diarists didn’t make

Since May 2015 the Hrishipara Daily Financial Diary project has been recording all the daily money transactions of a sample of low-income households living in central Bangladesh.

At the end of March 2021, we asked them about the transactions they hadn’t made. The question that Project Manager Kalimullah put, privately, to each of our 60 diarists, was “during the month, were there things you needed to spend money on, but couldn’t, for some reason?” read more…

Welcome to the February 2021 MSc Human Resource Management & Development student cohort

Welcome to the February 2021 MSc Human Resource Management & Development student cohort

The Global Development Institute offers a range of taught master’s programmes in international development, including four focusing on human resource management (MSc HRM), organisational change (MSc OCD), human resource management and development by distance learning (MSc HRMD-DL) and managing and implementing development projects (MSc MIDP). read more…

Learning from the World of Wedgwood: Human Resource Management webinar

Learning from the World of Wedgwood: Human Resource Management webinar

GDI’s Human Resource Management course aims to equip learners with a robust theoretical framework for careers in HRM and at the same time to provide students with an opportunity to gain insights into practice-focused HRM across a wide range of management contexts and sectors. The MSc HRM Enhancement Programme has been developed over five years to offer closer student engagement with a wide range of organisational contexts in the field of HR practice. This year, due to the impact of Covid-19, alternative plans have been made for the enhancement programme to invite guest lecturers from different organisations to engage on matters of HR Practice with HRM students through a series of webinars.  read more…

New research forecasts impending environmental disaster associated with the disposal of menstrual products in India

New research forecasts impending environmental disaster associated with the disposal of menstrual products in India

Rising disposable income, intensive product marketing and NGO encouragement has seen more women in India adopting modern pads and tampons instead of traditional menstrual management methods. But this has resulted in adverse effects on environment and waste management systems, currently reaching 100,000 tons of waste per year, according to new research by Mariana Lopez.

India is home to 20% of the world’s menstruating women. While only 58% use menstrual products, the result is over 12 billion pads discarded in India annually. Modern, non-biodegradable products – which are 90% plastic – are now found in water supplies, piled on dumpsites, or left to be removed by waste pickers who are then exposed to diseases. read more…

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