Roundtable on Austerity and its Consequences
Friday, 06 October 2017
Roundtable on Austerity and its Consequences: What can Interdisciplinary Research Tell Us? Organised by Rozana Himaz (Senior Lecturer in Economics Oxford Brookes Business School).
What did austerity mean for child poverty, the welfare of the elderly, regional inequality, the dynamics within various layers of government and to urban politics in the UK and other European countries? How severe was UK’s most recent austerity episode compared to other episodes in the past and that of other countries? How was blame and credit diffused? What are social attitudes to austerity and how are they changing?
The Roundtable on Austerity held at St. Cross College, University of Oxford on 4 October 2017 looked at some of these issues. It aimed to develop a shared understanding of the findings, insights and challenges various austerity based projects in the UK faced, to enable networking and future collaborative research.
The event was chaired by Sir Christopher Hood (Oxford) and started off with four presentations showcasing examples of what inter-disciplinary research has actually taught us about understanding austerity and its consequences. The presentations were given by Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby (Kent, ESRC Priority Network Director); Dr. Kat Schezen (UNICEF), Dr Gill Maine (Sheffield Hallam), Professor Jonathan Bradshaw (York); Jonathan Davies (DeMontforte) and Dr. Rozana Himaz (Oxford Brookes). This was followed by a lively roundtable discussion that reflected the complexity of the issues involved and the diversity of the participants’ disciplinary backgrounds that ranged from Economics to Political Science, to Social Policy, Geography, Public Sector Accounting, Law and Urban Studies.
Some key themes that emerged were that in spite of all the discussion in the UK regarding austerity, the most recent episode may not have been as severe, on average, compared to previous episodes in the UK or compared to some other countries, although it has been one of the longest in the century. Its consequences have been uneven in terms of who it hurt and how much although the issue of finding clear causal links and measuring the extent of such consequences remains difficult. Interdisciplinary work is hard and risky but can provide substantial insights that can have useful policy implications.
The event was organised by Dr. Rozana Himaz, Senior Lecturer in Economics (Oxford Brookes) and was funded by the Brookes Business School Internal Small Grants Scheme.
List of participants
|Dr Lucy Barnes||Political Science||University College London |
|Professor Christina Beatty||Geography||Sheffield Hallam University |
|Professor Jonathan Bradshaw||Social Policy||University of York |
|Dr Yekaterina Chzhen||Economics||UNICEF|
|Dr Sebestian Dalapiene||Politics/Government||University of Strathclyde |
|Professor Jonathan Davies||Public Policy||De Montfort University |
|Dr Sally Gainsbury||Policy Analysis||The Nuffield Trust |
|Dr Mia Gray||Geography||University of Cambridge |
|Professor Annette Hastings||Urban Studies||University of Glasgow |
|Professor John Hills||Social Policy||London School of Economics |
|Dr Rozana Himaz||Applied economics||Oxford Brookes University |
|Professor Christopher Hood||Political Science||Oxford University |
|Dr Pete Kenway||Economics||New Policy Institute |
|Professor David Heald||Public Sector Accounting||University of Glasgow |
|Andy Kilmister||Economics||Oxford Brookes University |
|Dr Gill Main||Social Policy||University of Leeds |
|Professor Simonetta Manfredi||Law||Oxford Brookes University |
|Stuart Rust||Journalist||Oxford Mail |
|Professor Pritam Singh||Economics-ecosocialism||Oxford Brookes University |
|Professor Frances Stewart||Development Economics||Oxford University |
|Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby||Social Policy||University of Kent |