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Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs

Professorial Fellow, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), University of Sheffield
Michael Jacobs was appointed as professorial research fellow at SPERI (the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute) in 2018. An environmental economist by background, his research now focuses on wider paradigm shifts in economic thought and policy, and the philosophical bases of economics and political economy.

Michael’s early career was as a community worker and adult educator. He later worked as a consultant in local economic development and environmental management. During this time he published his first book, The Green Economy: Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future (1991).

Michael subsequently took up an ESRC research fellowship in environmental economics and philosophy at the Study of Environmental Change at Lancaster University, and later in the Geography Department at the LSE. From 1997 to 2003 he headed the think tank the Fabian Society. He then became a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury (2004-7) and a special adviser to the Prime Minister (2007-10) with responsibility for energy, environmental and climate change policy. From 2010-15 he worked as an adviser on international climate change strategy for the UN, national governments, NGOs and philanthropic foundations in the run up to the Paris climate conference. From 2012-14 he was co-editor of The Political Quarterly. From 2016-18 he was Director of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice, and lead author of its final report Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy (2018).

Central Banking Series

The latest Bank of England rate rise won't do much to tackle inflation - here's what could work

Jun 21, 2022 22:54 pm UTC| Economy Central Banks

There wasnt much dramatic tension as markets waited for the Bank of Englands latest decision on interest rates. The fifth monthly quarter-point hike in a row was largely expected, taking the base rate to 1.25% in June...

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Economy

New S. Korean technology repairs car scratches through sunlight exposure

The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a new self-healing coating material that repairs car surface scratches through sunlight exposure. To change their chemical properties and make high...

NBA to launch AR mobile in partnership with Pokémon Go developer Niantic

The NBA and its players association (NBPA) will launch an officially-licensed augmented reality (AR) mobile game dubbed the NBA All-World in partnership with Pokémon Go developer Niantic. With the help of user...

Air New Zealand offers sleeping pods for economy class passengers

Air New Zealand will offer six full-length sleeping pods per flight under its Skynest concept, among the features included on its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, due to enter into service in 2024. The feature will allow...

PGA Tour, DP World Tour fortify alliance to combat LIV Golf

The PGA Tour and DP World Tour have strengthened their strategic alliance with a new 13-year operational joint venture in competing against the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. The alliance would help create new player pathways...

NBA invests in kids' TikTok-like social network Zigazoo

The National Basketball Association is investing in Zigazoo Inc., a TikTok-like app, as the kids social network gets more involved. Among Zigazoos investors are Serena Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, and the DAmelio...

Politics

Joe Biden announces US military reinforcements in Europe

World leaders under the NATO alliance gathered this week for a summit in Madrid, where the ongoing war in Ukraine was on the main agenda. US President Joe Biden announced that there would be reinforcements of the US...

NATO announces invitation for FInland, Sweden to join alliance

In a major shift in security in Europe this week, the NATO alliance has officially extended an invitation for Finland and Sweden to join the military grouping. The invitation came as both countries broke their neutrality...

North Korea state media says joint drills between US, South Korea, Japan another step to establishing 'Asian NATO'

North Korea has criticized the joint military drills that the US, South Korea, and Japan are holding amidst the tensions in the peninsula that resulted from Pyongyangs repeated weapons tests. North Korean state media...

Afghanistan: No women at the national unity gathering, says Taliban acting deputy PM

The international community has raised concerns about the Talibans policies on women and girls since retaking control of Afghanistan in August last year. The insurgent groups acting deputy prime minister said no female...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

How nanotechnology can revive Nigeria's textile industry

Nigerias cotton production has fallen steeply in recent years. It once supported the largest textile industry in Africa. The fall is due to weak demand for cotton and to poor yields resulting from planting low-quality...

Technology

Samsung acquires German OLED display firm Cynora for $300 million

Samsung Display Co. has purchased display company Cynora GmbH for about $300 million, gaining technology for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens. As part of the deal, Samsung acquired Cynoras intellectual...

‘Skull and Bones’ will reportedly launch on November 8

Ubisofts long-running project for the pirate-themed game Skull and Bones might be completed soon as a new leak suggests it is ready to be released later this year. Details about its launch and pre-order items recently...

Report: Samsung is developing a lower-priced foldable phone

Samsung is reportedly developing an entry-level foldable phone that will be sold at a much lower price than the latest Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. But the device is not expected to enter the market until...

Snapchat subscription service launches in nine countries

Snapchat started the rollout of its subscription service, officially named Snapchat+. It appears, however, that exclusive features are quite limited at the moment and it will be initially available in nine...

Brazil’s Anatel proposes mandatory USB-C phone chargers

Brazils national telecommunications agency, also known as Anatel, is exploring the possibility of requiring phone manufacturers to support USB-C charging. The agency has opened a public consultation on the matter that...
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