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GREENING THE RECOVERY: LAUNCH OF THE REPORT OF THE UCL GREEN ECONOMY POLICY COMMISSION

By Kieron L Jones, on 17 December 2013

The economic downturn and recent signs of recovery in the UK raises urgent questions about how we can move to a more stable form of growth that will be and sustainable over the long term. Reliance on unsustainable resources and an adherence to traditional forms of economic growth are placing the UK in a fragile position and undermining our capacity for leadership in innovation. Bold action is required to steer the UK towards a pathway of green growth and thus towards a green economy.

The report of the UCL Green Economy Policy Commission argues that the time is right to move towards a green economy. It provides a synthesis of recent research and evidence in this area, and explores the high-level policies and frameworks necessary to achieve this, making a number of significant policy recommendations. This event will offer an opportunity to hear about the main findings and recommendations as well as a lively panel discussion focusing on some of the major challenges in achieving a green economy as well as considering the possible responses.

Chaired by Gus O’Donnell, Visiting Professor, UCL Political Science and former Head of the Civil Service

Speakers

Professor Paul Ekins, Chair of the UCL Green Economy Commission and Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy

Steven Fries, Chief Economist, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Followed by a drinks reception

Book your ticket to the launch event on 24 February 2014 from 5pm-8pm.

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commision

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commission, chaired by Professor Paul Ekins, brought together a diverse group of academics with expertise in economics, the built environment, engineering, political science, innovation, and resource efficiency to consider how the UK might implement policies that will support a ‘green economy’. By applying knowledge and perspectives across disciplines, it seeks to offer a novel approach to a complex public policy challenge.

Recent Library acquisitions

By Kieron L Jones, on 16 December 2013

Locke, Richard M., 1959- The promise and limits of private power : promoting labor standards in a global economy / Richard M. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
ECONOMICS H 10 LOC

Ramalingam, Ben. Aid on the edge of chaos : rethinking international cooperation in a complex world / Ben Ramalingam. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
ECONOMICS H 45 RAM

Walter, Carl E., 1947- Red capitalism : the fragile financial foundation of China’s extraordinary rise / Carl E. Walter and Singapore : John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd., 2012.
ECONOMICS L 89 WAL

Chasek, Pamela S., 1961- Global environmental politics / Pamela S. Chasek, David L. Downie, Janet Welsh Brown. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c2014.
PUBLIC POLICY GE 170 CHA

Graaf, Thijs van de. The politics and institutions of global energy governance / Thijs Van de Graaf. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY HD 9502 GRA

Dunn, William N. Public policy analysis / Dunn. Harlow : Pearson, c2014.
PUBLIC POLICY QUARTOS H 61 DUN

History tables – upgrade

By Kieron L Jones, on 9 December 2013

“UCL Library Services are working to improve the study environment. As part of a phased plan to upgrade furniture, we are replacing the Main Library 2nd floor History [including Public Policy] mismatched tables which have been collected over the years, with tables in keeping with the historical nature of the building. Any original Richardson tables (with the leather tops) are being retained. This work will also result in a modest increase in numbers of study places in the corridor.

On Monday 16/12, defunct tables will be removed. From Tuesday 17/12, the new tables (which will also have power sockets for laptop users) will be installed and connected to the building’s electrics. Work will be completed by Friday 20/12.

Provision is being made for table-top lighting, which will be added to the new tables in future.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that you will enjoy the new facilities.”

Trial to CountryWatch

By Kieron L Jones, on 6 December 2013

UCL has a trial to CountryWatch until 4th January 2013. For off-site access to this trial, please use web WTS.

CountryWatch provides critical country-specific intelligence and data through its suite of products:

  • Country Reviews- features reports covering each county’s historical, political, economic, social, demographic, business and environmental issues
  •  Country Wire- provides access to real-time, full-text news articles for each country
  •  CountryWatch Data- contains macroeconomic, economic, health, demographic, cultural, sociological and environmental statistics
  •  Map Gallery- contains over 170 thematic maps covering cultural, economic, macroeconomic, environment and indicators

Recent Library acquisitions

By Kieron L Jones, on 28 November 2013

The Oxford handbook of political psychology / edited by Leonie Huddy, David O. Sears and Jack S. Lev Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JA 74 HUD

Transitions to democracy : a comparative perspective / edited by Kathryn Stoner and Michael McFaul. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JC 489 STO

Schedler, Andreas, 1964- The politics of uncertainty : sustaining and subverting electoral authoritarianism / Andreas Schedle Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JC 495 SCH

Russell, Meg. The contemporary House of Lords : Westminster bicameralism revived / Meg Russell. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JN 621 RUS

Fleurbaey, Marc. Beyond GDP : measuring welfare and assessing sustainability / Marc Fleurbaey and Didier Blanchet. Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2013.
ECONOMICS D 30 FLE

Great expectations, slow transformations : incremental change in post-crisis regulation / edited by Colchester : ECPR Press, 2013.
ECONOMICS J 44 MOS

Hassan, Kabir. Introduction to Islamic banking & finance : principles and practice / M. Kabir Hassan, Rasem N. Kaye Harlow : Pearson, c2013.
ECONOMICS J 56 HAS

Cato, Molly Scott. The bioregional economy : land, liberty and the pursuit of happiness / Molly Scott Cato. London : Routledge, 2013.
ECONOMICS N 35 CAT

World Bank eLibrary

By Kieron L Jones, on 8 November 2013

The new World Bank eLibrary is being developed as a timesaving service for researchers, lecturers, other expert users and students who need to access and work with World Bank research in a more convenient and effective way than what is possible when accessing World Bank free online content.   The World Bank is currently inviting a number of organisations to have complimentary evaluation access of the eLibrary until 31st Dec. 2013.  This invitation has been extended to UCL. 

The World Bank eLibrary can be found here: http://elibrary.worldbank.org/ (accessible only on-site or via web WTS)

For an overview and quick introduction, the following links may be of use: Overview of User Tools, Using eLibrary.

Job vacancies at IFS

By Kieron L Jones, on 31 October 2013

We are looking to recruit 2-4 new researchers to join IFS next autumn.
We recruit exceptionally talented students direct from an undergraduate
degree or with a master’s degree. We are also interested in hearing from
the very best of those completing PhDs in relevant areas. We are looking
for highly motivated students who have shown an unusual aptitude for
economics, preferably combined with an interest in policy issues and a
taste for numerical work.

IFS has a strong record in training excellent social scientists, some of
whom continue to work at IFS for many years while others have moved on
to careers in a variety of organisations including the civil service,
the media and academia. Researchers at IFS have the chance to carry out
in-depth economic research and also to communicate their findings to
politicians, journalists, academics and many others. We aim to cultivate
a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, encouraging
staff to develop their skills, through further study, ad hoc training
and by giving them opportunities to get involved with all aspects of
research and communication right from the start.

If you have any outstanding students who might be interested, I would be
grateful if you could suggest to them that they consider applying;
further details on the role can be found on our website
(www.ifs.org.uk/jobs). The closing date for applications is 24 January,
and interviews will be held at the end of February.

We also run a summer student scheme at IFS to give students, who are at
the end of their penultimate year of study, an opportunity to see
economic research in action. I would be grateful if you could also draw
this opportunity to the attention of any suitable students.

With best wishes
Emma Hyman

Africa Open Data

By Kieron L Jones, on 21 October 2013

Africa Open Data is a useful initiative of the Open Africa Platform which is part of the Ujuzi Initiative and created and funded by the Africa Media Initiative (AMI), the World Bank Institute (WBI) and Google. It aims to become the largest central repository for Government, Civil Society, Corporate and Donor Agency Data. There are currently over 900 datasets which can be browsed by country. Items covered include World Bank and census data. Also interesting are election materials, including datasets from Ushahidi on election violence incidents from Egypt and Kenya.
Source: LIS-SOCIALSCIENCE@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

Recent Library acquisitions

By Kieron L Jones, on 18 October 2013

Knafo, Samuel. The making of modern finance : liberal governance and the gold standard / Samuel Knafo. London : Routledge, 2013.
ECONOMICS G 45 KNA

Credit securitisations and derivatives : challenges for the global markets / edited by Daniel Rösch Chichester : Wiley, 2013.
ECONOMICS J 10 ROS

Malloch, Theodore R. The end of ethics and a way back : how to fix a fundamentally broken global financial system / Theod Singapore : Wiley, c2013.
ECONOMICS J 44 MAL

China’s economic development : institutions, growth and imbalances / Ming Lu … [et al.]. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, c2013.
ECONOMICS L 89 LU

Dean, Malcolm, 1939- Democracy under attack : how the media distort policy and politics / Malcolm Dean. Bristol : Policy Press, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY HN 385 DEA

Welch, Stephen. The theory of political culture / Stephen Welch. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JA 75 WEL

McLean, Iain. Scotland’s choices : the referendum and what happens afterwards / Iain McLean, Jim Gallagher and Guy Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JN 1263 MCL

Analyzing genres in political communication : theory and practice / edited by Piotr Cap, Urszula Oku Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, c2013.
PUBLIC POLICY P 302 CAP

British Library Newspaper Moves

By Kieron L Jones, on 18 October 2013

In 2013-14 the British Library will move the national newspaper collection from its current home in Colindale, north London, to a purpose-built Newspaper Storage Building (NSB) in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire.  Click here for further information