Comment & analysis

LUMS researchers provide opinion and expert analysis of today's key issues.
Will devolving powers to Manchester really stimulate economic development? 07/11/14

Will devolving powers to Manchester really stimulate economic development?

Geraint Johnes says that creation of a nexus of political authority in Manchester may well hinder economic integration of the north rather than aid it. 

London’s congestion charge increases speed and saves lives 04/11/14

London’s congestion charge increases speed and saves lives

Writing in the Conversation, Professor Colin Green describes research which shows that London’s congestion charge has led to a significant fall in road traffic accidents.

'Smart drugs' in the workplace 30/10/14

'Smart drugs' in the workplace

Writing in HR Magazine, Dr Karen Dale calls for more debate about use and effect of 'smart drugs' at work.

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There are two sides to flexibility 30/10/14

There are two sides to flexibility

In his column in HR Magazine Cary Cooper says that new underemployment figures hint at the polarising effects of flexibility without balance.

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Europe’s stress tests find 25 banks wanting, but it’s not all bad news 28/10/14

Europe’s stress tests find 25 banks wanting, but it’s not all bad news

Kim Kaivanto says that the ECB’s stress tests on European banks sets a new standard for confidence-building transparency in the Euro area.

HR must stay focused on NHS wellbeing 23/10/14

HR must stay focused on NHS wellbeing

In an opinion piece in HR magazine, Professor Cary Cooper says that for most NHS staff the desire to help people and their own control over that role that is the real driver of wellbeing.

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A look behind UK’s impressive unemployment figures shows they’re not so dazzling 16/10/14

A look behind UK’s impressive unemployment figures shows they’re not so dazzling

Unemployment in the UK has fallen below two million for the first time in almost six years. Good news, says Geraint Johnes, but there are some important caveats to the headline figures.

Why we urgently need Islamic student loans 10/10/14

Why we urgently need Islamic student loans

A major barrier to career aspirations among Muslims has been their inability to take on student (or any other) loans to fund higher study, as Shariah law prohibits predetermined interest rates, explains LUMS researcher Vasileios Pappas.

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Branson unlimited holiday plan for Virgin blazes trail others should follow 25/09/14

Branson unlimited holiday plan for Virgin blazes trail others should follow

Cary Cooper argues that Virgin’s unlimited holiday offer to employees is something that other employers should copy.