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European sovereign bond-backed securities: A dangerous idea

The securitization of European government bonds is likely to increase hierarchies in the Eurozone. Eurobonds represent the most viable path to fiscal solidarity and political union. Recently, European policymakers and representatives of financial institutions met in Paris at a workshop organised by the European Systemic Risk Board, the body which is responsible for the macroprudential […]






Contagion within and without of the Euro zone

One of the claims of Euro zone membership for the southern European countries was that by joining the Euro their governments could borrow at low (northern European) rates of interest. The reason for this was that there would be no exchange rate risk as all borrowing would be in Euros. This argument, however, ignored the […]






Big data for anti-poverty programmes: A politically embedded view

The idea of datafication, intended as rendering many non-quantified processes into data, has become ubiquitous in business intelligence. Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier (2013) refer to big data as “a revolution that will transform how we live, work and think”, since data have transitioned from the role of optional asset to that of programmatic lens to see […]






Advice for aspiring leaders in Higher Education: It’s best to be a man

Gender inequalities in the workplace are well-known and much debated (and also much researched). It’s rare, however, to obtain systematic big-scale data on how women in a particular sector of employment experience their work, careers, and opportunities to exercise leadership. This is what a research team at Loughborough is doing, and we have found considerable […]






Exploring the efficiency of a UK ambulance service through discrete event simulation

For my summer project on the MSc Business Analytics Consulting programme, I completed a consulting project with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) looking at how the organisation could increase their effectiveness and reduce inappropriate attendances at A&E departments. The ambulance service has increasingly become a ‘default’ service to the public. People are more likely […]






How our tool analysing emotions on Twitter predicted Donald Trump win

This Blog post consists of an excerpt from an article published in The Conversation on Wednesday, 9th November 2016. To read the full article, please go to: https://theconversation.com/how-our-tool-analysing-emotions-on-twitter-predicted-donald-trump-win-68522  How our tool analysing emotions on Twitter predicted Donald Trump win “As the world dissects the how and why of Donald Trump’s presidential victory, pollsters are already […]






An interview with Dermot Turing: Alan Turing’s nephew

We were delighted to welcome Sir John Dermot Turing to our Distinguished Speaker Series, organised by the Centre for Information Management at the SBE. Dermot is a solicitor and consultant with international law firm Clifford Chance, specialising in bank and investment firm regulation with several publications to his name in this area. He is also the nephew […]






What does the Fox say? Exports expert John Cadogan unravels Liam Fox’s comments

So, as reported a little while ago in The Times, Liam Fox, the man charged with negotiating trade deals with other countries post-Brexit, has spoken in an unofficial capacity at a drinks reception in the House of Commons. The audience members were right-wing Tory activists, so maybe Fox’s comments need to be interpreted with this […]






 “Doing good” business: How do organizations attempt to drive positive changes in society?

Business gets a lot of bad press. We are not short of reports of bad behaviour about organizations and their members, from the LIBOR-fixing scandal to the BHS pension deficit. There is no denying that market-based organizations are massively influential within our society, however this influence can also be harnessed in positive ways. So how […]






Reflecting on Rio 2016: SBE staff member and Olympian Laura Whittle

Wow, so the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have now finished, and my Olympic Dream has come true! The final part of my Olympic journey took place in Belo Horizonte where I spent 10 days in the Team GB training camp with “Rio” the SBE bear. Belo Horizonte is the sixth largest city in Brazil and […]