Date of release: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

GPERCInequality, unemployment, climate change and crises in finance and energy are just some of the topics to be tackled by a new research centre at the University of Greenwich.

The Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre, to be officially launched on Tuesday 19 January, brings together an innovative group of experts who aim to challenge orthodox thinking in economic and social science research.

Speakers at the launch include Professor Philip Arestis, University of Cambridge; Dr Ernst Stetter, Secretary General of the Foundation of European Progressive Studies; Ann Pettifor, Director for Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME); and Professor John Weeks, Emeritus Professor, SOAS, University of London.

Also speaking is the Director of the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC), Professor Ozlem Onaran, as well as Professor Mehmet Ugur, also from the university's Business School. The pair have been widely published on topics of inequality, wage-led growth and innovation.

The centre has a research collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Its members are also recipients of research grants from renowned institutions and funding bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the Department for International Development, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, the Institute of New Economic Thinking, Network for Social Change, and the International Labour Office.

GPERC builds upon four decades of political economy research at the university and will mark the launch of the Greenwich Papers in Political Economy.

The launch event takes place at the Greenwich Campus, Queen Anne Court, Room QA080, between 5pm to 8.30pm. To register:

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