An introduction to the Public Services International Research Unit at the University of Greenwich Business School

The Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) examines the social, economic and political aspects of privatisation and liberalisation in water, energy, waste management, health care and social care. It also addresses the general questions of the role and structure of public services and public finance, both in the EU and in developing countries. 

We look at the role of multinational companies and the international financial institutions, especially the World Bank. PSIRU addresses a range of related issues, including: corruption, digitalisation,public enterprise, public sector pay, public-private partnerships and PFI, pension funds, and social network analysis.

We also carry out research commissioned by a range of bodies, principally from international and national trade unions and voluntary sector bodies, and from other institutions including the European Commission, ILO and UNRISD. 

PSIRU participates in research projects, networks and proposals in partnership with other researchers across Europe and the rest of the world. As part of its core work, PSIRU maintains an extensive database on public services and privatisation