policy

Aspirations failure, disadvantage traps and inclusive regional policy

This paper examines the implications for regional policy of new research on the role played by a failure in the ‘capacity to aspire’ [Appadurai, A. (2004), ‘The capacity to aspire’, in Rao, V. and Walton, M. (eds), Culture and Public Action, Washington, DC: World Bank.] in perpetuating disadvantage traps. After a brief review of the magnitude of the challenge that regional policy needs to confront, it provides a summary of the theoretical and empirical literature on poverty and aspirations failure (and the associated loss of agency, beliefs and self-efficacy).

Neurodiversity at work

This report seeks to identify policies and practices which ensure the integration of people with the following neurological conditions into mainstream employment: 

  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia

The report, in addition, aims to ensure that the benefits of having a ‘neurodiverse’ workforce are fully-realised.

This research was undertaken for ACAS

Policy Scotland

Speech given at Glasgow University on 4th December 2014

Migrant entrepreneurship: fuzzy numbers and real impacts

The Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank recently made waves with this report on migrant entrepreneurship. The headlines are striking: 450,000 migrants set up 1 in 7 UK companies, at almost twice the rate of the UK population (17% vs 10%).

Here are some reactions. Overall, this is a welcome piece of work. However, I have some reservations about the numbers. And the report – understandably – doesn’t address some of the big issues where we still need answers.