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Ask the Expert: Is green prescribing an answer to improving wellbeing post-COVID-19?

In the latest instalment of the Social Market Foundation’s Ask the Expert series, held in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, we were joined by Dr Daisy Fancourt, Carl Petrokofsky and Graham Duxbury to discuss the impact of the pandemic on people’s wellbeing and engagement with the natural environment, and the benefits of green prescribing.

Published: 22 December 2020
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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What giving good gifts and designing better social programmes have in common

In what is fast becoming a mini-tradition itself, it feels as though every year we get a fresh round of the ‘economists vs gifts’ row.

Published: 16 December 2020
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Ask the Expert: Achieving a green and just recovery from the Coronavirus crisis

In this instalment of the SMF’s Ask the Expert series, convened in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, we were joined by Ece Özdemiroğlu, Polly Billington and Matthew Pennycook MP to discuss how a green and just recovery from the coronavirus pandemic could be achieved.

Published: 30 November 2020
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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The ‘new normal’ might look more like the old one than we expect

“I never make predictions, especially about the future”, the American sage Yogi Berra is reported to have said. If only the rest of us had such a luxury.

Published: 30 November 2020
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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SR2020 lacked a punch on skills provision and jobs creation

The Chancellor was right to declare an “economic emergency” at the House of Commons dispatch box yesterday. If he believes this is an emergency driven by an escalating employment crisis, it is one which can be remedied through Government-created jobs and much more ambitious skills provision.

Published: 26 November 2020
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Ask the Expert – The COVID-19 gender gap

In the latest instalment of the SMF’s Ask the Expert series, we were joined by Oxford University’s Professor Barbara Petrongolo who gave an insight into new data on gender and the labour market during the Coronavirus crisis drawn from Understanding Society’s COVID-19 supplement.

Published: 19 November 2020
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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