Guidelines for Contributors

The SPERI blog is a platform to share new political economy research, expertise and analysis.

We are keen to publish blogs that address a wide range of complex and long-term political- economic issues. We particularly welcome blogs that make connections with SPERI’s four research themes: capitalism, democracy and the state; corporate power and the global economy; labour and decent work; and finance, debt and society. All blogs must meet our quality and style standard to be publishable, and must be on themes relevant to SPERI’s mandate to advance new research on political economy. 

SPERI values equality and diversity, in both intellectual and people terms. As such, we seek to publish blogs which engage with political economy topics from a broad range of perspectives and positions, and which explore intellectual blindspots and under-represented and marginalised areas of scholarship. This includes issues related to race, gender, sexuality, inequality, and intersectionality. 

We believe that using the SPERI blog to showcase the research and writing of academics with diverse perspectives is an important part of redressing current biases and inequalities in the field. 

Recognising the well-documented biases that exist in academic citation practices, we ask that all contributing authors check their references to examine which percentage of them refer to works by disadvantaged groups, and engage with the literature of authors from a diversity of backgrounds.

SPERI particularly welcomes contributions from early career researchers and doctoral researchers. We particularly welcome contributions from women, LGBTQ, people who identify as working-class, people of colour and scholars from the Global South. 

Articles posted on the SPERI blog reflect the views of the author(s) and not the position of SPERI or of the University of Sheffield.

We welcome new submissions. Ideas for blogs or full draft blogs can be submitted at any time. We are open to pitches for single blogs or multi-author blog series. Please send ideas and submissions to the SPERI blog editor Remi Edwards ( 

Notes for contributors

Blogs should include a short title and a two-line subtitle that summarises the argument made. The main body should be around 800 words and no more than 1000. 

References to sources should be provided as hyperlinks and not as footnotes.

We are happy for blogs to be re-posted on other sites but please indicate that the article is re-posted from the SPERI blog with a link to the original blog.