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Austerity, defined as fiscal consolidation, public sector structural reforms, and flexibilization of labour markets, has triggered social protest, electoral defeats, major international tensions, significant academic controversy, and is blamed for various social ills.

Our Goal:

This project brings together academic and non-academic researchers, institutions, and NGOs in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Germany to stimulate greater conversations about alternatives to austerity. Our goal is to translate the research, data, and insights on austerity, its effects, and alternatives, so as to make that knowledge accessible and stimulate greater debate on austerity policies and politics. We strive to innovate new ways of mobilizing knowledge: bringing academic knowledge out from the classroom and into the hands of publics and policy communities to make meaningful impact. We strive to make our work clear, understandable, and applicable to the everyday. 

On this page you will also find a list of participants involved in the project and our partner institutions. 

Our Research page will contain all reports, fact sheets, briefs, and other written outputs from our work.

The Media page will feature non-written outputs - if a picture says a thousand words, how many does a video cover?

The News page will have all updates on the project, including our weekly 'Austerity Digest' (Friday mornings!), where we highlight the top stories related to austerity. 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact either our Project Manager, Sorin Mitrea or our Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Nour Afara (their contact information can be found under 'Contact Us').

Lastly, if you want to keep up with our activity, please on Twitter or subscribe to our email updates.

We hope you find our work useful and interesting, and that you'll join in #altausterity conversations!

Participating Individuals

Stephen McBride (McMaster University)

David Macdonald (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Bryan Evans (Ryerson University)

Laura Macdonald (Carleton University)

Richard Woodward (Coventry University)

Brendan K O’Rourke (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Dieter Plehwe (Social Science Research Centre Berlin)

Simon D Lee (University of Hull)

Heather Whiteside (University of Waterloo)

Alex Cobham (Tax Justice Network)

John Hogan (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Meghan Joy (Concordia University)

John Shields (Ryerson University)

James Wickham (Think-Tank for Action on Social Change)

Jim Stanford (Unifor)

Donna Baines (University of Sydney)

Ellen Russell (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Markus Schreyer (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung)

Participating Institutions