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what do we know and what should we do about...?

 The 'what do we know and what should we do about...?' series

A collection of books that offers readers, short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented or simplified in the mainstream media, written by leading social scientists who have an established reputation in the relevant subject area.

In each book, the authors provide an overview of the research around the subject ('what do we know'), whether this be long-established or the most recent findings, and suggest ideas about ‘what we should do’, based upon the authors’ extensive knowledge of the field.



'Short, sharp and compelling.' - Alex Preston, The Observer

'Brilliantly clear and concise. Highly recommended.' - Ben Chu, Economics Editor, BBC Newsnight

‘This highly accessible but scholarly series which sees leading social scientists in the UK tackle some of the key issues facing us all today is exactly the sort of publication the Academy of Social Sciences has encouraged over the years. Congratulations to SAGE on bringing it out.’ - Roger Goodman, Chair, Academy of Social Sciences

‘Concise, precise, beautifully designed, illustrated and written. If you want to learn a lot about what matters most, in as short a time as possible, this is the series for you.’ - Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford


About the authors...


Jonathan Portes

Jonathan Portes is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at King’s College London.

He served as Chief Economist at the Department for Work and Pensions from 2002 to 2008 and Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2011. He led the Cabinet Office’s economic policy work during the financial crisis and in 2011 he became Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Melanie Simms

Melanie Simms is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Glasgow, UK.

She writes widely on the topic of work and employment with a particular interest in two main areas: how workers get to influence changes at work; and how young people move into the labour market after education.

Mike Brewer

Mike Brewer is a Professor of Economics at the University of Essex and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

He was a member of the National Equality Panel (2008–10), and has served on commissions or similar set up by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Resolution Foundation and the Scottish Government.


Chris Grey

Series Editor: Chris Grey

Professor of Organization Studies at Royal Holloway University of London, having previously held professorships at Cambridge and Warwick, and Visiting Professorships at Copenhagen Business School and Université Paris-Dauphine. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and his research has been profiled on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed and Social Science Bites.


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The "What Do We Know and What Should We Do About…?’ Book Series