The Conversation

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The Conversation launched in Australia in March 2011 and in the UK in May 2013. Since then I have written a number of pieces for The Conversation:

Shopping: the cost of living crisis is hitting people “urgently and directly” – retail expert Q&A (June 24 2022)

High street recovery will take more than street parties and more bins (Aug 3 2021)

Britain’s ruthless high street leaves no room for straglers like BHS (April 25 2016)

What is going on in Tesco? (Apr 22 2015)

Tis the season to spend, spend, spend… or so retailers would have us think (Dec 2 2014)