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Welcome to the Stirling Public Policy Blog

Professor Judith Phillips, Deputy Principal (Research) It is my pleasure to write the first post for the University of Stirling Public Policy Blog. The blog will be a centre of expert comment and analysis on matters of interest to politicians and policymakers in Scotland, the UK, and around the world. Drawing on the expertise of

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Town Centre Action Plan 2

Professor Leigh Sparks, Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling In commentary first posted on his Stirling Retail blog, Professor Leigh Sparks outlines his reflects to the official Scottish Government/COSLA response to “A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centres,” the report of the review into the Town Centre Action Plan, which he chaired. This is

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Putin’s War in Ukraine: A challenge for social workers and others

Professor Lena Dominelli, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling Putin’s War in Ukraine. Words fail to describe the mixture of emotions and thoughts that crowd my mind as I listen to the horrendous stories narrated by social workers in Ukraine. I have been in contact with them since 24 February 2022 when they first

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A short history of Ukraine’s relationship with the European Union

Professor Holger Nehring, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and the war that has ensued are part of the history of what happened in eastern Europe in the years following the cold war. As the European Union is debating what to do about Russian

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Policymaking to reduce gender inequalities: Lessons and challenges

Dr Emily St.Denny, Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Copenhagen Dr Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Dr Sean Kippin, Lecturer in Public Policy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Every year, March 8th marks International Women’s Day: an official UN holiday to draw attention to women’s rights and

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Preventing veterans’ homelessness in Scotland

Dr Steve Rolfe, Lecturer in Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences Just over a year ago, I wrote a piece here about the research we had just completed on the housing journeys of Armed Forces veterans. Our research highlighted the challenges that some veterans can face in dealing with housing issues. Although the popular perception

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