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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The role of behavioural economics in driving policy innovation

Dr Conny Wollbrant, Associate Professor, Division of Economics and Director, Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School Dr Mirko Moro, Associate Professor, Division of Economics, and Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School This year’s Nobel Memorial Prize was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, for their work on reducing poverty in developing countries using field

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Poverty and psychological resilience

Dr Rachel Crockett, Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences We tend to think about poverty as a lack of the material resources that money can buy. As a psychologist, I see poverty as a lack of non-material resources which stems from the absence of the financial resources which make it easier to manage adverse

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Challenging poverty and challenging narratives of poverty

Dr Peter Matthews, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences The week of 7 October was Challenge Poverty Week organised by The Poverty Alliance in Scotland. Events organised across Scotland during the week aimed to highlight the extent of poverty in Scotland and challenge the stigma towards people experiencing poverty. Due to lower housing costs, rates

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Why is climate change still not top of the news agenda?

Steven Harkins, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling Climate protests are making the headlines across the globe as millions participate in climate strikes, but this isn’t always the case. In a piece originally written for The Conversation, Dr Steven Harkins, Lecturer in Communications, Media and Culture explores the relationship between the media and

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Celebrating twenty years of Scottish devolution through public engagement

Emily St.Denny, Lecturer in Politics, discusses a new initiative to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Scottish Parliament, through the creation of a new book: The Scottish Parliament: A Graphic History. Drawing on a unique collection of material from the University’s Scottish Political Archive, the book will provide a new resource to engage a wide

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Let prisoners vote, just like other citizens

Hannah Graham, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling With the issue of prisoners’ voting rights about to return to political debate, criminologist Dr Hannah Graham argues that reform is long overdue. Blog post reproduced courtesy of Scottish Policy and Research Exchange. Prisoner voting is on the

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Unlocking clean growth through collaboration – Scotland’s International Environment Centre

Yesterday, the Scottish Government announced its Programme for Government for the forthcoming parliamentary year, placing a commitment to tackle the climate emergency at the heart of its legislative and policy agenda. Here, Dr John Rogers, the University’s Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services, talks about the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, and the

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Delivering cleaner air for Scotland – putting evidence at the heart of action

Professor Campbell Gemmell and Dr Annalisa Savaresi, respectively chair and member of the steering group behind this week’s independent review into the Scottish Government’s Cleaner Air Strategy, reflect on the report’s recommendations and the extent of change necessary to make this vision a reality. This week the Scottish Government published a key milestone report, reviewing

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