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 Preston Model”: Community Wealth Building

Professor Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Stirling Management School In a recent post on the Stirling Retail blog, Professor Leigh Sparks explores the “Preston Model” approach to local community wealth building. During the National Review of Town Centres, I was introduced to Neil McInroy and his work as the Chief Executive of CLES.  We subsequently begin to work

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Call for participants – The good self-directed support project

The good self-directed support project is a research collaboration between the University of Stirling, Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL); Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL), and the National Lottery Community Fund. In this blog post, Dr Siabhainn Russell sets out how stakeholders can get in involved. For more than 20 years, local

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Institutionalising preventive health: what are the key issues for Public Health England?

Paul Cairney (University of Stirling) John Boswell (University of Southampton) Richard Gleave (Public Health England) Kathryn Oliver (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) On the 12th June, at the invitation of Richard Gleave (Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, PHE), Professor Paul Cairney (University of Stirling) and Dr John Boswell (University of Southampton)

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Institutionalising preventive health

Professor Paul Cairney, University of Stirling and Dr John Boswell, University of Southampton On the 17 May 2019, Professor Paul Cairney (University of Stirling) and Dr John Boswell (University of Southampton) led a discussion on ‘institutionalising’ preventive health with key people working with the Scottish Government and COSLA to reform public health in Scotland, including

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‘Greedy landlord’ stereotype is not true for all in private sector – some use power responsibly

Kim McKee, Senior Lecturer, Social Policy and Housing, University of Stirling, Emma Bimpson, Research Associate, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, University of Sheffield, Tom Simcock, Research Fellow, Edge Hill University The private rented sector has long had the unenviable reputation as the “tenure of last resort”. As far back as the 1915 rent strikes in Glasgow,

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The impact of Brexit on the UK’s devolved energy system

Professor Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics, University of Stirling Professor Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law, University of Strathclyde Professor Nicola McEwen, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh Professor Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde Dr Fiona Munro, Research Fellow, University of Stirling Paul Cairney, Aileen McHarg, Nicola McEwen, Fiona Munro, and Karen

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Shovel ready, but for what?

Professor Iain Docherty, Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Stirling Whenever economic setbacks occur, from the closure of a small town manufacturing plant to an event on the scale of the Global Economic Crisis, the clarion call for more infrastructure investment to help stimulate recovery can be heard almost immediately. Business leaders

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