Public policy blog

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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From bush fires to terrorism: how communities become resilient

Tony Robertson, Lecturer in Social Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Stirling Sandra Engstrom, Lecturer, Social Work, University of Stirling The world has watched in sympathy as Australia has come to terms with the ravages of the worst bush fires on record. Communities have been devastated by this crisis, but many have shown incredible resilience in

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Participation, activism and empowerment for private tenants

Dr Steve Rolfe, Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, and Dr Lisa Garnham, Public Health Research Specialist, Glasgow Centre for Population Health While tenant participation and engagement in social housing is well researched, the same cannot be said for the private rented sector (PRS). We recently completed a literature review on tenant

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How Labour failed to connect with the British working class

Eric Shaw, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Labour entered the UK general election with a double handicap. Brexit was peeling away many of its 2017 voters, especially among the working class in the north of England and West Midlands. Jeremy Corbyn was also hugely unpopular – and perceptions of which leader will make the best prime minister are

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Why a new report attacking Scottish education policy is based on bad methodology

Marina Shapira, Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods, Faculty of Social Sciences Camilla Barnett, Research Assistant, Faculty of Social Sciences Tracey Peace-Hughes, Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences Nicola Sturgeon famously said in 2015 that she should be judged on her record in tackling educational issues – especially her efforts to close Scotland’s persistent attainment gap between advantaged

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Jeremy Corbyn’s apparent hardline on indyref2 may make Labour prospects in Scotland even worse

Sean Kippin, Lecturer in Politics, Faulty of Arts and Humanities The issue of Scottish independence continues to tie the Labour party in knots. Jeremy Corbyn’s pronouncements during a visit to Glasgow are the latest example of Labour’s difficulties in maintaining its traditional role as the party of Scotland’s working classes and liberal intelligentsia – particularly

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Reflections on 20 years of devolution: a public debate

Peter Lynch, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Director of the Scottish Political Archive, discusses the public event to mark 20 years of the Scottish Parliament and the launch of a crowdfunder for the book The Scottish Parliament: A Graphic History. The event featured MSPs Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton), Keith Brown (Clackmannanshire and Dunblane) and Linda Fabiani (East

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Place2Think – How embedding reflective practice in teacher training leads to greater resilience in the classroom

Dr Kathleen Forbes, Trainer in Trainee Education, Faculty of Social Sciences This week, I had the pleasure to participate in a roundtable on reflective practices in initial teacher education. Chaired by the Deputy First Minister, the session saw education providers, policymakers, and mental health specialists from the third sector come together to discuss how encouraging

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