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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Incorporating the UNCRC: are we going far enough to embed children’s human rights in Scotland?

Dr Fiona Morrison, Lecturer in Child Wellbeing and Protection, Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, University Stirling Professor Kay Tisdall, Chair of Childhood Policy, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh Máire McCormack, Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group, MHSES, University of Edinburgh The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation)

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Key governments have rolled back their environmental commitments

Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling Kourosh Ziabari, Organization for Defending Victims of Violence There has always been a tension between the pursuit of economic objectives and that of environmental objectives. Scientists have clearly identified action that needs to be undertaken. Dr Annalisa Savaresi explores the key issues in an

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Richard Leonard: confidence or no confidence?

Dr Sean Kippin, Lecturer in Public Policy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Richard Leonard was elected as Labour’s leader in Scotland in November 2017 with a brief to re-establish his party as a force in Scottish politics. However, he has been unable to do so. Just as before, Scottish Labour have not threatened the SNP’s

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Social science inspires researchers to create much needed system and service change for people who are homeless with substance use problems

Dr Hannah Carver, Lecturer in Substance Use, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling Dr Tessa Parkes, Director of the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard for us all, but let’s consider how much harder it has probably been for

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The Stirling Protocol: Environment at the Heart of Inclusive Growth

Professor Maggie Cusack, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling Environment & Economy do not oppose The Scottish Government is committed to addressing climate change and achieving Net Zero by 2045. Many organisations and individuals are keen to do the right thing to address climate change but are often unsure about the

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Children’s access to a system of complaints and redress in family law: accountability for children

Fiona Morrison, Lecturer in Child Wellbeing and Protection, Faculty of Social Sciences, University Stirling Professor Kay Tisdall, Chair of Childhood Policy, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh The Children (Scotland) Bill will reform the law that deals with how children participate in decisions about child contact. The Bill promises to improve the legislation’s compliance with

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Obesity and Covid-19: Tackling two global pandemics

Dr Rachel Crockett, Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences Covid-19 is changing the way we think about the world. We are used to being able to go shopping, without a second thought, book a trip on the spur of the moment or meet up casually with friends for a meal.  In the UK we

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Smoke-free prisons bring big improvements in air quality for staff and people in custody

Dr Sean Semple, Associate Professor, Institute for Social Marketing Dr Ruaraidh Dobson, Research Assistant, Institute for Social Marketing Professor Kate Hunt, Professor Institute for Social Marketing Breathing second-hand tobacco smoke (SHS) has been known to be harmful to health for decades. Local and national rules to tackle this harm have come a long way: from

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Lagging and flagging – shale gas, air pollution and UK government policy

Professor Andrew Watterson, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Dr William Dinan, Senior Lecturer in Communications, Media and Culture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities We live in a moment of double jeopardy. Climate change looms ever larger despite the immediate but still much smaller threat to public health from COVID-19. Air pollution contributes

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Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic – the central role of home

Dr Steve Rolfe, Research Fellow in Housing Studies, University of Stirling Dr Lisa Garnham, Public Health Research Specialist, Glasgow Centre for Population Health The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that most of us are spending much more time at home. At the same time, many of us are also experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety

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