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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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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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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Shopping in a Post-Lockdown World

Professor Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Institute of Retail Studies, University of Stirling Well, we’ve just had the sunniest spring on record, as well as the driest.  As we apparently ease out of lockdown we can but hope that such conditions continue, because when you look at some of the operational actions retailers and

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A New Green Shovel? Options for the transport stimulus package

Professor Iain Docherty, Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Stirling Professor Jillian Anable, Professor of Transport and Energy, University of Leeds Professor Greg Marsden, Professor of Transport Governance, University of Leeds As we begin the difficult transition out of lockdown, attention is already turning to what kind of stimulus package will be

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Scotland’s Children Bill: why the law needs to protect the rights of the child when parents separate

Dr Fiona Morrison, Lecturer in Child Wellbeing and Protection, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling Professor Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy, University of Edinburgh Divorce and separation affects many families, and following a breakup, most make their own arrangements about where children will live and how their relationships with each parent will work. But

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The Need for a Digital Tax

Professor Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Institute of Retail Studies, University of Stirling The origins of this post lie in early March when we were delighted, in what now seems another era, to host Helen Dickenson, the Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, at our Retail Futures event. She spoke on the topic

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The rise of extreme politics in a federation

Gianmarco Daniele, Assistant Professor, University of Milan Amedeo Piolatto, Ramon y Cajal Fellow, Autonomous University of Barcelona Willem Sas, Assistant Professor, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling Polarisation, populism, and extremism are on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic. This column focuses on the role of policies in multi-level federations (such as the

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