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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Climate change: convincing people to pay to tackle it is hard – treating it like a pension could help

Dr David Comerford, Senior Lecturer of Economics and Behavioural Science, Stirling Management School Energy prices across the world have soared in recent weeks, hitting households and businesses hard. Combined with the costs of dealing with the pandemic, this may make political leaders think twice about making the case for expensive environmental policies that could further raise

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The UN HRC recognizes the right to a healthy environment and appoints a new Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change. What does it all mean?

Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Senior Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Arts and Humanities On Friday 8 October, the UN Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 48/13, recognising for first time that having a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right and calling on UN Member States to cooperate to implement this right. On the same day,

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Behavioural science and the environment: Perspectives ahead of COP26

Dr Simon McCabe, Lecturer, Management, Work and Organisation, Stirling Management School Leading up to COP26, the Behavioural Science Centre (based within Stirling Management School) hosted a one-day workshop featuring four experts delivering talks on their recent research pertinent to environmental behaviour change. Here, Dr Simon McCabe reflects on the contribution of panellists to this timely

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High-street strategy: recovery will take more than street parties and more bins

Professor Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Institute of Retail Studies, University of Stirling For politicians and pundits, the death of the British high street has long been a refrain. The pandemic has accelerated the existing trend towards online shopping. In its recently published “levelling-up” plan for post-pandemic recovery, the UK government sets the context for its new high-street strategy for England. The big question is: will

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COVID-19 will have a profound long-term impact on transport policy and travel patterns, but rapid change is less likely

Professor Iain Docherty, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Stirling Professor Greg Marsden, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds As road traffic levels creep back towards their pre-pandemic levels and public transport lags behind, it is tempting to come to the conclusion that, as we emerge from social distancing restrictions, transport is in a

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Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice

Professor Samantha Punch, Professor of Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling Christina Ballinger, Mindsport Officer, BAMSA Tim Rees, BAMSA steering group When Covid-19 started causing major disruption to people’s lives in 2020, concerns about mental health, social isolation, loneliness and wellbeing have become more prevalent. Since then, government policy

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Towns, High Streets and Resilience: A Question for Policy?

Professor Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Institute of Retail Studies, Stirling Management School “It is all too easy to talk about “bouncing back to where we were” without asking which “we” is counted and without asking whether “where we were” is a place to which a return is desirable”. (Vale, 2014, p198) Some time

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Friends of the Earth (Netherlands) v Royal Dutch Shell: Human Rights and the Obligations of Corporations in the Hague District Court Decision

Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling Dr Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Assistant Professor of Public International Law,  Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University After its landmark ruling in the Urgenda case in 2015, on 25 May 2021 the Hague District Court marked another milestone in the

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