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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A New Future for Scotland’s Towns – Recommendations

Professor Leigh Sparks, Institute of Retail Studies, University of Stirling This is the third of three linked posts on the Town Centre Action Plan Review Group Report (an introduction, summary of the review approach, recommendations). The full report and details of the Review Group, evidence submitted and heard and background and other material can be

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A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centres: Summary of our Approach

Professor Leigh Sparks, Institute of Retail Studies, University of Stirling This is the second of three linked posts on the Town Centre Action Plan Review Group Report (an introduction, summary of the review approach, recommendations). The full report and details of the Review Group, evidence submitted and heard and background and other material can be

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A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centres: Introduction to our Report

Professor Leigh Sparks, Institute of Retail Studies, University of Stirling This is the first of three linked posts on the Town Centre Action Plan Review Group Report (an introduction, summary of the review approach, recommendations). The full report and details of the Review Group, evidence submitted and heard and background and other material can be

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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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