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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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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Measuring the impact of immigration on subjective well-being

Professor Peter Howley, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science, University of Leeds Dr Mirko Moro Associate Professor in Economics, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling Increasing public concern with immigration coincides with rising numbers of people moving to the UK for study or work, especially after the 2004 EU accession. A natural question to ask

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Was it reckless to lift COVID-19 restrictions?

Dr Claire Field, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Today sees the long-awaited lifting of many COVID-19 restrictions in the UK. Most of us can now travel abroad, hug loved ones, and socialise indoors. Not long ago, this all seemed like a good idea, an overdue return to normality, and

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A thread usually breaks where it is thinnest – lessons for building communities back better

Dr Tony Robertson, Lecturer in Social Epidemiology and Public Health, Biological and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Natural Sciences) and Co-Lead for the Extremes in Science and Society research programme, University of Stirling. Dr Sandra Engstrom, Social Work Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences and Co-Lead for the Extremes in Science and Society research programme, University of

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Preventing substance use among young people in Dundee: Lessons from the ‘Youth in Iceland Model’

Wendy Masterton, Research Assistant and PhD Researcher, Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, University of Stirling Dr Hannah Carver, Lecturer in Substance Use, Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, University of Stirling Dr Tessa Parkes, Director, Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, University of Stirling In Scotland, substance use

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