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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The British German Forum: A focus on building resilience

Dr Sandra Engstrom, Lecturer in Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences About a month ago I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the British German Forum at Wilton Park due to my research in community resilience. Wilton Park has been a not-for-profit executive agency of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) since 1991;

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Saying Goodbye to COP26

Professor Lena Dominelli, Professor of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling In her final instalment on COP26, Lena Dominelli reflects on the outcomes of the conference and the prospects for the months ahead. Another COP has come and gone, and so I am doing some stock-taking. The optimism, excitement and hope that

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COP26: No participation, no inclusion, no climate justice

Dr Andrea Schapper, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling Climate justice activism is central to the international climate conferences today. While world leaders come together in annual Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to agree further reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, climate finance, mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage, the

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COP26: Reflections of a first-time attendee

Dr Sandra Engstrom, Lecturer in Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling As a first-time attendee to a COP event, I knew it would be large and somewhat overwhelming (especially as we are still in the pandemic) but nothing really prepared me for the scale of the event or how it would run.

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SIEC – More than just an Environment Centre

Christie Frail, Business Development and Policy Support, Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Scotland’s International Environment Centre is a collaborative venture, working with partners across the Stirling and Clackmannanshire region to drive a genuinely inclusive transition to Net Zero. As the Centre is officially launched, Christie Frail overviews how SIEC is already working towards that goal.

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COP26: a view from the frontline in the battle against climate change

Professor Lena Dominelli, Professor of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling Long-standing COP attendee Lena Dominelli reflects on her time at COP26 so far and the twists and turns, promises and anticipation of what the conference will – or will not – deliver. What a hectic week it has been at COP26,

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Big business and climate change: finally, sustainability pays

Dr Craig Anderson, Lecturer in Strategic Sustainable Business, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling One thing becoming clear during the debate over how to respond to climate change is that prioritising profit at the expense of the environment, or disregarding the social consequences, is not just morally unacceptable, it is increasingly difficult. Big corporations are

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COP26: An Opportunity Not to Be Missed

Professor Lena Dominelli, Professor of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling Lena Dominelli is a COP veteran, having attended UN Climate Change Conferences for more than a decade. As negotiations get underway in Glasgow, Lena provides an honest account of what it’s like to play a part in a global environmental conference,

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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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