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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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The Stirling Protocol: Environment at the Heart of Inclusive Growth

Professor Maggie Cusack, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling Environment & Economy do not oppose The Scottish Government is committed to addressing climate change and achieving Net Zero by 2045. Many organisations and individuals are keen to do the right thing to address climate change but are often unsure about the

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Children’s access to a system of complaints and redress in family law: accountability for children

Fiona Morrison, Lecturer in Child Wellbeing and Protection, Faculty of Social Sciences, University Stirling Professor Kay Tisdall, Chair of Childhood Policy, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh The Children (Scotland) Bill will reform the law that deals with how children participate in decisions about child contact. The Bill promises to improve the legislation’s compliance with

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