British Academy Policy Centre
The British Academy Policy Centre oversees a programme of activities including reports and events, which engage expertise within the humanities and social sciences to shed light on wider public policy issues. The Policy Centre was launched in October 2009.
For further details see About the Policy Centre.
25 February 2014 Report: The shifting face of workplace pensions
The British Academy today publishes a report on the ongoing shift from Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution pensions. The shifting face of workplace pensions: The retreat of employers and growth of defined contribution by Professor Anthony Neuberger explores the shift from DB to DC and analyses the many alternative structures and choices in the design of DC pensions around the world. The report also looks at the principal design areas and offers observations towards the current pensions debate in the UK.
16 January 2014 Report: "If you could do one thing..." Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities
The British Academy has published a collection of opinion pieces on health inequalities from leading social scientists. Each of the authors has written an article, drawing on the evidence base for their particular area of expertise, identifying one policy intervention that they think local authorities could introduce to improve the health of the local population and reduce health inequalities.
On Wednesday 5th March 2014 the British Academy is holding a public event to discuss the historical, legal and constitutional issues around the referendum on Scottish independence. The seminar will address the resilience and possible evolution of the constitutional union between Scotland and the other parts of the United Kingdom. It will take account of historical development since the 1707 foundation and will assess contemporary trends, in particular the Scottish independence referendum scheduled for September 2014. The event includes a host of expert speakers and will be hosted by the BBC's Sally Magnusson.
4 November 2013 Perspectives from the 2013 Party Conferences
Between September and October 2013, the British Academy alongside the other national academies, the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Academy of Engineering, held an event at each of the three main party conferences to discuss one key issue: Can Research and Innovation Fuel the UK Economy? Follow the links to read summaries of the contributions of Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides FBA at the Labour Party Conference and of Professor Rachel Griffith FBA at the Conservative Party Conference.
10 October 2013 Report: Wales, the United Kingdom and Europe
In May 2013 the British Academy and The Learned Society of Wales held two conferences to analyse the complex relations between Wales and the United Kingdom as a whole, and with Europe. This report is a summary of the presentations and discussions that took place at both conferences, the first in Cardiff and the second here at the British Academy in London. To read the report online or download a PDF, click here.
15 September 2013 Party Conference Events
The British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society are holding one key event at each of the three main party conferences: Can research and innovation fuel the UK economy? For more information about timings, locations and the panel line-up at each of the three events, click here.
11 September 2013 Lecture: The Economics of Inequality and Human Development, Professor James Heckman
On 3 September 2013 the British Academy hosted a lecture by Nobel Laureate, Professor James Heckman (Chicago) on The Economics of Inequality and Human Development. This lecture was organised by the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) and the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, two ESRC research centres hosted at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
On 24 July 2013 the British Academy held an invitation-only Policy Forum to discuss the questions surrounding banking and financial services in the aftermath of the referendum on Scottish independence. The intention of this forum was to discuss the currency options available to an independent Scotland and the implications of that choice for the rest of the UK, and the knock-on implications for fiscal rules and financial regulation. To download the report click here.
At the end of May 2013 the British Academy and The Learned Society of Wales held two conferences to analyse the complex relations between Wales and the United Kingdom as a whole, and with Europe. The London conference analysed Welsh devolution from a multitude of perspectives, looking at the historical and social ties between Wales, the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe. What next for devolution? You can now listen to or download podcasts of the conference.
1 August 2013 Video: Research in Action event with UpRising
On Thursday 20th June 2013 the British Academy in partnership with UpRising's Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) held an event, Research in Action, designed to show a selection of UpRising's ELN Fellows the value of robust humanities and social science research in policy making.This was an excellent opportunity for the world of academia and the lobbying community to engage on a roundtable debate with younger people; hear their ideas and encourage them to use good quality research in their future careers. This event was hosted by Professor Steve Machin FBA. Click here to watch a short video of some of the discussion that took place.