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.
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.
On 17 July 2013 the British Academy held a forum to discuss taxation and public spending scenarios after the Scottish referendum as part of a series organised by the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. This event was hosted and chaired by Professor Iain McLean FBA and included presentations from Paul Johnson (Institute for Fiscal Studies), Paul Doyle (HM Treasury) and a paper by Gerald Holtham (former Chair of the Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales). To download the report click here.
9 April 2013 Public Policy in an Uncertain World
On 27 March 2013 cemmap (The Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, an ESRC Centre hosted at the IFS) and the British Academy Policy Centre held a lecture by Professor Charles Manski, Board of Trustees Professor in Economics at Northwestern University and an International Fellow of cemmap. This was followed by a response from Lord Gus O'Donnell. Click on the link above to watch videos from the event.
22 February 2013 Enlightening the Constitutional Debate
The British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh have launched a series of ten events to Enlighten the Constitutional Debate in advance of the forthcoming referendum on Scotland’s future relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom.
This report, written by Professor Michael Moran FBA, examines whether the legitimacy of business – its ability to command some sort of moral authority – is in decline.
24 January 2013 British Academy publishes guide for head teachers and governors on school league tables
The British Academy Policy Centre has today published a short guide on school league tables for head teachers and governors.