Public Policy at the British Academy
The Public Policy programme of activities includes reports and events, which engage expertise within the humanities and social sciences to shed light on wider public policy issues. This programme was launched in October 2009.
For further details see About Public Policy at the BA.
7 November 2014 IFS Briefing: Child Development and Policy Interventions
On 5 November 2014, the British Academy hosted an Institute for Fiscal Studies briefing on Child Development and Policy Interventions. Drawing on research findings, the briefing focused on whether, and how, policy interventions affecting the early childhood environment influence child development in the early years.
3 November 2014 Panel Discussion: A Presumption Against Imprisonment?
At a British Academy event, Nick Hardwick CBE, HM Chief Inspection of Prisons examined ways to alleviate the “pressure” on the UK prison system. He took part in a panel discussion with Juliet Lyon CBE, Director of the Prison Reform Trust, and Professor Mike Hough, Birkbeck University of London, alongside Professor Alison Liebling, University of Cambridge and Professor Andrew Coyle CMG, Emeritus Professor at King’s College London who formed part of the Steering Group for the British Academy report, A Presumption Against Imprisonment.
14 Oct 2014 Blogs: 2014 Party Conferences
Between September and October, the British Academy jointly held a breakfast roundtable discussion at the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences. In three separate blog pieces, Professor Kate Pickett summarises the discussion and debate at the Labour session, Professor David Parker FBA gives an overview of the Conservative Party Conference session and Professor Dame Helen Wallace FBA provides an account of the Liberal Democrat Conference session.
28 July 2014 Briefing: 'The Social Sciences and Humanities Aspects of Deep Disposal of Radioactive Waste'
A British Academy briefing on the disposal of radioactive waste has shed light on the reasons why the disposal of radioactive waste is proving to be so contentious, divided, and prolonged, and has made a series of recommendations on how the process might be improved. These recommendations have influenced a White Paper by the Department for Energy and Climate Change on developing a framework for the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste.
The British Academy has published a report on crime and punishment, and the need for the UK to reduce its reliance on imprisonment. The report explores the reasons behind the UK’s high prison population, the political and social motivations behind attempts to reduce it, as well as six recommendations of how policymakers might go about doing so.
21 May 2014 Blog: Rethinking Ageing Populations
Following the recent series of British Academy Debates on ageing, Chris Phillipson, Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology at the University of Manchester, and one of the authors of the British Academy Public Policy report on health inequalities, If you could do one thing..., has provided his own contribution on the topic to our Policy Perspectives blog. The post considers how to re-think the long-term impact of demographic change and the meaning of ageing.
The British Academy was pleased to host the 2014 IFS Annual Lecture, which this year was delivered by Professor Raj Chetty, Bloomsberg Professor of Economics at Harvard. Chetty's research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies, and his work on tax, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony. The Determinants of Social Mobility: New Evidence and Policy Lessons was recorded and is available to stream via the event page or from the British Academy’s youtube channel.
On 30 April 2014 the British Academy, the Cambridge-INET Institute and Cemmap co-hosted a lecture on ‘Understanding Financial Markets: Research, Practice and Policy’. The Academy was pleased to welcome Elroy Dimson (Judge Business School) and Maureen O’Hara (Cornell) as speakers. The full lecture was recorded and is available to stream from the event page or from the British Academy’s youtube channel.
8 April 2014 Publication: Enlightening the Constitutional Debate
Between January 2013 and March 2014, the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh held a series of 11 focused events to look deeper into the issues affecting Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom following the Referendum on Scottish independence. This book contains a synthesis of the discussions which took place at these events, and also includes an introduction by Professor Iain McLean FBA FRSE, Vice President of Public Policy at the British Academy, and Professor Alan Alexander, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
On Wednesday 5 March 2014 the British Academy held a public event to discuss the historical, legal and constitutional issues around the referendum on Scottish independence. The seminar addressed the resilience and possible evolution of the constitutional union between Scotland and the other parts of the United Kingdom, taking account of historical development since the 1707 foundation and assessing contemporary trends, in particular the Scottish independence referendum scheduled for September 2014. The event included a host of expert speakers and will was hosted by the BBC's Sally Magnusson. The video is now available to stream through the event page or the Youtube channel.
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