Yearly Archives: 2015

The talks from ‘Shaping Futures: Housing Policies for the 21st Century’ seminar on 8 December 2015 with Duncan MacLennan and Michael Lennon are now available to view online. You can watch the lectures below and download the presentations. Shaping Future Housing Policy: A New Political Economy’  By Professor Duncan MacLennan, […]

Shaping Futures: Housing Policies for the 21st Century

In early November, Glasgow University PhD students Mary Anne MacLeod (Urban Studies) and former Policy Scotland intern, Sarah Hamlin (Scottish Literature) spent time volunteering in refugee camps in Lesbos and Calais respectively. Over this blog series they will be sharing different aspects of their experiences. This first blog post deals […]

Five things you find out in a European refugee camp

For the last few months Policy Scotland has been involved in the evidencing process associated with the Commission on Local Tax reform. We have also contributed to the Scottish Property Tax Reform Network who have a briefing  paper arguing the case for more effective property taxes at the heart of local […]

Commission on Local Tax reform

Human Rights Act Consultation Kurt Mills Convenor, Glasgow Human Rights Network   The government in Westminster announced in May 2015 that it intended to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. No specific government proposals have been published yet, although the Conservative Party did publish an […]

Human Rights Act Consultation

In advance of the Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network’s event ‘Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform’, Dr Holly Porteous writes on ways to address challenges facing migrants from Central & Eastern Europe who are living, working and accessing social security services in rural Scotland. Holly is currently a Researcher on the ESRC-funded project […]

Challenges faced by Central & East European migrants: welfare and ...

Wednesday 11 November, 14:00 – 16:30 Glasgow Centre for Population Health offices, Olympia Building (third floor), Bridgeton Cross Eventbrite registration: This workshop seeks to explore the impacts of welfare reform on migrants in Scotland. It brings together insights into the experiences of migrants and of those working in the […]

Event: Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform

The Human Rights Q&A: Political artist Carla Novi   “I wanted to tell the story of the protesters in Mexico City, whose lives have been transformed in the past year since the 43 students disappeared”   Artist Carla Novi, 33, grew up in Mexico City. In 2009, she moved to […]

The Human Rights Q&A: Political artist Carla Novi

A lecture given by Professor J D Gallagher, Policy Scotland, Glasgow University on 21 October 2015 In this lecture I want to do three things. Take stock, just over a year after the referendum, of where Scotland now stands, and identify the most salient constitutional fact about Scotland; and make a proposal for […]

Through a glass, darkly : Glimpsing Scotland’s constitutional future

Syria and the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: A Failure of International Responsibilities Kurt Mills University of Glasgow   The crisis of humanity we see in the Mediterranean and Europe is part of a much larger complex of issues related to how the international community deals with war, atrocities and humanitarian crises. The […]

Syria and the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: A Failure of ...

Welcome to the Glasgow Human Rights Network (GHRN) blog. Through this blog we hope to facilitate our core aims of supporting research, teaching and knowledge exchange in human rights throughout Scotland and beyond. On this blog we will feature human rights-related research by network members, short essays on human rights […]

Welcome to the Glasgow Human Rights Network

Policy Scotland is proud to support this Glasgow Human Rights Network Event Human Rights – Law, Power and Politics: Reflections of an Experience Professor Mashood Baderin, SOAS, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan Sir Charles Wilson Building Lecture Theatre, University of Glasgow Wednesday 28th […]

Annual Human Rights Lecture

Tuesday 27th October 18:00 – 19:10 University of Glasgow, Gannochy Seminar Room 3 – Wolfson Medical Building Eventbrite Registration: Controversies and flaws in the Work Capability Assessment are by now well documented, with a large percentage of those declared ‘fit for work’ successfully appealing. In 2014, the Scottish Government’s […]

Event: Work Capability Assessment: What Now?

Welfare reform is a Westminster Government policy that affects all parts of Britain, but the impact of the reforms varies a great deal from place to place. The research undertaken at Sheffield Hallam University over the last three years has led the way in documenting the financial losses at the […]

The impact of welfare reform on Scotland: Lots of pain ...

When: Tuesday 29th September Time: 19:00-21:00 Where: Sir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow Public meeting called by Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) Scottish Refugee Council Positive Action in Housing Scottish Trades Union Congress Afghan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Scottish Catholic […]

EVENT : Refugees Are Welcome Here! – Solidarity From Scotland ...

by Sarah Hamlin Today is the first anniversary of the 2014 Referendum on Scottish Independence. A day of voting, badges, foam fingers, t-shirts, stickers and an astonishing amount of casual chat between ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ volunteers at polling stations, closing with hours of vote counting, exhausting and exhaustive media coverage […]

Indyref One Year On: Rhetoric and Remembering

This article by Policy Scotland members appeared in The Herald on September 13th By Ana Langer, Michael Comerford and Des McNulty The role of social media in broadening the conversation during the independence referendum is highlighted in research we have conducted. During the campaign, extensive use was made of social media. Both […]

How the Yes social media strategy helped SNP effect seismic ...

By Professor Ken Gibb, Director, Policy Scotland The media covered Reform Scotland‘s contribution to the local tax debate yesterday. This was a welcome contribution to the aims of tax reform situated much more squarely in thinking about the wider role of local government in modern Scotland. Central to their case […]

Local Tax Reform: God and the Devil in the Details