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Policy Scotland in partnership with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) presents a panel discussion: ‘Post-industrial Cities & Urban Resilience: Learnings from Scotland and the U.S.’ Details Glasgow and Pittsburgh are connected by a shared post-industrial history (focused on shipbuilding and steelmaking respectively), and also […]

Event: Post-industrial Cities & Urban Resilience panel discussion

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Evan Williams In one of a series of blogs reflecting on the main findings from our recent reports for the Poverty and Inequality Commission, one of the report authors Evan Williams argues that the success of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill will rely on policy initiatives that explicitly target welfare and […]

Blog: Reflecting on the Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017

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Following the passage of the historic Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill in November which imposes a requirement on local authorities to tackle poverty, Policy Scotland has provided several reports to support the work of the Poverty and Inequality Commission. The Commission has been tasked with providing independent advice to Scottish Ministers […]

Publication: Reports for the Poverty and Inequality Commission

Nine months have passed since the UK government triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which formally started the march towards Brexit. As we are about to embark on phase 2 of the negotiations, including crucially the nature of the future UK-EU relationship, there are many reasons to be concerned. […]

Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment – A ...

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On Monday 20 November 2017, David Martin MEP presented a talk entitled ‘Brexit: Who is taking back control?’ in the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre at the University of Glasgow, one of a series of Policy Scotland events on Brexit. David is is one of the longest serving members of the […]

David Martin MEP’s speech on Brexit

David Martin MEP is one of the longest serving members of the European parliament where he has served in a number of prominent posts. He was the European Parliament’s rapporteur on what became the Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties and served as Vice-President of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2004, the longest period anyone has served […]

David Martin MEP: BREXIT- who is taking back control

Blog on Carnegie UK/Policy Scotland workshop on embedding Dignity and Respect in the Scottish Social Security system Des McNulty The Scottish Government has identified five principles underpinning its approach to devolved social security: Social security in an investment in the people of Scotland Respect for the dignity of individuals is […]

Dignity and Respect: workshop on new Social Security arrangements in ...

Duncan Maclennan and David Graham[1] 9th October, 2017 Email: Duncan.Maclennan@Glasgow.ac.uk Pressured Markets and Policy Measures: Canadian Responses. Shaping Futures: Canada in Context The University of Glasgow has recently led a major cross-national collaboration, Shaping Futures, that explored emerging issues in housing policy. The project involved the Universities of Glasgow, Toronto […]


Holly Porteous, SSAMIS Project, Swansea University/University of Glasgow   In 2015, the joint Scottish Government, COSLA and Scottish Refugee Council scheme ‘New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities’ widened its scope in response to the Scottish Government’s commitment to resettling a further 20,000 refugees by 2020. Since 2015, this has […]

Challenges of Settling in Rural Scotland: Drawing Parallels between ‘New ...

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow We recently marked ten years since the beginning of the worst of the financial crisis – and while the public discourse around this milestone has perhaps naturally focussed primarily on the banking sector, the impact on economic productivity has received […]

Only balanced and targeted investment can fix the UK’s imbalanced ...

Policy Scotland at the University of Glasgow is delighted to announce that Scotland’s Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell MSP is to give a major speech on Brexit in the latest event in our lecture series. At an event in the Kelvin Hall at 6.30pm […]

Michael Russell MSP – Brexit and the implications for higher ...

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By Alex Benchimol and Philip Schlesinger Two University of Glasgow staff, Dr Alex Benchimol and Professor Philip Schlesinger, recently ran a pair of Royal Society of Edinburgh funded workshops on the press, civil society and constitutional identity in Scotland. Here, they reflect on how real world-politics and academic analysis may […]

First Minister’s referendum call rivets Scottish constitution workshop

Policy Scotland last week welcomed senior German MEP David McAllister to the University of Glasgow – who gave an insider’s view on how the Brexit process is being viewed in both Brussels and Berlin and offered insight into how the European institutions would approach the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Mr McAllister […]

Policy Scotland welcomes senior German MEP

In a joint event between Policy Scotland and the Stevenson Trust, the Principal of the University of Glasgow Professor Anton Muscatelli will give his view on the consequences of Brexit on the future of the Scottish and UK economy at 6pm on Tuesday 21st March in the Sir Charles Wilson building. […]

Anton Muscatelli lecture – Brexit and the future of the ...

By Professor Kenneth Gibb, Director of Policy Scotland The upcoming Scottish local government elections are likely to lead to change, not just in the political make-up of councils but also because so many experienced Councillors in leadership positions are standing down. Budgets will be tighter than ever before, and a […]

Scotland’s local elections – what to look out for

In the latest in Policy Scotland’s series of lectures on Brexit, the University of Glasgow is delighted to be hosting senior Scots-German MEP David McAllister to give an address, “Brexit: Where does the UK and Europe go from here?” Mr McAllister has previously served as Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, […]

Senior German MEP David McAllister to give Brexit lecture

The First Minister has set out proposals intended to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe in the aftermath of Brexit – the first detailed plan published by any administration in the UK since June’s referendum. Making clear that the proposals represent a compromise on behalf of the Scottish Government as no […]

A Brexit Pathway for Scotland?

Post by Maria Fletcher, Director of SULNE and Senior Lecturer in the University of Glasgow School of Law This week, the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE) published our latest position paper in the aftermath of the Leave vote in June – this time focussing on the implications of Brexit on […]

Brexit and environmental law

Unsurprisingly, Brexit has dominated the news again this week as the legal challenge in the Supreme Court proceedings was heard, with the claimants arguing that a failure to consult Parliament on the triggering of Article 50 would see the 1972 European Communities Act – which prepared the way for the […]

News digest: Inequality, Brexit and dangerous dogs

By Professor Ken Gibb, Director of Policy Scotland  The clue is in the name – Policy Scotland naturally aspires to bring academics and policymakers, including legislators and ministers together. We want to know what they are interested in and we also want to let them know about important and high […]

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