Economist Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity. The current EU referendum debate has focused on the negatives of the choice. In part this is because the ‘Leave’ campaign has suggested that the UK would be free to shape its economic, social and […]

Forget Project Fear, Time to hear the Positive Case for ...


The Leave campaign’s arguments about trade are based on out-dated, irrelevant assumptions and models – following them would be catastrophic for the UK economy, writes Professor Ronald MacDonald of the University of Glasgow. Trade and the EU Referendum Trade is at the core of the economic debate on the EU […]

Trade and the EU Referendum: Why the Leave campaign has ...



Joanna Spiers The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.   I’ve been working at Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector for around 18 months; my job is to coordinate some of the welfare reform activity happening across Glasgow’s Third Sector; to help […]

Working with the real welfare reform experts


Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland Director Reposted from ‘Brick by Brick’ The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow. Last month, the Additional Member System reasserted itself and ended majority government (just). The SNP continue in power but as a minority administration (just). One […]

‘Five Years, that’s all we’ve got’: the Scottish election and ...


Martin Taulbut, Public Health Information Manager NHS Health Scotland The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     “You’ve got to support Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms”. That was the argument put in a provocative, after-dinner speech to public health professionals I […]

Credit where it’s due? Universal Credit, public health and the ...



From Cities Policies to City Policy: innovative pathways to Urban Transformation Date: 8th June 2016, 12.15 -5.00pm, Venue: Zone B, The Tontine Building, 20 Trongate, Glasgow Spaces are limited so please register your interest using Eventbrite. The last five years have witnessed substantial shifts in policy approaches to cities across […]

June 8th – Policy Scotland – ESRC – Urban Transformations


Professor David Bell Thursday 9th June 2016, 3-5pm – Wolfson Medical School, The Hugh Fraser Seminar Room 2, The University of Glasgow Professor David Bell, who has written extensively on the economics of constitutional change and the Scottish economy, has interesting evidence to share on the economic issues associated with […]

Leave or Remain: the Economics of Brexit


Presenting First Wave findings from the ESRC ‘Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change’ project. When: 9 June 2016, 9am – 1pm Where: Laphroaig Theatre, IET Glasgow: Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB Registration: Free at Eventbrite. Programme 9am Arrival with tea/coffees 9.30am Welcome and Introduction Hugh […]

9th June – Welfare Reform Network – Welfare Conditionality Social ...



  Michael Russell, MSP The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow. There was a moment of confusion on the first sitting day of the new Scottish Parliamentary session. When the retiring Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick, asked the candidates to succeed her to […]

Policy Scotland Blog: The Positives of Minority Goverment, Election ...


Anton Muscatelli Economist Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity and the views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     The mixture of fantasy and reality on which the Leave campaign is basing its arguments might […]

Brexit: A midsummer’s night’s ‘mare


By Jim Gallagher Jim Gallagher is a guest contributor for Policy Scotland, the views expressed in this post do not reflect the opinions of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.  Referendums and buses come in twos, and the second one is surprisingly like the first. The Euro referendum resembles the Scottish in disconcerting ways. The […]

Policy Referendums and Buses Come in Twos



Anton Muscatelli Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity and the views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     Universities in Scotland and the UK benefit massively from our membership of the EU. The evidence is […]

Why the EU Matters for Our Universities



Professor David Adams University of Glasgow   Eight months ago, Policy Scotland published six briefing papers on Urban Land Reform. A seventh followed shortly afterwards in response to the Scottish Government consultation on these issues. What’s has happened since? Well, there’s been significant public discussion, parliamentary debate and now proposals […]

GROWING PUBLIC AND POLITICAL INTEREST IN URBAN LAND REFORM



The Scottish Parliament’s Inquiry on ‘Human Rights’ has just finished with a letter to the UK Government stating that “there is strong opposition from Scottish stakeholders to any repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998, as they did not perceive that there was any evidence for doing so and believe […]

Human Rights Inquiry Concludes with Rights On Message for Scotland


When: Wednesday 16th March 2016 Time: 5pm – 6:30pm Where: East Quad Lecture Theatre (226), University of Glasgow Main Building, Glasgow, UK On 16th March 2016, CREATe will host a public lecture by Dr. Rufus Pollock, titled ‘Making an Open Information Age: Power, freedom and inequality in an age of […]

Upcoming event: Making an Open Information Age: Power, freedom and ...


Michael Adler, Emeritus Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, writes on benefit sanctions and their place within principles of the Rule of Law. The author is very grateful to David Webster and Colm O’Cinneide for their help. BENEFIT SANCTIONS AND THE RULE OF LAW […]

Benefit Sanctions and the Rule of Law



Thursday 11 February 16:00 – 17:15 Boyd Orr Building, Room 407, University of Glasgow Please register via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-fast-flowing-stream-welfare-reform-decision-making-and-appeals-tickets-21113408774   At this Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network event, Jessica Burns will provide insight into her work as Regional Tribunal Judge in Social Security and Child Support. She will speak about […]

A Fast Flowing Stream: Welfare Reform, Decision Making and Appeals


Our recent Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform event included data and insights from researchers working on the Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) project. In February, the SSAMIS project will hold two dissemination events (one in Glasgow, one in Aberdeen), at which they will present key themes emerging from their […]

Social Support and Migration in Scotland Dissemination Event