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Policy Scotland, the University’s hub for policy research, has launched a working paper alongside plans for a programme of events that seek to make a major and novel contribution into the present debate centred around the Smith Commission. The paper written by Duncan Maclennan, Des McNulty and Ken Gibb, has […]

New ideas for a new time: Scotland’s place in a ...


Photo Credit: Lending Memo By Sayantan Ghosal, University of Glasgow Originally published in  After a relatively benign period, market upheaval has returned. The main stock market indices have been falling across Asia, Europe and the US, while safe-haven assets like gold have been on the rise. This follows a slow […]

The main reason markets are falling? The future looks gloomier ...


By Ronald MacDonald Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy University of Glasgow and Research Fellow, CESifo Policy Group, Munich   A non-technical resume: • This paper demonstrates that all of the currency options available to an independent Scotland come with the price tag of an austerity programme. This is due to the need to accumulate foreign […]

An independent Scotland’s currency options redux: assessing the costs and ...



Scottishness is a more inclusive national identity than Englishness for many ethnic groups in Britain. New research on the Scottish Census data reveals that almost all minority communities in Scotland were more likely to claim a Scottish identity in Scotland, than an English identity in England. The picture is complicated, […]

Who feels Scottish? National identities and ethnicity in Scotland


Dr Warren Mundy, Commissioner, Productivity Commission, Australia, participated in Policy Scotland’s debate on “Regulating an Independent Economy” back in December 2013. This paper was prepared for that debate. Abstract: The future prosperity of Scotland will depend on the ability of its people and its firms to innovate and adapt to […]

Business regulation for an independent Scotland – a view from ...


http://youtu.be/o32WHlzf0AI Dr Matthew Waites, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, talks about his new book, ‘Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change’ Corinne Lennox and Matthew Waites, eds. (2013). The book is has been published on a not-for-profit basis […]

Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in the Commonwealth



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Dr Thomas Lundberg, Lecturer (Politics), The University of Glasgow The Scottish Government has published its long-awaited White Paper, Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland. The paper sets out the Scottish National Party’s aspirations for an independent Scotland by enhancing democracy, prosperity and fairness, though critics have already claimed […]

The Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence: Appeal for a ...


As part of her role as UN housing rapporteur, Prof Raquel Rolnik (University of Sao Paolo,) is carrying out a ‘mission’ to review housing in the UK. To do this she has visited England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. With her colleague Junana Sotamayor from the UN, she visited the University […]

United Nations Mission on Housing September 5 2013




Professor David Adams, University of Glasgow argues there is an urgent need for urban land reform, and specifically reform to tackle those ownership and valuation constraints that keep urban land vacant by impeding its redevelopment for productive use. Drawing on the property rights literature, Adams argues for innovative and radical responses […]

The Potential for Urban Land Reform in Scotland


In this paper, Professor Ronald MacDonald takes on the role of a ‘virtual consultant’ to a potentially independent Scotland. What should the exchange rate regime of an independent Scotland look like? MacDonald argues that the current proposal of the Scottish government to remain part of the sterling zone is doomed […]

Currency Issues and Options for an Independent Scotland


By Professor Chris Chapman – In a recent lecture at the University of Glasgow the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Life Long Learning announced six new policies designed to support the emergence of a more equitable Scottish education system: School partnerships Class sizes and teacher numbers use of data to drive […]

Key education policy announcements made during lecture at Glasgow University



By Linda Ekblom Jacobsson – “We are concerned, but we are not afraid, and that’s why we are here today”, Nazek Ramadan, founder of Migrant Voice said and kicked off the Migrant Voice third annual conference ‘The immigration debate: the facts, the rhetoric and the voices; initiating an inclusive debate and […]

I’m a migrant, get over it



With preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow under way, researchers are beginning to evaluate the legacy the event will leave the communities on the doorstep of the main venues in the city’s East End. As part of the Scottish Government’s programme to evaluate the impact of the 2014 […]

After 2014: Glasgow’s legacy