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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


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By Professor Jim Gallagher, University of Glasgow The dust has settled after all the hype of the referendum anniversary. So there may be scope for more sober reflection on its legacy, and what happens next for Scotland and the UK. I will argue in a lecture in Glasgow on 21 […]

Through a Glass Darkly: The Shape of Scotland’s Constitutional Future



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


biketrouble/Flickr CC BY-NC-SA   Kenneth Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow When the council tax was first introduced in 1993, it was viewed as a politically clever fix after the catastrophe of the poll tax. It combined the palatable parts of a tax on property with personal discounts and limited exemptions for […]

Council tax reform is long overdue – so how do ...


URBAN LAND REFORM IN SCOTLAND – updated 03/11 – new Briefing Paper: response to Scottish Government Report to Sounding Board In May 2014, the Land Reform Review Group submitted its final report to the Scottish Government. The First Minister announced in November 2014 that the Government would consequently bring forward […]

Urban Land Reform



by Anton Muscatelli, published by The Conversation                           The bailout deal negotiated between Greece and the eurozone was yet another example of bad EU decision making. It only partially addresses the problems which the Greek economy faces. It […]

Greece – A bad deal for everyone


By Professor Ken Gibb, University of Glasgow Earlier today I was part of a report launch jamboree in Edinburgh. This was the official presentation of the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing: A Blueprint for Scotland’s Future. This has been a two year programme of work supported by, but independent of, […]

Housing and Wellbeing – blueprints and more


This podcast was recorded at the 2015 David Frisby Memorial Lecture held at the University of Glasgow. In this lecture, hosted by the Department of Sociology, Professor Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster, discusses the financial crisis in Europe and its democratic, social and gender-related outcomes.

Podcast: Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University ...



This week’s Policy Scotland Friday Video features Breannon Babbel, Urban Studies researcher at the University of Glasgow. Breannon talks to us about her research and fieldwork with General Practitioners in deprived areas of Glasgow, and how their experiences can help shape policies that address health inequality across Scotland and the […]

Thursday Video: Breannon Babbel – The role of GPs in ...


In the first of our Friday Video series, we talk to Urban Studies postgraduate researcher, Kainde Manji, about her work on welfare reforms and people living with disabilities in Scotland.

Thursday Video: Kainde Manji discusses welfare and disabilities in Scotland


This podcast is the first in a series of three podcasts on Welfare Reform, recorded at the Launch of the Welfare Reform Network. In this episode, Carla McCormack of the Poverty Alliance speaks on “The Impact of Sanctions in Scotland”.

Podcast: Carla McCormack – “The Impact of Sanctions in Scotland”



This podcast is the second in a series of three podcasts on Welfare Reform, recorded at the Launch of the Welfare Reform Network. In this episode, Dr Sharon Wright of the University of Glasgow speaks on “Sanctions in policy and practice”. This podcast is also available to download via iTunes and other Podcast providers.

Podcast: Dr. Sharon Wright – ‘Sanctions in policy and practice’


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 ...


On 19 February 2015 the Welfare Reform Network held its launch event at the University of Glasgow. Thank you to all who came along and made it such a wonderful start to this Network. The videos are now available to watch either as a playlist or individually. Our sincere thanks […]

Video: Welfare Reform Network launch event




By Professor Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow. I have just returned from a two day conference organised by Policy Scotland and the Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group. The meeting took place at the Open University in Edinburgh. The title of the meeting was: devolution and federalism in […]

The Many Forms and Consequences of Devolution


A talk given by Jim Gallagher, Nuffield College, University of Oxford at the Open University, Edinburgh for a Policy Scotland and URESG Joint Seminar on 22 January 2015 We are equidistant between the independence referendum and the general election, 4 months after one and 4 months before the other. Scotland’s constitutional […]

Where next for Scotland and the UK?



Date:     Friday 30th January 2015 Time:     12:00-15:00 Venue:  The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU   The Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre in collaboration with Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow, is pleased to host this event in Glasgow. Key Speakers: Linda Christie, Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre, […]

Update: VENUE CHANGE – EVENT: Ideas Forum: “Realising the opportunity ...


By Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow at the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School The Single Supervisory Mechanism, or SSM, entered into force on 3 November 2014. The SSM is the mechanism by which the European Central Bank takes now responsibility to monitor the participating banks, mostly […]

Why the Single Supervisory Mechanism is European economic integration’s biggest ...