Urban Land Reform

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 a Land Reform Bill, which…


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Housing and Wellbeing – blueprints and more

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, Shelter Scotland. I have been…

Commission on Housing and Wellbeing

Yesterday the final report from the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing that Shelter Scotland set up back in 2013 was launched. Chaired by the former Auditor General, Robert Black the Commission was established to look at the ways in which housing can and does impact on the wider wellbeing of Scotland’s people – including their…


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Recruitment crisis at the NHS frontline?

Recruitment crisis at the NHS frontline? Why we should be concerned for deprived areas. by Breannon Babbel Findings from a recent British Medical Association (BMA) poll[1] have alarm bells ringing for general practice as a whole in the UK, and particularly for general practice in deprived areas. While the poll of 15,560 GPs doesn’t warn…


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Thursday Video: Kainde Manji discusses welfare and disabilities in Scotland

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.


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Introducing the Thursday Video

Policy Scotland is excited to announce our new series: the Friday Video! Check out the website every Friday for a brand new bite sized video blog exploring policy in Scotland from new and exciting perspectives. We caught up with some of our best and brightest policy researchers who gave us a quick overview of some of the…


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Introducing ‘This Place Matters’

Policy Scotland is proud to share ‘This Place Matters’ with you. This Place Matters is a collaborative learning project for communities and local authorities developed by the University of Glasgow and Architecture + Design Scotland. You can find out  more  about them by clicking here:  http://www.thisplacematters.org.uk/  


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Update: VENUE CHANGE – EVENT: Ideas Forum: “Realising the opportunity of Urban collaboration”

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, University of Glasgow Ross Martin,…


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Neighbourhood crime rates and alcohol in Glasgow

By Professor Ade Kearns,  GoWell Principal Investigator – This briefing paper looks at findings from research which set out to question whether there are any other neighbourhood characteristics, besides the well-documented factor of deprivation, that have an independent influence on the rate of crime. The research was done as part of the GCPH’s GoWell Research Programme.…