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Social Science and Public Policy

Social Science & Public Policy Research in Action

Staff in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy advise governments, serve on commissions and public bodies and are seconded to national and international organisations.  Through their work with the public, private and voluntary sectors, our expertise is made available to the wider community. 

Recent examples include: Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman’s involvement in the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry; Professor Alison Wolf’s review of vocational education; Professor Ragnar Löfstedt’s review of health and safety legislation and Professor Louise Archer’s work  on science education with the Science Museum


Monitoring global wildfires and their impact on Earth's atmosphere

Monitoring global wildfires and their impact on Earth's atmosphere
Description
Monitoring global wildfires and their impact on Earth's atmosphere - supporting policy, legislation and public health. King's research using satellite remote sensing has helped enable the routine observation of fires worldwide.

Communicating with consumers

Communicating with consumers
Description
How should we communicate perceived risks to consumers? Researchers in the Department of Education & Professional Studies held a Knowledge Transfer Workshop with members from the UK Water industry in September 2013.

Independent living for an ageing population

Independent living for an ageing population
Description
Research led by Professor Anthea Tinker, Institute of Gerontology, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, is helping to avert potential housing and care crises for an ageing population.

How can we reduce the risks associated with nuclear energy?

How can we reduce the risks associated with nuclear energy?
Description
The Centre for Science & Security Studies at King's has pioneered the development of professional courses in nuclear security education.

Ensuring compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention

Ensuring compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention
Description
Researchers from King's have launched a policy brief which addresses the challenging issue of compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention. The brief was launched at the United Nations in August 2013.

What can we learn from simulated terror attacks?

What can we learn from simulated terror attacks?
Description
Researchers in the Department of War Studies are analysing the reactions of participants in simulated terrorist attacks.

Healthcare problems

Healthcare problems
Description
How should we tackle problems that are threatening to overwhelm public healthcare? Research from King's College London has influenced the government's retention of key clinical networks.

How can we interest more young people in the sciences?

How can we interest more young people in the sciences?
Description
Research from the Department of Education & Professional Studies has led to the largest UK-wide science learning programme of its kind.

Happy families? Debunking the myth

Happy families? Debunking the myth
Description
Professor Pat Thane gives a reality check to the myth that family life was so much better back in the old days.
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