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Our Impact and Public Engagement


The Department of Political Economy has a thriving and policy-relevant research culture. Our faculty members advise governments, serve on commissions and public bodies and support national and international organisations engaged in the world of public affairs. Much of our work has a public policy dimension and members of the department regularly appear in the media and hold conversations with the domestic and international policy-making community.

Latest Research News

  • A report from Dr Marta Wojciechowska shows the complex character of London governance, deep inequalities among the inhabitants, and the vast influence that COVID-19 had on the city. 
  • Professor Martin Weale will be the first chair of a new committee advising on the UK government's official economic statistics.
  • Efforts to improve rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in socially conservative countries may be more effective if they appeal to the economic cost of discrimination, a study by Dr Cevat Giray Aksoy found.
  • Professor Andrew Blick was part of a group of leading experts and former senior officials who raised serious concerns about the growing arbitrary power of UK ministers in a special report.
  • Professor Paul Lewis was invited to take part in a UK-wide project that will serve as a blueprint for the next generation of the UK’s technician workforce.
  • Dr Nigel Flecther was appointed to a role with the Advisory Council for National Records and Archives which will see him advise the government on access to public records and archives.

Our Impact

Read how our research has informed understanding of our society, and the world we live in.

News & Events from the Department of Political Economy