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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. A selection of our recent work appears below

All our academic staff have their expertise outlined on their profiles and can be contacted directly. For assistance in finding the right expertise, or to be added to our internal fortnightly newsletter outlining our new research, please contact the School Impact and Engagement Manager, Alix Mortimer.

Latest impact news

  • Professor Andrew Blick is the editor of a new report from the United Kingdom Constitution Monitoring Group (UKCMG). The report warns that UK democracy remains subject to serious “challenges and exploitation” despite the removal of senior office-holders associated with constitutional misconduct, including: the government’s Illegal Migration Bill, voter ID measures, the continuing lack of an executive in Northern Ireland and the behaviour of politicians towards the House of Commons Privileges Committee. The report was launched with a panel at the House of Lords on 20 November 2023, including Professor Blick, Sir Richard Mottram and Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
  • Dr Rod Dacombe and Dr Marta Wojciechowska were co-authors of the Breaking Point report, which examines the impact of the cost of living crisis in London. The report, co-authored with the Policy Institute at King’s, was presented to a group of policymakers at a summit in October 2023 organised by the Institute and the London Assembly’s cost of living working group at City Hall.
  • Professor Sarah Birch was invited to share her insights and research findings at a consultation event organised on 26 September by the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
  • Dr Rod Dacombe, Director of the Centre for British Politics and Government, along with Professor Andrew Blick and PhD candidate Michael Bankole, welcomed a delegation from the Indonesian Parliament in May 2023 for a day's workshops and discussion of parliamentary democracy.
  • A new research project led by Dr Tomas Maltby will examine the effects of the potentially transformative transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy in the North Sea.
  • Dr Hanna Kleider is working as part of a major new project that will aim to better prepare governments for future pandemics.
  • Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard assisted the UK parliament with key policy and scrutiny work as part of a year-long appointment to the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship scheme.
  • Dr Steven Klein’s project, Systemic Risk and the Transformation of Democracy, will seek to develop a new theory of risk democracy by examining what happens to democracy when systemic risks become a central problem of politics. The project received £950,000 (€1.1million) from the Horizon Europe Programme.
  • 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. He then gave evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on the subject.

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