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The History of the Child Poverty Action Group

In December 1965 the Child Poverty Action Group, responding to the issue of the "rediscovery of child poverty" was founded. Over 50 years later they are still as active as ever with the needs of children in families living in poverty central to their work. 

As part of the celebration of 50 years of activism in 2015 Professor Pat Thane, Professor of Contemporary History,, was awarded an AHRC grant to write the history of the Group. The research consisted of extensive archival research as well as a process of witness seminars with people who worked within the national organisation.

Click here to read more about the Child Poverty Action Group.

Post-Brexit Policy Network

Commencing in March 2017, the Post-Brexit Policy Network funded by KCL’s Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy established an infrastructure of academics and policymakers interested in the analysis of post-Brexit governance. 

In its first phase in the Spring and Summer of 2017 the Network organised three academic seminars with KCL academics and three policymaker workshops with civil servants from across Whitehall, Parliament and the devolved administrations to identify and explore the possible agenda of post-Brexit governance. 

The second phase Governing After Brexit: A House of Lords Perspective in the winter of 2017-18 took the issues to a wider audience through a series of public lectures by invited academics with a member of the House of Lords acting as discussant in each case. 

The third phase brought academics and policymakers together in five seminars focusing on the post-Brexit governance issues faced by particular policy domains: finance, security and defence, science and innovation, regulatory agencies, the constitution and the judiciary. 

The current phase of seminars in the spring and autumn 2018 asks leading British political scientists to address the conceptual implications of Brexit for the study of British politics. Together, these activities provide an energetic, engaged and continuing body of networks and expertise to support and facilitate research in this field. 

Further information about this programme of work can be obtained from Dr Andrew BlickProfessor Peter JohnProfessor Brian Salter or Alix Mortimer.

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