Building partnerships and networks
The Policy Institute at King’s brings people together by building partnerships and networks with individuals and institutions. We engage with a broad network, including academics, journalists, policymakers, civil servants and politicians.
The Strand Group is the Policy Institute at King’s signature seminar series. It acts as a forum that connects policy with politics through reflections, discussions and debate with leading civil servants and politicians. The Strand Group events, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, discuss the most pertinent government and political issues of the day. Directed by Dr Jon Davis, the Policy Institute's Director of Partnerships, the Strand Group aims to explore how power operates at the very centre of government.
The Policy Institute has built a network of visiting fellows and professors through our Policy Circle comprising former civil servants, politicians, journalists and independent thinkers who are willing to donate their time, expertise and wisdom to the Policy Institute and wider King’s community.
The role of the Policy Circle is to strengthen the relationship between academia and the policy world by hosting key decision-makers at King’s. It also provides fellows with the opportunity to obtain first hand access to King’s activities that are informing current policy debates and to engage with King’s researchers and thought leaders. View all our current members here.
The Policy Institute’s relationship with key figures in the civil service and government has led to the unveiling of two new ground breaking teaching modules.
For students at King’s taking the Institute of Contemporary British History’s MA in Politics and Contemporary History, ‘The Treasury and Economic History since 1945’ co-taught by Sir Nicholas Macpherson, will enable students to gain an unprecedented insight into the theory and practice of British economic history since WWII from those who have dealt with it first-hand.
‘The Blair Years’ co-taught by John Rentoul of the Independent on Sunday, will look at New Labour from a historical perspective and feature guest speakers such as Peter Mendelson.
The Book Club
The Book Club provides a forum for leading thinkers to launch their books at King’s College London. Participants have so far included Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Negotiator for the Northern Ireland peace deal, launching his book Talking to Terrorists - swiftly followed by two others, William Keegan CBE, Senior Economics Commentator at the Observer and his book Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment and Gordon Corera, Security correspondent for the BBC, with his book Intercept: The Secret History of Computers and Spies.