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Evidence to Policy Blog

The Evidence to Policy Blog is a place for researchers and policymakers to reflect on the process of evidence-based policy making. Often serendipitous, frequently frustrating and occasionally exhilarating this transfer of knowledge at the nexus of cutting edge research and politically accountable policymaking provides opportunity to change communities, generations and nations.

Thomas Robertson

Voice of Young Science workshop

Read Tom Robertson, Postdoctoral Resaerch Fellow, blog reflecting on his experience attending Voice of Young Scince event last year and learn more about how to join this year's edition.


Employers in the wrong seat?

Micheala Brockmann and Ian Laurie from the Education School explore attitudes and engagement of employers towards both on- and off-the-job training.

Gareth Giles Head of PPS

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Report

Gareth Giles, Head of Public Policy|Southampton writes about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Report and Action Plan to to ensure underrepresented groups are especially platformed and supported.

Laura Barr Policy Fellow Intern

The New Things Fund

Laura Barr, Policy Fellow Intern writes about our New Things Fund initiative launched in November 2020.

Enable project

What is the ENABLE project?

This study aims to understand and characterise the value and role of supported self-management, for patients and carers living with cancer that is treatable but not curable


A Week with PPS

Eliza worked with PPS for a week for her work experience, and reflects on her experience here

Clare Walsh

Placement at the Office for AI

Clare Wlash, Web Science doctoral researcher, reflects on her placement experience at the Office for Artificial Intelligence

Justyna Lisinska

Cabinet Office placement

Justyna (Jonak) Lisinska, doctoral researcher in Web Science (ECS), and team leader of Digital Champions, reflects on her 3 months secondment to the Cabinet Office

Gareth Giles


Gareth Giles, Head of Public Policy|Southampton, writes about what knowledge brokerage brings to policymaking

Craig Hutton

Bridging the Science Policy Divide

Craig Hutton, Professor of Sustainability Science within Geography and Environmental Science, shares a useful list with practical suggestions on bridging the science policy divide

Joseph Kimaro

PhD Placement with Southampton City Council

Joseph Kimaro, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences, reflects on his PhD placement experience with Southampton City Council on Sustainable and Ethical Public Procurement Policies

Juljan Krause

Cabinet Office placement

Juljan Krause, doctoral researcher in Web Science and based at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, reflects on his 3 months placement at the Cabinet Office

Nina Schuller

Placement on social integration

Nina Schuller, PhD candidate in web science at the University of Southampton, reflects on her internship experience at Public Policy| Southampton

Monique Chu

Sino-U.S. geo-political power competition

Dr Ming-chin Monique Chu, Lecturer in Chinese Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations, was invited to take part in a panel debate at Sibos 2019

Thea Kouraki

Learn the basics of how to get your voice heard

Thea Kouraki, member of the Public Policy|Southampton team, reflects on her experience attending a free entry one-hour workshop organised by the UK Parliament in Portcullis House in London

Mark Anderson

A Secondment to BI4BG

Mark Anderson, PhD candidate at the Web Science Institute, reflects on his secondment experience with the Cabinet Office


Brexit and Maritime Transport

Professor Emily Reid alongside Dr Jenny Zhang discuss their oral evidence to the House of Lords European Union Select Commitee, as part of the sub-commitee's Inquiry on Future EU-UK Transport Arrangements

Rhys Llewellyn Thomas

Public Policy Secondment at DfE

Rhys Llewellyn Thomas, PhD Student in Economics at the University of Southampton, discusses his time at the Department for Education


Public Policy| Southampton - the journey so far

Gavin Costigan, Senior Adviser to Public Policy| Southampton, discusses the driving force behind having a public policy team at Southampton and the various activities the department engages in

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Use of evidence to aid decision-making

Dr Chandni Maria Jacob, PhD candidate, Human Development and Health, discusses her time at WHO - Regional Office for Europe, for which she produced a HEN report    

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Public Policy Secondment at Defra

PhD student Rubi Alvarez Rodriguez discusses her time working with the Resources and Waste Strategy Evaluation team, in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

FTA 2018

FTA2018: Back from the Future

Public Policy|Southampton manager Gareth Giles discusses his time at the FTA2018 in the latest evidence to policy blog post

Internship Experience

Public Policy Internship: A Reflection

PPS intern, Gabriella Schneider discusses her time at the department and how it enhanced her understanding of current affairs and the impact of academic research in influencing parliamentary legislation

Luiz Valerio P. Trindade

Social Media Platforms

Learn why social media platforms have become a form of digital public square where people distil different sorts of bigotry and hate speech and what should be done to address this

sea level rise

Extreme Sea Level Rise

Extreme sea level rise is the greatest threat from global warming for the UK. Learn how University of Southampton researchers contribute to better understanding of changes in sea level 

Storm over Caribbean

Climate Change and Extreme Events

With near total destruction comes the opportunity to rebuild safer, strong and more sustainable communities in Antigua and Barbuda. Learn how University of Southampton researchers are meeting this challenge

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Hope and climate change

Learn how the Baroness Scotland is driving the Commonwealth of Nations towards climate change drawdown

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Survey of Graduating International Students 2017

Professor Jane Falkingham argues that UK is in danger of demininshing its global educational soft power by making the UK less attractive to international students by counting them within the net migration target

Science March

Science in America

The United States has been leading scientific research worldwide for decades. Unfortunately for American universities, President Trump is cracking down on science

In science we trust

It's the trust, stupid!

Looking at the causes behind the erosion of trust between the scientific and policy communities and mechanisms to restore it

Exploring our Oceans

What do the Oceans mean to you?

As the UN meets for The Oceans Conference Professor Rachel Mills discusses how Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) can raise public awareness of the Earth's oceans

Prof Hanson

Fed up with obesity?

Professor Mark Hanson picks over current WHO and UK government strategies to tackling childhood obesity and how the interventions the University of Southampton have created in response to these policy drivers

Profressor McGroarty

Pensions, benefits and Blockchain

Professor Frank McGroarty reports on how industry and regulators are looking to Blockchain to address interoperability in the pensions market

Power partnering and policy change

Power Partnering & Policy Change

Read how Dr Thomas Richardson has partnered with the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute to highlight the relationship between mental health and debt which has recently been cited by the Prime Minister


Tackling AntiMicrobial Resistance

Professor Timothy Leighton defines the effects of antimicrobial resistance and urges global funders to consider two key policy recommendations in order to tackle this potentially devastating global challenge

Clare Bridge

Bridging the gap

Richard Smith, PhD candidate studying at NOCS and current intern at the Centre for Science and Policy discusses life at the nexus of evidence and policy

Trust and honesty

Interloping in the world of LA research

Dr Andrew Power, Lecturer in Human Geography, examines the space for researchers to engage directly with user-led organisations and how Local Authorities are responding


Influencing NHS decision making

Dr Honora Smith, Lecturer in Operational Research (OR), addresses the nebulous nature of the NHS and where this leaves the data hungry researcher

Dr Brown and Sir Desmond Swayne

Royal Society Pairing Scheme

Dr Sally Brown shares her experience of the Royal Society's Pairing Scheme which matches policymakers and researchers in order to build networks and understanding of each others role in evidence-based policymaking

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Together at the end of life

Dr Aliki Karapliagkou looks at the history, present and future of volunteer led provision of end of life care

If you are a Univesity of Southampton researcher who would like to contribute to the blog please read the guidelines below and email your article to Public Policy|Southampton.

Submission Guidance Notes

From the archive


Higher Education Digest

Gavin Costigan, Former Director at Public Policy|Southampton, reviews policy and funding changes in Higher Education.

Researchers at work

Views on Europe

To mark the two year anniversary of the UK's decision to leave the European Union students from the University of Southampton reflect on what Brexit has come to mean though their disciplinary lens.

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