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Centre for Risk Research

Centre for Risk Research Shaping Public Policy and Government Practice

Published: 21 March 2016
Engaging on issues of importance

The Centre for Risk Research is actively engaging with the University’s Public Policy Unit, established to “bring together world-leading researchers with key policymakers and practitioners to address issues of social, cultural, economic and political importance”.


As part of this process, Centre for Risk Research (CRR) staff are participating in the Policy Fellowship programme. This entails leading researchers in the CRR meeting with senior public officials from governmental bodies at UK level, as well as the European Commission to explore how the Centre’s research might impact on and shape public policy and government practice.

Julie Cantalou, Manager of Public Policy@Southampton: ‘We are excited at the involvement of the CRR as many of the topics of concern to the leading government officials on the programme involve developing a better understanding of risk’.

Future planned visits to the CRR will involve government officials who are seeking views to assist them in:

  • developing a European cybersecurity strategy
  • new ways to reduce road accidents and casualties, especially amongst young drivers
  • how the public perceptions of risk play into future UK commercial engagement in the Arctic
  • identifying how behavioural insights can improve decisions about health, wealth and happiness
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