By Luciano Pana Tronca, Katherine Welch, Grace Abel, Sadie Duffell

Around 90 per cent of the technology needed to achieve a net-zero world is already available - with the tools, programmes, and delivery mechanisms also accessible to cities and regions around the world. Networks and knowledge sharing amongst these are fast becoming the pivotal factor in achieving the green transformation needed to slow down the impacts of climate change.

It was these key topics — networks and knowledge sharing — that guests from global network Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and…


By Dr Olivia Stevenson, Amy Lightstone and Yelena Bide

UCL and Camden Council have a rich history of working together, with both organisations anchor institutions in the borough. The strategic partnership between us strives to enhance our collaboration and close working aligned to our shared goals and priorities.

This type of partnership working is core to UCL — and developing the way we work with our partners in London helps to enable greater opportunities for our students. …


By Nifemi Alonge, UCL Social Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education

How does an understanding of inequality help shape the UK’s COVID response? Do big cultural shifts like those that happened under lockdown have lasting policy implications? How can behavioural economics improve public health? These are some of the big picture questions that Social Sciences students in UCL’s Social Research Institute (SRI) are taught to contemplate.

The Social Sciences Society is a departmental society for the SRI within the UCL Institute of Education. We are interested in areas such as healthcare, economic management and, more generally, how the process of…


By Jenny Bird, Head of the Policy Impact Unit, UCL STEaPP

Electronics engineer discusses data in meeting with colleague

The Faculty of Engineering Science’s Policy Impact Unit has been working with researchers to improve policy engagement and work towards delivering policy impact. Jenny Bird reflects on the team’s first two years and explores how engineers can help to shape public policy.

What does an engineer look like? According to Google’s image search, they are never seen without a hard hat or a high-vis jacket — and spend a lot of time looking at blueprints on building sites. Of course, five minutes spent looking instead at the range of…


By Golo Henseke, Francis Green, Ingrid Schoon

According to a recent LLAKES briefing paper, 44% of young people believe their learning of job skills worsened because of the pandemic - with the perceived worsening of job skills learning a particular problem for those who remained in education.

Loss of job skills learning is often believed to be a root cause for the ‘scarring’ effects of recessions on young people’s long-term career prospects; in economic terms, scarring effects are the loss in lifetime earnings from periods of unemployment or work in low-quality jobs with insufficient skills development opportunities.

These high levels…


By Dr Isabel Bennett

An image of a wind farm. Credit: Steve P (2008) via Flickr
Credit: Steve P (2008) via Flickr

Across the UK, local authorities are declaring a climate emergency, seeking to lead action at a local level to reduce carbon emissions, increase biodiversity, transition to net zero and ultimately improve the quality of life of their residents and the local environment.

UCL is collaborating with the Local Government Association to create the Net Zero Innovation Network to bring together local authorities, universities and other stakeholders to address climate challenges at the local level and seek routes to achieve council’s net zero commitments.

The Network’s Programme — The Net Zero Innovation Programme (NZIP) — brings together…


Image credit: Kara Chin, UCL Slade School of Fine Art

Sarah Munro (Director, Baltic), Jo Townshend (Principal Partnerships Manager (Creative Sectors), UCL Innovation & Enterprise) Kieren Reed (Director, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL) and Audrey Tan (UCL Public Policy) reflect on the value of arts and culture and explore how we can leverage the opportunities within the creative industries to advance thinking on creative careers, place-based interventions and employment.

The recent UCL AI for People & Planet: Art Futures policy roundtable clearly highlighted the value and role of the arts in sewing together our cultural structure, expanding visions for technological capability and enhancing the relevancy of work in other…


By Geoff Mulgan

The International Public Policy Observatory is a new initiative connecting UK-wide decision-makers with the latest global research in order to better inform responses to the societal impacts of COVID-19

How should we help schoolchildren who’ve struggled with online lessons to catch up? What interventions work best in care homes dealing with COVID-19? What can be done to help the millions struggling with anxiety and loneliness through the lockdowns of the past year? How should people living on the streets of big cities be helped through the crisis?

These are just a few of the questions being addressed…


By Audrey Tan, Elizabeth Lomas, Darren Coyne, Luke Geoghegan, Matthew Brazier and Isabel Bennett.

In the Up Close & Policy seminar, Care leavers’ rights to records, Dr Elizabeth Lomas (Department of Information Studies, UCL), Darren Coyne (The Care Leavers’ Association), Luke Geoghegan (British Association of Social Workers) and Matthew Brazier (Ofsted), discussed how their work with care leavers (i.e. any adult who spent time in care, such as foster care, residential care, or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family, as a child) and their rights to their personal records has led to change in policy in the area…


By Audrey Tan and Dr Olivia Stevenson

In a year that has accelerated disadvantage, piecemeal approaches to tackling inequalities are no longer sufficient. Universities have a vital role to play in making academic-policy engagement more inclusive. To get us started, here we review some of the progress so far and provide suggestions for ways to enact structural and cultural changes so that the evidence upon which the UK makes its decisions is truly representative of the population it serves.

Within Higher Education, the number of female professors is on the rise, increasing by 1,200 in the five years since 2014–15…

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