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How we work

University-wide Strategic Research Initiatives (SRIs) are intended to work across disciplines, to make connections between different research groups and subject areas. Under the Public Policy SRI we recognise that policy problems have multiple dimensions and by bringing different groups and perspectives together we can shed new light on complex policy problems, and investigate novel ways of exploring the policy process. We intend to work in the following ways in order to achieve this:

  • generate interdisciplinary research on the policy process and new ideas for policy
  • produce relevant and accessible policy papers and opinion pieces relating to research and important policy questions of the day
  • support a thriving research community around topical themes relating to public policy
  • hold workshops, meetings and other forums for researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to debate and discuss links between research and policy. 
Please use our People Directory or contact our Research Coordinator to learn more about the SRI or join us.

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All in a day’s work

Jun 14, 2018

Simon Deakin, Catherine Barnard and Brendan Burchell of the Cambridge Public Policy SRI are helping to understand the world of work – the good, the bad, the fair and the future.

Labour, Finance and Inequality: The Insecurity Cycle in British Public Policy

Jun 14, 2018

Following the 2008 "global" financial crisis, the viability of globalised financial capitalism was called into question. The resulting fear and uncertainty produced a momentary return to "Keynesian" policies. But as soon as emergency stimuli – and bank bail-outs – appeared to stabilise the situation, there was a sharp reversal; and successive British governments and the financial sector have since attempted to return to business as usual.

Inaugural Social Science and Law Interdisciplinary Conference

Mar 12, 2018

The recent Inaugural Social Science and Law Interdisciplinary Conference, held at Jesus College in Cambridge, brought together leading academics from law and the social sciences, including economics, to discuss inequality and the rule of law in the global north and the rising powers, particularly China.

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About Us

We aim to support public policy research across Cambridge University, working with colleagues in science, social science, the arts and humanities, to apply new thinking to public policy problems and promote research and analysis into the public policy process. We hope to connect and raise the profile of existing public policy related work across the University and support collaborative research that includes policy development in a range of subject areas. 

Contact us if you are interested in joining the initiative or would like to know more.