Public Policy

Bridging academia and policy making...

LCSS’s Public Policy Platform creates a forum for people within the academic world as well as policy practitioners with diverse social sciences backgrounds to come together to explore and discuss the most pressing issues affecting politics and society.

The ambitions of this platform are to facilitate a better understanding of the key policy issues surrounding the UK for our participants as well as to create a platform where academic and policy experts come together and debate policy issues on how to improve current positions in society. The platform will also pinpoint and analyse certain issues in society with the aim of formulating projects which address these issues.

The Public Policy Platform organises and hosts a number of events, varying in size, to create a platform for experts in various fields to discuss some of the most pressing as well as neglected issues. The key events organised by the platform are research roundtables, workshops, seminars and international conferences on numerous public policy topics regarding the UK and international agenda. The platform will endeavour to publish the proceedings from each major event, accessible for stakeholders and the general public. 

The platform undertakes community-engagement projects to address societal problems, jointly agreed upon community leaders, experts as well as members of the Public Policy Platform. The platform also aims to undertake research projects with the aim of having a policy impact on societal issues.

The Public Policy Platform will cover a whole host of topics including:

  • Social Policy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Migration
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Policymaking Processes
  • Crime & Justice 


Scottish Referendum- The EU and Economic Implications of an Independent Scotland

Prof John Kay, Prof Robert Hazell CBE, Dr Monique Ebell, Prof Panos Koutrakos

Scottish Referendum- Political and Foreign Policy Implications of an Independent Scotland

Sir Richard Ottaway MP, Dr Andrew Blick, Prof. Malcolm Chalmers and Dr Jo Eric Khushal Murken.

The Evolution of the Welfare State and Benefits Culture: From Beveridge to Today!

This roundtable discussion looked at the past, present and the future of the welfare state in the UK.

Britain’s Role within a Changing EU: Is its Departure Inevitable?

A roundtable discussing the UK's position in the EU and the prospect of leaving the EU.

Complexity: Theory & Practice

Prof Eve Mitleton-Kelly

Political Participation of Turks in the UK- Forthcoming Local Elections

His Excellency Bahadir Kaleli, Ms Ayfer Orhan, Labour, Cllr Mr Ertan Hurer, Cllr Mr Dogan Delman, Cllr Ms Nilgun Canver, Cllr Ms Meral Ece

Latest News

A Tide of Humanity: Discussing the Migrant Crisis

On 27 November 2015, LCSS has successfully organised a roundtable at SOAS to discuss the recent Migrant Crisis

LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, London, 3rd-7th August 2015

In August 2015, LCSS has successfully conducted the Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford.

LCSS Summer School 2015

We are excited to conduct LCSS's first summer school and to host a lovely group of students from Azerbaijan. 20 July - 14 August

International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice: Re-Gendering Education

LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Bloomington, IN, United States on International Conference on Gender and Education


“Insider” and/or “outsider: Anthropologists’ constant status negotiation”

Feray J. Baskin - PhD Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

In the Name of the Nation: the burqa ban, French values and Islam

Daniela Alaattinoğlu - PhD Candidate, European University Institute - Florence, Italy

On Welfare Reform with Baroness Molly Meacher

Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet - On Thursday 4 April 2013 An interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition.

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