This research theme centres on the role that law plays in the delivery and management of public policy goals, including the provision of services by Government, the management and maintenance of social order and security, and the pursuit of other outcomes that are defined as forms of social good. The law plays an important role in policy delivery in the fields of the environment and climate change, healthcare provision, the regulation of financial markets and commercial practices, the criminal justice system, the family home, the constitution and Government, workplace justice and protection, and home ownership and property transactions.


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Amongst its members the Public Policy theme covers a wide range of substantive topics and research methodologies, including empirical and socio-legal, doctrinal, theoretical, and critical methodologies. A core, unifying interest of researchers within the Theme is the law's role in balancing and placing limits on the interests that public policymakers can, and should, seek to pursue; how do the goals of public policy (often defined in terms of the interests of the many) interact with the rights of the few? Theme members are particularly proactive in engaging with policymakers at governmental and non-governmental level, and have significantly impacted upon practice in a range of different areas.

The Public Policy research theme has particular synergies with the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR), the Walker Institute (multi-disciplinary climate change research), and the Leverhulme Climate Justice doctoral programme (which provides funding for suitable climate justice-related doctoral projects).

The theme also welcomes proposals from academics who would like to spend some time with us as a Visiting Scholar. More details on the process for applying can be found here.


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