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The Centre for Science and Policy helps the sciences and technology to serve society by promoting engagement between researchers and policy professionals.Image courtesy of margarita mp from Flickr Creative Commons

Latest Episodes

Connectivity and flows in future cities

In 2014, for the first time, more people live in cities than in rural areas. By 2050, more than 70% of people are predicted to be living in cities. Such rapid growth and urbanisation creates tremendous opportunities and also tremendous challenges, both for the people who live there and for the environment. Can we rethink how we design and live in cities in the future? How will resources flow to and around them and how will cities adapt to the challenges they face?

118 min2015 MAR 28
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Connectivity and flows in future cities

How does academic research contribute to the work of government? Katrina Williams, Department for Energy and Climate Change

8 min2015 FEB 20
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How does academic research contribute to the work of government? Katrina Williams, Department for Energy and Climate Change

How does academic research contribute to the work of government? Professor Ottoline Leyser, University of Camabridge

6 min2015 FEB 19
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How does academic research contribute to the work of government? Professor Ottoline Leyser, University of Camabridge

Future of Economics and Public Policy with Ha-Joon Chang

A lecture and discussion with Ha-Joon Chang and panel for Cambridge Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative.

49 min2015 JAN 23
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Future of Economics and Public Policy with Ha-Joon Chang

The GCSA at 50: reflections on the past, present and future of scientific advice

To mark the fifty year anniversary of Solly Zuckerman’s appointment as the first Government Chief Scientific Adviser, CSaP came together with the Royal Society, GO-Science and SPRU to host an event on the past, present and future of scientific advice. The event took the form of two panel sessions, the first being retrospective, focusing on the formation and evolution of the role of GCSA, and the second prospective, looking at how the role is changing and where it might go from here.

149 min2014 NOV 26
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The GCSA at 50: reflections on the past, present and future of scientific advice

Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Sue Owen spoke of how, after 10 years as an academic, she entered the Treasury assuming that policy was informed by evidence but in those days the Treasury did at least do some primary research. Now, practically no Government department does its own research, and with resources so tight, its even more important to have links into academia and research.

9 min2014 OCT 8
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Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Vince Cable: Where next for further and higher education?

Anthony Crosland, a Labour Party politician, gave a speech in 1965 addressing his concerns over the gaping divide between our post school systems - academic education on the one hand, and further education and vocational training on the other. He warned that Britain would not survive if we were to downgrade the non-university technical and professional sector, and that we needed to move away from our snobbish, caste-ridden, hierarchical obsession with university status. Last month, Vince Cable gave a detailed account of the current state of our post-school training system and how we again need to close the gap that Anthony Crosland set out to do over half a century ago.

27 min2014 MAY 24
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Vince Cable: Where next for further and higher education?
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Latest Episodes

Connectivity and flows in future cities

In 2014, for the first time, more people live in cities than in rural areas. By 2050, more than 70% of people are predicted to be living in cities. Such rapid growth and urbanisation creates tremendous opportunities and also tremendous challenges, both for the people who live there and for the environment. Can we rethink how we design and live in cities in the future? How will resources flow to and around them and how will cities adapt to the challenges they face?

118 min2015 MAR 28
Comments
Connectivity and flows in future cities

How does academic research contribute to the work of government? Katrina Williams, Department for Energy and Climate Change

8 min2015 FEB 20
Comments
How does academic research contribute to the work of government? Katrina Williams, Department for Energy and Climate Change

How does academic research contribute to the work of government? Professor Ottoline Leyser, University of Camabridge

6 min2015 FEB 19
Comments
How does academic research contribute to the work of government? Professor Ottoline Leyser, University of Camabridge

Future of Economics and Public Policy with Ha-Joon Chang

A lecture and discussion with Ha-Joon Chang and panel for Cambridge Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative.

49 min2015 JAN 23
Comments
Future of Economics and Public Policy with Ha-Joon Chang

The GCSA at 50: reflections on the past, present and future of scientific advice

To mark the fifty year anniversary of Solly Zuckerman’s appointment as the first Government Chief Scientific Adviser, CSaP came together with the Royal Society, GO-Science and SPRU to host an event on the past, present and future of scientific advice. The event took the form of two panel sessions, the first being retrospective, focusing on the formation and evolution of the role of GCSA, and the second prospective, looking at how the role is changing and where it might go from here.

149 min2014 NOV 26
Comments
The GCSA at 50: reflections on the past, present and future of scientific advice

Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Sue Owen spoke of how, after 10 years as an academic, she entered the Treasury assuming that policy was informed by evidence but in those days the Treasury did at least do some primary research. Now, practically no Government department does its own research, and with resources so tight, its even more important to have links into academia and research.

9 min2014 OCT 8
Comments
Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Vince Cable: Where next for further and higher education?

Anthony Crosland, a Labour Party politician, gave a speech in 1965 addressing his concerns over the gaping divide between our post school systems - academic education on the one hand, and further education and vocational training on the other. He warned that Britain would not survive if we were to downgrade the non-university technical and professional sector, and that we needed to move away from our snobbish, caste-ridden, hierarchical obsession with university status. Last month, Vince Cable gave a detailed account of the current state of our post-school training system and how we again need to close the gap that Anthony Crosland set out to do over half a century ago.

27 min2014 MAY 24
Comments
Vince Cable: Where next for further and higher education?
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