Policy Research Briefings and Reports

PolicyBristol brings together policy-relevant work from across the University to make it more accessible to research users outside academia so that it can inform and shape policy. 

 

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April 2024

Improving services for people with infection after hip replacement: fewer operations, less delays, holistic care 

Moore, Andrew et al

health and medicine, hip replacement, infection, patient care, guidelines, INFORM EP, Andrew Moore, Michael Whitehouse, Vikki Wylde, Andrew Beswick, Catherine Jameson,
Nicola Walsh, Ashley Blom, 

April 2024

Strategically integrating AI within Higher Education

Essien, Dr Aniekan; Kremantzis, Dr Marios;  Bukoye, Dr Oyegoke Teslim; O’Dea, Dr Christine Education-Artificial intelligence- ChatGTP- higher education-critical thinking

April 2024

The rapid rise of food banks in schools: lessons for policy and practice

Baker, William Education, Politics and Society, National, Schools, Food banks, food insecurity 

March 2024

Making virtual wards for frailty work better: guide for commissioners

Westby, Maggie; Ijaz, Sharea virtual wards, health, frailty, NHS

March 2024

Impact of Special Educational Needs identification on academic attainment in Wales

Knight, Cathryn Education, Special Educational Needs, SEN, Wales 

Feb 2024

Progress 8 cannot be calculated for 2025 and 2026, and any proxy measure is likely to be a poor substitute

Leckie, George; Prior, Lucy Education, Progress 8, schools, Department for Education, examination, qualification

Jan 2024

Better support is needed for young people vulnerable to abuse in intimate relationships

Barnes, Maria et al Annie Herbert, Gene Feder, Eszter Szilassy, Abigail Fraser, Laura Howe, Jon Heron, Christine Barter, ALSPAC, domestic violence and abuse, trauma-informed, health and medicine, relationships, young people

Nov 2023

Implementing the ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’ is an urgent priority

Series, Lucy Politics and Society, Liberty Protection Safeguards care, human rights, Mental Capacity Act 2005, deprivation of liberty safeguards, DLOS

Nov 2023

Centre equity to create enduring UK-ASEAN Relations

Yates, Robert; Edwards, Scott Politics and Society, UK, ASEAN, Southeast Asia, UK foreign policy, Indo-pacific tilt

Nov 2023

Paediatric incontinence: early identification and treatment needed to prevent mental health problems

Joinson, Carol et al incontinence, mental health, child health, Bladder and Bowel UK, ERIC, Davina Richardson, Juliette Rayner, Sarah Fowler, Alina Lynden

Oct 2023

The use of sexual behaviour evidence in rape trials: challenging legal reasoning and decision-making

 Conaghan, Joanne; Russell, Yvette Politics and Society, RASSO, Rape and Serious Sexual Offence, legal, law, trials, evidence, sexual violence, justice, Law Commission, prosecutions, rape myths, legal reasoning, decision making, Joanne Conaghan, Yvette Russell

Oct 2023

Meals on Wheels: awareness-raising of the service and its benefits is needed to aid prevention in adult social care

 Papadaki, Angeliki Health and medicine, adult social care, meals on wheels, prevention, disability, care, carer, independence, awareness raising, policy, commissioning, service, Angeliki Papadaki, Miranda Armstrong, Paul Willis, Ailsa Cameron  

Oct 2023

Trauma-informed approaches in healthcare: piecemeal implementation needs UK-wide leadership, strategy and evidence

Lewis, Natalia Health and Medicine, trauma, organisational change, TAP CARE, Bristol, Adverse Childhood Experiences

Oct 2023

Souto, Laiz  Energy and Environment, renewable energy, resilience, decarbonization, energy systems, renewable energy

Sept 2023

Walker, Sarah-Jane et al Health and medicine, domestic abuse, domestic violence, violence against women, medication, chemical control, Sarah-Jane Walker, Marianne Hester, Elizabeth McCarthy, Women's Aid, criminal justice, coercive control, psychological abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse 

Sept 2023

 Jago, Russ et al Education, children, physical activity, covid-19, Department for Education, Russ Jago, Dani House, Ruth Salway, Robert Walker, prevention, health, MVPA, policy, physical activity guidelines, physical activity strategy, sedentary time, socio-economic status, targeted support, girls, primary schools, PE & Sport premium 

Sept 2023

Court, Jill
Education, adult learners, ESOL, integration, migrant, refugee, Jill Court, teacher training, policy, policymaking, DfE, English for Speakers of Other Languages  

Sept 2023

Buckland, Genevieve; et al
School food, education, child health, Eatwell Guide, ALSPAC, Caroline Taylor, Pauline Emmett, Kate Northstone, cardiovascular disease, heart, health

July 2023

Bakopoulou, Ioanna
Education, oracy, primary, early years, teaching, Ioanna Bakopoulou, spoken language skills, wellbeing, speaking, listening, schools, professional development, learning culture, evidence base, policy, training  

July 2023

Millner, Naomi; et al.
Biodiversity Conservation, Environment, Best Practice, Guidelines, International

June 2023

 ‘Substituted parenting’ in the family courts: “too much” support for parents with learning disabilities considered harmful for children.

 Tilbury, Nadine; Tarleton, Beth Politics and society, substituted parenting, family courts, family law, learning disabilities

June 2023

Guaranteeing public sector adoption of trustworthy AI - a task that should not be left to procurement

Sanchez-Graells, Albert
Business and Economy, public sector, AI, Artificial Intelligence, procurement, AI regulation, regulation, Data Protection and Digital Information Bill, automated decision making, policy,
June 2023

UOB Position Paper: Contextual offers

Jennings, Doug position paper, contextual offers, students, Bristol 
June 2023

What happens when migrant pupils turn 16?: A scoping study of 16+ provision for young migrants in the UK

 Sharples Robert; Godfrey, Jules; Ahmed, Syd Education, Politics and Society, migrants, migration, post-16 education, young people, UK 
June 2023

How green jobs and skills can ensure a just transition for young people 

 Atkins, Ed  Energy and Environment, Green Jobs and Skills, Just Transition, Young People
May 2023 Practical and financial advice within suicide prevention services can make them more effective Farr, Michelle; et al health and medicine, suicide prevention, Hope, Jon Banks, Joni Jackson, Theresa Redaniel, Marina O’Brien, Christian Costello, Hope project, Second Step

 

May 2023 Improving the social acceptability of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HMPAs) Pieraccini, Margherita Energy and Environment, conservation, coastal, marine, social acceptability, Highly Protected Marine Areas, HPMAs
May 2023 Inequality in action sports: How marketing and media can help foster inclusion Spotswood, Fiona; Hurcombe, Martin; Marsh, Barney health and medicine, sports, Fiona Spotswood, Martin Hurcombe, Barney Marsh
May 2023 Services to support family and friends affected by someone else’s gambling should be included in strategic commissioning plans Collard, Sharon; Davies, Sara; Cross, Katie Politics and Society, gambling, mental health, wellbeing, Sharon Collard, Sara Davies, Katie Cross
Apr 2023 Let’s talk about death: All children in England should receive grief education at school Dawson, Lesel Education, grief, death, bereavement, children, PHSE
Apr 2023 How the Great British Insulation scheme can help the most vulnerable Atkins, Ed Energy and Environment, Energy Efficiency, Just Transition, Vulnerable, Great British Insulation scheme
Mar 2023 Encouraging take up of low carbon heating solutions requires better information provision, new value creation and financing models Chitchyan, Ruzanna Energy and Environment, low carbon heating solutions, net zero 
Mar 2023 Universal free school meals in secondary schools are a feasible and acceptable way to address food insecurity Kidger, Judi; Carlisle, Vicky; Jessiman, Tricia; Breheny, Katie et al. Education, Health & Medicine, Rona Campbell, Russ Jago, Steve Strong, Marcus Robinson, universal free school meals, food poverty, Universal Credit, Hammersmith and Fulham, secondary schools
Feb 2023 Skills required for future ‘smart local energy systems’ need new approaches Bird, Caroline; Chitchyan, Ruzanna Education, Technology, Energy and Environment, Smart Local Energy Systems, training and qualifications
Feb 2023 Women refugees impacted by narrow definitions of torture Canning, Victoria Politics and society, torture, refugees, women
Jan 2023 Local Action for the Global Goals: A Case Study of Bristol Macleod, Allan; Fox, Sean; Aguirre, Raquel Sustainable Development Goals, Voluntary Local Review, Bristol
Jan 2023 Generational attitudes to facial recognition: How retailers and policymakers should approach the use of developing facial recognition technology Pantano, Eleonora; Marikyan, Davit; Vannucci, Virginia 
Politics and Society, facial recognition, technology, CCTV, generational attitudes 
Dec 2022 Successful procurement digitalisation requires more data, in-house expertise, and improved governance mechanisms Sanchez Graells, Albert Politics and Society, digitalisation, procurement
Dec 2022 Alternative Rites of Passage: What is their role in FGM/C abandonment? Van Bavel, Hannelore; Hughes, Lotte; Kaul, Arunav; Newell-Jones, Katy Politics and Society, health, FGM/C, Alternative rites of passage, East Africa
Dec 2022 From mothers for mothers - supporting financial resilience through user centred services Angsten Clark, Anne; Royall, Claire  Politics and Society, Financial Resilience

Dec 2022

The response to Covid-19 in Northern Uganda should be disability-inclusive Sandhar, Jassi Kaur Health and Medicine; Politics and Society; Uganda; Covid-19; disability; disabilities; inclusivity

Nov 2022

Reform Development Finance Institutions (DFI's) grievance mechanisms to uphold human rights Ferrando, Tomaso Politics and society, Business and economy, Development Finance Institutions, human rights

Nov 2022

Digital Inclusion in the energy system Chambers, Joseph; Robinson, Caitlin; Scott, Matthew Energy and Environment, Digital Inclusion

Nov 2022

After a decade of austerity, urgent changes are needed to improve prison services Ismail, Nasrul Politics and Society, austerity, prison services, prison reform

Nov 2022

Urgent reforms are needed for prison healthcare services after a decade of austerity Ismail, Nasrul Politics and Society, Health, Prisons, prison healthcare, austerity. prison reform 

Oct 2022

Community-centred services support residents to build financial resilience  Angsten Clark, Anne; Collard, Sharon; Holme, Caitlin; Jenkins, Daniella; Ahmed, Moustapha; Dimitrui, Claudia; Duucale, Elmi; Osman, Iqbal; Dora, Lisa; Ramakrishnan, Hari Politics and Society, Economy, financial resilience, community 

Oct 2022

Regulating digitisation of critical infrastructures Michalec, Ola; Milyaeva, Sveta; Rashid, Awais Technology, digitisation, critical infrastructure, regulation, Operational Technologies 

Oct 2022

Tackling precarious work through financial regulation and private debt relief Gouzoulis, Giorgos; (Takis) Iliopoulos, Panagiotis; Galanis, Giorgos Business and Economy, precarious work, financial regulation, debt relief

Oct 2022

Mental Capacity, Self-Neglect, and Adult Safeguarding Practices: Evidence Synthesis and Agenda for Change Miles, Flora; Lariviere, Matthew Health and Medicine, mental capacity, self-neglect, adult safeguarding, Safeguarding Adult Reviews

Oct 2022

Targeted support needed for researcher wellbeing Hammett, Jessica; Garcia-Reyes, Karina; Nunan, Claire Arts and Culture, Health and Medicine, Politics and Society, wellbeing, mental health

Oct 2022

‘We shouldn’t have to shout to be heard’: Valuing Parents as Experts Charnock, Hannah; McLellan, Josie; Hutchen, Jude; Evans, Sharon; Selassie, Jendaye; Hussein, Muna; Whittmore, Becky; Hamid, Roofi Politics and Society, COVID-19, Parenting, pandemic, children, education, mental health, wellbeing

Oct 2022

Climate Change education: A “world-leading strategy” would benefit from being research-informed Howard-Jones, Paul; Dillon, Justin Education, Climate Change, school, teachers, research

Sept 2022

Implementing the UK’s Indo-Pacific Tilt in Southeast Asia through equitable and sustainable partnerships Edwards, Scott; Yates, Robert Politics and society, Southeast Asia, security, UK, strategy

July 2022

Fostering art-science collaborations to tackle environmental challenges Oyarzún, Fernanda; Pinochet, Carla; Valdés, Catalina; Pohl, Nélida; Merchant, Paul  Arts and Culture, art-science collaboration, Chile, environment,environmental challenges

July 2022

Time to make it count: Implementing the UK’s new maritime security strategy Edmunds, Timothy Politics and Society, maritime, security, UK, strategy

June 2022

Air navigation services should be funded as a public good Turnbull, Peter; Thomas, Huw; Harvey, Geraint  Politics and Society, COVID-19, Civil Aviation Industry, airlines, Air Navigation Service Providers 

May 2022

Offer choice of different emollient types and support their use in children with eczema Ridd, Matthew; Best Emollients for Eczema study team Health and Medicine; eczema, dermatitis, BEE

April 2022

Tackling digital exclusion for survivors of modern slavery Malpass, Alice; Horwood, Jeremy; McLeod, Hugh; Farr, Michelle et al.  Health and Medicine; Politics and Society

March 2022

Hennessy, Lauren; Kelly, Lucy; Kelly, Catherine Education, schools, diary, wellbeing, teachers

March 2022

Davies, Amy; Humphries, Kerry; Sharp, Gemma; Southby, Lucy; Wren, Yvonne Health and Medicine

Feb 2022

Haines, Dan Politics and Society, India, Pakistan, Indus River, Indus Water Treaty, Kashmir

Feb 2022

Karlsen, Saffron; Retief, Angelique; Jirde, Sado Politics and Society, health, COVID-19, community, ethnicity

Dec 2021

Gouzoulis, Giorgos; Galanis, Giorgos Business and Economy, definancialisation, workplace regulation, public health, policy

Dec 2021

 
Eating disorder symptoms and self-harm are linked to higher levels of depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic
 
Warne, Naomi; Heron, Jon; Mars, Becky; Kwong, Alex; Solmi, Francesca; Pearson,  Rebecca; Moran, Paul; Bould, Helen  Health and Medicine, ALSPAC, Children of the 90s, eating disorders, self-harm, covid-19, coronavirus, pandemic, mental health, wellbeing

Nov 2021

Regulating digitisation of critical infrastructures: we need diverse experts to translate cyber security risks into the sector-specific contexts

Michalec, Ola; Milyaeva, Sveta; Rashid, Awais Energy and Environment, cyber security, digital innovations, critical infrastructure

Nov 2021

Is it worth calculating Progress 8 anymore?

Prior, Lucy; Jerrim, John; Thomson, Dave; Leckie, George Education, Progress 8, COVID-19, qualifications, secondary school

Nov 2021

Undertaking reviews of monuments and street names: Processes to guide public bodies

Stephenson, Ben; Burch Brown Joanna; Gournet, Marie-Annick Politics and Society, reviews, monuments, street names, public bodies

Nov 2021

An opportunity to rethink opiate addiction treatment policy and practice?

Hines, Lindsey; Kesten, Joanna Health and Medicine, opiate, addiction, treatment

Oct 2021

Risks of childhood statelessness for the children associated with alleged ‘foreign fighters’ detained in Syria and Iraq

Pougnet, Rachel Politics and Society, statelessness, childhood, children, foreign fighters, Iraq, Syria

Oct 2021

What are the odds? The appeal of gambling adverts to children and young persons on twitter 

Rossi, Raffaello; Nairn, Agnes Politics and Society, Business & Economy, Technology, gambling

Oct 2021

Seen but not heard: addressing the silent epidemic of child maltreatment in India

Fernandes, Gwen Health and Medicine, children, India, maltreatment

Oct 2021

Autistic students’ poor mental health: staff training needed to improve outcomes

Sedgewick, Felicity Health and Medicine, autism, mental health

Oct 2021

Securing a just transition to a climate resilient Bristol: obstacles and opportunities

Dietzel, Alix; Venn, Alice Politics and Society, climate, Bristol, just transition

Sept 2021

Telling Local Stories: New routes of climate change and nature communication in Bristol

Atkins, Ed Energy and Environment, climate change, nature, communication, Bristol

June 2021

Evaluating risk level in cities to support tourists and inhabitants during COVID-19

Pantano, Eleonora; Scarpi, Daniele; Vannucci, Virginia; Bilotta, Elenora; Pantano, Pietro Politics and society, COVID-19, risk, cities, tourism, travel

June 2021

Multiple adolescent risk behaviours should be targeted to prevent cancer risk in young adults

Wright, Caroline Health and Medicine, cancer, adolescent, prevention

June

2021

The Istanbul Convention and Queer Women Seeking Asylum

Tschalaer, Mengia Politics and Society, asylum, women, Istanbul Convention, LGBTQI+

May 2021

The UK Investor Visa: History, Aims and Controversies

Kunz, Sarah Politics and Society, immigration, investor visa

May 2021

Tackling teenage sexual violence: history shows culture, not just technology, should be addressed

Charnock, Hannah Politics and Society, teenage sexual violence, culture, technology

Apr 2021

Online information and advice to carers during the Covid-19 pandemic

Lloyd, Liz; Bezzina, Agnes; Willis, Paul; Ali, Becky Politics and Society, COVID-19, social care, online information

Mar 2020

COVID-19: Local coordination delivered emergency food, but food plans must address food insecurity

Lucas, Patricia; et al Politics and Society, COVID-19, food provision, food insecurity

Feb 2021

A consultancy habit? The use of external management advice in the NHS

Sturdy, Andrew; Kirkpatrick, Ian; Veronesi, Gianluca Politics and Society, management, consultancy, NHS

Feb 2021

We can't prevent childhood obesity by education alone: lessons from the evidence base

Nobles, James; Jago, Russ; Moore, Theresa; Summerbell, Carolyn; Brown, Tamara Health and Medicine, childhood, obesity, education, evidence

Jan 2021

Not on the buses: reduce inequality by subsidising bus travel for Bristolian children

 Layard, Antonia; McNab, Finlay; Room 13 Hareclive and Ingrid Skeels Politics and Society, inequality, Bristol, transport, children

Jan 2021

Improving outcomes for young children in refugee families

Allport, Tom; Mace, Jessica; Farah, Fatima; Yusuf, Fatima; Mahjoubi, Lamine; Redwood, Sabi; Jaeckle, Sally Politics and Society, refugees, child development

Nov 2020

Nutrition labelling helps individuals choose
healthier foods

 von Hinke, Stephanie; Fichera, Eleonora  Politics and Society, health, nutrition, food

Oct 2020

We need better data to address regional race disparity Karlsen, Saffron; Retief, Angelique; Kirde, Sado Politics and Society, South West, race, data

Oct 2020

Can management consultancy be regulated? Sturdy, Andrew Politics and Society, management, consultancy, regulation

Sept 2020

Menopause in the workplace: Employers' role is critical Beck, Vanessa; Nelson, Rosie Politics and Society, menopause

Sept 2020

Approved Mental Health Professionals’ views on the role of relatives in compulsory mental health admissions: Challenges and opportunities Laing, Judy; Dixon, Jeremy; Stone, Kevin; Wilkinson-Tough, Megan  Health and Medicine, mental health, family

Sept 2020

Regulating digitisation of critical infrastructure Michalec, Ola; van der Linden, Dirk; Milyaeva, Sveta; Rashid, Awais Technology, infrastructure, cyber security

Sept 2020

Responding to child neglect in schools: messages for inter-agency safeguarding practice Sharley, Victoria Education, child neglect, schools, safeguarding practice

July 2020

Kept Apart: Immigration system needs reform to stop traumatic separation of families and couples Charsley, Katherine Politics and Society, immigration, families

July 2020

Extreme weather and their impacts under climate change Lo, Eunice; Mitchell, Dann Energy and Environment, extreme weather, climate change

July 2020

Atmospheric measurements improve global emissions reporting Hoare, Tilly; Rigby, Matt Energy and Environment, atmospheric measurements, global emissions reporting

July 2020

Professional understandings of child neglect in Namibia Sharley, Victoria; Ananias Janetta; Rees, Alyson; Leonard Emmerentia Politics and Society, child neglect, Namibia

July 2020

Children in informal care arrangements with extended family: messages for best practice in Namibia

Sharley, Victoria; Ananias Janetta; Rees, Alyson; Leonard Emmerentia Politics and Society, fosterage, family, Namibia

Jun 2020

Returning to growth: the role of management practices in productivity

Burger, Katharine; Pitts, Harry; Smart, Palie
 Business, productivity, management, leadership

Jun 2020

The memories of marginalised communities need to be part of peacebuilding and transitional justice in Colombia

 The MEMPAZ Collective  Politics and Society, Colombia, peacebuilding, transitional justice 

Jun 2020

The Effects of COVID-19 on Queer Asylum Claimants in Germany

Tschalaer, Mengia Politics and Society, Covid-19, Asylum claimants, Germany, LGBTQI+

Jun 2020

The Recognition of Black Lesbian Asylum Claims in Germany

 Tschalaer, Mengia Politics and Society, Asylum claimants, Germany, LGBTQI+

Jun 2020

Bristol in Brief 1: Drugs in the South West

Torrance, Josh; Khouja, Jasmine; Crick, Emily Politics and Society, drug use, South West

Jun 2020

Hines, Lindsey Health and Medicine, drug use, young people

Jun 2020

Klantschnig, Gernot;
Frowd, Philippe; Apard, Elodie
Politics and Society, West Africa, drug policy, drug trafficking, irregular migration

Jun 2020

Thomas, Clare Health and Medicine, Drug use, Hepatitis C

Jun 2020

Martin, Richard; Relton, Caroline; Wade, Kaitlin; Richmond, Rebecca; Yarmolinsky, James Health and Medicine, cancer, policy

Apr 2020

 Berridge, David; Luke, Nikki  Politics and Society, Education

Mar 2020

 Edmunds, Timothy; Edwards, Scott  Politics and Society, Brexit, maritime security

Mar 2020

Sweeting, David; Hambleton, Robin; Oliver, Thom Politics and Society, Bristol, Mayor

Mar 2020

Hendry, Katharine Energy and Environment;Arctic Ocean;climate;ocean

Mar 2020

Hendry, Katharine  Energy and Environment, Arctic Ocean, climate, ocean

Mar 2020

Provide women with information about the risk of  pregnancy to increase contraceptive demand

Valente, Christine

Politics and Society, pregnancy, fertility, women
Jan 2020

How depression relates to academic achievement in adolescence and early adulthood: identifying high risk points

López-López, José 

Health and Medicine, depression, Education, disability, adolescence
Jan 2020

Riding Sunbeams: powering our trains with solar PV

Nolden, Colin

Technology, energy and environment
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