We publish research reports and briefing papers under the following five main categories. Click a category below or use the search box to find what you are looking for.
Roads to recovery: Exploring UK prison rehabilitation and its alternatives
One of the primary purposes of the UK prison system is to facilitate offender rehabilitation. However, inadequate support and high reoffending rates mean it may be failing to live up to that ideal. Drawing upon lessons from the Netherlands and Norway, this briefing highlights the potential benefits of alternative approaches to rehabilitation.
|Published:||30 November 2023|
|Author(s):||Jake Shepherd, Niamh O Regan|
Degrees of separation: The education divide in British politics
British politics since the 2016 Brexit referendum has been characterised by the emergence of a new divide, between graduates and school leavers. Education now has a stronger relationship with vote choice than any other demographic or economic variables other than age. This report, from leading political scientist Professor Robert Ford, explores the implications of the changing electoral landscape for the UK’s major political parties.
|Published:||27 November 2023|
|Author(s):||Robert Ford, Hannah Bunting, Ralph Scott, Maria Sobolewska|
Insulating Britain: Examining the barriers and motivations to decarbonising our homes
Decarbonising home heat, which accounts for 14% of the UK’s carbon emissions, is essential if the UK is to achieve its target to reach net zero emissions by 2050. But current policies are falling short. This report explores what motivates landlords and owner occupiers to insulate their homes, and how to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from doing so.
|Published:||24 November 2023|
|Author:||Niamh O Regan|
Top of the class? Examining the state of leadership and management in education
Education is strongly linked with economic success, yet education quality in the UK lags behind many comparable countries. This report examines the central role that better leadership and management have to play in addressing this, and makes recommendations for how the government can improve the quality of leadership and management in the UK education system.
|Published:||16 November 2023|
|Author(s):||Richard Hyde, Niamh O Regan|
Getting the measure of transport poverty: Understanding and responding to the UK’s hidden crisis
As the single largest cost for millions of households across the UK, understanding the financial burden of transport is critical to decreasing poverty. Yet, unlike for energy or housing, there is no metric in place to track the cost and accessibility of transport. This report seeks to fill that gap by developing a measure to demonstrate the causes, locations and depths of transport poverty.
|Published:||15 November 2023|
Putting intensive farming out to pasture: Can alternative proteins reduce farmed animal suffering?
The market for meat alternatives has grown rapidly over the last decade, yet they still only account for 1% of the global meat market. This report, the third and final instalment of a series, investigates the potential for further growth in the alternative meat market, and how far these products can drive a meaningful shift in eating habits.
|Published:||13 November 2023|
|Author(s):||Jake Shepherd, Aveek Bhattacharya|
The scale of the opportunity: How growing firms can contribute to the UK economy
Building on the findings of a previous report investigating the barriers to the expansion of ‘scale-ups’, this briefing digs deeper into the characteristics of ‘scale-ups’ and their significant contribution to the British economy, providing fresh evidence to support our recommendations to encourage scale-up growth.
|Published:||08 November 2023|
|Author:||John Asthana Gibson|
Fraudulent times: Identifying a consensus for an agenda to beat fraud
We are in the midst of a fraud emergency, but efforts to tackle it have consistently fallen short of reversing its growth in recent years. This report argues that a more concerted and long-term effort against fraud is needed, requiring a “whole eco-system” approach based around extensive cooperation by all those involved in the fraud chain and between the public and private sectors.
|Published:||30 October 2023|
A tale of two human rights lawyers: Could a Labour government realise a better future in the UK for refugee protection with control?
The question of whether and, if so, how countries can construct arrangements to transfer asylum seekers to other countries is viewed with alarm by most supporters of refugee rights. But this need not be so. This briefing shows how Labour’s focus on the potential for tough action on Channel crossings, when combined with improved responsibility sharing for refugees across Europe, may represent a way forward that is compatible with the Refugee Convention, and a preferable alternative to the ‘Rwanda scheme’.
|Published:||24 October 2023|