Public affairs and policy impact

Public affairs and policy impact

We’re committed to enriching society through our education, the impact of our research and our contribution to tackling global challenges.

Our research strengths lie across a number of societally-driven areas – from helping people live better for longer, to protecting and preserving our environment, and supporting creative industries and cultural heritage to thrive.  

We work with partners across the world to share our knowledge and inspire others while our work and expertise contributes to policy at a regional, national and international level.

This page highlights just some of the ways in which we are making a difference and supporting the development of evidence-based policy. Please get in touch with our Policy and Public Affairs team if you would like to work with us or find out more.  

Working with Parliament and influencing policy

We want our research to make a difference, and support our academics to share their work and insights with those who can put it into practice, making sure it is shared and implemented nationally and internationally for everyone to benefit.

Read the profiles below to learn more about some of the different ways we are working with Parliament and influencing policy: 

Professor Rick Stafford

Chairing the British Ecological Society’s Policy Committee

Rick Stafford is a Professor of marine biology here at BU, focusing on protecting the marine environment. Since 2020 he’s been the Chair of the British Ecological Society’s (BES) Policy Committee, taking a proactive approach to influencing policy.

Dr Rachel Moseley

Setting the record straight around autism and radicalisation

Rachel Moseley is a Principal Academic in Psychology, with research interests around Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and difficulties faced by autistic people in adulthood. She worked with the Government’s Open Innovation Team, which liaises with academics and experts to generate policy ideas and provide analysis.

Professor Jane Murphy

Influencing to inform public health

Professor Jane Murphy is a Professor of Nutrition with a research focus on preventing, identifying and managing malnutrition in older people in the community. She has worked with various groups in Parliament to raise awareness of this issue among policymakers.

Raising scamming research in Parliament

Raising scamming research in Parliament

Lee-Ann Fenge is a Professor of Social Care in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences here at BU. Since 2014 she’s been not only researching financial scams in the UK but engaging with policymakers in Parliament to prevent this growing problem.

Find out how our work is creating impact through policy

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