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Institute for Policy Research

A leading public policy research institute, based at the University of Bath.


Highlights from our latest research, analysis, activities and programmes.

Our research

We aim to further the public good through research into issues of significant relevance to policy debate and decision-making.


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An interdisciplinary lab for research into Universal Basic Income (UBI).

Political economy and politics

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Analysing political economy and exploring the evolution of politics, the changing role of the state, and political ideas and values.

Policy programmes

Learn more about our policymaker and practitioner programmes.

The IPR Policy Fellowship Programme

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Renew and reinvigorate your professional thinking by connecting with leading academics at the University of Bath through the IPR Policy Fellowship Programme.

Internal Opportunities

Learn more about our sabbatical and internship schemes.

The IPR sabbatical scheme

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Bath academics can apply to spend a semester at the IPR to work on an interdisciplinary research project with substantial policy and public engagement.

IPR internships

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Apply now for an internship with the Institute for Policy Research (IPR).

Postgraduate programmes

Learn more about our postgraduate programmes

Masters (MSc) in Public Policy

MSc in Public Policy

This Masters degree offers students the opportunity to study how public policy is made, what shapes it and how to make a real difference as a policymaker.

Climate change and the environment

Our latest work and updates on environment and climate change policy, and activities as part of the UK Universities Climate Network (UUCN)

Connect with us

Find out more about the IPR, and stay up-to-date with our latest research, publications, events and news.

IPR policy podcasts

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Listen to our IPR policy podcasts to catch up on the best of our lectures and seminars.

Upcoming IPR events

Register now for our upcoming public lectures, panel discussions and seminars.

How Do We Make Devolution Work Better?

27 Feb 2024 6.15pm Watershed, Bristol

Zoe Billingham joins Michael Kenny, Marvin Rees and Hannah White. Hosted by Nick Pearce. In association with Bristol Ideas.

When Science Meets Power

26 Mar 2024 5.15pm The Chancellors' Building, 3.9, University of Bath

Sir Geoff Mulgan CBE, Professor in STEaPP at University College London, joins us to discuss his new book 'When Science Meets Power'.

About us

We aim to further the public good through research into issues of significant relevance to policy debate and decision-making, manage networks with the worlds of policy and practice, and increase public understanding of policy research through our public events and publications.

We deliver activities for policymakers, researchers and practitioners to enable dual learning and original contributions to both research and practice.


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