Institute for Policy Research

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

IPR research

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

Latest publications

Read our publications including reports, policy briefs, blogs, and the latest academic papers.

Valls or the new Esquilache

Valls or the new Esquilache

Article: IPR Visiting Policy Fellow Dr Jorge Sainz discusses Valls and the Mutiny of Esquilache in a recent article for ABC.

IPR postgraduate programmes

We offer postgraduate courses through our Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice, our joint MSc in Public Policy, and the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI.

Masters (MSc) in Public Policy 2019

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.

IPR policymaker and practitioner programmes

We offer a Policy Fellowship Programme for senior policymakers and practitioners, and an international Visiting Fellows scheme.

Internal opportunities

Find out more about the IPR Sabbatical scheme.

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.

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IPR policy podcasts

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


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View our upcoming events.

This is Tomorrow

12 Sep 2019 9.30am Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge, University of Bath

This year’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) symposium will be on the topic of This is Tomorrow, addressing some of the ongoing debates affecting our future.

About us

The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is a leading institute of public policy research in the UK. We undertake and enable policy-relevant research to make an impact, through building links with the worlds of policy and practice as well as by increasing public understanding of policy research.

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


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