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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 oceans: A deep dive

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Learn more about our new public event series on the world’s oceans and what climate change, maritime trade and strategic conflict mean for their future.

WATCH: The ocean-climate nexus

Watch our recent event featuring Dr Peter Richardson (Marine Conservation Society); Veta Wade (Fish N Fins); and Dr Philippe Blondel (University of Bath).

Our research

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

The welfare state, family and work

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Exploring universal basic income and the welfare state, family and work, focusing on the political economy, its tools, methods and explanatory frameworks.

Policy programmes

Learn more about our policymaker and practitioner programmes, and 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).

Our courses

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 COP26 Universities Network.


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

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.


Our latest news stories and service updates.

Upcoming events

Find out about our upcoming events

Festival of the Future City

20 Oct 2021 10.00am Online

Organised by Bristol Ideas, the Festival of the Future City aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities

How do we build healthier cities?

21 Oct 2021 9.30am Watershed, Bristol

Organised as part of Bristol Ideas' Festival of the Future City, in association with TRUUD (Tackling the Root causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development).

Festival of Economics

17 Nov 2021 3.00pm We The Curious, Bristol

Organised by Bristol Ideas, the Festival of Economics brings together experts from around the world to debate the key economic questions of our time.

About us

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