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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.

WATCH: The return of the state

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Watch our recent lecture from Graeme Garrard who discusses his new book 'The return of the state and why it is essential for our health, wealth and happiness'.

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, 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 courses

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.

IPR policy profile: Andrew Fyfe

Andrew Fyfe discusses his career in international development and evaluation and shares his experience on the IPR Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice.

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)

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.

ActNowFilm - youth voices on climate

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A youth voices film project produced by the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Cambridge Zero, as part of the UK Universities Climate Network (UUCN).


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

Parenting in the pandemic

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Article: Fran Bennett and Marsha Wood explore the experiences of families with children on Universal Credit before and during COVID-19.

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

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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