UCL Public Policy


Up Close & Policy

Up Close & Policy offers researchers the chance to hear from academics and policy professionals on their shared experience of academic–policy engagement and lessons learned for successful engagement.

Up Close & Policy

Beyond ministers and their advisers, policy decisions are informed and made by a wide group of people. This series looks at who they are, what they do and how the research community works with the world of public policy to inform decision making.

The Up Close & Policy Series features UCL researchers in open conversation with policy professionals drawn from a wide range of organisations. Come along for your chance to ask the experts about the opportunities and pitfalls in engaging with the world of public policy, find out the insights they have gained, and hear what they consider are the key lessons for successful engagement. These events will be held in a seminar style with a large portion of the hour dedicated to Q&A, so please come prepared to ask questions.

UCL Public Policy is committed to increasing the diversity and inclusivity of its activities. We encourage people from under-represented groups (BAME, LGBTQ+, a mature student, or disabled) to attend.  

Session One: Obstetric Fistula- Changes in global health policy across the WHO, USAID, UNFPA, FIGO, PAUSA and RCOG

Thursday 30th July | 13:00 - 14:00

Internal UCL speaker: Dr Sohier Elneil, Consultant Urogynaecologist and Gynaecologist at UCLH

External speaker: Dr Lauri Romanzi, Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Chair: Audrey Tan, Public Policy Engagement Facilitator, UCL Public Policy

Session Two: UK Climate Assembly - Policy, Parliament & People   

Thursday 17th September | 13:00 - 14:00

Internal UCL speaker: Professor Jim Watson, Professor of Energy Policy and Research Director at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources 

External speakers: Jack Miller, Energy Advisor at the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) and Sarah Allan, Head of Engagement at Involve

Chair: Professor Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the UCL Constitution Unit and a member of the Climate Assembly UK advisory group

Register here.

Session Three: Care leavers' access to childhood records

Wednesday 14 October | 13:00 - 14:00

Internal UCL speaker: Dr Elizabeth Lomas

External speakers: Luke Geoghedan (British Association of Social Workers), Matthew Brazier (Ofsted) and Darren Coyne (The Care Leavers' Association)

Chair: Dr Isabel Bennett, UCL

Session Four: Research, Parliament and evidence on digitisation

Wednesday 11 November | 12:00 - 13:00

Internal UCL speaker: Dr Jack Stilgoe (UCL STS)

External speakers: Stephen Metcalfe MP (Chair APPG AI) and Dr Lorna Christie  (Advisor Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology)

Chair: Dr Irina Brass (UCL STEaPP)

Register here.