UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


The International Public Policy Observatory

Mobilising global knowledge to address the social impacts of COVID-19

About the project

Since late 2020, The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) has mobilised and assessed evidence from around the world to inform UK policymakers on how to best address the social impacts of COVID 19. 

The intent has been to contribute to better policymaking and thereby to the wellbeing of UK citizens. 

In January 2023, IPPO started a second two-year phase and its research topics will extend not only to pandemic recovery, but also to three other national cross-cutting and complex policy challenges – the achievement of net zero, levelling up and cities, and inequality.

IPPO’s core team based at UCL will work closely with partners from the Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) at Cardiff University, the University of Glasgow, Queen’s University Belfast, the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), and The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre). IPPO’s communications partner will be academic news publisher The Conversation, led by Sarah O’Meara.

The research that we do is shaped and framed by numerous and diverse conversations with decision-makers. Those interactions help us to identify important questions and issues that can benefit from rigorous knowledge synthesis, drawing on research and expertise from around the world.

An initiative like IPPO requires a team of people with diverse skills and experience. IPPO brings together people who have worked in policy development and implementing environments together with academic and policy researchers. We are all committed to trying to bridge gaps between research and policy to achieve positive social impact.

Please do get in touch with our team at ippo@ucl.ac.uk, explore our website and follow us on Twitter.