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The Government’s Areas of Research Interest

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) have released a new opportunity for research colleagues:

In April POST ran a survey of experts on the COVID-19 outbreak expert database that resulted in the publication of syntheses about the future effects of COVID-19 in different policy areas. From this survey POST developed Parliament’s first Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) which are lists of policy issues or questions that policymakers are particularly interested in.

Currently only the ARIs which are linked in some way to Covid have been released. However, they are not all health based and touch on a range of themes from crime, economics, inequalities, trade, supply chains, mental health, education, sustainability across several sectors, and so on.  Do take the time to look through the full question list to see if it touches upon your research area.

Alongside the publication of the ARIs is an invitation to experts to add current or future research relevant to the topics to a repository that Parliament may use to inform future policy making and Parliamentary work. Research with relevant research across any of the disciplines are invited to submit their work.

BU colleagues are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this rare opportunity to present their research to policy makers. The Policy team is here if you need any help. If you’re ready to go please do respond to the call directly, afterwards please let both the Policy team and your faculty’s Impact Officer know that you have responded.

Bournemouth University to host workshop exploring the future of trade agreements post-Brexit

A workshop at the Commonwealth Secretariat, organised by Bournemouth University (BU), will explore the impact of Brexit on trade policy and agreements.The two-day workshop, Navigating the Evolving Free Trade Agreements Landscape: Implications of Brexit, will take place in London on 6 and 7 February 2017.

It will feature international speakers from a range of academic and professional backgrounds around the theme of trade policy post-Brexit, with a keynote address by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP.

Mr Clifton-Brown MP is the Co-Chair of International Trade and Investment All Party Parliamentary Group and will discuss the UK’s trade priorities in 2017.

Deliberations throughout the workshops will focus in particular on Brexit issues including consequences for global trade relations, public procurement, and the perspective of businesses.

The workshop is part of an Economic and Research Council (ESRC) funded research project entitled ‘Transformations in Global Governance: Integration via Free Trade Agreements’ (GIFTA).

It is being held jointly with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, and will feature four Round Table discussions and several paper presentations on Brexit and the future of trade policy.

Professor Sangeeta Khorana, Professor of Economics at BU, is the Principal Investigator of the ESRC research project.

She said: “The aim of the workshop is to improve evidence-informed policy and practice by facilitating mutual engagement between academic, business and policy communities around current and future policy needs following the vote to Brexit.”

Find out more about the ESRC research project on the GIFTA website