Policy Fellowship for Luke Hughes

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Luke Hughes is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Home Office. He works on issues related to the exploitation of children and young people who are vulnerable to involvement in high-harm crime and abuse, with a particular focus on child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Luke is currently leading a project looking at how departments can work more effectively together to tackle cross-cutting vulnerability issues which lead to a range of poor social outcomes, and how we can build the evidence base of what works. He is also investigating what we know about child sex offender behaviour and how they can be better managed in the community.

Having worked in a variety of different roles around Whitehall, Luke has experience in the areas of transport, security, industry, energy, science and city policy. He spent three years in the Ministry of Defence, focusing mainly on international security and defence strategy and policy, before joining the Home Office in 2018.

Luke graduated with a degree in Physics from Oxford University in 2013. It was an interest in climate science and the societal implications of climate change, and involvement in the UNFCCC negotiations in 2009 and 2011, that developed his wider interest in politics and public policy.

Objectives.

  • Luke’s key objective would be to gain a better understanding of the research landscape relevant to his current policy area and other ‘big picture’ issues with public policy implications.
  • Luke joined the Civil Service straight after graduating with a degree in Physics. The Policy Fellowship would be his first proper chance since graduating to explore ways to apply his understanding and appreciation of science and research to social policy issues.
  • Having only recently moved into the social policy area, he would like to build his networks both within academia and the wider public policy arena, to give him sources of challenge and external perspective on policy issues that he works on now or in the future.
  • Within the Exploitation Projects team, Luke and his colleagues can generate ideas for projects from a variety of sources, including academia. The project outputs enjoy considerable senior interest within and beyond the Home Office. Luke would be keen to get researchers’ insights into where we could be focusing our efforts.

Questions

  • 1. What do we know about how and why people become child sex offenders, and how might we intervene?
  • 2. How and why do people’s conceptions of ethics and morality vary between the offline and online worlds?
  • 3. How might we measure the long-term impacts, at an individual and population level, of intervening in response to risk factors at an early stage in a young person’s life?
  • 4. In which country is it best to be a child, and what have they done right?
  • 5. Companies and political campaigns are able to use sophisticated online data analytics to micro-target consumers and voters. How could the state micro-target citizens for the delivery of public services, in an ethical, legal and publicly acceptable way?
  • 6. Much has been claimed for the potential for blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency. What are its genuine advantages and areas of potential, and what are the implications for public policy?
  • 7. Human Trafficking/ Modern Slavery
  • 13 Oct 2019 19:20

    High Table Dinner with Prof Gelsthorpe

    lrg10@cam.ac.uk

    Pembroke College Porters Lodge
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  • 13 Oct 2019 22:00

    Overnight Accommodation at West Court, Jesus College

    West Court, Jesus College
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  • 14 Oct 2019 09:30 – 09:45

    Meeting with Erica Pramauro, Policy Fellowships Coordinator

    e.pramauro@jbs.cam.ac.uk

    West Court Cafeteria

  • 14 Oct 2019 10:00 – 11:00

    Meeting with Dr Julian Huppert, Director, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge

    jlh29@cam.ac.uk

    Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BL (meet in Julian's room - enter through West Court entrance off Jesus Lane, go up the main staircase to the 1st floor, and his room is straight in front of you to the right of the elevator.
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  • 14 Oct 2019 11:00 – 12:00

    Meeting with Dr Sarah Steele, Deputy Director, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College

    if-deputy@jesus.cam.ac.uk

    7. Human Trafficking/ Modern Slavery

    Jesus College

  • 14 Oct 2019 12:30 – 13:30

    Meeting with Dr Gernot Klantsching, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol

    gernot.klantschnig@bristol.ac.uk

    7. Human Trafficking/ Modern Slavery

    Skype call at Centre for Science and Policy

  • 14 Oct 2019 14:15 – 15:15

    Meeting with Sam Smith, Policy Lead, MedConfidential

    samsmithsemail@gmail.com

    Difference between science and practical policy

    CSaP

  • 14 Oct 2019 16:30 – 17:30

    Meeting with Dr Jo-Anne Dillabough, Reader in the Sociology of Young People and Global Cultures, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

    jd217@cam.ac.uk

    Topics: Exploitation of young people who have been part of Jo-Anne's British Academy project on youth, migration and resettlement (which addresses thismatter) and also the Cara funding program on young people and torture in Syria (research conducted in Turkey). She will also speak of UK youth exploitation in other areas.

    Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road CB2 8PQ (ask at Reception)
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    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 17:30.

  • 14 Oct 2019 21:00

    Overnight Accommodation at West Court, Jesus College

  • 15 Oct 2019 09:00

    Taxi Pickup from West Court

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 09:00.

  • 15 Oct 2019 09:30 – 10:30

    Meeting with Dr Advait Sarkar, Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge

    advait@microsoft.com

    2. How and why do people’s conceptions of ethics and morality vary between the offline and online worlds?

    5. Companies and political campaigns are able to use sophisticated online data analytics to micro-target consumers and voters. How could the state micro-target citizens for the delivery of public services, in an ethical, legal and publicly acceptable way?

    6. Much has been claimed for the potential for blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency. What are its genuine advantages and areas of potential, and what are the implications for public policy?

    Microsoft Research 21 Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2FB

    Directions to next meeting: 20 minute walk.

  • 15 Oct 2019 11:00 – 12:00

    Dr Samantha Lundrigan

    Please see https://aru.ac.uk/people/samantha-lundrigan

    1. What do we know about how and why people become child sex offenders, and how might we intervene?

    3. How might we measure the long-term impacts, at an individual and population level, of intervening in response to risk factors at an early stage in a young person’s life?

    Anglia Ruskin University, Helmore Reception

    Directions to next meeting: 16 minute walk.

  • 15 Oct 2019 12:30 – 13:30

    Lunch with Dr Rob Doubleday

    rvld2@cam.ac.uk

    Centre for Science and Policy, 10 Trumpington Street CB2 1QA
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  • 15 Oct 2019 14:15 – 15:15

    Meeting with Professor David Farrington, Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

    dpf1@cam.ac.uk

    3. How might we measure the long-term impacts, at an individual and population level, of intervening in response to risk factors at an early stage in a young person’s life?

    Institute of Criminology -ask Charlotte in the general office to phone him Sidgwick Avenue Cambridge CB3 9DA
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  • 15 Oct 2019 15:30 – 16:30

    Meeting with Dr Paolo Campana, University Lecturer in Criminology and Complex Networks, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

    pc524@cam.ac.uk

    7. Human Trafficking/ Modern Slavery

    Institute of Criminology-ask in reception

  • 15 Oct 2019 21:00

    Overnight Accommodation at West Court, Jesus College

  • 16 Oct 2019 08:40

    Taxi Pickup from West Court

    West Court, Jesus College

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 08:40.

  • 16 Oct 2019 09:00 – 10:00

    Alice Levins

    1. What do we know about how and why people become child sex offenders, and how might we intervene?

    Institute of Criminology Sidgwick Avenue Cambridge CB3 9DA

    Directions to next meeting: 10 minute walk.

  • 16 Oct 2019 11:00 – 11:50

    Meeting with Dr Tristram Riley-Smith, Associate Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

    tr356@cam.ac.uk

    Centre for Science and Policy, 10 Trumpington Street CB2 1QA
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    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 11:50.

  • 16 Oct 2019 12:10 – 13:00

    Meeting with Hazem Danny Nakib, Managing Partner, Sentinel Capital Group Founder, Cambridge Blockchain Forum and Cambridge Blockchain Hub

    hdn@7bc.vc

    6. Much has been claimed for the potential for blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency. What are its genuine advantages and areas of potential, and what are the implications for public policy?

    Bradfield Centre 184 Cambridge Science Park Milton Road, Milton Cambridge, CB4 0GA
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    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 13:10.

  • 16 Oct 2019 14:00 – 14:30

    Meeting with Damiano Di-Francesco-Maesa

    dd534@cam.ac.uk

    6. Much has been claimed for the potential for blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency. What are its genuine advantages and areas of potential, and what are the implications for public policy?

    Computer Laboratory, Uniiversity of Cambridge JJ Thomson Avenue
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    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 14:40.

  • 16 Oct 2019 14:45 – 15:15

    Meeting with Erica Pramauro, Policy Fellowships Coordinator

    e.pramauro@jbs.cam.ac.uk

    Centre for Science and Policy, 10 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA
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    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 15:15.

  • 16 Oct 2019 15:15

    Taxi to Cambridge Train Station

    Cambridge Train Station

  • 14 Oct 2021 14:00 – 15:00

    RAND group meeting

    MEETING CANCELLED