Local Government Policy Workshop: facilitating knowledge exchange with the University of Cambridge

5 July 2016


Facilitating knowledge exchange

5 July 2016, University of Cambridge

The Centre for Science and Policy is organising a workshop to discuss how to strengthen links between the University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambs District Council, Cambridge City Council, and the LEP. The workshop will be chaired by Dame Mavis MacDonald, a former Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The workshop will include contributions from Professor Michael Oxley (Director, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research) and will bring together CSaP Policy Fellows from local government and elsewhere, researchers from the University of Cambridge, and relevant industry representatives.

Discussion will focus on a number of key issues and questions, such as:

  • National vs local decision-making in housing (in the context of devolution of powers to some localities in England)
  • What additional powers (if any) do local policy professionals think they need?
  • What research is currently being undertaken at Cambridge? What is the best way to communicate this?
  • What are the key housing/planning issues that need further research?
  • What types of research would local government like to see carried out?
  • What can academia learn from local government?
  • How can the CSaP Policy Fellowship better serve the needs of local government?

This is the third workshop in a series funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account at Cambridge.

You can read the report of this event here.

Professor Michael Oxley

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research

Mark Reeve

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge