Public policy that works for people and society

Linking Cambridge’s world-leading research with policymaking to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable world.

Public policy that works for people and society

The world is facing some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century from climate change and global food security, to rising ethnic and religious divisions. They are exacerbated when set against short-termism in politics and business, resource scarcity and growing inequality.

These challenges are global in scope. Yet they do not look the same when seen from Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East as they do from North America or Europe.

The technical solutions currently being applied do not take into account the economic, social and political structures and systems around the globe, and how these play out within politics and policymaking.

  • Public policy

Responsive policy for an evolving world

The need for responsive, evidence-based policy debate in an increasingly globalised world has never been clearer.

The Cambridge Policy Institute will draw together the University’s renowned expertise across the sciences, technology, social sciences and humanities to bring new perspectives to major global problems.

It will bridge the gap between research and engagement, and policy design and implementation. Academia will be linked to government, media and civil society. Our existing engagement of policymakers from around the world will be consolidated. The outcome will be socially responsible, politically-achievable policy solutions that tackle prominent global issues, including: public health, climate change, welfare, ageing, financial inclusion, transport, energy, governance and education.

Translating real-world evidence into policy and action

"Devising better public policy in the absence of an understanding of political change and global diversities is at best frustrating and at worst futile", says Professor David Runciman, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies. "Working to ensure that does not happen is where Cambridge can make a difference."

Devising better public policy in the absence of an understanding of political change and global diversities is at best frustrating and at worst futile. Working to ensure that does not happen is where Cambridge can make a difference.

Professor David Runciman, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies

Citizen engagement

The 'Africa’s Voices' project taps into the opportunities offered by new digital communications to amplify and elevate the voice of Africans – in all of their diversity – to the levels of development and governance debates. We are using mobile technology and popular media such as radio, TV and social media to capture, analyse and feed back the views of ordinary people. Africa’s Voices will open up new avenues for bottom-up accountability and citizens’ voice.

Help us advance policy solutions for the 21st century

The individual skills, expertise and networks of the interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners brought together by the Cambridge Policy Institute will provide a foundation upon which an internationally-renowned centre of excellence will be built, capable of advancing policy that works for people and society.

• £2.5 million will endow a professorship in an area of public policy
• £1.5 million will endow a lectureship in an area of public policy
• £800,000 will permanently endow and name one PhD studentship or Master’s in Public Policy studentship
• £300,000 will term-fund and name one three-year post-doctoral fellowship

There are also opportunities to support individual projects at a variety of levels, from citizen-led governance, to health, to promoting innovation in technology.

Next steps

Courtney Stombock

Senior Associate Director - Humanities & Social Sciences

contact@philanthropy.cam.ac.uk

+44 (0)1223 332288

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