11th October 2017

Protecting Libya’s Oil: The First Step to Stability

In partnership with the National Oil Corporation of Libya

Recent attempts to capture the Libyan oil sector, by armed militias and political factions alike, have highlighted the fragility of the country’s economy, and the urgent need to protect Libya’s energy resources in this period of transition.

The UN-backed Libyan Political Agreement, signed in December 2015,

was an important milestone to reaching a new political settlement in Libya. Nonetheless, political divisions remain and economically the country is failing, running big deficits while many families struggle to make a living. Indeed, from people smuggling to terrorism to the high rate of young men under arms, many of Libya’s headline problems are fundamentally driven by lack of economic opportunity. As the only remaining institution able to function across the country, it is more important than ever to maintain the integrity of Libya’s National Oil Corporation, and to work together to harness its potential in service of stabilisation and national regeneration.

We explored in depth various ways to protect Libya’s oil sector, and to put it to work for the country as a whole, and for its people.

Supporting farmers post brexit
20th June 2017

Supporting Farmers Post-Brexit

In March, the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, formally beginning the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union. These are uncharted waters but there is little doubt that potentially seismic changes lie ahead.

UK agriculture will face a range of challenges in the years ahead.

While the government has guaranteed the financial status quo until 2020, the sector needs to look much further ahead. What are the potential threats and opportunities relevant to farmers in the post-Brexit world? How will the transition be managed? What scenarios are likely to emerge and what support needs to be in place to accommodate them? The implications go beyond the purely economic outcome of Brexit.

The full report from the consultation can be read here.

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9th September 2016

Role of Virtue in the Professions

In partnership with The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues 

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is a research centre based in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. It is a pioneering interdisciplinary research centre focusing on character, virtues and values in the interest of human flourishing. The Centre promotes a moral concept of character in order to explore the importance of virtue for public and professional life.

The Centre is a leading informant on policy and practice in this area and through its extensive range of projects contributes to a renewal of character virtues in both individuals and societies.

As part of its scope of work, the Centre has produced statements on different aspects of character education, including A Framework for Character Education in Schools, a Statement on Youth Social Action and Character Development, and a Statement on Teacher Education and Character Education. These have been circulated to policymakers, practitioners and academics across the UK, and have been met with widespread support and approval. With the Jubilee Centre’s continuing research focus on virtues in the professions, including the medical, legal, teaching, nursing, and business professions and the British Army, this Consultation  focused on the role of virtue in the professions, with the aim of producing a statement similar in format to those referred to above.

The statement will be available in due course.

6th September 2016

Civil Society and the State

The Role of Charities in Campaigning

The compact between the state and charity has undergone significant transformation since the Second World War. Today, the operating environment for charities is in considerable regulatory and financial flux. Their role in campaigning is increasingly part of public discourse. How should we define the relationship between civil society and the state in a representative democracy­? 


Our Consultation looked in depth at the issues, bringing together senior people from a range of relevant sectors to spend concentrated time on the topic, away from the glare of the media in the privacy of Windsor Castle.

The summary report can be read here.

15th April 2016

Cyber and Security

Digital’s role in re-gaining resilience in a more uncertain world

In partnership with the Corsham Institute

The second consultation of four in the Corsham Institute 2016 Thought Leadership Programme

Building greater resilience is seen by many as one of the greatest challenges facing modern society.  We live in a more digitally connected and yet more uncertain and potentially less secure world. Digital technologies are disrupting the traditional methods of interaction, and citizens need to feel confident in their use digital technologies if the goals of economic growth and social progress are to be achieved.

 The ‘rules of the game’ are being re-defined, as we interact differently, and become increasingly dependent on digital technologies for everyday aspects of our lives.  If we are to gain the most from a digitally enhanced way of life, society needs to adapt, so that we are better prepared to address possible disruptive threats, and balance the convenience of more digitally enabled society against the cyber risks which are emerging.

The aim of the consultation was to consider what ‘resilience’ means in a more digitally connected and enabled world, with the view of exploring how society can re-gain a stronger sense of security and resilience in what has become a more uncertain environment, so that citizens can feel confident in their use of digital services, supporting demand and uptake.

The full report can be read here. Further information on these themes and the overall findings from the Programme is available in our Key Findings Report.

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4th February 2016

Upskilling UK Farmers

Upskilling UK Farmers to improve their competitiveness – ‘Changing the Culture: Communicating the technology’

Our Consultation focused on the competitiveness of UK agriculture. The inspiration for this theme is the 2015 Oxford Farming Conference report, The best British farmers – what gives them the edge? 

This identified a number of skills that could make UK farmers more competitive and concluded with a range of recommendations. Amongst others these recommendations suggested the need for improvement in knowledge exchange with the research community and the need to acquire greater business acumen and decision making skills. The consultation aimed to address these two areas.

 

 

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19th January 2016

Local Leadership in a Cyber Society: Towards a model for civic cyber resilience

In partnership with iNetwork and the Department for Communities and Local Government

Technical advances create opportunities for greater efficiency and effectiveness. These include more engaging and efficient digital services, new ways to work remotely and to store and transfer data, such as mobile devices and cloud services. However, these also present more opportunities for cyber-attacks.

Across the country local civic and public service organisations are working hard to reduce these threats every day and the active support and engagement of their senior leaders is vital to ensuring the continued focus and profile of this work. In the face of these challenges the opportunity to look at the issue, the role local leadership in a cyber-society and to develop a common understanding of what constitutes civic cyber resilience has never been more important and what the consultation aimed to do.

 

The full report can be read here.

26th November 2015

The Opportunities and Ethics of Big Data

In partnership with The Royal Statistical Society, SAGE and British Academy

Policymakers show increasing interest in how data might help inform policymaking processes. Big data is sometimes held out as a transformative technology that will radically change how we govern our world. For example it is argued that ‘smart cities’ will better manage energy and transport usage through monitoring data from the ‘internet of things’. The Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) in New York is held out as an exemplar of successfully using big data for policy solutions. It is said that the police

will become radically more efficient at deploying their resources to stop crime through considering the data about where crime is likely to take place. Personalised medicine will allow far more effective healthcare. Poor countries with weak statistical systems will be able to leapfrog by using big data to tell them about their economy and society.

Do existing ethical, regulatory and legal frameworks need to change or can they accommodate big data? Do professional bodies need to change their professional codes in light of the changing nature of data? How can we use the increasing amounts of data in society for public good and with public support? These were among the issues the consultation looked to explore.

The full report is available here.

A Glimpse of the Future into Big Data

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16th January 2014

Social Capital in the Workplace

In partnership with Herman Miller

The burgeoning global population can be viewed in one way as a success. Thanks to advances in a range of fields we are living longer. Yet such enhanced longevity brings with it certain pressures, not least in terms of sustainability, as more people implies greater pressure on resources. From energy to food supply and a number of points in between there is, as David Attenborough has pointed out no problem that is not made worse by a growing number of people. Our consultation explored what can be done about this.

To read the full report please click here.

A blog post from one of the participants can also be read here.

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