The Applied Policy Science Unit (APSU) (.pdf, 3MB) is an independent political science research unit aligned with the Lancashire Law School at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and based at the Westlakes Science and Technology Park, near Whitehaven in West Cumbria.
The APSU’s mission is to make an original and independent contribution to policy and its implementation. This unit undertakes academic research, consultancy and dissemination in the field of political science with a special focus upon the application of current policy problems. In addition to UCLan staff involved in political science research and dissemination, the APSU also involves, as advisors, individuals who are professionally involved in politics, policy and government.
There has been a political science research unit at Westlakes for almost two decades. This UCLan unit is building upon and developing that work in governance architectures and institutions, the rescaling of policy and politics and belief and value systems. This long engagement in applied policy science at the Westlakes campus in West Cumbria has given the APSU a distinctive perspective on the role of communities in a globalised economy, and in the importance of individual perceptions and beliefs, and community-level interactions in achieving a nexus between global and local processes and optimising the untraded interdependencies between organisations.
In support of its mission, APSU’s objectives are:
Working in Partnership with the Howgill Family Centre, the UCLan Applied Policy Sciences Unit held a one-day symposium on child poverty, family support and resilience pathways in communities. Focusing upon the family unit, this symposium was aimed at professionals, practitioners and policy makers. To give context, the symposium discussed the findings of the West Cumbria Child Poverty Action Group and the recent and widely publicised figures by End Child Poverty.
Harry Hedgehog’s Time To Share - Ashley Lloyd (.pdf,1771KB)
Resilient Families:Working Proactively to Achieve Stability (.pdf, 1105KB)
Is Child Poverty an Issue - Russell Norman (.pdf, 1397KB)
This course, which draws upon the experience and expertise of UCLan’s Applied Policy Sciences Unit, contains leading edge academic work, insights from practising professionals and case studies from the UK and further afield. It provides students with a powerful set of skills and knowledge to address complex issues confronting civil society in policy and governance, allowing them to compete and excel in this competitive field. The importance of an understanding of new styles of policy and the wider structures and processes of governance are reflected in the course content which spans individual, institutional and international levels. The course also includes a unique insight into the practical processes of policy and governance, through an intensive module delivered in the Whitehall and Westminster policy community.
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This course is designed by professionals involved in applied policy research and practical political science. Drawing upon the experience and expertise of UCLan’s Law School, a leading Westminster-based think tank, and UCLan’s Applied Policy Sciences Unit this unique course contains leading edge academic work, insights from practising professionals and case studies from the UK and round the world. This qualification, which is equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, is aimed at individuals wishing to pursue a professional,career in or relating to public policy. The course addresses key issues affecting the governance of contemporary society. It is centred on a theorised understanding of the policy process and a conceptual and theoretical repertoire to provide students who successfully complete the course with the ability to apply these policy sciences to create, critically evaluate and communicate policy-relevant knowledge.
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The APSU involves the following individuals whose professional expertise and extensive practical experience embraces the fields of politics, policy and government and academic research and dissemination.
For further information please contact :
University of Central Lancashire
Samuel Lindow Building
Westlakes Science and Technology Park
Please see below the recent activities which the APSU have been involved in.
Globalising West Cumbria: The democratic vocation of the university in a globalised society
A lecture by Patrick Diamond, Senior Research Fellow at Policy Network, followed by a panel discussion. This event was held at the UCLan Westlakes campus on Thursday 26th April 2012.
Input into Britain’s Energy Coast: Policy Arenas and Untraded Interdependencies
More recently, and in the context of current work on relational economic development, local place and the global-local nexus, APSU were asked to comment upon the ‘Blueprint’ - an update and implementation plan - of the Britain’s Energy Coast policy initiative.
Risk Perception and a New Political Geography of Risk
Recently, the APSU made a written submission to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in its inquiry into ‘Risk perception and energy infrastructure’.
Defining an Affected Community
The Applied Policy Sciences made an input into the Community Waste Management in Practice EU Framework Six programme. This project was undertaken under the auspices of Westlakes Scientific Consulting. This project involved extensive fieldwork in West Cumbria and in Caithness.