The Applied Policy Science Unit (APSU) is an independent political science research unit at the University of Central Lancashire.
APSU’s mission is to make an original and independent contribution to policy and its implementation. Under the APSU’s auspices, the University undertakes academic research and dissemination in the field of political science. Currently, this work has a special focus on public value management and governance in the context of a ‘World Risk Society.'
In addition to UCLan staff involved in political science research and dissemination, the APSU also engages, as advisors, individuals who are professionally involved in academe, policy, and government from organisations involved with public, private and social sectors.
There has been a political science research unit at the Westlakes Science Park in Cumbria for almost three decades. This unit builds upon and develops work in governance architectures and institutions, and belief and value systems.