Policy Guides

Our new Policy Guides series will provide clear explanations and practical suggestions for how ecologists and others can engage with policymaking.

Policy Guides

An introduction to policymaking in the UK

Policy Guide 1

May 2017

(3 MB pdf)

Our first Policy Guide, written by BES members Rory O’Connor, Beccy Wilebore and Miriam Grace, provides an introduction to the policymaking process, focusing on the UK Government and Parliament, how policies are developed and the difference between policy and legislation.

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How does science inform the UK Parliament?

October 2017

(842 KB pdf)

This second guide focuses on the structure, function and purpose of the UK Parliament, highlighting the different channels through which science can inform its work. It discusses four main routes: Select Committees, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, All-Party Parliamentary Groups, and the House of Commons and Lords libraries.

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How does science inform the UK Government?

April 2018

(1 MB pdf)

The third policy guide provides an introduction to the structure of the UK Government, focusing on the various bodies within and across departments that use and provide scientific evidence. It also offers advice on how researchers can engage government with their expertise.

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