About the Public Policy Unit

Who are we?

The Public Policy Unit conducts pure and applied research in the area of public policy and runs associated seminars and public events. It is willing to tender for research and consultancy contracts with public service organisations, in the UK and elsewhere. The Public Policy Unit is based in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

The Director of the Public Policy Unit is Dr Stuart White.

PPU Aims

  • To build a bridge between academe and the world of public policy
  • To offer quick, but well-informed and non-partisan, advice to government departments, ministers, legislatures, international and non-governemental organisations
  • To conduct rigorous social-scientific research on public policy
  • To promote and advance research in Oxford on current issues in public policy

Public Policy at Oxford

Oxford's world-class reputation as a forum for learning and international debate continues to make it the first port of call for governments and international organisations seeking advice from experts on every conceivable issue of public policy.

The home of the PPU is the Department of Politics and International Relations, itself one of the largest teaching and research units in its field in the UK. The Department is housed in Oxford's new Social Science building, designed to foster interdisciplinary and collaborative research, of which the PPU is a prime example. The PPU also has access to experts in other disciplines throughout the University.