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On Cohesion

Our latest publication brings together a group of The University of Manchester's leading social science researchers, examining questions of social cohesion, violent extremism, youth engagement, counter-terrorism, and more. With a Foreword from Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Read and download On Cohesion

Also from Policy@Manchester:

Six of these essays are now available as audio readings (via Soundcloud) and in written form (via our Manchester Policy Blogs site) 

Whiteness, class, and cohesion
Dr James Rhodes
Audio     Blog

Why embracing language diversity is a key to community cohesion
By Professor Yaron Matras
Audio    Blog

Young people are the solution, not the problem
By Dr Jo Deakin
Audio | Blog

The pathway to violent extremism: is socio-economic inequality, or our perception of it, to blame?
by Professor Hilary Pilkington
Audio | Blog

Prevent in schools and colleges:why a new approach is needed
by Bob Hindle
Audio | log

Could religious tradition be the antidote to fundamentalism?
by Professor Alexander Samely.
Audio | Blog

Youth engagement: can we afford not to invest in what works?
By Dr James Laurence.
Audio | Blog

Cohesion again? Learning lessons from the ‘between’
by Dr Necla Acik and Dr Ajmal Hussain.
Audio   Blog

Protecting against terror: are we dividing our cities?
Dr Martin Coward.
Audio   Blog

On AI and Robotics - read our groundbreaking online publication exploring the social, economic, and policy implications of the fourth industrial revolution.

As well as seeking to engage policymakers with our considerable expertise, we are interested in the process of policymaking and how those in positions of influence and power use academic knowledge and research to make decisions.

Policy@Manchester conducted a survey of UK Senior Civil Servants (SCS) in an attempt to explore their engagement with academia. The results are presented in the reports below.

Our colleague Dr Alex Hall spent three months with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology during his PhD studies. He has written a short piece reflecting on his internship, for the benefit of academics and researchers who may wish to consider a policy-facing fellowship of their own.

A recent report by Amelia Abercrombie from the University of Manchester’s Multilingual Manchester research unit has found that leaving the European Union may reduce levels of support for the teaching of English as an additional language, due to the withdrawal of EU funding.