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Areas of Expertise

Informing and shaping policy agendas of UK and overseas governments

First and foremost, PAIS has demonstrable impact in informing and shaping governments’ policies, redrafting national and international legislation and shaping perceptions and behaviour among policy-makers. Beneficiaries in this context include UK government departments and agencies (e.g. Cabinet Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Pesticides Safety Directorate); overseas national governments (e.g. Australia, China, Egypt, India, Russia, US); and the EU Commission and Parliament (e.g. Home Affairs, Trade, External Policies). PAIS academics regularly present evidence to select committees (e.g. Higgott and Breslin appeared before the House of Lords European Sub-Committee in 2008 and 2010).

Influencing international policy communities, IOs, and NGOs

A second priority is to influence international policy communities. Users of our research include international institutions and organisations (e.g. the International Monetary Fund (IMF)); international think tanks (e.g. Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE)); non-governmental organisations (e.g. Ethical Sugar); and the private sector (e.g. the International Biocontrol Manufacturers’ Association).

18 PAIS staff engage with 25 think tanks, of which 10 are ranked in the 'Top 50' of the 2012 Go To Think Tank survey demonstrating international influence.

Enhancing national and international media and public debate

PAIS research informs international media coverage of pressing issues. This activity has consolidated our profile as a powerhouse for cutting-edge, socially relevant research. We are consulted by outlets such as the BBC, The Economist, The Guardian, Handelsblatt, The Independent, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Our media engagement extends beyond high-level dissemination to enhance public debate and inform understanding