Bridging the gap between academia and (global) public policy

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 @ 13:00

About this event

As PPE course leader, I plan to help students focus on real-world challenges and how best to address them, from early on. (I don’t think it’s ever too early to start reflecting on and thinking up solutions).

This event will focus on how academia can not only prepare students theoretically for their future careers, but actually enable them participate in meaningful mini-projects, such as academic clinics, practice-focused research and the like, which will effectively enhance their employability prospects.

The panel consists will debate the nature of public policy and what contributing to it means; the risks of policy inaction (doing nothing); the role of the academia in solving world problems concretely, rather than indirectly through education; and the kind of challenges and opportunities that the current (post) pandemic world poses for this kind of work.

We look forward to seeing you there!


The event will be chaired by Dr Ana-Maria Pascal, Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Joanne Bauer

Joanne Bauer is Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights Program and Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. She co-leads the Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum based at Columbia University and involving more than 260 faculty at 180 institutions in more than 30 countries. Bauer is editor of Forging Environmentalism: Justice, Livelihood and Contested Environments (ME Sharpe, 2006), and co-editor of The East Asian Challenge for Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Bauer is also Senior Fellow, Melbourne University Law School and an adviser and consultant to a number of non-profits and projects, including Inclusive Development International, Accountability Counsel, Oxfam America, and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Joelle Fiss

Joelle Fiss is a member of the OSCE/ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief and, since 2019, an alternate member of Parliament in Geneva. Joelle has focused recent work on the compelling role that religion plays in today’s world and its multifaceted effects on security, conflict, human rights, society and identity. She has worked on topics relating to discrimination and incitement and more generally the role that discourse plays in the public space—positively or negatively. Joelle has extensively published on allegations of blasphemy, which often target political dissidents, religious minorities or free-thinkers. Joelle frequently explores how the established right to freedom of religion or belief is being tested, and can no longer be taken for granted — in an age when sectarian conflict and violence is waged in the name of religion.

Stephen Barber

Stephen Barber is Professor of Global Affairs at Regent’s. As Assistant Dean, he is responsible for the integrity of taught courses across the Business & Management Faculty, and on leading the Programme Heads in their stewardship of the University’s programmes. His academic and research interests are at the intersection of global political economy, public policy, government, business environment and public leadership. Stephen is perhaps best known for two strands of academic work; around the deficiencies in the policy making process and global economic environment. He has published books and articles in both areas, and lectured around the ‘Brexit environment’ and Westminster governance. This research has supported contributions to numerous official inquiries, and Stephen has appeared as an expert witness before a Commons Select Committee.