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Mile End Institute

Projects and Publications

The Mile End Institute connects research, policy-making and public debate to deepen and challenge the understanding of British politics, governance and public policy.

Current Projects

UK Constitutional Reform: What Has Worked and What Hasn’t?

Online Conference, 25-26 March 2021

This project, led by Dr Richard Johnson, aims to provide a critical evaluation of recent constitutional reforms. Did they deliver what their proponents claimed? Have they generally improved governance, or added further complication? Have they helped to unite the UK or drive further division? Did they enhance or obscure accountability?

Coronavirus: Making Women Visible 

The MEI supported an early survey of the gendered impacts of COVID-19 in the UK by Professor Sophie Harman in partnership with the Fawcett Society, Women's Budget Group, and LSE. The survey led to three Policy Briefings on the impact of COVID-19 on Parenting, Disabled Women, and BAME Women that gained wider media publicity, interest, and public discussion. 

A Post-Brexit/ Post-Covid UK Welfare State


This project, led by Dr Paul Copeland, will synthesize current leading research and thinking on the reform of the UK welfare state to produce a shared understanding of a renewed vision that will lead the future debate on reform. It will conduct four roundtables with academics and policy actors (active labour market policies, anti-poverty policy, social care, and long-term illness) and compile a report outlining a Post-Brexit/Post Covid vision of the British welfare state.