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Mile End Institute

A major policy centre that hosts a wide range of public talks and debate, bringing academics, policy actors and enthusiasts together to listen to expert and prestigious speakers.

  • School/Institute/Department: School of History, Mile End Institute
  • Subjects: Politics, Policy, History
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  • Status: Past

The Mile End Institute is a major policy centre at Queen Mary University of London. Drawing on its unique location within a Russell Group University situated in London’s East End, it brings together policymakers, academics and diverse local communities to address the major political challenges in the UK.

The Institute calls upon Queen Mary’s rich academic expertise in the fields of contemporary history and politics to bring a longer view to bear on policy issues. It is dedicated to contributing to debates about:

  • The State: the relationship between the citizen and the state and the impact of policy on people’s lives; the reconstruction of the state, the government and the union; and the changing role of the United Kingdom on the world stage
  • The Economy: the challenge to develop a regionally balanced and dynamic growth model, foster innovation, and address skills gaps and social inequality
  • The City: opportunities and obstacles affecting the development of East London, including jobs, skills and governance.
    The Institute houses academic experts leading research on these themes and is developing partnerships with a variety of external organisations and professionals.

Current projects include:

  • a conference series to promote intellectual innovation and closer engagement between contemporary political historians, policy-makers and the media (with funding from the British Academy’s rising stars scheme)
  • assessments of the nature and implications of decentralisation within England (supported and funded by the Local Government Information Unit and the Economic and Social Research Council)
  • an examination of the proposals for the introduction of 'English Votes for English Laws' (in partnership with the Centre for Constitutional Change)
  • the promotion of community engagement among students in the East End (funded by the New Leaders Network)

Their events programme brings a wide range of high-profile speakers to Mile End to address topical issues and debates. Previous contributors include David Davis MP, Baroness Onora O’Neill, Frances Guy and Lord Andrew Cooper. All events are free and open to the public, to allow the Institute’s academic, policy and local communities to engage with each other in an open exchange of ideas. They are filmed and available online.

Starting in 2015 Mile End Institute also now hold an annual lecture in honour of their patron Lord Peter Hennessy at which a distinguished practitioner will reflect on major issues in British politics and government.

Visit the Mile End Institute website for events, opinion blogs and recordings of previous activity here.

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