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Policy Leeds news and blogs
Partnering with Leeds City Council to identify local knowledge needs
The University of Leeds has partnered with Leeds City Council to develop a series of Areas of Research Interest, in the areas of culture, digital, food and inclusive growth.
Our monthly round-up, pulling together some of the policy-focussed research across the University of Leeds.
Food hubs support communities against food poverty
Food hubs can provide support for communities through the cost of living crisis, but they need to be better recognised and supported.
People with arthritis are 20 per cent less likely to be in work
Research from the University of Leeds School of Medicine shows more support is needed to help improve the employment prospects for people with arthritis.
Evidence-based policy placement: Delivering the Leeds Food Strategy
Dr Neil Boyle is taking a secondment to work with Leeds City Council on their upcoming Food Strategy. This blog outlines their joint approach to generating breakthrough change in this area.
UK needs to use phosphorus sustainably
A new report puts forward the first UK Phosphorus Transformation Strategy to reduce reliance on imported phosphorus, tackle pollution and increase sustainability by 2045.
Parks should be safe places for women and girls
West Yorkshire parks should be better designed and managed so that women and girls always feel safe, according to a new study funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Policy Leeds briefs
Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture: delivering a just transformation
A review of Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture discussions on transforming agriculture to tackle climate change finds insufficient consideration of how to promote a just transition.
Reducing restrictive practices in UK institutional settings
This policy note reports on the most effective interventions to reduce the use of restrictive practices, such as restraint or seclusion, in health, education and criminal justice settings.
Supporting movement skills to improve health and education
Children who are behind on their movement skills do worse at school and have poorer health. New movement skill tools have been developed to help schools tackle this issue.
Fuel poverty in the cost of living crisis
With rising energy costs, almost a quarter of UK households are now facing energy poverty. This policy note summarises the body of evidence on the likely effects for households.
Protecting BAME families and communities during a public health emergency
Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. A framework is proposed to ensure responses to future pandemics are culturally competent.
Using geothermal mine water energy for food production in Leeds
Using geothermal energy from mine water for food production may increase food security in a low carbon way. An action plan to establish a pilot in Leeds has been developed.
Shared ground heat exchange for the decarbonisation of heat
Shared ground heat exchange can deliver low carbon heat where other options are not feasible, but they are not supported under current policy.