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NatCen’s Centre for Deliberative Research: new commissions from IPPR, The University of Sheffield and the European Climate Foundation

11 August 2021 | Tags: deliberative research, Centre for Deliberative Research

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) today announced that its Centre for Deliberative Research has been commissioned to conduct research for the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), The University of Sheffield and the European Climate Foundation.

NatCen will hold a health and care work assembly with IPPR, bringing together stakeholders from the formal and informal health and care workforce, to deliberate on workforce challenges and create future workforce policy recommendations for the sector.

For the European Climate Foundation, NatCen will hold a series of online deliberative workshops both locally and nationally to explore how low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) can be successfully implemented in ways that are acceptable to the public. The research will seek to understand the perspectives of different groups impacted by LTNs, explore how consensus on implementation can be built, and produce clear recommendations that can inform future LTN implementation.

In a project commissioned by The University of Sheffield, NatCen will conduct up to 20 online workshops for the Systems Science in Public Health and Health Economics Research (SIPHER) programme. The research will explore people’s preferences when deciding between policies aimed at addressing inequalities in health and income.

NatCen officially launched its Centre for Deliberative Research in June 2021, having notably delivered the UK’s first completely online Deliberative Poll in 2019, in collaboration with Stanford University.

The new research projects will contribute to the Centre’s growing portfolio of deliberative and public engagement research, for funders and commissioners that include the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra); the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the Women’s Equality Party; UK in a Changing Europe; and the Wellcome Trust.

Ceri Davies, Director of NatCen’s Centre for Deliberative Research, said: “Our Centre is a sector leader in deliberative research, with wider expertise in participatory methods and public engagement across a range of policy areas. We are delighted to be collaborating with IPPR, the European Climate Foundation and The University of Sheffield to generate insight into these complex and challenging policy areas.”

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For more information please contact:

Oliver Paynel, Media and Communications Officer, National Centre for Social Research
email: oliver.paynel@natcen.ac.uk, tel: 0207 549 9550, mob: 07734 960 071

Katie Crabb, Head of Marketing and Communications, National Centre for Social Research
email: katie.crabb@natcen.ac.uk, tel: 0207 549 8504

Notes to editors

1. The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), Britain’s largest independent social research organisation, aims to promote a better-informed society through high quality social research (www.natcen.ac.uk).

2. NatCen’s Centre for Deliberative Research brings together expertise in participatory methods and public engagement across a range of policy areas. It focuses on uncovering attitudes after citizens have been provided with evidence and an opportunity to discuss the issues with experts and others. Alongside policy-facing work, the Centre leads on methodological developments and provides fresh thinking on how deliberative research can respond to big societal questions now and in the future (www.natcen.ac.uk/our-expertise/methods-expertise/centre-for-deliberative-research/).