Analysis and factual trends

Resource nationalism

Is the UK economy at risk of countries or companies restricting the supply of key resources? Ian Mitchell and Serina Ng, economists from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, assess the risks. Last year, a new horizon- scanning …

Making equal marriage possible

The Government proposes laws. Civil servants help turn those ideas into reality. Wally Ford from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport talks about one particularly high-profile example. In September 2011 the Government announced plans to make marriages between same …

Reform in Europe — saving our fish and chips

The European Union Common Fisheries Policy had failed. Neil Hornby, Head of Sea Fisheries at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, tells how the UK helped turn that failure round. "For years people said the Common Fisheries Policy …

Putting data to good use: helping offenders find work

Data sharing between two government departments has had a huge impact on offenders’ lives, and points to new ways of working across other areas of government The Government’s Social Justice Strategy aims to provide the most disadvantaged in our society …

International disaster risk reduction

Disaster risks will change over the coming decades. Some level of risk must be accepted, but we can do much more to manage that risk and to build resilience.  Natural hazards have always been with us. A devastating earthquake in …