Labour Left, the Labour Party Think Tank, is a grassroots organisation
developing new public discourses that aim to move Labour towards an
ethical socialist position. Professor Beverley Clack works with Labour
Left to provide intellectual support for developing Labour Party policy.
Her research, which focuses on a common wellbeing, has been used to inform
debate in the party around notions of ethical socialism as the basis for
policy. She has contributed to public events, including two fringe events
at the Labour Party Conferences of 2011 and 2012, collaborated with Mags
Waterhouse in producing a blog for the Huffington Post, and contributed a
chapter to The Red Book on the theme of ethical socialism.
For about a decade, Professor Nick Bostrom and others have been pursuing
research on what he
calls `existential risk': this research deals with basic threats both to
the quality of our future life and
indeed to our having any future life at all. This work has had
considerable impact on policy.
Professor Bostrom has been invited to play a large number of advisory and
consultation roles, to
government departments and major insurance companies among many others.
His work has also
attracted a huge amount of attention among the wider public. He has been
invited to give
prestigious public lectures, and he has given many interviews on his ideas
to the media - thereby
contributing to the public awareness of the huge risks at stake.
Eyal Weizman's decade-long programme of research into the relation
between architecture and conflict has been formative to the establishment
of the new field of "Forensic Architecture". His research-based books have
been the basis for his production of influential human rights reports,
several of which have been presented as evidence in international trials
and/or have informed policies relating to the Israel/Palestinian conflict.
Appointed as the director of the Centre for Research Architecture at
Goldsmiths in 2005, in 2011 he was awarded ERC funding of €1.2M for a
project [Forensic Architecture] on the place of architecture in
international humanitarian law: this has generated spatial evidence
crucial to legal issues concerning the conflicts in areas of the world
including Palestine, Guatemala, Pakistan and the Yemen. His extensive
collaboration with international human rights organisations and the UN
have meant that his work has achieved very wide reach. His work reached
multiple audiences through numerous public lectures and media
presentations as well as extensive exhibitions in leading cultural and
architectural institutions worldwide.
Research on sustainability in this unit is helping to extend the lifetime
of clothing and other consumer products (durables/ semi-durables) by
informing government policy and influencing manufacturers to reduce waste
and over-consumption. Our findings on key policy instruments have fed into
new government guidelines, prepared in the context of EU legislation, on
the potential to reduce waste by increasing product lifetimes. Our
clothing sector research has been disseminated to policymakers and
industry stakeholders through studies on public understanding of
sustainable clothing, clothing behaviour and designing clothes for
longevity. Together they have culminated in a Government-funded initiative
to create an industry-supported Clothing Longevity Protocol.
Timothy Gorringe's research examines issues in urban planning and
transition towns from a theological and ethical perspective. It places
moral, spiritual and aesthetic values alongside economic and physical
considerations at the heart of the planning process, and provides analyses
of movements seeking environmental and social change. Gorringe has
presented and discussed his research in policy-shaping fora, and as part
of interactions with churches, charities and campaigning groups including
the Transition Network, who form the main beneficiaries of his work. His
research has had international impact beyond the HE academy, influencing
the work of urban planners and shaping public education about the urban
environment, especially in regard to ethical, spiritual and environmental