Parliamentary launch of research into Homelessness from the Private rented sector

By Dr Chris O’Leary Homelessness has a devastating effect on those experiencing it, their communities, and the public purse. There is rightly a current policy focus – both here in Greater Manchester and across England – on rough sleeping, the … Continue reading

Complex commissioning for complex needs using partnerships, individuals assets and lived experience

The third instalment of this year’s Social Justice Commissioning seminar series will take place on the 6th of November at Manchester Metropolitan University. According to research by the Lankelly Chase Foundation (2015), around 60,000 people in England experience multiple and … Continue reading

Good Chancellor, but not good enough on Universal Credit

By Dr Chris O’Leary There has been much speculation over the last week that the Chancellor would use yesterday’s Budget to bring some much needed good news for families in receipt of Universal Credit, the Government’s flagship welfare reform. Introduced … Continue reading

Creating the world’s first age-friendly city – in Manchester

Our School of Architecture’s research into better neighbourhoods for older citizens has an enthusiastic partner in DevoManc’s vision to transform the region’s health.   By Stefan White Our cities are typically not great places in which to grow older. Yet we … Continue reading

We’re helping women to achieve better business start-ups

Female entrepreneurs face hidden barriers in India. I used the Chancellor’s Fellowship to share my research with a start-up centre, linked to government, that supports such women. This partnership is having a big impact on the understanding and the help … Continue reading

“You can’t always get what you want…” – or can you?: Engaging offenders – an alternative approach to commissioning voluntary sector criminal justice services

On Thursday 13th October, Kevin Wong (Associate Director for Criminal Justice, Policy and Evaluation Research Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University) will be the speaker at the Academy for Social Justice Commissioning evening seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University. Drawing on research evidence … Continue reading

Drug and alcohol users deserve a ‘good death’

We’re using our knowledge and connections to focus agencies, healthcare providers and policy makers on better end of life care for this neglected, stigmatised group. By Sarah Galvani As academics, we’re familiar with the latest research and we are well-connected … Continue reading

Young People and Democratic Life in Greater Manchester: Launching The Chancellor’s Fellowship

Following discussions with Cllr Rishi Shori, who leads on Community Cohesion and on The Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority, and in partnership with Youth Focus North West; Janet Batsleer has launched a new stage of our work on participation and … Continue reading

PERU team members submit evidence to the Defence Committee inquiry into Global Islamist Terrorism

Members of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) have submitted evidence towards the Defence Committee Inquiry into Global Islamist Terrorism. Established in 2007, PERU is a multi-disciplinary team of evaluators, economists, sociologists and criminologists. They specialise in evaluating … Continue reading

We’re helping countries turn love affairs with foreign investment into lasting marriages

MMU research and expertise is informing UN work on how to make the most of multinationals. By Heinz Tüselmann The secret to making the most of foreign investment is more important than ever for Britain’s  highly internationalised and open economy. … Continue reading

Homelessness from the private rented sector

Dr Chris O’Leary is a specialist in public policy and is a senior lecturer in the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.  Much of his work before joining PERU was around modelling need and demand in terms of multiple needs, prevention and integration of services. Chris also … Continue reading

‘You can make research heard amid the noise of policy.’

Work with a London think tank to host debate. Develop local models with positive solutions and brief policy makers clearly, says Dr Rob Ralphs, MMU’s expert on the Spice crisis. “I help integrate policy makers from the criminal justice, housing … Continue reading