Welcome to Policy Studies Institute
The primary role of PSI is to inform and influence public policy through research.
In 2009, PSI joined the University of Westminster and is located within the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.
PSI is politically neutral and is not affiliated to any political party, commercial interest or pressure group.
Our main source of income is derived from grants and commissions for individual research projects received from a variety of sources, including: government departments such as Defra and DECC; government agencies such as ACAS and the Environment Agency; charitable trusts such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation; research councils such as the Economic and Social Research Council and NERC; the European Commission; and companies.
PSI's principal current focus is on the environment and sustainable development. Policy research often addresses issues requiring interdisciplinary approaches and we frequently undertake collaborative projects.
Our three strands of policy research are policy development, evaluation and critique. Our interdisciplinary team of researchers and visiting fellows deploy the most appropriate research methods to address complex policy issues. Many of our studies use and synthesise a combination of literature review, quantitative and qualitative approaches.
We collaborate with many leading research institutes, think tanks and academic departments, in the UK and across Europe such as Bio Intelligence Service (Paris); Cardiff University; the Centre for Sustainable Energy; Ecologic (Berlin); the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) (Amsterdam); the Institute for European Environmental Policy (Brussels and London); the National Centre for Social Research; the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability (Vienna); the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and many others, including academic colleagues within the University of Westminster.
Publication and dissemination of our research is an integral part of PSI's activity, and we undertake research with the expectation that the results will be made public whenever possible.