Research Commissions

The PSA's two Research Commissions were set up in 2015 to help identify emerging issues in the study and practice of politics.

Members were invited to submit proposals for Commissions which addressed issues of strategic importance and reflected on how the study of politics might respond to challenges and opportunities raised by the changing scope and form of politics in the 21st Century. 

PSA Chair (2014 - 2017) Professor Matthew Flinders outlines the objectives of the Research Commissions via our Youtube channel.


News and publications from the Commissions

Examining the role of ‘Informal Governance’ on Devolution to England’s Cities

 The Informal Governance Commission is chaired by Dr Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol & Board Member of the Regional Studies Association). 

On 3 March 2016 the Commission launched a report detailing its findings at the Institute for Government. 

Sarah Ayres discusses the report's recommendations via our Youtube channel.

The Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain

The Commission on Care is chaired by Shirin Rai (University of Warwick).

The Commission launched its final report in the House of Lords on 1 November 2016. 

More information can be found via and @psa_care.