• Conference Events 2014

    Policy Exchange has an exciting schedule at all three of the party conferences this year. Speakers include Nicky Morgan, Liz Truss, Brandon Lewis, Matthew Hancock, Tristram Hunt, Caroline Flint, Jeremy Browne and many more.

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    Conference 2014
  • Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

    The second Wolfson Economics Prize was awarded to David Rudlin of URBED. His entry, which proposed extending existing cities according to garden city principles, was unanimously voted the winner by the Judges.

    Read the winning entry and more here

    Wolfson Economics Prize
  • The Estate We're In

    The Estate We're In urges politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade. Estate Recovery Teams should be established to work with local leaders in identifying and tackling the deep-rooted and acute social problems which affect individual estates.  

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    Sink Estates
  • Green Society

    Green Society highlights the importance of parks and other urban green spaces to the social and economic wellbeing of the country and sets out new ways to improve the UK's local green spaces in the face of local authority spending cuts. The paper makes a wide range of proposals including the idea of a full or partial council tax rebate for volunteers who maintain and improve nearby green spaces.  

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  • Silicon Cities

    Silicon Cities argues that ‘clusters’ – geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field – are the most effective way of boosting the technology sector across the country, and makes a number of recommendations as to how this can be achieved. 

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    Silicon Cities

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  • 22 August 2014 | The Estate We’re In: Lessons from the Front Line

    • Written by inner-city crime writer Gavin Knight, The Estate We're In calls for politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade. The report highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems and, using case studies to extract best practice, draws out the key lessons for policymakers in how to turn around the worst housing estates.

  • 20 August 2014 | Green Society: Policies to improve the UK’s green spaces

    • Parks and other urban green spaces are highly important to the social and economic wellbeing of the country. However, as local authority budgets have been squeezed, public funding of parks and open spaces has declined. In light of this, Green Society suggests a number of innovative ways to protect and improve the UK’s urban green spaces including the idea of a council tax rebate for local residents who volunteer to maintain nearby green spaces. 


  • 12 September 2014 | Doug Lemov at the annual Policy Exchange / Teach First Lecture (II)

    • Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Education, covers our inaugural Annual Education Lecture, which was delivered by US education reform expert Doug Lemov.  Doug called for greater opportunities for teachers to learn from one another, highlighting that there is no achievement gap that some teacher hasn't already crossed.

  • 12 September 2014 | Doug Lemov at the annual Policy Exchange / Teach First Lecture (I)

    • Sam Freedman, Director of Research, Evaluation and Impact at Teach First and former Head of Education at Policy Exchange, covers Doug Lemov's recent education speech. Sam lists Doug's three simple insights which could drastically improve the way both teachers and children are taught.

Latest Events

  • 15 September 2014 | The Too Difficult Box: The Big Issues Politicians Can't Crack with Charles Clarke

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to welcome former Home Secretary Charles Clarke to discuss his new book, The Too Difficult Box. The book brings together a cast of heavy hitters from the worlds of politics, academia and public service, to write expansively and persuasively on some of society’s most insidious problems, too often kicked into the long grass because of their apparent insolubility.

  • 10 September 2014 | The Annual Education Lecture with Doug Lemov, in association with Teach First

    • Policy Exchange is delighted that Doug Lemov will be joining us to deliver our first annual lecture on education. Lemov is author of Teach Like A Champion and the Managing Director of Uncommon Schools, a group of charter schools across New York, New Jersey and Boston with a mission to close the achievement gap and prepare deprived students to go to and graduate from college.