Informing public policy

Universities have a central role to play in ensuring policy debates and decisions take into account research evidence. At the University of Hertfordshire our academics actively engage with policymakers at a regional, national and international level to address some of society's most pressing challenges.

Our research is providing insight into issues at the top of the policy agenda, from safeguarding employment rights in the 'gig economy' to increasing older people's resilience to vulnerabilities in the food system.

These are the key policy areas our research is currently seeking to address:

Future of work and the gig economy

Future of work

Our research explores the rise of the 'gig economy' and the challenges the changing world of work poses for employment rights and workers' wellbeing...

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Understanding children’s health behaviour and wellbeing

Children's mental health

Analysis of our Health Behaviour in School Aged Children (HBSC) England study data is revealing new insights into self-harm, cyberbullying and girls’ wellbeing...

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Food and public health challenges

Food and public health

Our research shows how the food system can be adapted to promote healthy eating across two vulnerable groups: children and older people...

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