The University of Oxford’s ambitions to do more in the local community and to strengthen links and coordination with the county, city and district councils are stronger than ever.

The Local Policy Lab is a new alliance between the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and Oxfordshire County Council that aims to promote relationships and bridge the gap between research and local policy.

The Local Policy Lab's development is a new initiative that will build meaningful and long-lasting connections between local public policy actors and communities and academic researchers.

The Local Policy Lab aims to:


  • Connect University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes researchers with County and District council policy-makers, local volunteer and charity organisations, and with communities to support evidence-based public policy in key areas, initially focusing on Health and Climate Policy, and;
  • Create opportunities for graduate students, supervised by academics and County officers, to work on existing datasets, collect new qualitative data, and undertake impact evaluations. 

Fellowship Programme


In its first year, the Local Policy Lab has launched a pilot Fellowship Programme in partnership with the SDG Impact Lab. The Local Policy Lab Fellowship Programme aims to pair graduate students with a policy partner to conduct research with the goal of supporting evidence-based policymaking in the areas of climate and health in Oxfordshire. Learn more about the nine projects the Fellows are working on in 2024.

Local Policy Lab Fellowship applications for graduate students from both University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University are expected to open in the next academic year.

Steering Group


  • Dr Adam Briggs, Deputy Director of Public Health, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Professor Alex Betts, University of Oxford Local and Global Engagement Officer
  • Professor Koula Asimakopoulou, Associate Dean Research and KE, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
  • Mat Hickman, Head of Public and Community Engagement, University of Oxford
  • Aileen Marshall-Brown, Head of Engagement, Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford
  • Professor Rajat Gupta, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change, Oxford Brookes University
  • Dr Carol McAnally, Associate Director Knowledge Exchange & Impact, Oxford Brookes University

Get in Touch


If you would like to continue to get engaged with the Local Policy Lab, please sign up for our new mailing list to ensure you receive future communications. 

If you would like more information or if you have a project that could benefit from the Local Policy Lab's involvement, please contact 

The Local Policy Lab is supported by the University of Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account