Together, the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, and Oxfordshire County Council are collaborating on a new pilot project, the Local Policy Lab. 

This partnership aims to bridge the gap between research and local policy in Oxfordshire, provide a forum for uplifting local research needs, and build meaningful relationships between local policymakers, community groups and residents, and university researchers in Oxfordshire.  

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, will be launching a pilot Fellowship Programme to recruit graduate students who:

  • Are interested in climate and health research;
  • Are committed to narrowing health and environmental disparities, and;
  • Want to make an impact in the health and wellbeing of Oxfordshire residents.
The findings of these projects aim to support evidence-based policy making in Oxfordshire. 


In addition to the opportunity to contribute to research that directly informs local policy, Local Policy Lab Fellows will have the opportunity: 

  • For mentorship from both policymakers and academic
  • To collaborate and build relationships with local authorities and community groups, and;
  • For training and professional development covering topics from community engagement, local policy, and data skills.  


The Application deadline is midnight on 2nd of April 2024. Please apply here. 

Applicants will be advised if they have secured a Local Policy Lab fellowship by the 17th of April 2024. 

For any questions about the programme and application process, please reach out to 

This programme/scheme is supported by the University of Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC IAA). The IAA is designed to enable a wide range of knowledge exchange (KE) and engagement activities that translate social sciences research into social, economic and behavioural impact.