The Policy Engagement Network (PEN) is a cross-disciplinary initiative to conduct national and globally policy-relevant research. The primary objective of PEN is to inform policy deliberation through linking academic research with pressing policy issues.
To further this goal we build and nurture relationships with policy-makers, regulators, government agencies, parliamentarians around the world and international organisations. Through these relationships we are able to identify the policy areas that require the greatest and immediate attention. We bring international experts from academia, industry, government, and civil society together to inform our work so that we may bring the key ideas and knowledge into the policy-making process.
'Engagement' is the essential research strategy to our work. We host dozens of workshops every year at the LSE, and we have run forums and conferences around the world. We present our work at dozens of international conferences every year, and regularly give evidence and provide reports to Parliaments, regulators, policy-makers and industry.
Coordinators: Mr Simon Davies and Dr Gus Hosein.
Key advisors include:
Reports and publications
Electronic Health Privacy and Security in Developing Countries and Humanitarian Operations, a report prepared by the Policy Engagement Network for the International Development Research Centre (PDF - 576KB)
Research Note on Privacy and Security of Medical Records in Developing Countries and Emergency Situations, Gus Hosein and Aaron Martin (PDF - 216KB)
Briefing on the the UK Government's Interception Modernisation Programme, June 2009 (PDF - 1MB)
Schools and Communities: Developing Links; Understanding the role for information and communication technologies, Mike Cushman, May 2009 (PDF - 84KB)
Advanced Internet Policy Report on Online Consent, May 2009 (PDF - 1.1MB)
Advanced Internet Policy Report on Internet Advertising, May 2009 (PDF - 2MB)
CAN ID? Visions for Canada's Identity Policy; Understanding Identity Policy and Policy Alternatives, Krista Boa, Andrew Clement, Simon Davies, Gus Hosein (PDF - 2MB)
Media opinion pieces
UN report on Terrorism and Privacy, the UN Special Rapporteur on Terrorism and Human Rights was advised by Gus Hosein for this report to the UN Human Rights Council. December 2009
A Privacy Impact Assessment for UN High Commissioner for Refugees on biometric registration systems, April 2009.
Research and engagement domains
Our research and engagement work is diverse, and ever-changing. In the following links, we outline the current areas of focus, some of our earlier research, and some of our reports.