About Policy Exchanges

DMU Policy Exchanges is a space for dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners about the challenges we face as a society. The blog offers the opportunity for critique and discussion of contemporary political and social developments and the articulation of alternative visions and responses.

The blog is informed by the research activities of the Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University.

Format and Focus

We intend to publish critiques, reviews and reports that will vary in scope, length and format. We will publish text and multimedia-based pieces, which are accessible to both an academic and non-academic audience. Our approach is participatory, and we wish to catalyse deep, critical conversations about policy and practice in-and-across a range of disciplines.


We encourage critical commentary throughout the blog, in order to develop and enhance debates about alternatives. All comments will be moderated by the core team of authors. We operate under the following authoring/commenting guidelines.

  • Email Privacy: Email addresses are required for commenting, and they are neither published on the blog nor shared anywhere else. They may be used by the blog committee to privately contact the commenter, for instance to commission a blog post.
  • On Contributions: these should be respectful and relevant. DMU is committed to providing an atmosphere in which professional dialogue takes place. This means that postings should not be indecent, disruptive, disorderly, threatening or offensive. Equally they must not be fraudulent, deceitful or dishonest. You are responsible for any personal information that you share about yourself.
  • Copyright: You agree to post only those materials to which you have the copyright or other permission to distribute electronically. Do not violate, plagiarise, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights.
  • Take-down: It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. If you fee that your copyright has been infringed please email Ros Lishman.
  • Licensing: the content on DMU Policy Exchanges is licensed under a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike license.
  • Blocking: Anyone who violates this Comments Policy may be blocked from or commenting on this blog.
  • All Rights Reserved: The Department of Politics and Public Policy reserves the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments. They also have the right to block access to any one or group from commenting or from the entire blog.