Public Policy Programmes


Professionals from all over the world are enabled to apply the latest innovative thinking to contemporary issues in their own countries and organisations

Delegates engage with leading academics and practitioners through interactive lectures and seminars, case studies, visits and workshops. Inspired by international models of development and practice, policy makers are encouraged to engage in discussion and to apply best practice and new ideas to their own strategic goals.


Programme content reflects the wide range of issues policy makers and other leaders face today: urbanisation, sustainable development; energy and environment; economic growth, financial management and social development; health and welfare issues; problems of ageing populations; institutional reform; regional and urban/rural disparities; measuring, monitoring and assessing progress; social innovation; development strategy; leadership, strategy and decision-making; and globalisation.

Each programme is designed specifically to meet the strategic goals of the delegates.

Programme details

The modules listed below are illustrative examples. Please let us know if you are interested in other topics.

Global, regional and national institutions

Key sessions consider the development and future of institutions, relationships between institutions, and governmental and institutional change within a historical and comparative framework.


  • International institutions (global and regional)
  • International conventions
  • Global order and state sovereignty

Decision-making: Mechanisms and processes

This practical module explores the relationships between government, administration and citizen, discussing the existing frameworks and considering new strategies for determining and implementing policies.


  • The policy-making delivery chain
  • Evidence-based policy making: the role of research in policy development
  • New forms of policy making and public management: think tanks, public consultation and e-government
  • Case studies: The Eurozone, road pricing, the Green Belt etc.

The state, the market and the citizen

The dynamic relationship between state, market and third sector is examined through a series of international examples and case studies, paying particular attention to the role of social innovation and social entrepreneurship.


  • Social entrepreneurship: a range of models, both non- and for-profit
  • NGOs: how autonomous are they?
  • From citizen to consumer: can government make us happy?
  • The role of business in social innovation

Social welfare

Practitioners and academics encourage delegates to explore ways of achieving a balance between social justice and economic development, drawing on examples of welfare models from different countries.


  • The demography of ageing
  • Economic security and pension policy
  • Health and social care: comparative models
  • The structure of higher education: policy, funding and the world class university
  • Immigration and migrating workers

Environment and sustainability

This module explores the needs of developing economies: growth and sustainability; the needs of both urban and rural populations; and the national and international aspects of the environmental debate.


  • City planning in the 21st century
  • Population mobility – economic and spatial
  • Energy and pollution
  • The economic costs of climate change
  • Urban regeneration

Leadership and innovation in a transforming world

Looking at leadership models and strategy, delegates discuss the qualities required for successful leadership, practical techniques to improve leadership and management, and strategies for encouraging innovation and managing change.


  • Do leaders make or express public opinion?
  • Measuring performance in the public sphere
  • Team management
  • Developing innovation

Development strategy and foreign policy concerns

This module considers practical issues that are key to successful policy implementation, such as risk management, presentation techniques, negotiation skills, the importance of culture in policy making and international relationships, the role of the media.


  • Government, media and international public opinion: presenting news reality
  • Negotiating skills: how can interests and cultural differences be reconciled?
  • Risk management: objective risk and the perception of risk
  • Disaster management

Academic Visits

Programmes may include visits to local and central government bodies, the Houses of Parliament, think tanks, community centres, law courts and other relevant institutions.


All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the programme.

Apply for this course

LaPP programmes are not open for recruitment to individuals. If you are interested in bringing a delegation to Oxford to attend one of our tailor-made courses, please contact us to discuss options.