What are the tensions between open trade and regulatory divergence in the UK's approach to its internal market?

The Constitution Committee recently released a report on the Internal Market, and in this podcast the Deputy Convener Donald Cameron MSP was joined by Professor Michael Keating, and Dr Chris McCorkindale to discuss some of the key themes in the report.

You can find out more about the Committee's work by visiting their webpage, or by reading their report "UK Internal Market Inquiry" on the Parliament's website. 

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre, SPICe, has recently published its 'Key Issues for Session 6' briefing. The publication outlines some of the key subjects likely to be of particular interest in the coming Parliamentary Session.

You can read the briefing in full here: https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/ResearchBriefings/Report/2021/5/12/df69604c-1a2f-4a50-94fe-26c48f8623e7#

This episode of the podcast, featuring Lizzy Burgess and Alison O'Connor, researchers from SPICe, looks specifically at COVID-19. The section of the briefing on COVID-19 can be read here:



What is a green recovery? And what should it look like? These are the questions that the Environment Committee have been asking during their inquiry. Listen as we chat to their convener, as well as Parliament staff and a community worker to explore how people feel about Scotland's green recovery, and learn a little bit about the parliamentary process at the same time.

In this episode of the podcast Allan Campbell, from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), summarises what he and has team think stands out from the Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2020/21.

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This episode was recorded on Monday 7 September 2020.

The Infrastructure Commission for Scotland wast established by the Scottish Government to provide independent, informed advice on the nation’s vision, ambition and priorities to create a 30-year infrastructure strategy to meet the country’s future economic growth and societal needs.

The Commission has recently presented the Scottish Government with a report (Key Findings Report - A blueprint for Scotland), which sets out “an overall 30-year infrastructure vision to support and enable inclusive net zero carbon economy”.

Featuring, Ian Russell CBE, Chair of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. Introduced by Edward Mountain MSP, Convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

How can Scotland develop a shared vision for the future of its rural areas, managing the delicate balancing act between community development and conservation?

Join an expert panel, including Megan MacInnes, Scottish Land Commissioner; Vicki Swales from Scottish Environment; Calum MacLeod from Community Land Scotland; and Jack Norquoy MSYP for Orkney, to explore the potential futures ahead of us and consider what we want for 2030.

Chaired by Claudia Beamish MSP, Scotland’s Futures Forum director.

For more information, visit the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

Scotland's Futures Forum continues its spring 2019 programme of events with a discussion this evening on the idea of a citizen’s income, featuring new research and an expert perspective from Finland.

With predictions of social and economic upheaval brought about by technological and environmental change, could a citizen’s income reduce poverty and increase people’s control over their lives? Using new research from Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities and a view from the Finnish basic income experiment, this event looked at whether citizen’s income is a realistic and affordable solution for the future.

You can find out more at The Citizen's Income event web page on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

A recording from the Festival of Politics session titled "Living Outside the EU".

Free, fair and mutually beneficial trade appears to be a long-gone ambition of former global trading partners in an age of fractious G7 deals and Brexit negotiations. Join our chair Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP and panellists including Professor Michael Keating, Chair in Scottish Politics, University of Aberdeen; and Douglas Fraser, BBC Economy Editor to decipher the new trade rules, tariffs and what all this means for the consumer.

This week we're joined by Filippo Fontanelli, Academic Fellow in our research department (SPICe) and Senior Lecturer in International Economic Law at the University of Edinburgh, to examine the potential impact on trade between the UK and EU countries in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.

As with all guest interviewees, their views are their own, and not those of the Scottish Parliament.

We speak with Ragne Low from the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde about the Scottish Government's proposed Publicly Owned Energy Company, to find out a bit more about what it is and what form it could take.

As with all guest interviewees, their views are their own, and not those of the Scottish Parliament.

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