From observation to experimentation: one prescription for a geography of public policy

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This brief paper considers recent debates about the public policy relevance of geography. Previous writings on the topic have highlighted problems in the discipline itself as well as criticizing the lack of policy relevance of much geographical research rather than offer up much in the way of remedy or prescription. This paper argues that an experimental approach to geographical research design could help make the discipline more policy relevant.

Keywords: Britain; experimental; geography; health; method; public policy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, 4 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RJ, Email:

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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