Established in late 2018, MurrayBlackburnMackenzie is an independent policy analysis collective, made up of Dr Kath Murray, Lucy Hunter Blackburn and Lisa Mackenzie. Between us, we have extensive experience in policy-making, research and communications. We are Edinburgh based, and work in both a voluntary and commissioned capacity.

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If policy is to be based on evidence, then the evidence has to be as independent of ideological points of view as is possible. MBM Scottish policy analysis
has an admirable record of trying to achieve that.”
Lindsay Paterson, Professor of Education Policy
University of Edinburgh

Latest posts

MBM factcheck on claims made about women’s sex-based rights and gender recognition reform during the 2021 Holyrood election campaign

MBM factcheck on 2021 Holyrood election claims Throughout the election campaign, candidates have been asked about their views on single-sex spaces, the Equality Act, and how women should be defined in policy and law. This factcheck briefing examines claims made…

‘Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden’: A review of Dhejne et al’s findings on criminal convictions

BackgroundIn 2011 Dhejne et al. published a peer-reviewed academic paper setting out findings from a cohort study aimed at estimating the ‘mortality, morbidity, and criminal rate after surgical sex reassignment of transsexual persons’ (2011: 1). Using a range of administrative…

ForWomenScotland legal challenge to Gender Representation on Public Boards Act: putting the case in context

ForWomenScotland (FWS) announced earlier this week that they are seeking leave to appeal against the judgement in their case against the Scottish Government. Just as the Scottish Parliament went into recess for the election, Lady Wise found that the Scottish…

MBM review of the ONS paper ‘Methodology for decision making on the 2021 Census sex question concept and associated guidance’

MBM review of the ONS paper ‘Methodology for decision making on the 2021 Census sex question concept and associated guidance’ Less than six weeks before the date of the 2021 census in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics…