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. You can make a donation to support our work here. We launched a crowdfunder on 9 November 2020 to research the weakened recognition in UK law and policy of sex as the basis for women’s experiences of discrimination and disadvantage.

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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

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Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Questions for the Cabinet Secretary for Justice

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee will begin consideration of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and will take evidence from Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Tuesday 27 October. Below are questions to which we suggest…

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Views from Scottish policing

In April 2020 the Scottish Government published the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The Bill aims to consolidate existing hate crime legislation, introduce new protected characteristics, introduce new provisions for stirring up hatred for all characteristics, and abolish…