Established in late 2018, MurrayBlackburnMackenzie is a 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.

Over the past year, we have researched and written about sex and gender self-identification across different areas of public policy in the UK.

We are Edinburgh based, and work in both a voluntary and commissioned capacity.


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

Last chance saloon: preserving the integrity of the sex question in the 2021 census

Last month, following a parliamentary evidence session on the 2021 census, the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee (CTEEA) Committee wrote to the National Records of Scotland (NRS), asking for further clarification on several points. This blog discusses…