International evidence and the risks of reframing the sex question in the census

At the time of writing, the three UK census authorities  (National Records of Scotland , Office for National Statistics, and the Northern Ireland Research and Statistics Authority) are planning to provide guidance to accompany the sex question in the next…

Supplementary evidence on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

We have submitted supplementary evidence to the Justice Committee in the light of (a) an open letter currently circulating which has been signed by a number of parliamentarians and others (b) the Cabinet Secretary’s comments at the Justice Committee hearing…

Sex, gender identity, and the erosion of academic norms

On 20 November Scottish Affairs published an advance online copy of our new article, 'Losing Sight of Women's Rights (Again), in which we defend an earlier paper, published by the same journal in 2019. Our new article was written in response…

Losing sight of women’s rights (again): A response to Cowan et al.

In August 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Scottish Affairs published our article ‘Losing Sight of Women’s Rights: the unregulated introduction of gender self-identification as a case study of policy capture in Scotland’, which considered how gender self-identification principles have become embedded…

Letter from Sir Bernard Silverman to Sir Ian Diamond (30 October 2020)

Letter sent by Sir Bernard Silverman, Chair of the Methodological Assurance Review Panel for the 2021 Census to Sir Ian Diamond, ONS National Statistician on Friday 30 October 2020. Copied to the signatories of this letter to Sir Bernard, and…

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