The Putting Policy into Practice (PPIP) Project is aimed at improving services for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. The project builds on existing work undertaken by Dr Andrew King and Dr Ann Cronin (University of Surrey) in collaboration with the Scrutiny and Equalities Team at Tower Hamlets Borough Council, which explored the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults over the age of 50. With an ageing population, it is important that all older people are treated with dignity, respect and have equal access to services.
The PPIP Project is designed to transfer the recommendations generated in the existing work to key stakeholders in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and beyond. It entails a sequence of events, a dissemination day-conference, two workshops and a showcase conference that aim to empower local practitioners, service providers and other stakeholders; to encourage them to think about their delivery of services and to create their own ways of improving these for older LGBT adults.
The project will be disseminated nationally to help facilitate the development of good practices and ensure that the services provided and supported by local authorities benefit all of their residents, regardless of an individual's sexual orientation.
Dr José Sánchez-Fung was seconded for one year to be the Director of Economic Research and Monetary Programming, and member of the policy making Open Market Committee, at the Domincan Republic's Central bank. His research into the monetary and financial economics of the Dominican Republic's economy directly influenced the policy decisions of the Central Bank's Open Market Committee during his membership.
A former Bank senior employee has obtained his PhD from Kingston under the supervision of Dr Sánchez-Fung. A senior employee of the Central Bank of the Kingdom of Bahrain is also currently completing a PhD under the supervision of Dr Sánchez-Fung.
Dr Sánchez-Fung's work on the empirical analysis of monetary policy includes papers published in academic journals on emerging market economies across the world with detailed studies on China and Brazil. He is co-author of the textbook Monetary Economics in Developing Countries (Palgrave Macmillan) and has been Visiting Researcher at the Bank of Finland's Research Department-BOFIT in Helsinki, Finland.