2021 was a year of seeming contradictions,
characterised by fear and uncertainty, as well as
optimism and hope. Governments rolled out campaigns
in record speed to vaccinate the world, albeit in highly
unequal measures. We saw the rise of new variants,
witnessed challenges to the principles of democracy,
and reckoned with the fate of our climate. However,
2021 also brought a new sense of camaraderie.
Communities united to help neighbours in need. Justice
was upheld in courts around the world. Citizens and
youth fiercely and intentionally engaged with their
political institutions, as discourse on the future of our
shared world took centre stage.
The 10th anniversary of the PSJ, marked by the
publication of this edition, is an occasion to reflect
back on the past decade. There has been a concerning
rise in inequality, an alarming increase in climate-
related disasters, and a disconcerting proliferation of
unregulated technologies, all of which continue to alter
every aspect of human life. The pandemic has shown
us clearly that in such a complex and rapidly changing
policy environment, yesterday’s solutions maybe
wholly inadequate to serve tomorrow’s needs.
Against the backdrop of these challenges, this edition
centres on the theme of ‘social impact’, critically
evaluating new strategies through which the public,
private and third sectors can collaborate and contribute
to future-proof policymaking. In the spirit of the
LSE’s School of Public Policy, the articles collected in
this edition explore a myriad of policy issues, ranging
from gender equality over trade, migration and
environmental policy, to the preservation of cultural
heritage. Ultimately, we believe that this issue provides
an opportunity to look forward to the decade ahead,
showcasing not only an urgency to act but also a vast
array of possibilities to design innovative policies for
the 21st century.
This edition of the PSJ benefited from the knowledge
and hard work of our fantastic team of editors from
SPP. Each brought their unique professional and
personal experiences with the editing process. This
journal would not be possible without the School of
Public Policy’s unwavering support, especially Paul
Sullivan and Jemima Warren. Finally, we are also
grateful for the Houghton St. Press and look forward to
years of collaboration with this network of journals at
the LSE as we continue to explore the role of policy in
creating lasting impact.
We hope that you enjoy reading this issue.
How to Cite:
Oberoi, I.S., 2022. LETTER FROM THE EDITORS. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 10(1).