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Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice



Punch S, Ballinger C & Rees T (2021) Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice. University of Stirling Public Policy Blog [Blog post] 11.06.2021.

When Covid-19 started causing major disruption to people’s lives in 2020, concerns about mental health, social isolation, loneliness and wellbeing have become more prevalent. Since then, government policy has been increasingly focused on tackling these critical social issues. One area of activity that can assist in achieving policy priorities is the card game bridge. Bridge (along with other activities such as chess) is a mindsport that has cognitive benefits for those who take part. Bridge has an additional advantage in that it is always played in partnership with four players at the table and is often a team activity, thereby offering social connection.

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Publication date11/06/2021
Publication date online11/06/2021
PublisherUniversity of Stirling
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Professor Samantha Punch

Professor Samantha Punch

Professor, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology