Category Archives: Research

Leading the Inclusive City

In a new, international book Robin Hambleton examines the role of civic leadership in fostering the creation of inclusive cities.  The analysis presented in Leading the Inclusive City suggests that place-based leadership can make an important difference to the quality of life in a city, notwithstanding the pressures of global forces.  Innovation Story 2 in the book, which draws on the Bristol Civic Leadership Project research, provides insights on the impact of the mayoral model of governance in Bristol.  More information:

Policy Briefing published from Bristol Civic Leadership Project

Significant insights that are emerging from the Bristol Civic Leadership Project are contained in a short ‘Policy Briefing’, published via Policy Bristol.

The Briefing, written by David Sweeting (University of Bristol) and Robin Hambleton (University of the West of England, Bristol), shows a dramatic increase in the public visibility of civic leadership in the city. This increase in visibility, however, is not accompanied by similar increases in public perceptions of trust in the council, nor views about representation in decision-making in the city.

You can download the briefing here: BCLP Policy Briefing October 2014

Academic article published

The work that the Bristol Civic Leadership Project team has been undertaking is contributing to academic debates on city leadership. An article by Robin Hambleton and David Sweeting has appeared in the journal Public Money & Management, in a themed issue on directly elected mayors alongside contributions on Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and other English cities. The article, called ‘Innovation in urban political leadership. Reflections on the introduction of a directly-elected mayor in Bristol, UK’, draws on data gathered before the introduction of the mayoral system in the city.

The issue is available via academic subscription on this link.

Hambleton, R. and Sweeting D. (2014) ‘Innovation in urban political leadership. Reflections on the introduction of a directly-elected mayor in Bristol, UK’, Public Money & ManagementVol. 34, Iss. 5, 315-322

Livetweeting the launch

Our Prospects report will be launched tomorrow afternoon at an event starting at 4pm. The report will then be available to download for free from our website.

For those who are not able to join us we will be livetweeting the launch from our twitter account –  @BrisCivLdrPrj – to the hashtag #bristolmayor.

Prospects Report to be published

The final report of our Prospects study will be published on Friday 22nd March. It will be launched at City Hall.

The report will be available to download from this site from Friday.

Robin Hambleton on elected mayors and our project

A representative mayor?

Bristol Fawcett Society has produced a valuable analysis of the structures of leadership and political power in Bristol.

14 out of 15 candidates for the role of Elected Mayor are men. 14 out of 15 candidates are white. This is indicative of a broader set of challenges associated with ensuring that the leadership of the city – not just political leadership but across key sectors and organisations – is truly representative.

You can read the report here.