Research Team

This study brings together researchers from the University of the West of England, Bristol and the University of Bristol.   The team comprises:

Professor Robin Hambleton

Robin Hambleton, BA, MA, PhD, MRTPI, FRSA, is Professor of City Leadership in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments (SPE), Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol.

He has extensive experience of working in, researching and advising on local government matters in the UK, the US and New Zealand.  He was Special Adviser to the Royal Commission on the Governance of Auckland (2008/09). He was the Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2002-07) and was founding President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA). He founded a company – Urban Answers – to assist city leaders in 2007: www.urbananswers.co.uk

He is the author of eleven books and over 300 articles on aspects of local governance, city management and place-based leadership,.  His latest book, co-edited with Jill Simone Gross, is Governing Cities in a Global Era.  Urban Innovation, Competition and Democratic Reform  (Palgrave, 2007).  He is now working on a new book on Leading the Inclusive City.  With Joanna Howard, he has just completed a research report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examining public service innovation in Bristol, Swindon and Enschede.  Titled Public Sector Innovation in the UK and The Netherlands, the report was launched at the Local Government Association (LGA) Annual Conference in June 2012: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/public-sector-innovation-uk-netherlands

Professor Alex Marsh

Alex Marsh, BSc, MSocSci, is Professor of Public Policy and Head of the School for Policy Studies (SPS) at the University of Bristol. He has published on a range of topics in the broad field of housing and public policy, including on issues related to local governance and policy processes. He has also written on issues surrounding the delivery of urban policy since the days of City Challenge. He is a former Managing Editor of the international journal Housing Studies and, between 2006-2010, was a Visiting Academic Consultant to the Law Commission, where his contribution focused upon the question of how to achieve a more effective regulatory architecture for the private rented sector. In the run up to the Mayoral elections he contributed to a number of public debates regarding the virtues of a Mayoral model and he is leading the University of Bristol’s continuing input into local public discussions.

Dr David Sweeting

David Sweeting BA, MSc, PhD, is a lecturer in the Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research at the University of Bristol. He was previously research fellow at the University of the West of England and was post-doctoral research fellow at the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2007/8. He has extensive research experience in local government and politics both in the UK and abroad, and has taken part in several comparative European research projects. In the UK, he worked on evaluations of policies introduced under the local government modernisation agenda, including community leadership and capacity building in local government, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. He worked on the Lyons Inquiry into the future of local government, and conducted an evaluation of the introduction of the overview and scrutiny function at Bristol City Council in 2001. He also worked with Robin Hambleton on an ESRC funded project called ‘leadership in urban governance’, which examined the Mayor of London. He is currently co-editing a book on local councillors in Europe. He will shortly be taking up the role of Associate Editor for the journal Policy & Politics.

Joanna Howard, Independent Consultant, Bristol

Joanna Howard, BA (Camb), MPhil, was Research Fellow in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments (SPE), Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol and is now an Independent Consultant.

Before joining UWE she worked at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex.  She has been a researcher since 2001, initially specialising in international development, and has carried out research on citizen participation, civic engagement and local governance in the UK, continental Europe and Latin America.  She chairs the Editorial Board of the Community Development Journal and is a trustee of Coda International.

In Bristol, she provides action research and evaluation consultancy to the voluntary sector, and has recently facilitated a participatory evaluation of a partnership approach to supporting families in crisis in Bristol. She is currently advising on the evaluation of projects to reduce youth offending, and a programme for young women who have experienced domestic violence.

With Robin Hambleton, she has just completed a research report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examining public service innovation in Bristol, Swindon and Enschede.  Titled Public Sector Innovation in the UK and The Netherlands, the report was launched at the Local Government Association (LGA) Annual Conference in June 2012: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/public-sector-innovation-uk-netherlands

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