The Bristol Civic Leadership Project is a research collaboration between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. It commenced in 2012, prompted by the introduction of a mayoral system of governance in the city, and has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, and Bristol City Council. It has led to the production of policy-focused reports and academic outputs, and enabled the researchers involved to contribute to a variety of events in Bristol and beyond.
Latest developments December 2021
On 7 December 2021, at a meeting of the Full Council at Bristol City Council, a motion was passed that requires the council to hold a referendum, in May 2022, offering Bristol’s citizens a choice between:
1) Retaining the mayoral model of decision-making, or
2) Changing to a committee system of decision-making.
In February 2022 the Bristol Civic Leadership Project will be releasing a report on the options in the referendum to support an informed civic conversation about how to improve the quality and effectiveness of civic leadership and local democracy in Bristol.