The Project

The Bristol Civic Leadership Project is a research collaboration between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol, and is supported by Bristol City Council. 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.

BCLP report 16 March 2020The third Policy Report from the Bristol Civic Leadership Project is launched today, 16 March 2020.  This new report is titled Mayoral governance in Bristol: Has it made a difference?  It shows that mayoral governance in Bristol has boosted the visibility of city leadership and that it has helped to promote Bristol on the national and international stage.  However, it also suggests that the mayoral model of governance in Bristol is not perfect, it certainly can be improved.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the plans that were in place to launch this research report at a public event, organised by the Bristol Festival of Ideas, on the evening of 17 March 2020 at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre.   This event has been cancelled.

However, we hope to organise a new public opportunity, within the Festival of Ideas, in the autumn to discuss these findings. Right now we hope to promote a virtual conversation about our findings by inviting comments – these can be entered at the bottom of the page.

Bristol civic leadership project policy report 16 March 2020

2 responses to “The Project

  1. Thanks so much for producing this timely and hugely important policy report! It’s brilliant that we’ve been able to see the impact of a democratically elected mayor on the success of our city. Bristol made a choice back in 2012. We can and should look at how we can learn from not just our own experiences in Bristol but also what is happening in other cities. We can use our learning to evolve the role to increase representation as well as effectiveness. Mayors in other cities have proven that they can make their cities more resilient in the face of unfolding world events, and be far more reactive in a crisis than others. It would be too easy to turn the role into another political football, but we must be informed by the research and not knee-jerk reactions. Now more than ever we need to ensure that we too keep the good, and change what hasn’t worked. Our city’s resilience and the welfare of our citizens depend upon it.

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