The Institute of Local Government Studies is the UK’s leading centre for research in the inter-disciplinary field of local government. Our work spans themes such as:

  • Public institutions and governance
  • Public performance and delivery
  • Democracy, representation and participation

INLOGOV’s research has recently been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme, the Local Authorities Research Council Initiative and the British Academy, together with a number of public bodies, including the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Office for Civil Society and as part of major national evaluations including the Olympic Legacy project.

In the last five years, INLOGOV has won almost forty new research grants to a value of approximately £1 million.


Current research

Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process (Jan 2014 - Mar 2015)

This project seeks to explore and suggest ways to address the frustrations which attempts to translate research into policy can bring. A focus of concern for academics is the fidelity of translation to their research findings. For policy-makers, the focus is often the function of the translation for the demands they are seeking to address.

Evaluation of Community Organisers and Community First programmes (Nov 2012 - Feb 2015)

The evaluation will assess the delivery and social impact of both programmes, providing continuous learning and relevant insights for programme development.

More research projects throughout the department.