About us - Public Administration and Policy

The Department of Public Administration and Policy was formed in August 2023 to lead study of (inter)national, regional and local public administration and public policy. It incorporates the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) and the Birmingham Leadership Institute (BLI).

INLOGOV is the leading UK centre for the study of public service management, policy and governance. With over 60 years of experience working within local government and the public sector, INLOGOV creates the latest thinking with public servants. 

Formed in Autumn 2021, the BLI draws on the University of Birmingham’s specialist research centres, international research community and communities of practice to ensure that the most up to date thinking and the most skilled leadership development practice is made available to research and develop the leadership required to make progress on the most pressing contemporary challenges.

Our staff come from varied disciplinary backgrounds and regularly work with politicians, managers, communities and partner organisations to enhance practice and policy through academic insight.  We are engaged in policy and management research, continuing professional and management development and consultancy for local and central government and other national and local agencies. We draw great strength from our close links with the world of practice in local government, the voluntary sector and other public service agencies, for example those of criminal justice.

We offer a range of postgraduate degrees, at Doctoral, Masters, diploma and certificate levels. We welcome applications for part-time study as well as full-time. Our applied research activity feeds directly into our programmes, so our participants are among the first to hear the latest research findings and to reflect on how new thinking might impact on future policy and practice.