Centre for Local and Regional Government Research
Associated with the Human Resource Management section

The Centre for Local & Regional Government Research at Cardiff University is acknowledged internationally as a leading site for research on local government policy and public service improvement. It conducts rigorous, policy relevant research on the governance and management of local public services.

Its work focuses in particular on strategy; public service improvement; local partnership working; central-local relations; citizen engagement; and the regulation and accountability of public services.

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Director, Centre for Local & Regional Government Research
Reader in Public Policy & Management
+44 (0) 29 208 75298
F26, Aberconway Building

Research Highlights View all

New research conducted by members of the Centre for Local and Regional Government Research (CLRGR), investigates the relationship between public confidence in government and the quality of public services.

Welsh Government have recently published a report on local government accountability, written by Dr James Downe and Dr Rachel Ashworth from the Centre for Local and Regional Government Research.

With the recent Williams Commission proposing councils in Wales will be cut from 22 to between 10 and 12, Professor Steve Martin from Cardiff Business School talks about the cost effectiveness of the reform.

Projects View all

Some of the projects currently being worked on by members of this group

Duration: 30th September 2013 to 29th September 2016
Sponsored by Welsh Government
Award type: Research

Process evaluation of the local service board ESF development and priority delivery project

Duration: 20th September 2012 to 31st January 2016
Sponsored by Shared Intelligence
Award type: Research
Duration: 31st May 2012 to 31st December 2015
Sponsored by Welsh Government via IFF Research
Award type: Research


Over the last decade the Centre has attracted almost £9 million in external research funding from research councils, charitable foundations, government departments, the European Union and a range of other agencies. Staff have strong links to senior policy makers in Wales, at UK level and further afield, and their research has had a significant impact on policy and practice. They also have an outstanding record of academic research output and have published more than 150 papers in peer reviewed journals, 50 official reports, and a co-authored book Public Service Improvement; Theories and Evidence published by Oxford University Press in 2010.

Members of the Centre serve as editors and/or members of the editorial boards of leading academic journals in the field including: the British Journal of Management, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Administration and Society, Public Administration Review, Local Government Studies, and Public Money and Management. They have also held key positions in academic networks including the Advanced Institute of Management, Economic and Social Research Council and the Public Management Research Association.

Staff also serve in a range of high profile advisory roles with the United Nations, National Trust, Council of Europe, HM Treasury, Department for Communities and Local Government, Electoral Commission, Audit Commission, Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly Government and the Improvement and Development Agency, and they are regularly asked to contribute to official review and enquiries.

The Centre contributes to a range of leadership and development programmes and leads Cardiff University's MPA, a programme which has been designed specifically to meet the needs of senior public service leaders working in the civil service, health service, local government, police, fire and rescue services and voluntary sector. Further details of its research, teaching and other activities can be accessed via the navigation bar.

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