The Local Politics specialist group aims to foster interdisciplinary and critical research into the conduct of local government, politics and participation.

If you have any query about membership or the activities of the group, please contact the group convenors at or Dr Mercè Cortina-Oriol and  Dr Peter Eckersley.


The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

Contact Us

Local Politics Specialist Group


Mercè Cortina-Oriol

Role: Co-convenor
Institution: De Montfort University 


Peter Eckersley

Role: Co-convenor
Institution: Nottingham Trent University


Sofia Collignon

Role: Communications Officer
Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London


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Group Events

Specialist Group event
10 Nov

Annual meeting of the Local Politics Specialist Group