The Local Politics and Governance specialist group fosters interdisciplinary and critical research into the conduct of local government, governance, politics and participation.

The objectives of our group are:

1. To promote and disseminate research, teaching and knowledge about local politics and participation.
2. Facilitate exchanges between researchers interested in different conceptions of ‘locality.’
3. Build international research networks with colleagues in North America, Europe and elsewhere.
4. Hold events such as bi-annual conferences and themed workshops (held in alternating years) while also facilitating panels at PSA and other specialist group and international conferences.
5. Explore and explain factors that are specific to the conduct of local politics.
6. Provide a setting in which the linkages between local and national politics can be explored.

We warmly welcome new members.  If you have any query about membership or the activities of the group, please contact the group convenors Dr Peter Eckersley or Dr Joanie Willett.


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Local Politics and Governance Specialist Group


Peter Eckersley

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: Nottingham Trent University


Joanie Willet

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: University of Exeter


Sofia Collignon

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


Tom Arnold

Role: Early Career Representative
Institution: University of Liverpool

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