Actions and Detail Panel
Engaging with Local Government
Wed 3 May 2017, 12:30 – 15:00 BST
The goal for many social scientists is for their research to help to improve lives and to have a positive impact on society. Following on from our previous Northern Exposure events which have focused more on how academics can engage with policy-makers in central government we are now turning our attention towards local government. With the current shift towards devolved governments it is an excellent time to better understand how you can start to engage and build strong and mutually beneficial relationships at a local level. In this session we aim to help our academics understand the best ways to engage, and make an impact, on local public services and local lives.
We have a panel of expert speakers, who will be able to offer candid insights into developing and maintaining successful relationships at a local government level. This workshop will offer insights into the opportunities and challenges in developing and sustaining these relationships, from the perspectives of those working in local government as well as from those who have successfully engaged in this type of work.
Professor Catherine Staite: Director for Public Sector Reform, Institute of Local Governement Studies (INLOGOV), University of Birmingham
Claire Mansfield: Head of Research, The New Local Government Network think tank (NGLN)
Neil Wholey: Chair of LARIA also Head of Evaluation and Performance at Westminster City Council
Laurie Brennan: Policy & Improvement Manager, Sheffield City Council
Professor David Robinson: Department of Geography, University of Sheffield