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Institute for Local Governance

A research group of the Business School.

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The Institute for Local Governance (ILG) is a pioneering research and knowledge exchange venture designed to maximise the benefits of collaboration between the region's universities and wider public realm.

It is an innovative and unique partnership between the North East's local authorities, universities, police forces and fire and rescue services whose purpose is to source university research and expertise for its public sector partners. Wherever possible the work is delivered via a process of collaboration between academics and practitioners.

This partnership shares the vision of supporting innovation, improvement, efficiency and quality in public services. It seeks to support transformation and change including supporting disadvantaged groups and communities, helping to save public sector organisations money, sourcing expertise locally and providing academic opportunities. We aspire to be recognised centre of excellence in the field of local governance.


Faculty, Durham University Business School, Queen's Campus, Thornaby TS17 6BH

Institute for Local Governance, Elvet Hill House, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Publications by staff in this group

Authored book

  • Mawson, J. & Tomaney, J. (2002). England: The State of the Regions. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Mawson, J. & Pearce, G. et. al. (2000). Devolved Approaches to Local Governance: Policy and Practice in Neighbourhood Management. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Mawson, J. & Hall, S. (1999). Challenge Funding, Contracts and Area Regeneration. Policy Press.
  • Mawson, J. & Bradbury, J. (1997). British Regionalism and Devolution. The Challenge of State Reform and European Integration. London: Taylor Francis.
  • Mawson, J. & Spencer, K. et. al. (1986). Crisis in the Industrial Heartland: A Study of the West Midlands. Oxford University Press.

Journal Article