Swift Read: Running up that hill – Women’s voices in the Council Chamber

In this briefing, Dr. Aodh Quinlivan of UCC Research explores recent research on the representation of women in Ireland’s council chambers. He outlines the considerable challenges associated with improving the participation rates of women in Ireland’s political arena.

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COP-26: One Year On – Global Local Executive Panel

On the 10th November 2022, the LGIU and VLGA held a panel to discuss COP-26: One Year On. Composed of Council Chief Executives from across the globe, this panel discussed all that has happened in the last twelve months and the ongoing implications for local government from the COP-26 discussions and resolutions.

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Members & Global Local

The challenges faced by extraction-based communities

This briefing explores the issues that affect extraction-based communities, both during the lifetime of the mine and post-closure, and the role that local government can play in ensuring the sustainability of the extractive industry. It considers the issue of sustainability and the role of legislation, regulation and policy which should be considered from the outset…


Education recovery: the National Tutoring Programme: On course for success?

In England, pupils are receiving extra tuition to catch up on learning missed when schools were closed during Covid-19. But what difference has this made so far? And is the national tutoring programme at risk due to funding issues? This new briefing looks at the full picture.

England & Wales

What it means to be an inclusive employer

This briefing considers a number of strategies that employers can adopt to address the current inequities and lack of transparency in workplace opportunities and salaries to ensure that workplaces are more inclusive. Key initiatives include anti-discrimination training, flexible and culturally inclusive leave arrangements, and job candidate compensation, among others.

Australia, Global

Shale fracking: a moment in the sun or banned forever?

Fracking policy recently re-emerged to provide a brief, yet critical moment in contemporary British politics. This briefing subsequently provides an overview of shale fracking in the UK and outlines exactly what this process is; how it is regulated; and its implications at both the national and local levels of its application.

England & Wales, Scotland

Housing for all: One year on

This briefing assesses the progress of the Irish government’s multi-annual plan, Housing for All, a year after it was released in response to the housing crisis. While the full promised impact of this extensive work programme will take years, the government must persuade the public that it is at least on the right track.