This paper has been prepared for the Local Democracy Research Centre to stimulate debate about the future role of councillors – it will help to form the basis of future discussion forums. We welcome any responses.
Bundle: Tackling waste and the circular economy
A manifesto for councillors
Bundle: Creating better places with children and young people
This bundle, released as part of our COP26 focus, explores waste issues relevant to local government, including waste management, recycling, and areas for potential innovation – including the opportunities the circular economy concept might provide.
This bundle aims to prime local government on the issue of smart cities, exploring both the opportunities and limitations the concept presents alongside showcasing an array of global case studies and best practice.
This bundle highlights how local authorities can work with children and young people to create communities more suited to their current priorities and future needs in the wake of widespread disruption from the pandemic.
All councillors have a role in supporting public and voluntary services for children. Many councils also support youth councils and young mayors which enable the young people in your local authority to engage with local civic functions. Here is a guide on how your role as a councillor overlaps with children’s services.
This backgrounder examines the developing structures and roles of local governance in New Zealand, from the 19th century to the present day, and suggests that the country is in a new phase of development.
This bundle highlights different perspectives on community wealth building and how this approach may be used by local authorities as they look towards economic recovery.
In this Sustainable Futures (SF) bundle, we discuss the recent publication of the IPPC Assessment Report and what these alarming findings suggest for the planet’s future as it faces increasing and inevitable problems due to climate change.
In this bundle, we highlight innovative local government food growing strategies and how these projects have nurtured and sustained communities during the pandemic and beyond.