We have an extensive catalogue of publications - research reports, long read articles, toolkits and best practice guidelines - that stem from our work with our member councils and other collaborations. Most publications are free to read and download as PDFs but you do need to be logged in to the website. Please sign in or set up an account if you don't already have one (this is free of charge). A few publications are for members only.



On the level: six principles to underpin the levelling up White Paper

Over the last two years the LGIU has published a series of briefings and research papers to try and clarify what levelling up will entail, whether it is a coherent policy and how local government can respond. This paper brings together this work to look at the opportunities levelling up offers and the risks it…

England & Wales

Bundle: Resettling refugees and migrants

The world is facing yet another humanitarian crisis in a turbulent six years following the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and subsequent collapse of the Afghan government. For this bundle, tying into this week’s Global Local Recap, we delve into local government policy focused on resettling migrants and refugees.

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A crucial autumn awaits youth services

A review of UK Government spending across England’s youth sector is expected to be part of the spending review published in late October. LGIU Associate, Mark Upton, previews the issues it’s considering.

England & Wales

A manifesto for councillors

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.

England & Wales

Bundle: Tackling waste and the circular economy

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.


Bundle: Smart cities

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.

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Bundle: Adaptation to climate change

This bundle brings together our recent briefings and publications on how councils are responding to and leading the adaptation agenda.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Bundle: Community wealth building

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.