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.



The evolving council

This imagining, from Andy Johnston, of an evolving council, is one of the scenarios that we are exploring as part of the new municipalism pillar of our Post-Covid Councils project looking at the future of local government.

England & Wales, Global

Stars in their Eyes

This short story was written by Karen Campbell when she was writer in residence at Dumfries and Galloway Council last year. It is part of the Atlas Pandemica arts project which explores local responses to the pandemic.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Unlocked: local stories from a global pandemic

The past year has been one like no other. The Covid crisis is far from over, but as we approach the grim anniversary of the first UK lockdown, it seems an appropriate moment to reflect. So we are bringing together a few of the myriad of different experiences from this momentous year in all our…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Community solidarity, economic division: the story of a year

In many ways communities and individuals have shown extraordinary resilience over the past year, but, writes Janet Sillett, the key story has been the brutal exposure and exacerbation of a myriad of social and economic inequalities. Where do we go from here?

England & Wales, Global, Scotland

Unlocked in lockdown

Parks and public spaces have been a balm for many during the pandemic. Share your pictures from the last year with us in a celebration of local green spaces.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Bundle: International Women’s Day

This bundle brings together our relevant content on women’s role in local government as well as ideas for how councils can improve women’s position in society through policymaking, urban planning and better data.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Bundle: Questions for the future of social care

Today you can read our new briefing about the so-called “Feeley” report on adult social care in Scotland. To accompany this release, we’ve included in this bundle relevant recent briefings on adult and children’s social care policy and delivery in the UK as well as the new NHS plan for England. 


Unfinished business

Local government has been financially under resourced and the policy agenda has underserved in key areas of service, democracy and community. This latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils project sets out a blueprint for the thinking we need to generate some vital momentum around these pieces of Unfinished Business.

England & Wales

Bundle: 20-Minute Neighbourhoods

With lockdowns imposed across the globe, Covid-19 put a magnifying glass over local infrastructure – in many cases exposing gaps and inequality. The result has been renewed enthusiasm for 20-minute cities, which prioritise local access to services. In this bundle, we dive into the urban planning ideal to provide a local government perspective.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland