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.



Economic opportunities from climate action

Check out LGIU’s latest report, Exploring Economic and Enterprise Opportunities from Climate Action, alongside two supplementary briefings.

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Report: Exploring Economic and Enterprise Opportunities from Climate Action

This report by LGIU for the Eastern and Midlands Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) in Ireland utilises international case study work to explore the economic opportunities of climate action at a local level across the global stage,  drawing out practical lessons for local adaptation and mitigation efforts.

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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

Collection: Resettling refugees and migrants

The habitability of countries around the world is changing and causing a significant rise in migration. From humanitarian crises in Ukraine and the Middle East, to climate-related disasters causing migration in the Pacific Islands and East Africa. This collection presents relevant LGIU resources focused on resettling migrants and refugees.


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: 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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Devometrics: How to Measure Decentralisation? A Review of the Literature

How can we measure, understand and compare the decentralisation of power in different contexts? In this first paper in our Devometrics project with the University of Kent Paolo Dardanelli and Kieran Wright scope out the issues and challenges, appraise current approaches and begin to apply them in practical contexts.