Global Local

Global Local is a newsletter and information platform sharing local solutions to global challenges.

Global challenges, local solutions

Global Local is an international information service connecting you to global best practice, innovation and expertise on key local government topics. Featuring high-level insights from councils across the globe, Global Local creates a space for shared solutions to help local government deal with today’s most challenging issues.

From urban heat to rural transport, from designing child-friendly spaces to supporting people with dementia and their families, each week at Global Local we explore a new theme in-depth. Our archive of topics lets you search on key issues and you’ll have full access to:

  • The past archive of all Global Local newsletters;
  • Our global policy briefings;
  • Our monthly think tank reviews – highlighting the latest research and thinking from people solving global challenges locally;
  • Research from our Local Democracy Research Centre;
  • And, opportunities to get involved in practical research and networking events.

How to get it

Sign up with us and choose our Global Local subscription. There’s nothing to pay for 60 days. If your organisation is already a member, sign up and enjoy the benefits straight away.

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Our Global Local Recap is free for anyone – just sign up. Signing up is simple. If you’ve never signed up with us before – or you’re not sure if you have – register here and choose the Global Insight package. If you are registered on the website, go back to check your preferences and make sure you’ve chosen the Global Local Recap.

How to shape it

Global Local will be driven by your information needs. We want your ideas of themes to cover each week and – if you’re willing – detailed feedback. We also want to share your stories of innovation and challenge. You can share ideas here and we’ll offer an opportunity to feedback each week.

What have we covered in Global Local so far?

From social procurement to energy affordability, each week we provide instant expertise on a range of pressing issues affecting local government.

Catch up via our archive here.

New: Quarterly round-up

This curated edition allows you to revisit your favourite topics from 2022 so far – and gives our new readers a chance to catch up on what they have missed. Read our latest quarterly round-up here.

Global Local: 2021 in Recap

At the end of our first year of Global Local, we recapped the challenges we shared and the lessons highlighted. Read our overview here.

Recent newsletter editions

Our exclusive archive allows you to access the latest editions of Global Local. Check it out here.

Topical insights

Global Local offers a fresh local government perspective on headline issues – providing nuanced context and highlighting practical responses and policy guidance.

Here are a few recent examples.

Pride 🌈 representation during June and beyond

Our recent Pride edition of Global Local put the spotlight on local government’s responsibility to serve LGBTQIA+ communities, through Pride events, representation and so much more.

We chatted with Carl Austin-Behan, LGBTQ+ Adviser to the Greater Manchester Mayor, about organising effective community-led Pride events and we looked to local governments in Sydney, Bangkok, Germany and Spain for innovative ideas and inspiration.

Check out the full newsletter here.

Extreme heat 🔆 emergency & long-term strategies

We recently focused on the topic of extreme heat, looking at initiatives to mitigate the impact in the long and short term. This includes an insightful first-person account by Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County – an area which certainly knows a thing or two about heat!

We also look to Toronto, Canada and their deep lake water cooling system and over in Australia where the City of Melbourne is deploying innovative initiatives to ensure its urban forest thrives in the long term.

Check out the full newsletter here.

Housing first? 🏠 Ending rough sleeping

In this edition, we explored initiatives to end rough sleeping, particularly focusing on temporary and permanent housing provisions.

Our featured piece considered the pros and cons of tiny houses, asking whether they really are a neat homelessness solution or just a reminder of the problem?

We also looked at how Scotland’s Housing First policy can be utilised by local authorities to combat rising homelessness rates, as well as other initiatives that countries across the globe are implementing in their quest to end homelessness.

Check out the full newsletter here.

Access more

Beyond our flagship newsletter, Global Local connects you with an international community of local government innovators through cutting-edge research, panel events, and a comprehensive case study library shaped by our readers.

Find out what we offer here.

Think Tank Review

Our monthly Think Tank Review surveys the freshest insights and outputs from think tanks relevant to local government worldwide. Read our latest edition here.

Get involved

Join thousands of weekly Global Local subscribers by signing up here and choosing the Global Insight package.

Do you have a story to share on any topic? Which topics would you like us to cover next? We’d love to hear from you.

Drop us a line at or fill in this simple form on our website. You can also get in touch with us via Twitter at @GlobalLocalLGIU.