Work With Us

Work With Us

Since our formation in 2001 we have produced high quality, independent, original research which has been influential in shaping local and national policy and the wider public debate on issues including housing, local government finance and health and social care. In particular we have long been in the vanguard of the now-burgeoning devolution agenda. In recent years we have published a string of notable reports advocating the decentralisation of power, including on localising business rates (in 2011) and making the case for an empowered Greater Manchester (in 2009),the recommendations of which have helped to shape government and opposition policy.

Our strong reputation for non-partisan, insightful research ensures we are able to engage and influence at the highest level with senior figures from across the central and local government communities, including Ministers and Shadow Ministers, council leaders and chief executives, senior civil servants, journalists and academics.

To produce the innovative research and generate the policy ideas for which we are known, we rely on financial support from a range of organisations including local government, businesses, foundations and trusts, trade bodies, voluntary sector organisations and other stakeholders. There are a number of opportunities to work in partnership with us and to help contribute to the work that we do, including sponsoring research and events, and membership. You can find out more about each below. For further information please contact


From short pamphlets to substantial thought leadership reports, there are a range of opportunities to engage in our research programme. We are always developing new projects and looking for new funders to support our work. Our reputation depends on the intellectual independence of our work so all our research, its conclusions and recommendations are Localis’ intellectual property. However all sponsors benefit from significant and ongoing involvement in projects, including contributing to project scoping , continued and regular engagement with research staff during the project, early sight of emerging conclusions and recommendations, and public acknowledgement of support on the front cover of publications and in all other research communications.


We run a varied events programme across the country and throughout the year including private roundtable events as well as high-profile public events including debates and speeches. Private roundtables offer the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders over a detailed and focused discussion; while public events offer the chance of brand publicity and a speaking platform alongside leading speakers, including senior stakeholders from central and local government such as Ministers. Every year we also run a detailed events programme at each of the main party conferences.


We have a number of different membership packages available for local authorities and corporations. These packages offer a wide range of benefits and include opportunities to develop specifically themed external engagement projects as well as substantial involvement in our research and events programmes.