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Dr Sarah Ayres

Dr Sarah Ayres

Dr Sarah Ayres
BSc, PhD(Aston)

Reader in Public Policy and Governance

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 954 6762

Summary

Sarah's central research interest is the governance of place, space and territory. This core provides the basis for two main strands of work. First, her research is concerned with devolution and decentralisation in both a UK and an international context, with a particular emphasis on analysing inter-governmental relations between central government and local actors. Second, it has explored the role of partnership working and network management in the governance of territory. 

Research projects

2017-2018 Promoting ‘informal governance’ as a leadership asset: A case study of Bristol Pound, Economic and Social Research Council. 

2016-2017 Assessing the impact of 'informal governance' on devolution in English cities: A Case study of Bristol, Regional Studies Association Research Fellowship.

2016 Sub-national Governance and Policy Effectiveness, Éupolis Lombardy, Italy.

2015-2016 Urban dialogues: Creating inclusive urban spaces in uncertain global times, British Council.

2015-2016 Examining the role of ‘informal governance’ on devolution to England’s cities, Political Studies Association Research Commission.

2013-2014 How does collaborative governance scale up?, University of Bristol's Strategic Research Initiatives Fund and Policy & Politics.

2009-2011 Examining Regional Policy, South West Regional Development Agency.

2007-2010 English regionalism: rhetoric or substance? Evaluating decision making procedures for Regional Funding Allocations, ESRC, RES-061-23-0033.

2006-2007 A gendered analysis of public service agreement targets, Equal Opportunities Commission.

2002-2005 Emerging patterns of governance in the English regions, L21951113, ESRC’s Devolution and Constitutional Change Programme.

2004 Reviewing and aligning regional priorities for rural areas, West Midlands Regional Assembly & Countryside Agency.

2004 Rural strategies, frameworks and policies, Midlands Regional Assembly & Countryside Agency.

2003 The implications of the Devolution White Paper for Rural Policy, ESRC & West Midlands Regional Assembly.

2002 The implications of the Devolution White Paper for Transport, ESRC, West Midlands Regional Assembly & West Midlands Constitutional Convention.

2002 Devolved approaches to regional governance in the West Midlands, West Midlands Regional Assembly & West Midlands Constitutional Convention.

2002 Who governs the West Midlands? An audit of government institutions and structures, West Midlands Regional Assembly & West Midlands Constitutional Convention.

1997-2002 Negotiating Regional Futures: the successes and failures of the Regional Development Agency network in the West Midlands, R00429824267, ESRC PhD studentship.

 

Biography

Sarah is a political scientist with expertise in public administration and theories of policy making. Her research is concerned with territorial and collaborative governance - how actors from state, market and civil society coalesce and work with one another in specific localities. 

Sarah is currently:

Co-Editor of Policy & Politics  

Treasurer and Board Member of the Regional Studies Association

Associate Editor of Regional Studies, Regional Science

Editorial Advisory Board Member on International Journal of Public Sector Management and Policy Sciences

Sarah can supervise postgraduate research students with the following interests: public administration, governance, collaboration, network management, territorial governance, and decentralisation

 

Teaching

Theories of policy making, public policy, public administration, public management, qualitative research methods

 

 

Keywords

  • public policy
  • governance
  • collaborative governance
  • public management
  • territorial governance
  • decentralisation
  • inter-governmental relations
  • economic development and regeneration

Expertise

My central research interest is the governance of place, space and territory. This core provides the basis for two main strands of work. First, my research is concerned with devolution and decentralisation in both a UK and an international context, with a particular emphasis on analysing inter-governmental relations between central government and local actors. Second, it has explored the role of partnership working and network management in the governance of territory. I have carried out research into the emerging patterns of governance in the English regions, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council?s Devolution and Constitutional Change Programme (L21951113). In 2007 I was awarded a three-year ESRC First Grant 'English regionalism: rhetoric or substance? Evaluating decision making procedures for Regional Funding Allocations' (RES-061-23-0033), which examined political and fiscal decentralisation in England. I have also undertaken research for the Countryside Agency, Constitutional Convention, West Midlands Regional Assembly and Equal Opportunities Commission.

  • public policy
  • governance
  • collaborative governance
  • territorial governance
  • decentralisation
  • inter-governmental relations
  • economic development and regeneration
  • Selected publications

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