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Dr Sarah Ayres

Dr Sarah Ayres

Dr Sarah Ayres
B.Sc., Ph.D.(Aston)

Reader in Public Policy and Governance

Office Room 2.8, 10 Woodland Road
Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 6762

Research 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

2018-2019 Enabling Best Practice in Place Based Policy, Regional Studies Association Policy Expo Grant. 

2017-2018 Promoting ‘informal governance’ as a leadership asset: A case study ...

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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 ...

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Recent publications

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