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Name Dr Sarah Ayres
Job title Reader in Public Policy and Governance
Department School for Policy Studies University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc, PhD(Aston)
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies Regional Studies Association
Political Studies Association
Keywords public policy
collaborative governance
territorial governance
inter-governmental relations
economic development and regeneration
Areas of 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 Councilís 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.