Research at New Local

Our research blends policy and practice to tackle some of the most pressing issues we face today. We believe that many of our big national challenges can only be effectively tackled locally – public service reform, economic resilience and revitalising democracy. 

At the heart of our work is the belief in community power – the idea that people themselves should have more power and resources to shape their own futures. This imagines very different, collaborative ways of working for public services, and a much more decentralised system of governance. 

We believe a paradigm shift towards community power will create more sustainable public services, better places to live and greater wellbeing for everyone.