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Leading the healthy city: Taking advantage of the power of place (2020)
Journal Article
Hambleton, R. (in press). Leading the healthy city: Taking advantage of the power of place. Cities and Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2019.1693793

Creating healthy cities requires the exercise of bold city and community leadership. However, our understanding of the role of local leadership, from inside and outside the state, in bringing about processes that can co-create healthy, just and sust... Read More about Leading the healthy city: Taking advantage of the power of place.

Debate: Researching directly elected mayors—key questions to address (2019)
Journal Article
Hambleton, R. (2020). Debate: Researching directly elected mayors—key questions to address. Public Money and Management, 40(1), https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2019.1658998

The directly elected mayor model of governance is long established in many countries – for example, the USA and Japan. However, in some countries the model is fairly new. For example, in the UK there were no directly elected mayors until 2000 – tha... Read More about Debate: Researching directly elected mayors—key questions to address.

Rallying the power of place (2019)
Journal Article
Hambleton, R. (2019). Rallying the power of place. Local Government Chronicle, 30-31

This article, aimed at local governance policy-makers, outlines a new way of conceptualising local leadership, described as New Civic Leadership (NCL). NCL, which involves strong, place-based leadership acting to co-create new solutions to public pol... Read More about Rallying the power of place.

Place-based leadership beyond place: Exploring the international dimension of civic leadership (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Hambleton, R. (2019, June). Place-based leadership beyond place: Exploring the international dimension of civic leadership. Paper presented at City Futures IV 2019

A consequence of globalisation is that place-less leaders, meaning people who are not expected to care about the consequences of their decisions for particular places and communities, have gained extraordinary power and influence. This paper explore... Read More about Place-based leadership beyond place: Exploring the international dimension of civic leadership.

The New Civic Leadership: Place and the co-creation of public innovation (2019)
Journal Article
Hambleton, R. (2019). The New Civic Leadership: Place and the co-creation of public innovation. Public Money and Management, 39(4), 271-279. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2019.1592908

© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper discusses the role of place-based leadership in stimulating the co-creation of inclusive public services and outcomes. A conceptual framework, designed to illuminate t... Read More about The New Civic Leadership: Place and the co-creation of public innovation.

The dynamics of depoliticisation in urban governance: Introducing a directly elected mayor (2019)
Journal Article
Sweeting, D., & Hambleton, R. (in press). The dynamics of depoliticisation in urban governance: Introducing a directly elected mayor. Urban Studies, https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098019827506

Within the context of debates regarding depoliticisation, this article considers how the introduction of a directly elected mayor system of governance impacts on urban politics. Directly elected mayors are now a fundamental feature of many political... Read More about The dynamics of depoliticisation in urban governance: Introducing a directly elected mayor.

A counter-movement to 'place-less' power. Planners as progressive place-based leaders (2018)
Book Chapter
Hambleton, R. (2018). A counter-movement to 'place-less' power. Planners as progressive place-based leaders. In A. Eraydin, & K. Frey (Eds.), Politics and conflict in governance and planning. Theory and practice, 204-223. Routledge

This chapter argues that it is helpful to distinguish between place-less and place-based power. Place-less decision-makers are unconcerned about the impact of their decisions on communities living in particular localities. The forces of economic gl... Read More about A counter-movement to 'place-less' power. Planners as progressive place-based leaders.

Inclusive place-based leadership: Lesson-drawing from urban governance innovations in Bristol, UK (2018)
Journal Article
Hambleton, R. (2018). Inclusive place-based leadership: Lesson-drawing from urban governance innovations in Bristol, UK

Across the world progressive city leaders are working to limit the damaging impact of decisions made by place-less leaders, meaning powerful interests that are unconcerned about the consequences of their decisions for particular places and communitie... Read More about Inclusive place-based leadership: Lesson-drawing from urban governance innovations in Bristol, UK.

Town-gown engagement can be chaotic but universities should be local civic leaders (2018)
Journal Article
Hambleton, R. (2018). Town-gown engagement can be chaotic but universities should be local civic leaders

This short article for a professional and practice audience examines the impact of universities on the localities where they are located. Evidence from the author's experience in the USA suggests that British universities could be doing much more to... Read More about Town-gown engagement can be chaotic but universities should be local civic leaders.

Let's ban the lazy language of 'best practice'. An exploration of how to enhance the effectiveness of international city-to-city learning (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Hambleton, R. (2018, June). Let's ban the lazy language of 'best practice'. An exploration of how to enhance the effectiveness of international city-to-city learning. Paper presented at Reconciling past and future urban and regional strengths. Annual Conference of the European Urban Research Association (EURA)

This paper sets out five reasons why there is no such thing as ‘best practice’ when it comes to international city-to-city learning and dialogue. The paper then widens the conversation to consider the nature of international exchange and distinguish... Read More about Let's ban the lazy language of 'best practice'. An exploration of how to enhance the effectiveness of international city-to-city learning.

OK we didn't win the World Cup but Gareth Southgate offers solutions for local leadership (2018)
Journal Article
Hambleton, R. (2018). OK we didn't win the World Cup but Gareth Southgate offers solutions for local leadership

This short article for a professional and practice audience draws lessons for local leaders from Gareth Southgate's enormously successful leadership of the English national football team. Sports management is, of course, rather different from place-... Read More about OK we didn't win the World Cup but Gareth Southgate offers solutions for local leadership.

British universities - the sleeping giants of place-based leadership? (2018)
Journal Article
Hambleton, R. (2018). British universities - the sleeping giants of place-based leadership?. https://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.2018.4889247933

This Alternatives paper explores the changing dynamics of town/gown relationships in modern Britain. It argues that there are major opportunities for improving collaboration between universities and ‘off campus’ actors, opportunities that could bene... Read More about British universities - the sleeping giants of place-based leadership?.

Place-based leadership and radical public innovation: Lessons from mayoral governance experimentation in Bristol, UK (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Hambleton, R., & sweeting, D. (2018, April). Place-based leadership and radical public innovation: Lessons from mayoral governance experimentation in Bristol, UK. Paper presented at International Research Society for Public Management

This paper explores two related questions: 1) Does the institutional design of the governance arrangements of a city make a difference to the performance of place-based leadership? And 2) Does the leadership style of the individual exercising mayoral... Read More about Place-based leadership and radical public innovation: Lessons from mayoral governance experimentation in Bristol, UK.

Inclusive city governance: International lesson drawing from progressive urban leadership (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Hambleton, R. (2017, September). Inclusive city governance: International lesson drawing from progressive urban leadership. Paper presented at DSA2017: Sustainability Interrogated: Societies, growth and social justice

This paper outlines concepts that may be able to help us better understand the power of place in our globalising world. More specifically, it aims to show how good place-based leadership can promote inclusive urban development in both developed and... Read More about Inclusive city governance: International lesson drawing from progressive urban leadership.

The rise of the city region - exploring alternative models of sub-national governance (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Hambleton, R. (2017, June). The rise of the city region - exploring alternative models of sub-national governance. Paper presented at European Urban Research Association

In recent years a growing number of countries have embarked on reforms designed to strengthen the arrangements that they have in place for city region, or metropolitan, governance. This paper, which draws on a recent research project carried out for... Read More about The rise of the city region - exploring alternative models of sub-national governance.