Please note that the LARCI programme has now reached the end of its funding.
UK Research Councils (RCUK),
Local Government Association (LGA), and the
Local Government Improvement and Development, (both part of the LGG), the
and Whitehall's department for
Communities and Local Government (CLG).
Bridging the Gap between Academia and Local Government, UK universities and research
institutions deliver much research that is relevant to local authorities, but is
Research evidence can sometimes be difficult to access or digest Academic researchers,
policymakers and practitioners do not always understand each other sufficiently
In some cases, innovative research and new kinds of enquiry are needed to tackle
complex problems. LARCI bridges the divide between academic researchers and practitioners.
To facilitate and extend LARCI’s work into Scotland, the
Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the
Scottish Government and LARCI are working together on a range of activities
which are helping to build research capacity within Scottish local authorities.
For more information view
LARCI Member Organisations
LARCI is governed by 13 member organisations which work together to help build
bridges between academia and local government.
For a full list of member organisations view
LARCI's Strategic Board, chaired by Professor John Benington, Emeritus Professor,
Governance & Public Management, Warwick Business School, sets the strategic agenda.
For a full list of Board members view
The LARCI Operational Group, chaired by Tim Allen, Director, Local Government
Analysis & Research, LGA and visiting professor at Birkbeck, London University,
implements the recommendations of the Strategic Board and is responsible for practical
For a full list of Operational Group members view