Research & Consultancy

LGiU Ireland provides information services for local authorities, regional assemblies and national government. We are the leading independent think tank in Ireland focusing on councils and local issues. LGiU Ireland is part of the Local Government Information Unit Group with access to over 30 years experience of local innovation. We have produced reports for individual local authorities, government departments, the European Union, private companies and campaigning charities. We have a strong track record of advocating local democracy at international, national and local levels.

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The LGiU Group has offices in Dublin, Edinburgh and London. Our research and consultancy team is made up of eight core staff members plus a network of specialist associates across the Globe. We pride ourselves on independent, innovative thinking in support of local government and the communities they serve. Our track record illustrates our capacity to complete complex research to a high standard and agreed timescales.


Our research and consultancy work is organised into three themes – Building local democracy, finance and services.

Theme 1: Building Local Democracy

What we do

  • Policy papers on appropriate models of public representation and function
  • Guidance on developing local leadership
  • Identifying new models of local governance
  • Help to improve local representation
  • Strategic planning advice
  • Place shaping facilitation
  • Localising sustainable development goals
  • Techniques for improving local accountability


Theme 2: Finance

What we do

  • Research on the state of local finances
  • Policy papers on fiscal decentralisation and accountability
  • Advice on entrepreneurial strategies
  • Local Economic Development strategy development
  • Regeneration strategy development
  • Advice on innovative financing models


Theme 3: Services

What we do

  • Policy papers on Public Service Reform
  • Instigating partnerships for digital innovation
  • Improving service efficiency
  • Developing service innovation plans
  • Advice on housing service delivery
  • Infrastructure planning advice
  • Local service integration plan development – bringing together care, health, planning, housing, education and welfare
  • Brokering innovation in water and infrastructure management



For a quick, confidential discussion please contact the LGIU Ireland Director, Dr Andy Johnston:

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