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Professor Sarah Ayres

Professor Sarah Ayres

Professor Sarah Ayres
B.Sc., Ph.D.(Aston)

Professor of Public Policy and Governance

Office Room 2.8, 10 Woodland Road
Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 6762

Research summary


Sarah’s work has explored the complexities of devolution and city governance by exploring the inter-play between formal and informal structures, processes and outcomes. Her research has provided critical insights into how ‘informal’ decision making, i.e. what happens behind closed doors between political elites, has shaped devolution in the UK.

This research has made a distinctive contribution by examining the impact of so-called ‘informal governance’ on different aspects of mainstream governance theory, including political innovation, democracy, policy effectiveness and the creation of public value.

Sarah has been an academic advisor to three successive UK Governments on English devolution and ...

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Sarah is a political scientist with expertise in public administration and theories of policy making. Her research is concerned with territorial and collaborative governance - how actors from state, market and civil society coalesce and work with one another in specific localities. 

Sarah is currently:

Co-Editor of Policy & Politics  

Editorial Advisory Board Member on International Journal of Public Sector Management and Policy Sciences

Sarah can supervise postgraduate research students with the following interests: public administration, governance, collaboration, network management, territorial governance and decentralisation


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