A new research centre is being launched at Staffordshire University that brings together internationally-recognised academics with a commitment to applied impactful research that engages with policy and practice. Its work analyses:
- inequalities, employment and welfare;
- innovation and leadership;
- and regional economic development, regeneration and foundational economies.
Reflecting the civic mission of Staffordshire University, the Centre has collaborative partnerships with leading public and private organisations in the UK and abroad.
Arianna Giovannini is Associate Professor/Reader in Local Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University. Arianna has published widely on devolution, levelling up and the changing landscape of local government. Between July 2019 and February 2020 , she was seconded to to the Directorship of IPPR North, the leading think-tank for the North of England.
Steven Griggs is Professor of Public Policy in the Business School at Staffordshire University. Steven has published widely on local government, collaboration and the new municipalism. He recently chaired the Executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence’s Local Government 2030 Commission whose Local by Default final report was published in 2021.
Key roles and staff in the new centre
Centre Director – Prof Stephen Griggs
Impact Lead and REF deputy – Dr Muddasar Khwaja
PhD lead – Dr Fred Nyakudya
ECR lead – Dr Itoro Ekpo
Staff were entered into the Business and Management UoA in REF2021 and we were ranked joint 16th out of 108 in the country for our research impact and joint 51st overall in the country on research.