International funding success researching governance under austerity

Professor Helen Sullivan
Professor Helen Sullivan

Professor Helen Sullivan, Melbourne School of Government Director, is part of an international team that has won funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council to research city governance responses to austerity.

The two and a half year project is a comparative study of collaborative relationships between government, business and civil society actors navigating austerity in the cities of Athens, Baltimore, Barcelona, Dublin, Leicester, Melbourne, Montreal and Nantes.

The study will generate insights for policy makers, citizen-activists and scholars about the efficacy of collaboration in governing and contesting austerity. It will contribute to theory by exploring patterns of continuity and change in collaborative urban governance, in different austerity conditions. The project is led by urban scholar Professor Jonathan Davies from De Montfort University in the UK, and the Melbourne team includes Professor Brendan Gleeson from the Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute.