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Academic Advisers in Local and Regional Authorities: CAPE Insights Report

A report on the value of academic advisers in local and regional authorities based upon our experience of convening the Local and Regional Authority Academic Advisers (LRAAA) network.

From our experience convening the Local and Regional Authority Academic Advisers (LRAAA) network, alongside the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Government Office for Science, this report shares our learning on advisory roles at the local and regional level.

Find out more about:

  • The Local and Regional Authority Academic Advisers (LRAAA) network
  • ┬áThe value of academic adviser roles
  • Case studies from Greater London Authority, Essex County Council, Southampton City Council & Yorkshire Universities
  • Practical considerations for creating and sustaining academic adviser roles in local and regional authorities

Our key insights:

  • Academic Advisers generate a significant number of benefits from dedicated research capabilities to acting as general knowledge brokers
  • A dedicated network structure is required to maximise the potential value of academic advice and enable collaboration
  • Collaboration between Academic Advisor roles will improve practice, solve policy common challenges and improve the use of science advice in local and regional settings