The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) is convening the Second Local Government Researchers Forum to be held on 14 and 15 December 2011. The forum will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).


Its broad theme will be ‘Local Governance in Transition’. The forum program will reflect and deepen the multifaceted approach of current and proposed ACELG research, with anticipated topics including:

  • Metropolitan and community governance
  • Leadership development
  • Regional collaboration and shared services
  • Local government finance
  • Workforce development
  • Climate change
  • Rural-remote and Indigenous local government

While the structure of the forum is still be developed, the ACELG has called for papers to assist the Centre in putting together the program.


ACELG is also particularly keen to involve young or new researchers with an interest in local government, and will be facilitating a session on the role of research for practitioners and welcome input on this topic area.


Call for Papers

Forum dates: December 14 and 15, 2011
Closing date for abstracts: September 22, 2011
Submission of draft papers: November 25, 2011


Only original, unpublished papers in English will be considered. Papers should contain a maximum of 6,000 words.  ACELG seeks a blend of ‘academic’ research papers and scholarly contributions by practitioners. Accepted papers will appear in electronic forum proceedings and will be made available in the ACELG digital library. Selected papers will also be published as part of ACELG’s Working Papers series and promoted through the Centre’s Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Network (


For further information about the Forum, and to provide suggestions and comments, please contact Penny Finlay, ACELG Research Consultant at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..