Claire Mansfield Head of Research

Claire oversees the NLGN research programme. Particular interests include place shaping, community engagement and local government’s relationship with other public services and local stakeholders.

Previously, Claire worked as a Support Officer for a Local Involvement Network (LINk) in London and carried out research for the Social Inclusion Unit of Cork City Council. Claire holds a PhD (NUI) in Social Sustainability, an MA in Geography (Sustainable Development) and a BA in Mathematics/Geography from University College Cork (NUI).

Expertise and areas of interest

Arts and culture
Public health
Two tier local government
Young people
Fire and rescue service
Voluntary Sector


All Together Now: Whole Systems Commissioning for Councils and the Voluntary Sector
Fire Works: A Collaborative Way Forward for the Fire and Rescue Service
Smart Budgeting: Integrating Financial and Strategic Planning for Outcomes
As Tiers Go By: A Collaborative Future for Counties and Districts
On With the Show: Supporting Local Arts and Culture
Healthy Dialogues: Embedding Health in Local Government
Great Expectations: the next steps for a new generation
Commissioning Dialogues


Town Crier Episode Twelve: The Local Election Results
Town Crier Episode Ten: 2015 in review
Town Crier Episode Nine: Spending Review
Town Crier Episode Seven: Refugee Crisis
Future of the Fire Service Explained
Town Crier Episode Fivce: Implications of the budget on local government
Town Crier Episode Four: City Devolution Bill