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The impact of austerity on city governments in the UK

The aim of this project is to examine the impact of austerity on city governments in the UK since 2011.

We analyse how city governments have mediated the austerity measures instigated by the nation state.

We also examine both strategic decision-making across city governments, as well as the impact of austerity on the economic governance of cities.


This research has been undertaken in collaboration with various city governments in the UK.


Fuller, C. (2018) Entrepreneurial urbanism, austerity and economic governance.  Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Volume 11, Issue 3, 565–585.

Fuller, C. (2017) City government in an age of austerity: discursive institutions and critique. Environment and Planning A, Vol 49, Issue 4, 745–766.

Fuller, C. and West, K. (2017) The possibilities and limits of political contestation in times of ‘urban austerity’. Urban Studies, Vol 54, Issue 9, 2087–2106.

The project team

Principal investigator

Dr Crispian Fuller

Dr Crispian Fuller

Reader in Human Geography