Dr Arianna Giovannini

Job: Associate Professor (Reader) in Local Politics & Public Policy

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Research group(s): Deputy Director, Local Governance Research Centre

Address: Hugh Aston Building, Room HU 6.75

T: +44 (0) 116 257 7093

E: arianna.giovannini@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://twitter.com/AriannaGi

 

Personal profile

I am an Associate Professor/Reader in Local Politics & Public Policy at the Department of Politics, People and Place, where I am the Deputy Director of the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC) and a member of the Centre for Urban Research and Austerity (CURA). Between July 2019 and February 2020 I was Director of IPPR North, the leading think-tank for the North of England, on a secondment basis.

Before joining DMU in August 2016, I was a Researcher at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), University of Sheffield. I previously worked at the University of Leeds (POLIS) as a research assistant for the White Rose Consortium for the North of England project. I also held academic positions at the University of Huddersfield, and at Leeds Metropolitan University, where I was awarded a PhD in 2014. Before moving to the UK, I worked as a researcher for regional governments and for several academic institutions in Italy.

My research focuses on territorial and local politics, governance rescaling, devolution and democracy – both in the UK and in comparative European perspective. Most recently, my work in these areas has concentrated on devolution deals in England, and in particular in the North; the politics, governance and political economy of the Northern Powerhouse; the changing landscape of local government, especially in the context of austerity and Brexit; the new municipalism; and asymmetric regionalism. I have written extensively on these topics, publishing in academic journals such as Territory, Politics, Governance, Policy & Politics, Regional and Federal Studies, The Political Quarterly and Political Studies. My latest book ‘Developing England’s North. The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse’ (co-edited with Craig Berry) was published by Palgrave in 2018.

My work actively engages with the world of practice and policy. In 2018-9, I was part of a collaborative research project between APSE and the LGRC, which led to the publication of APSE’s report Ensuring the leadership of the new municipalism. Based on my research, I regularly present evidence in Parliament and collaborate with local and national policy makers. Currently, I am a member of Executive of APSE’s Local Government 2030 Commission – which was set up to produce an independent analysis of the state of local government in the UK, focusing on its future challenges and emerging role in delivering a New Municipalism. As part of my role while Director of IPPR North, I was also a Commissioner of the UK2070 Commission – an independent inquiry into city and regional inequalities in the UK Chaired by Lord Kerslake.

I regularly appear on international, national and regional broadcast media, including SkyNews and BBC News, and I write for a range of online and print publications.

I am an elected Trustee of the UK Political Studies Association (PSA), the co-convenor of the PSA Local Politics Specialist Group, and the Chair the PSA Italian Politics Specialist Group. I am an Associate Fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change (University of Edinburgh), and a Honorary Research Fellow at SPERI (University of Sheffield).

 

Research group affiliations

Deputy Director, Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)

Centre on Urban Research and Austerity (CURA)

Research interests/expertise

Territorial Politics, Local Politics, Governance Rescaling, Devolution, Constitutional Change, Regionalism, Nationalism, the ‘English Question’, ‘Devolution Deals’, the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, the politics of territorial identity, Democracy, Political Parties (especially regionalist and nationalist parties), EU Politics & Policy, Italian Politics.

Areas of teaching

British politics, local government and politics, territorial politics, comparative politics

Qualifications

PhD, Leeds Metropolitan University

Masters Degree, Territorial and Urban Politics & Policy, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Italy

MA/BA Hons, Sociology with a specialisation in Politics, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Italy

Courses taught

POPP1407 – British Government and Politics (Module Leader)

POPP2011 – Comparative Local Government (Module Leader)

POPP5029 – Comparative Territorial Politics (Module Leader)

Membership of external committees

Truestee of the UK Political Studies Association

Member of the Executive, APSE's Local Government 2030 Commission

Commissioner, UK2070 Commission

Chair, PSA Italian Politics Specialist Group

Co-convenor, PSA Local Politics Specialist Group (2016-2019)

Member of the advisory board for IPPR North ‘The Future of Civil Society in the North’ project

Membership of professional associations and societies

Political Studies Association (PSA)

Regional Studies Association (RSA)

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) – Member of the Standing Groups on European Union and on Comparative Territorial Politics & Policy

Conference attendance

Sept. 2018: ‘Autonomy Referendums in Veneto and Lombardy: assessing the institutional and political impact of asymmetric regionalism’, Italian Political Science Association Conference, University of Turin, Italy

March 2018: ‘The Politics of Governance Rescaling in an Age of Uncertainty’, panel organised at the Political Studies Association (PSA) Annual Conference, Cardiff

March 2018:  ‘Learning from failure: the politics of Devolution Deals in Yorkshire’, paper presented as part of the panel ‘‘The Politics of Governance Rescaling in an Age of Uncertainty’ at the PSA Annual Conference, Cardiff

March 2018: ‘Devolution in Yorkshire: the revolution has yet to come’, invited to present at the Public Administration Committee (PAC) Conference ‘Moving Beyond Devolution’, Leeds Beckett University

Sept. 2017: ‘Devolution and territorial reform in England: An analysis through the case of Yorkshire’, paper presented within the panel ‘The Consequences of Territorial Local Government Reforms’, sponsored by the ECPR Standing Group on Local Government and Politics, at the ECPR General Conference, University of Oslo.

April 2017: ‘Devolution in England: Revolution or Chaos?’ paper presented with Dr Andy Mycock (Huddersfield) as part of the panel ‘Devolution, twenty years on: Assessing the changing structures of territorial governance across the UK’ which I co-organised with Dr Andy Mycock, with the support of the PSA Britishness Specialist Group, at the PSA Annual Conference, Glasgow.

Jan 2017: ‘European Democracy Under Stress’, conference organised with Dr Antonella Seddone, Dr Giuliano Bobba (University of Turin) with the support of the PSA ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ fund, and sponsored by the PSA Italian Politics and Anti-Politics Specialist Groups, University of Turin.

June 2016: ‘Yorkshire First? The European Dimension of Regionalist Mobilization in the North of England’, paper presented within the panel ‘After the ‘Europe of the Regions’: Explaining Current Trends in the Relationship between Regionalism and European Integration’ as part of the ECPR 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, University of Trento

March 2016: ‘Devolution across the UK: Conundrums Old and New’, roundtable speaker, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Brighton

March 2016: ‘New Regional Voices? Devolution discourses in Cornwall and Yorkshire’ (with J. Willett), paper presented as part of the panel ‘Demystifying Discourses of Devolution in the UK’, sponsored by the Britishness Specialist Group, at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Brighton

Jan. 2016:Power to the North? Prospects and Challenges to Devolution & City Deals’, organiser (with Dr. Richard Hayton, POLIS) of this one-day conference as part of the White Rose Consortium for the North of England project, and chair of the panel ‘Devolution & City Deals: the view from the grassroots’, University of Leeds

Nov. 2015:The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse’, organiser (with Dr. Craig Berry, SPERI) of this workshop as part of the White Rose Consortium for the North of England project; presentation of the paper ‘Devolution and the politicisation of territorial identity in the North of England: an analysis of Yorkshire’ (with Dr. Andy Mycock, Huddersfield) within the panel ‘The Role of Political Parties and Civil Society in the Northern Powerhouse Agenda’. SPERI, University of Sheffield

Sept. 2015: ‘The perils and promises of devolution. What lessons can be drawn for the case of Northern England devolution?’, roundtable panellist at the conference ‘The Promises and Perils of English Devolution – Lessons from Scotland and Beyond’, organised by Prof. Martin Smith and Dr. Sandra Leon (University of York), sponsored by the White Rose Consortium for the North of England, University of York

March 2015: ‘Yorkshire First: a membership survey of the first regionalist party in the North of England’, paper presented within the panel ‘English Devolution in the Wake of the Scottish Independence Referendum’, sponsored by the Britishness Group, at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Sheffield

Feb. 2015: ‘What’s wrong with Regional Assemblies? Lessons from the experience of the 2004 North East referendum’, paper presented at the Symposium ‘Devolution and the Future of Yorkshire’, University of Huddersfield

Invited Talks & Keynotes:

‘Learning from Failure: the politics of devolution deals in Yorkshire’, invited speaker at the University of Manchester Politics Department’s ‘Comparative Public Policy’ workshop series, 25 April 2018

‘Metro mayors and Transport for the North’, invited speaker at the Annual Japan Local Government Centre Seminar ‘Northern Powerhouse on Track: Lessons From Japan’s Rail, Sheffield, 9 March 2018.

‘The “evolution” of devolution: assessing Labour’s legacy in England’, invited speaker at the conference ‘Twenty Years On: Assessing the State and Legacy of New Labour’s Constitution’, supported by the BA/Leverhulme Trust, University of Liverpool, 13-14 July 2017

‘The “evolution” of devolution: assessing Labour’s legacy in England’, invited speaker at the conference ‘Twenty Years On: Assessing the State and Legacy of New Labour’s Constitution’, supported by the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants, University of Liverpool, 13-14 July 2017

‘The Politics of England’, invited to deliver a lecture to the Constitution School (Cabinet Office), with Dr. Andy Mycock (University of Huddersfield), 6 July 2017

‘English devolution: advances and limits of city and metro mayors’, invited panellist as part of the conference ‘Devolution in England: International Perspectives, Politics and Policy Ideas’, Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent, 19-21 June 2017

‘Devolution Deals in Yorkshire’, invited speaker at the North East Devolution Conference, Sunderland Civic Centre, 16 June 2017

‘The territorial dimension of English identity: the view from the North of England’, invited speaker at the seminar ‘An Englishness Open to All’, organised by Prof. John Denham at the Centre for English Identity and Politics, University of Winchester, 31 March 2017

‘Devolution Deals in Yorkshire: opportunities, challenges and local (di)visions’, invited speaker at the Seminar ‘Devolution to Yorkshire and its cities’, organised by the British Academy (Governing England Programme), Sheffield, 16 March 2017

‘Devolution in the North of England: revolution or chaos?’, invited talk at the ESRC Festival of Social Science event ‘Where’s East in the North-South Divide?’, University of Cambridge, November 2016

‘Devolution and the Changing Nature of Centre-Local Relations’, Key-note speaker (with Prof. Colin Copus, DMU) at the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons’ ‘West Midlands Devolution Conference’, in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority, hosted by the City of Wolverhampton Council, 21 October 2016

‘Powerhouse or Poorhouse? A critique of the current government’s approach to devolution in Northern England’, Keynote for the Unlock Democracy Greater Manchester AGM, Manchester, January 2016

‘The Sheffield Devolution Deal – prospects and challenges’, invited talk at the ESRC Festival of Social Science event ‘Devolution Deals and other Conversations about the Constitution’, University of Sheffield, November 2015

 ‘Leadership, Charisma and Identity. The Case of the Scottish National Party and Alex Salmond’, Invited talk as part of the Seminar ‘Governability, Personalisation and Charisma’, University of Turin, Department of Culture, Politics and Society, June 2015

‘Devolution and regionalism in England: lessons from Scotland and Europe’, Keynote for the Hannah Mitchell Foundation AGM, Huddersfield, March 2015

‘Devolution in the UK and the ‘English Question’ – an analysis through the case of Northern England’, Invited talk, University of Strathclyde, School of Government and Public Policy, European Policies Research Centre (EPRC), October 201

 

Recent research outputs

Edited Books:

Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, Basingstoke: Palgrave 2018 (with C. Berry)

The Politics of the North: Governance, Territory and Identity in Northern England, Leeds: University of Leeds, 2016 (with R. Hayton and C. Berry). E-book available at this link: http://ow.ly/TTGA304WLrv

Book Chapters:

‘England: The North-South Divide’ (with J. Rose), in M. Garnett (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of British Politics and Society, Abingdon: Routledge (forthcoming, 2020)

‘The Uneven Governance of Devolution Deals in Yorkshire: opportunities, challenges and local (di)visions’, in C. Berry and A. Giovannini (eds.), Developing England’s North. The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018, pp.163-196.

‘Powerhouse Politics and Economic Development in the North’ (with C. Berry), in C. Berry and A. Giovannini (eds.), Developing England’s North. The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018, pp.1-20.

‘A Better Place’, in C. Berry and A. Giovannini (eds.), Developing England’s North. The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018, pp.307-317.

‘The Idea and the Identity of the North’ (with C. Berry and R. Hayton), in R. Hayton, A. Giovannini and C. Berry (eds.) The Politics of the North: Governance, Territory and Identity in Northern England, Leeds: University of Leeds, 2016.

 

Journal Articles (selected):

Towards a New Era of Regionalism in Italy? A Comparative Perspective on Autonomy Referendums’, Territory, Politics, Governance, 2019 (with D. Vampa)

‘“No Regionalism Please, We Are Leghisti!” The Transformation of the Italian Lega Nord Under the Leadership of Matteo Salvini’, Regional and Federal Studies, 2018, 28(5), pp. 645-671 (with A. Seddone and D. Albertazzi)

Citizen Participation and Changing Governance: Cases of Devolution in England’, Policy & Politics, 2017, 45(2), pp.251-69 (with B.Prosser, A.Renwick, M.Sandford, M.Flinders, W.Jennings, G.Smith, G.Stoker, K.Ghose)

Towards a ‘New English Regionalism’ in the North? The Case of Yorkshire First’, the Political Quarterly, 2016, 87(4), pp.590-600

Visions of Europe: emerging challenges for the European project in the aftermath of the 2014 European Parliament elections’, Italian Political Science Review, 2016, 46(4), pp.115-130 (with L. Polverari and A. Seddone)

‘Leadership, Carisma e Identità: il caso dello SNP sotto la guida di Alex Salmond’ (Leadership, Charisma and Identity: The SNP under the lead of Alex Salmond), Ragion Pratica, 2016, 1, pp. 84-114

‘Northern Voices.How Far Can a Bottom-up ‘New Regionalism’ Go Towards Answering the English Question?’, Juncture, 2015, 22(1), pp. 53-59 (with E. Cox)

Surviving the Perfect Storm: Italy after the 2013 General Election’, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 2015, Special Issue, 20(4), pp. 427-437 (editors’ introduction, with D. Albertazzi)

‘The Uneven Path of English Devolution. Top Down vs. Bottom Up Regionalism in England – Cornwall and the North East Compared’, Political Studies, 2014, 62(2), pp.343-360 (with J. Willett)

‘Italy and the UK: Politics, Citizens’ Engagement and the State of Democracy in Comparative Perspective’, Polis, 2013, Special Issue, 27(2), pp. 197-206 (editors’ introduction, with J. L. Newell)

Reports:

(2019) State of the North 2019: Divided and Connected: Regional Inequalities in the North, the UK and the developed world - IPPR North Report (with L. Raikes and B.Getzel)

(2019) Ensuring the leadership of the new municipalism, APSE Report (with S. Griggs and N. Barnett)

 

Blogs and Op-Eds (selected):

The Devolution Parliament’, IPPR North, 20 November 2019 (with L. Raikes)

Yorkshire devolution bid can learn lessons from regional assemblies' failure in 2004’, Yorkshire Post Special Feature, 3 January 2020

‘Broken promises must end if Johnson is serious about the North’, The Times, 16 September 2019

‘Five ways to boost transport investment across the Northern Powerhouse’, Yorkshire Post, 21 August 2019

Brexit and Devolution in England: what's at stake?’, PSA Blog, 14 March 2019

‘England’s local elections 2018: the unusual case of Sheffield City Region’s mayoral contest’, Democratic Audit, 1 May 2018 (https://bit.ly/2LiHMGJ)

‘Doing, Undoing, Re-Doing devolution: the case of “devo deals” in Yorkshire’, the Political Quarterly Blog, 16 April 2018 (https://bit.ly/2kaprzg)

‘What Happened in Italy’s Election?’, Political Studies Association Blog, 5 March 2018 (https://bit.ly/2s3Q6T5)

‘The 2018 Italian election: old faces, new parties, familiar uncertainty’, SPERI Blog, 17 February 2018 (https://bit.ly/2IyuwQJ)

‘Devolution in Yorkshire: the revolution has yet to come’, British Academy Governing England Blog, January 2018 (http://bit.ly/2F4mn0z)

‘Local elections 2017: a wash of blue on a divided country’, Political Insight – Political Studies Association Blog, 6 May 2017 (http://bit.ly/2zoIEnX)  

‘Italy after the referendum: when change leads to immobility’, SPERI Blog, 24 January 2017 (https://bit.ly/2GCEJ8L)

‘The Five Star Movement’s victories in Italy’s mayoral elections: a major blow for Renzi and the PD’ (with J.L. Newell), LSE EUROPP Blog, 22 June 2016 (http://bit.ly/28LrrXk)

‘The Northern Powerhouse needs to be more than a slogan’ (with A. Mycock), The Conversation, 10 May 2016 (http://ow.ly/ZIhL304WJAz)

‘The uneven path of Devolution Deals in the North of England. The view from Yorkshire reveals growing tension and rising pressures from below’, SPERI Blog, 28 January 2016  (http://ow.ly/z1UJ304WJpX)

‘Behold the 'Manchester Withington question’ (with A. Mycock), Open Democracy, 19 November 2015 (http://ow.ly/WHG6U)

The Scottish Indyref, one year on. Devolution in England ignores the key lessons from Scotland’s referendum’, SPERI Blog, 22 September 2015 

‘All for devolution in England – but what about democracy?’ (with A. Mycock), The Conversation, 4 May 2015 (http://ow.ly/MpKrL)

‘Devolution in the North of England: time to bring the people into the debate?’, Open Democracy, 26 March 2015 (http://ow.ly/LGg5F)

‘Scotland’s independence referendum is spurring the desire for political devolution in England’ (with J. Willett), LSE’s British Politics and Policy Blog, 17 June 2014

‘The uneven path of English devolution – Will the dog finally bark?’ (with J. Willett), PSA‘s Political Insights Blog, 11 June 2014  (http://ow.ly/yccWY)

‘Arrivederci, Veneto? The independence referendum in Veneto as a test for the Italian democracy and its institutions’, Open Democracy, 7 April 2014 (http://ow.ly/wEFk2)

‘The election of Matteo Renzi as the leader of the PD might herald a ‘New Labour’ style revolution in Italy’s centre-left’ (with J. Newel), LSE’s EUROPP Blog, 19 December 2013 (http://bit.ly/1bQ44VJ)

‘The PD’s leadership election might signal the first step in the re-legitimation of the Italian political system’ (with J. Newell), LSE’s EUROPP Blog, 8 November 2013(http://bit.ly/1hQYmcN)

Current research students

Current Students:

Jonny Ball - New Municipalism (with Jonathan Davies)

Martina Locorotondo (with Adam Fishwick and Julia Shaw)

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I am interested in supervising research students who wish to develop studies on: British politics; territorial politics; constitutional change; governance rescaling; devolution in the UK (especially on issues related to the ‘English Question’ and the North of England) and in comparative perspective; territorial politics and identity; multilevel governance; local government and politics.

Internally funded research project information

Devolution, Brexit and Austerity: Links Challenges and Future Perspectives (with Dr. Davide Vampa, Jan-July 2017). Pilot Study supported by CURA seedcorn fund.

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