Ines Newman

Job: Honorary Visiting Senior Research Associate

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0) 116 257 7780




Personal profile

Ines joined De Montfort University in 2012 from the Local Government Centre at Warwick Business School where she was Director of the Warwick University Local Authorities Research Consortium and managed the Warwick contribution to the national evaluation of LAAs/LSPs. Previously, Ines was  Head of Policy at the Local Government Information Centre (LGiU) and managed a range of research projects focussing particularly on neighbourhood renewal and social inclusion, the frontline councillor role and parish and town councils. Between September 2007-March 2009, she also led on the IDeA’s economic development work.


She started her career as a qualified town planner working for Westminster City Council and then moved into community advocacy planning for the Joint Docklands Action Group and into economic development. As part of her role as head of the economic development unit for Harlow District Council, she took on the co-ordination of the South East Economic Development Strategy Group (SEEDS) and was responsible for managing and publishing some 15 research studies on different economic sectors in the South East between 1992-1999.

Research group affiliations

Local Governance Research Unit

Publications and outputs

Selected Publications over the last 10 years 

Editor of Local Economy (27/08) to appear December 2012 on Women and the Local Economy

Community Budgets: Research Report for the Warwick Consortium 2012

From community cohesion to social cohesion: edited with Peter Ratcliffe, Policy Press 2011

Work as a route out of poverty: A critical evaluation of UK welfare to work policies. Policy Studies Volume 32 (2011) pp 91- 108.

2010  Scrutiny of Worklessness, published by the North West Employers, with Stephanie Snape

2010  The role of Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements in Promoting Equality  published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, led by Hilary Russell with Eileen Lepine and Scott Dickinson

2010 Research into multi-area agreements - Long-term evaluation of LAAs and LSPs, published by CLG, led by Hilary Russell and with Catherine Staite

 Jan 2010, Future of Local Economic Development, edited book, Routledge

Irene Bruegel: Gender and Local Economic Development. Local Economy volume 24 (3) August 2009 

Scrutiny of neighbourhood renewal and social inclusion, IDeA, 2006

Joint with Jane Foot, The Neighbourhood Agenda and the role of the elected member. Published on IDeA Knowledge January 2006.

Parish and Town Councils and Neighbourhood Governance  2005  JRF

How local authorities can make a difference: Benchmarking best practice. (with Mike Geddes) July 2002, LGIU

Research interests/expertise

Local Government, Economic Development, Poverty and Social Cohesion

Book for Policy Press- submission date June 2013- provisional title. Reclaiming Local Democracy: A progressive future for local government

Honours and awards

MBA (public service), 1994, Institute of Local Government, Birmingham, awarded the A.H. Marshall prize