Professor Robin Hambleton contributes to debate on city leadership in Bristol

Issue date: 18 November 2013

As George Ferguson reaches the anniversary of his first year in office, many are asking how well the first directly elected mayor of Bristol has performed during this time.

On 15 November 2013 Professor Robin Hambleton, of the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments at UWE Bristol, gave an interview to BBC Radio Bristol in which he suggested that Mayor Ferguson has, despite massive public spending cuts imposed by central government, enhanced the national and international profile of the city.

Professor Hambleton also contributed to a BBC News Online article in which he suggests that successful city leaders are outward facing, and that strategic international visits can bring major benefits to a city.

On Monday 18 November at 18:00, Mayor Ferguson gives his first 'State of the City' address. During the speech, at the University of Bristol's Wills Building, Mayor Ferguson will outline the current and future direction of the city. The speech will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Bristol.

Professor Hambleton is currently leading the Bristol Civic Leadership Project, a collaborative study being carried out by UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol, and has previously lectured on the importance of local government.

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