Professor Robin Hambleton

About me

Robin Hambleton is Professor of City Leadership at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Director of Urban Answers, a company he founded in 2007:

In 2015 Policy Press published his new book: ‘Leading the Inclusive City. Place-based innovation for a bounded planet’.  This international, comparative book shows how civic leaders are making a major difference in cities across the world.  Robin has worked in local government in the UK, been an Adviser to UK local government ministers, an Adviser to Select Committees of the UK House of Parliament, and has written national guidance documents for councils in England, Wales and Scotland.  He was the founding President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) – an international association created in 1997 to enhance research-based exchange relating to city trends and developments. From 2002-07 he was Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ​


Area of expertise

City leadership and urban management
Innovation in local governance
Enhancing local democracy and public service effectiveness
International policy exchange

My Publications