About Localis

We are an independent, leading not-for-profit think tank that was established in 2001. Our work promotes neo-localist ideas through research, events and commentary, covering a range of local and national domestic policy issues.


Find out more about our team here.

Find out more about our board here.


Our research and policy programme is guided by the concept of neo-localism. Neo-localism is about giving places and people more control over the effects of globalisation. It is concerned by economic prosperity, but also enhancing other aspects of people’s lives such as family and culture. It is not anti-globalisation, but wants to bend the mainstream of social and economic policy so that place is put at the centre of political thinking.

In particular our work is focused on four areas:

The thrust of our work, and our view on how neo-localism can be achieved in today’s UK, is encapsulated in our report Hitting Reset, which can be read here.

What we do

We publish research throughout the year, from extensive reports to shorter pamphlets, on a diverse range of policy areas. In the past year we have published reports on a number of subjects including:

You can read about our current projects here.

We run a broad events programme, including roundtable discussions, panel events, webinars and an extensive party conference programme.

We also run a membership network of local authorities and corporate fellows.

If you are interested in partnering with us in our work and membership network, please contact jonathan.werran@localis.org.uk.