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We currently sponsor an independent research programme to underpin our consideration of the issues of regional democracy. Specifically this relates to the local implications of a new constitutional settlement for the UK and the establishment of democratically accountable Regional Government for England. We are currently seeking partners in this research.

Research Objectives

"To identify and evaluate options for enhancing the governance of this region"

We will carry out a phased programme of work over the next two years with the following objectives:

  • To explore the existing and emerging national and European Union institutional and policy arrangements as they affect the region
  • To examine the key policy challenges and opportunities facing the region
  • To evaluate the capabilities and competencies of the existing institutional structures to respond to these challenges
  • To prepare and disseminate conclusions and recommendations.


Our work programme

Work in Progress

"Rural Policy Making, Delivery and Regional Governance, the role of women, devolution and regional government "

An assessment is underway of the implications of the proposals set out in the Government White Paper, Your Region-Your Choice (published in May 2002) for rural policy in the West Midlands

The West Midlands Governance Research Group has commissioned the research. It follows up earlier work by the Group, which has mapped the Governance of the Region and tested public opinion about moves to an elected West Midlands Regional Assembly .It also follows a similar study published earlier this year about Transport Policy,Delivery and Regional Governance in the West Midlands.

The research is to be carried out by Graham Pearce and Dr. Sarah Ayres from Aston Business School who carried out the earlier mapping research. The Economic and Social Science Research Council are funding the project.

The research is due for completion in November 2003 and a final report is anticipated by the end of the year.

Two new research projects have recently been commissioned by WMCC. The first of these will take the form of action research and will look into the role of Women in Regional Government. The second  is concerned with devolution and rural affairs following on from the recent Haskins Report (see news page).

Our work programme

Completed Research

"to examine what form the future governance of the region might take and evaluate the capabilities and competencies of existing structures"

Our initial phase of our research work was completed early in 2002. Two reports were published (see below). They comprise an Audit of the existing governance of the West Midlands and a review of issues and alternatives and an initial testing of public opinion.

In May 2002 two further research projects were commissioned.The first of these examined what form the future governance of the region might take and more specifically how it might respond to demands for greater citizen and stakeholder engagement. The second project evaluated the capabilities and competencies of both the existing institutional structures and the form of elected Regional Government.

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West Midlands Governance Action Research Group

"Membership is open to academic and other independent researchers"

During 2001 the Convention was instrumental in establishing the West Midlands Governance Action Research Group to provide an independent Research capability to inform debate about the governance of the region. The Group is chaired by Professor Charlie Jeffery from the University of Birmingham and includes leading academics from the region's Universities engaged in research about regional governance and related issues

The Group includes representatives of the Convention and the West Midlands regional Assembly who have jointly been funding the research carried out so far.


 Our work programme

Find out more  

You can download the following documents which will give you a much more detailed account of our work.

(Note: Some of these files are quite large and you may experience difficulty in downloading them.)

Progress Report (August 2001) - available in .doc and .pdf format

Briefing (June 2001) - available in .doc and .pdf format

Research Proposal (June 2001) - available in .doc and .pdf format

Summary of Research: An outline of research findings to date based on our first two full reports - available in .doc and pdf format

Report No 1: Who Governs the West Midlands?An Audit of Government Institutions and Structures, Sarah Ayres and Graham Pearce,West Midlands Governance Action Research Group, March 2002 - available in .doc and pdf format

Report No 2: A Preliminary Review of Alternative Approaches to Regional Governance, Sarah Ayres and Graham Pearce, West Midlands Governance Action Research Group, March 2002 - available in .doc and pdf format

Report No 3: The Implications of the Devolution white Paper for Transport, Sarah Ayres & Graham Pearce, West Midlands Governance Action Research Group, September 2002 - available in doc or pdf

Report No 4: A Regional Assembly for all the West Midlands Recommendations on the English Regions White Paper Your Region, Your Choice, Charlie Jeffery and Adrian Reilly, on behalf of the West Midlands Governance Action Research Group - avaiable in doc or pdf

Report No 5: The Regional Question in the West Midlands Initial Report on Focus Group Research on Public Attitudes, Prof Charlie Jeffery and Dr Adrian Reilly on behalf of the West Midlands Governance Action Research Group - avaiable in doc or pdf

A Regional Assembly for all the West Midlands Recommendations on the English Regions White Paper Your Region, Your Choice, Charlie Jeffery and Adrian Reilly, on behalf of the West Midlands Governance Action Research Group - avaiable in doc or pdf

Our work programme

Informal discussion

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