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WDH – Market Insight Assistant

Market Insight Assistant
£15,393 – £16,734
37 hours
Merefield House, Castleford

Are you looking for a new challenge where you can carry out a range of research activities to provide support to the Customer Insight team at one of the …

Annual Conference 2019 – Call for Papers and Speakers

Tuesday, 14th & Wednesday, 15th May
Conference Aston, Aston University, Birmingham

‘Better Together! Research and Intelligence in collaboration’

If you’ve got something to say, then say it at the LARIA Annual Conference!

This is the event for local area researchers, …

Principal Researcher – Greater Manchester Combined Authority



Greater Manchester Combined Authority GRADE 10 (£44,697 – £48,642)


Greater Manchester Combined Authority, in collaboration with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, are looking …

Essex County Council – Senior Researcher

Essex County Council are now advertising for a one year fixed term maternity cover for the role of Senior Researcher.

The link is below and please feel free to forward onto anyone that might be interested


For more …

Senior Population and Migration Analyst – Oldham Council

Corporate and Commercial directorate
Business Intelligence Service
Senior Population and Migration Analyst
Ref: G8/OL- 21278
Contract Type: 2 year Fixed Term
Salary: £34,106-£38,052
Hours: 36.66 per week
Based: Civic Centre, West St, Oldham, OL1 1UG
Closing date: 14th October 2018…

Tributes to David Henderson from SSRG and other colleagues

We are very sad to announce  that David Henderson died on Tuesday 21st August. David was a member of the Social Services Research Unit (SSRG)  Executive Committee for over 25 years, undertaking roles of Treasurer, Events Coordinator and Newsletter editor. …

Researching the sustainability and effectiveness of Blackpool HeadStart’s Academic Resilience Approach

Project in brief

Centre of Resilience for Social Justice (CRSJ) invites applications for a full-time three-year PhD studentship from October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. In collaboration with Blackpool Council and Boingboing, this PhD project will contribute to …

New LARIA Council elected

At the LARIA AGM a new LARIA Council was elected including a new Chair. We would particularly like to welcome our new Council members Kate Waterhouse, Dr Jane Kennedy and Professor James Downe.

Congratulations also to Mike Walker, our new …

Award Winner 2018 – Manchester City Council

Best use of social care or health research: Manchester City Council

Evaluation of Manchester’s Community Assessment Support Service (CASS)


The research evidenced how designing services to fit how people use them instead of within traditional organisation structures can deliver …

Award Winner 2018 – Wirral Council

Best Use of Local Area Research: Wirral Council

Using the principles of Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis to prioritise areas which would benefit most from a Selective Licensing scheme in Wirral


Frontline services in Wirral have struggled for decades to …

Award Winner 2018 – Essex County Council

Best Use of Data: Essex County Council

Multi-agency geo-mapping of gangs and child exploitation


The entry shows the power of joint insight. Using existing data, in a joined up way across organisations, rather than silos to develop a local …

Award Winner 2018 – Birmingham City Council

Most engaging communication of local area research – Birmingham City Council

Annual Research Seminar Series (5th Year)


The seminar has been recognised locally as a forum for raising awareness of research within the local authority and also an opportunity …

Chair’s Report 2018

I have been honoured to have been a member of the LARIA Council for over ten years and since 2012 the Chair. This is my last LARIA Conference as I move on personally to a new role in evaluating central …

LARIA Research Impact Awards 2018 – Winners

The winners of the LARIA Research Impact Awards were announced on the 22nd May 2018 at the LARIA Conference in Chester. They are the only awards specifically designed to showcase the work of those researching local areas. We welcome entries …

LARIA Away Day Feedback

LARIA held its away day on 11 April. Members old and new joined members of LARIA Council for a very open discussion about LARIA, its history and achievements, the challenges that LARIA faces, and most importantly where it needs to …