Devolution policy

The Southern Policy Centre is a cross-party thinktank for southern England. That means working with everyone in the region to get the powers that suit our needs

Our CEO, Professor Francis Davis, has written about the challenges and opportunities that follow the beginning of a major new phase of devolution across England.

Our research strength lies in understanding the economic, social and political needs of the region in all of their complexity. We also have many years of expertise in working with national government; we understand how it works and how to work with key players.


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To start with we’re providing analysis and support to local authorities to help them plan for the right devolved powers. But we’re working with industry, the third sector and citizen-led initiatives too.

See more of our work on devolution policy