Research in a Local Government Context
The Master of Local Government provides students with a practical learning approach that allows them to build a high level of influence and leadership in their workplace.
As part of the master's course, each student completes a capstone research project. Students work together with a supervisor, who supports them in carrying out the reading, research and writing necessary to conduct original research and complete the dissertation.
Graduate Paper Series - Master of Local Government dissertations
Supported by our capstone subject that includes a phased immersion in real-world research under the supervision of academic staff, our Master of Local Government students have generated new knowledge that is rigorous, evidence-based and applied. These studies contribute to the knowledge base for improved local governance in Australia and internationally.
Explore our recent Master of Local Government student dissertations:
- Graham Kennett: What is the optimal reform of the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995? An exploratory case study from the perspective of NSW Non-metropolitan Local Government
- Melissa Ballinger: Development contributions in NSW: A review of the Section 7.11 contributions cap
- Alicja Batorowicz: Is there a future for the Sydney Harbour HighLine?
- Tommaso Briscese: Is Honesty Contagious? Public policy and behavioural science in anti-corruption efforts in NSW local government
- Amanda Bray: 21-year partnership – Has it made a difference? Evaluating the Fairfield Health Partnership
- Nicole Campbell: Investigating ethical paradigms and values: Potential influences on decision-making by elected representatives
- Heather Davis: Urban resilience, cultural sustainability, and libraries. What are the building blocks for library success in a local government setting?
- Colby Farmer: Urban design principles for creating public open space master plans and their application to Wagga Wagga’s Riverside Precinct
- Antonio Franze: The challenges of engaging communities: Will the small rural voices be heard in a merged regional council?
- Nigel Judd: The role of the councillor in NSW: Understanding the separation of powers
- Steven Lawler: Managing trees in the public domain
- Anthony O'Reilly: Information and communication technology change and adoption in local government: A New South Wales exploratory study
- Anne Shearer: It’s all in the delivery: An exploratory case study focusing on the Coffs Harbour City Council Delivery Program 2010-2016
- Andrew Simpson: Alternate dispute resolution for neighbour tree conflicts and the role of local government