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Why local government matters

Local matters! How does a place shape us? Can localism or regionalism be used to create positive change for local communities? We'll be exploring these questions in this short taster course. Along the way, we'll think about long-standing debates on local vs state vs federal government. You’ll learn from experts about how place influences politics

About this course

Appealing to local identity can be a powerful force for successfully managing change as an element of local government. But how much do you know about these concepts?

Course structure

  • Localism as an ideology
  • How localism and place-shaping can be a powerful force for managing change
  • Potential drawbacks of localism and place-shaping in two Australian case-studies
  • Why you should do this course


If you are interested in ‘thinking globally’ and ‘acting locally’ to bring about change; or if you are interested in a career in local government OR improving your career in local government—or all three. Learn more and further grow your knowledge within Local Government with a UTS Master of Local Government.


Who is this course for?

For those who are interested in thinking globally and acting locally to bring about change or interested in a career in local government. 

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Meet the Expert

Bligh Grant

Bligh Grant
Associate Professor, IPPG

Bligh Grant is Associate Professor at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance and UTS Centre for Local Government. He is Course Coordinator of the Master of Local Government program at UTS. Much of Bligh's work brings expertise in politics, political economy and applied ethics to public policy. He enjoys teaching a range of social science disciplines and working with scholars, practitioners and HDR candidates to produce academic research outputs and broader outcomes. Bligh has held positions as Lecturer in Business Ethics and Lecturer in Local Government at the UNE Business School, University of New England and Associate Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Southern Queensland. He has taught Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Asian Studies, Political Economy and Business Management at UNE, USQ and UTS. He contributes regularly to media on Australian politics, particularly on local government matters

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