Research and Innovation Fund

The aim of the LGNSW Research and Innovation Fund is to support new areas of research, policy development and innovation for the advancement of local government in NSW. Its purpose is to fill gaps in the evidence base, explore emerging issues, promote informed discussion and debate, and encourage the development of research capacity within the sector.

In 2018/19 LGNSW allocated funding of $50,000 for research on the use of recycled materials in roads and pavements. A second round of funding will be available in 2019/20 and Expressions of Interest will be called from councils in August 2019 for proposals with new research, policy development and innovation with broad application for local government across NSW.

LGNSW has appointed an Advisory Committee to assess the proposals and provide advice to the LGNSW board regarding the allocation of funds.

Building Council + University Collaboration

LGNSW encourages councils to work with a university partner that offers the best access to relevant expertise. If you are looking to discuss your research idea and haven’t yet identified a university partner, then this list of university contacts may assist.

Macquarie University Dr Lucy Taksa
Professor of Management,
Associate Dean (Research)
Faculty of Business and Economics
02 9850 4811
University of New England
further information
Lewis Kahn
Professor and Associate Dean - Research Faculty of Science
School of Environmental and Rural Science
0427 711 273
University of NSW Dr Mark Hebblewhite
Senior Policy and Government Relations Officer
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise)
0435 579 070
University of Sydney Katie Richmond
External Engagement Manager, Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships, Research Portfolio
0430 722 819
University of Technology Sydney
further information
Sophi Bruce
Senior Program Specialist Leadership UTS Centre for Local Government
0410 204 408
University of Wollongong Dr Robert Gorkin
Associate Professor – Australian Institute of Innovative Materials
0401 071 021
Western Sydney University Dr Michaela Tymichova
Business Development Officer
Research Engagement,
Development and Innovation (REDI),
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
Research and Innovation
0405 504 313