Dr David W J Sweeting

B.A.(Portsmouth), M.Sc.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Portsmouth)

  • BS8 1TZ


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Personal profile

Research interests

David specialises in local and urban governance studies. He has research experience both within the UK and in international comparative context. David’s most recent work has been on city leadership, and he is working on a research project on the introduction of mayoral governance in Bristol. His latest edited book 'Directly elected mayors in urban governance' was published by Policy Press 2017. 

David has also worked on a projects on local political leadership in Spain, on local councillors in comparative perspective, and on various projects examining different aspects of urban governance funded by ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation, EPSRC, CLG, ODPM, and the European Commission.

Research projects



Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Urban Research Cluster
  • International Development

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Reuniting health and planning

Sweeting, D. W. J., Carmichael, L., Townsend, T., Fischer, T., Sarker, C., Marie, A. & Lock, K.


Project: Research

  • Research Output

    The dynamics of depoliticisation in urban governance: introducing a directly elected mayor

    Sweeting, D. & Hambleton, R., 13 Mar 2019, In : Urban Studies. 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 152 Downloads (Pure)

    Urban planning as an enabler of urban health: Challenges and good practice in England following the 2012 planning and public health reforms

    Carmichael, L., Townshend, T. G., Fischer, T. B., Lock, K., Petrokofsky, C., Sheppard, A., Sweeting, D. & Ogilvie, F., 1 May 2019, In : Land Use Policy. 84, p. 154-162 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    192 Downloads (Pure)

    Conclusions and reflections

    Sweeting, D., 2017, (Accepted/In press) Directly elected mayors in urban governance: Impact and practice. Sweeting, D. (ed.). Bristol: Policy Press, p. 267-74 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book