Professor Colin Copus
Colin Copus is Professor of Local Politics in the Department of Public Policy, De Montfort University. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Local Government Studies, Birmingham University. Earlier experiences include working as a local government officer and a policy researcher in the House of Commons. He has served as a councillor on a London Borough, a county and a district council and two parish councils.
His main research interests are local party politics, local political leadership and decision-making, the changing role of the councillor and small party and independent politics.
Colin has recently concluded two major research projects: the first was a Leverhulme funded project exploring the role and impact of small political parties, independent politics and political associations in local government; the second, a Nuffield funded comparative project examining the roles, responsibilities and activities of councillors across Europe.
He has conducted research studies commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government and co-authored publications including ‘Making the Most of the New Constitutions’ (2003) ‘The Development of Overview and Scrutiny’ (2002) and New Council Constitutions (2000). Colin has wide experience of working with a range of local authorities on research projects and providing learning events for councillors and officers.