The Centre for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG) was established in January 2016 and was officially launched on 25 February that year. The CLRG will foster innovative research in the areas of local and regional governance. The research initiatives of the Centre will help to open a constructive dialogue about sub-national government at home and abroad and will help drive change at the level of local and regional government. The CLRG will also provide a platform where a wide variety of stakeholders including politicians, practitioners, business interests, civic society and academics can collaborate on innovative research projects. The CLRG is based within the Department of Government at University College Cork.