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The Jerry Collins
Local Governance Research Laboratory

Askew School of Public Administration & Policy
627 Bellamy Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2250

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The FSU Jerry Collins Local Governance Research Laboratory is housed in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy School. The Lab is a team of scholars pursing research that seeks to improve our understanding of local governments and governance institutions in metropolitan regions. It was founded in 2000 as a program in the Devoe Moore Center for the Study of Critical Issues in Economic Policy and Government.


The ongoing research programs of the lab include economic development, boundary change, service delivery, network governance, energy and sustainability. The work in each of these research areas began with informal working group made up of faculty, students, and visiting scholars. Although the issues studied are diverse, they share a common focus on the role of formal and informal institutions in shaping local governance process, policy, and performance. Students seeking a Ph.D in Public Administration seeking to join the LocalGov lab should have a strong academic record and research interests falling within one or more of Lab's programs. Visiting faculty seeking to affiliate with the Lab need to be engaged in research projects that will contribute to these programs.


The research of the lab has generated over 1 million in external research grants including five National Science Foundation research grants as well as awards from Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, Aspen Institute, IBM Center for the Business of Government, and the Fulbright Scholar Program. In addition to the research programs the Lab supports symposia and a distinguished lecture series.


Florida State University


Askew School of PA


Sustainable Energy Governance Program


Integrated City Sustainability Database Project


EECBG Implementation Project


Solid Waste Management and Green Jobs Project


Water Governance Project


UCD Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior (CEPB)


NSF-RCN Sustainable Cities


Building Urban Resilience and Sustainability (BURST)


APSA Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM)


NSF-RCN Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystem (SHBE)


FLC Center for Municipal Research


Public Administration Review


Jerry Collins Eminent Scholar Chair