Laura Shannon

Position: Research Officer


Telephone: 00 353 1 240 3600

Since joining the IPA in April 2016, Laura has worked on various research and evaluation projects. This includes contributions to the Local Government Research Series, research support for a local government boundary review and an evaluation of a participatory budgeting pilot for South Dublin County Council. Laura has also been involved in an independent review of the impact of The Atlantic Philanthropies on Government policy and practice. She graduated with a first class honours MA Society and Space from Maynooth University, and published her MA thesis on local and regional governance as a peer reviewed article in the IPA’s journal Administration.

Laura is also editor of the Local Authority Times; a publication produced by local government experts for the local government system, that provides an important tool for analysis, discussion, and dissemination on key topics.  For further information please contact

Selected publications (available to download on the IPA website under Research Papers):

Shannon, L. (2018). Local Government as Local Service Coordinator: Case Study of Ireland’s Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme, Local Government Research Series Report No. 14.
Boyle, R. and Shannon, L. (2018). Better Together? Philanthropy and Government. Lessons from The Atlantic Philanthropies and Irish Government Partnership-based Co-Investments.
Shannon, L and Boyle, R. (2017). 300k Have Your Say. Evaluation of South Dublin County Council Participatory Budgeting Exercise.

Shannon, L. (2016). Local and Regional Bodies in Ireland, Local Government Research Series, Report No.12

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