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Andrew Beer and Jacob Irving

Place leadership research has made significant advancements in recent years, but has lacked a concern for the embrace of new methodologies. While there has been some experimentation with alternative approaches, many opportunities remain unexplored that have found pre-eminence in other fields. By drawing on insights from organisational studies’ refined quantitative methods and metrics, and the qualitative methods of political science to capture greater context and purpose of leadership, there is the potential to advance our capacity to find solutions to pressing academic and policy challenges within regional research and practice. Likewise, further rich methodological and conceptual insights are found within the broader social sciences literature and beyond. This chapter concludes there is a need for researchers of place leadership to adopt innovative approaches and move beyond small scale research, with major technical and conceptual advances likely to come from larger programs of work and substantial groups of scholars working together.