Night Governance

How does the night affect governance? And how does governance affects the night? Nightlife stakeholders have been spreading internationally to set an institutional framework for discussion around the urban night, its problems, and opportunities. Globalisation processes, policy learning and transfer have led to the raise of policy models and actors such as night mayors, nightlife industry organisations, night city managers. Here, night governance has emerged as a crucial aspect of the public discourse and academic debate.

The Working Group Night Governance (WGNG) aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines interested in the governing of the urban night. The WGNG takes night governance scholarship in new directions to reflect current policy practices and priorities by encompassing public policy, local government, urban planning, and economic development. The WGNG addresses issues such as inclusivity, representativeness, policy implementation, monitoring, and assessment and coordination within and among different regulatory frameworks. The WGNG is global in scope, and it will share high impact knowledge on night policies locally, nationally, and globally.

The WGNG is based on the recognition that the International Night Studies Network (INSN) community can be a key provider of rigorous scientific research and evidence-based policy recommendations on the urban night.


The Working Group Night Governance (WGNG) will:

  • Provide insights on night governance research and night policy practice internationally with sensitivity to local and national contexts.
  • Engage with governance-related disciplines to embrace interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies.
  • Promote the establishment of night governance as a subfield of research in night studies.
  • Support the International Night Studies Network through collaboration and engagement.

Some themes

The WGNG themes include but are not limited to:

  • Night governance and strategic planning.
  • Informal, and formal nocturnal governance.
  • Night policies of communities, governments, and businesses.
  • Policy frameworks, policy implementation, monitoring, and learning.
  • Stakeholders’ participation in policy making.
  • “The stuff of night mayors”, policy models and actors.


  • TBA


Alessia Cibin

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