Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE
Director, Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal
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- Address: Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal,
Newcastle upon Tyne
OBE 2009 for services to rural development and to crofting.
Director, Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, since 2012. www.ncl.ac.uk/socialrenewal
Professor of Planning, Newcastle University, since 2005.
Chair, Scottish Government's Committee of Inquiry into Crofting, 2007-08.
Commissioner, Commission for Rural Communities, 2005-2013.
Trustee, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), 2014-.
Visiting Professor, Centre for Rural Research, Trondheim.
Vice-President, International Rural Sociology Association, 2004-08.
Chair, Scientific Committee, European Society for Rural Sociology, 2014-15.
Adviser, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1995-.
Member of Affordable Rural Housing Commission (DCLG/DEFRA), 2005-06.
Executive Committee, European Society for Rural Sociology, 2009-13.
Executive Committee, International Rural Sociology Association, 2000-08 and 2012-16.
Programme Chair, World Rural Sociology Congress, Trondheim 2004.
Adviser to Scottish Parliament’s ERAD Committee, to 2004.
NE Selection Committee for LEADER 2007-13.
Roles and Responsibilities
Chair, Committee of Inquiry into Crofting, 2007-08. See www.croftinginquiry.org
Commissioner, Commission for Rural Communities (formerly Countryside Agency), 2005-2013. See www.defra.gov.uk/crc
Member, Affordable Rural Housing Commission, 2005-06.
MA (Cantab.), MSc (Ncle), PhD (Ncle).
Director, Arkleton Centre for Rural Development Research, University of Aberdeen, 1995-2004
Professor of Land Economy, University of Aberdeen, 1993-2004. (Acting Head 2000-01)
Co-Director, Scottish Centre for Research in Social Justice (Glasgow & Aberdeen) 2001-04.
Programme Adviser, Joseph Rowntree Foundation “Action in Rural Areas”.
Formerly Vice-Chairman and Council member, Rural Forum (Scotland).
Programme Chair, World Rural Sociology Congress, Trondheim, 2004.
Coordinator of EU research project on Policies and Young People in Rural Development.
Coordinator of EU research project on the Role of Social Capital in Rural Development
Coordinator of EU ESPON project on the Territorial Impact of the CAP and RDP.
Expert Adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment & Rural Development Committee.
Member of the English National Selection Committee for the EU’s LEADER+.
Executive Committee, International Rural Sociology Association, 2000-08 and 2012-16.
Executive Committee, European Society for Rural Sociology, 2009-2013.
International Sociological Association.
Honours and Awards
OBE for services to rural development and crofting, 2009. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/guru/news/item/professor-mark-shucksmith-has-been-awarded-an-obe-for-services-to-rural-development-and-crofting
Academician, Academy of Social Sciences, 2010.
Macaulay Lecturer, 2008. www.macaulay.ac.uk/MacaulayLecture/2008/
First Vice-President, International Rural Sociology Association, 2004-08
Programme Chair, World Congress of Rural Sociology, Trondheim, 2004.
Agricultural Economics Society Essay Prize, 1978.
Research interests include: poverty and social exclusion in rural areas, sustainable ruralism, rural development, agricultural policy, and affordable rural housing.
Currently editing the Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies (with David L. Brown)
'Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the UK and US' (Routledge 2012); 'Comparing Rural Development - Continuity and Change in the Countryside of Western Europe' (Ashgate 2008), 'CAP and the Regions' (CABI 2005), 'Young People In Rural Europe' (Ashgate 2004), 'Housing In the European Countryside' (Routledge 2003) (all jointly edited), ‘Exclusive Countryside? Social Inclusion and Regeneration in Rural Britain’ (JRF 2000); 'Poverty and Exclusion in Rural Britain' (YPS 1998); 'Rural Scotland Today: the best of both worlds ?' (Avebury 1996) (both jointly authored); and 'Housebuilding in Britain's Countryside' (Routledge 1990).
Recent research reports include:
Future Directions in Rural Development, Carnegie UK Trust, Sept 2012. http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/news---events/latest/carnegie-uk-trust-warns-of--two-speed--rural-econo
How to Promote the Role of Youth in Rural Europe: report to European Parliament, Nov 2010. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/studies/download.do?language=en&file=33746
European Development Opportunities for Rural Areas (EDORA) Andrew Copus et al, Sept 2010. http://www.espon.eu/main/Menu_Projects/Menu_AppliedResearch/edora.html
European Quality of Life Survey: Rural-Urban Differences (European Foundation 2007)
Homes For Rural Communities (JRF 2006)
The Territorial Impact of the CAP (EU ESPON 2004),
The Role of Social Capital in Rural Development (EU 2004),
Social Exclusion in Rural Areas (Scottish Executive 2000), Disadvantage in Rural Areas (Rural Development Commission 1997), Review of Scottish Homes’ Rural Policy (Scottish Homes 1996), and Classification of Rural Housing Markets in England & Wales (HMSO 1995).
Recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis, Regional Studies, European Planning Studies, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Social Policy and Administration, Community Development Journal, Studies in Agricultural Economics, and Belgeo.
Edited and coordinated The Rural Audit (June 1999) for the rural group of Labour MPs.
Chair of the Committee of Inquiry into Crofting, established by Ministers on 12 December 2006. See www.croftinginquiry.org and the Government's response announced on 1st October 2008: www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2008/10/01145359
Secretary to Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Rural Housing Policy Forum, and author of its report 'Homes For Rural Communities'. See www.jrf.org.uk/bookshop/details.asp?pubid=781
Adviser to JRF on rural issues since 1995 and Programme Director for their "Action in Rural Areas" programme.
Expert in the OECD rural policy review of Finland; and in the OECD's Rurban project.
Partner in the ESPON TIPSE project (Territorial Impact of Poverty and Social Exclusion), 2012-14.
Recently chaired Committee of Inquiry into Crofting for the Scottish Government. The Committee's report was the basis for the Crofting Reform Act 2010 and for various other changes to policy. (Translated into Japanese)
Recent coordinator of 4 EU projects involving ten countries studying the Territorial Impact of the Common Agricultural Policy and rural development policy (460,000 euros, 2002-4); the role of social capital in rural development (1.2m euros, 2001-4); young people in rural development (580,000 euros, 1999-2001); and rural development in the northern periphery of Europe (191,000 euros, 1999-2001). Recently reviewed rural policy in Finland for OECD; and the role of youth in rural Europe for the European Parliament.
Two other recently completed research projects are:
- European Development Opportunities in Rural Areas (EDORA), funded by ESPON for 2 years. This project will develop a typology of rural areas across the EU and outline appropriate policies for each type.
- Territorial Impact of Transport and Agricultural Policies (TIPTAP), funded by ESPON for 1 year. This project will develop a methodology for EU territorial impact assessment, and will apply this to the EU's transport and agricultural policies
Class, Power and Inequality in Rural Areas: Beyond Social Exclusion, Sociologia Ruralis, 2012. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9523.2012.00570.x/abstract
Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the US and UK, Routledge, New York, 2012. (edited jointly with David Brown, Sally Shortall, Jo Vergunst and Mildred Warner)
The Uplands after Neo-Liberalism? The role of small farms in rural sustainability, Journal of Rural Studies, 2011 (with Katrina Ronningen). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0743016711000222
Planning for housing in rural England: Discursive power and spatial exclusion. Town Planning Review 2011, (with John Sturzaker)
How to promote the role of youth in rural areas of Europe? European Parliament PE 438.620, Nov 2010. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/studies/download.do?language=en&file=33746
Director of Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, Newcastle University.
previously Director of Research, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.
Co-ordinated ESRC Seminar Series on New Rural Economies, with six meetings during 2005-06 in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Until 2005, Co-Director of the Arkleton Centre for Rural Development Research, University of Aberdeen. Publications and other material may still be available at www.abdn.ac.uk/itrr/arkleton/index.shtml
Also until 2005, Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Research on Social Justice. More information from www.scrsj.ac.uk/
I have successfully supervised more than a dozen PhDs.
Current PhD students: Catherine Corcoran, Liz Juppenlatz, Jon Lloyd.
OBE 2009 for services to rural development and to crofting.
Academician, Academy of Social Sciences, 2010.
Macaulay Lecturer, 2008.
First Vice President, International Rural Sociology Association, 2004-08.
Chair, Committee of Inquiry into Crofting, 2006-08.
Commissioner, Commission for Rural Communities, 2005-12.
Visiting Professor, Centre for Rural Research, Trondheim, 2005-08.
Adviser, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, since 1995.
Visiting Fellow (invited) to Polson Institute for Global Development, Cornell University, 2002, and Waseda University, Tokyo, 2005.
Member, DEFRA/DCLG Affordable Rural Housing Commission, 2005/06.
Specialist Adviser to RAE2008 Sub-Panel for Town & Country Planning.
European Commission's Expert Panel on Territorial Cohesion, 2008.
Who's Who 2007 onwards.
Debrett's People of Today, 2007 onwards.
Who's Who in Scotland, 1998 onwards.
Refereeing articles for a large number of learned journals.
Assessor for professorial posts at universities in UK, US and EU.
Referee for research councils and funding bodies in several countries.
External examiner at numerous Universities in UK and Ireland.
Invited keynote speaker at many international conferences.
Appeared before Canadian Senate Inquiry into Rural Poverty, 2008.
SELECTED RECENT RESEARCH GRANTS:
1997-2005 Joseph Rowntree Foundation : programme adviser, Action In Rural Areas. See press release and links to publications at www.abdn.ac.uk/itrr/arkleton/documents/pr0727.doc and www.jrf.org.uk/bookshop/details.asp?pubID=287
1998-2001 EU FAIR (Coordinator): Policies and Young People in Rural Development - PAYPIRD (582,000 euros, ie £ 407k). More information about this project, publications and other outputs may be found and downloaded from www.abdn.ac.uk/itrr/arkleton/publications/paypird.shtml
1998 Scottish Office Education Department: Pre-School Education in Rural Areas (£ 45k) (with Janet Shucksmith, Joyce Watt and Andrew Copus)
1999-2001 EU Northern Periphery Programme (Coordinator): Rural Development in the Northern Peripheries of Scotland and Scandinavia (191,000 euros, ie £ 134k). More information is available from www.abdn.ac.uk/itrr/arkleton/npp/
1999 Scottish Executive : Social Exclusion in Rural Areas, (£10k)
1999 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors: The Future of the Countryside (£ 10k)
2000 Scottish Parliament: Adviser and Research Support to the Rural Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Impact of Employment Change on Rural Scotland (£15k) (with colleagues at Aberdeen)
2001-04 EU FAIR (Coordinator) : Restructuring in Marginal Rural Areas: The Role of Social Capital in Rural Development - RESTRIM (1.2m euros, ie £ 756k). More information in savailable at www.abdn.ac.uk/itrr/arkleton/RESTRIM/about.hti
2001-04 SHEFC: Co-Director, Scottish Centre for Research in Social Justice (£783k, jointly with the Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow). See www.scrsj.ac.uk
2002-04 EU ESPON: (Coordinator) : The Teritorial Impact of the Common Agricultural Policy and Rural Development Policy. (460,000 euros, ie. £290k.) See www.espon.eu
2002-04 Scottish Parliament: Expert Adviser on the Budget Scrutiny.
2002-06 ESRC Seminar Series: A Research Agenda for the New Rural Economies: Building Researcher- User Alliances across the Devolved Administrations (£22k), with Philip Lowe and Terry Marsden.
2003 Countryside Agency/ DEFRA/ ESRC: A Review of Recent Research on Social Exclusion In Rural England (£6k). See www.defra.gov.uk/rural/pdfs/research/social_excl_lit_review.pdf
2004-6 EU Commission FP6: A Cognitive Approach to Rural Sustainable Development - the dynamics of expert and lay knowledges (CORASON), (€90,600, ie. £61k)
2005-06 European Foundation: Quality of Life in Rural Europe (€45,000) See www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/htmlfiles/ef0663.htm
2007-09 Academy of Finland: New Rural Governance in Diffused Power Contexts (€220,000, with Torsti Hyyrylainen and others)
2008-10 ESPON: European Development Opportunities in Rural Areas (EDORA), Policy Research Coordinator. (Coordinated by Andrew Copus)
2008-09 ESPON: Territorial Impact of Transport and Agricultural Policies (TIPTAP), with Guy Garrod. (Coordinated by Roberto Camagni)
2012-14 ESPON: Territorial Impact of Poverty and Social Exclusion (TIPSE). (Coordinated by Petri Kahila and Andrew Copus).
Chair of the Committee on the Future of Crofting, which was asked to advise Ministers on any necessary changes in laws, regulations, grants or administration which will allow crofting to contribute most effectively to sustainable rural development in the future.
The Government's response was announced in the Scottish Parliament on 1st October 2008: www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2008/10/01145359 This formed the basis for the Crofting Reform Act 2010, and for various reforms to policies, grant schemes and administrations.
Advice and support to Matthew Taylor Review of rural economy and affordable housing, "Living Working Countryside", 2008.
Briefing paper on Rural Economy to the Adonis Review (Independent Economic Review of NE England).
Lectures in Social Worlds to first year planning students.
Contribution to Planning Skills.
Lectures in Rural Planning.
Linked Research Projects.
Undergraduate dissertation supervision.
Coordinator of module for Faculty Research Students "Thinking About Research"
Coordinator of two modules on "Regenerating Places" in the Masters in Town Planning.
Lecture in European Spatial Planning.
Masters Dissertations supervision.
- Walsh K, O'Shea E, Scharf T, Shucksmith M. Exploring the Impact of Informal Practices on Social Exclusion and Age-Friendliness for Older People in Rural Communities. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology 2014, 24(1), 37-49.
- Shucksmith M, Brown D, Shortall S, Vergunst J, Warner M, ed. Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the US and UK. New York: Routledge, 2012.
- Shucksmith M. Class, power and inequality in rural areas: beyond social exclusion?. Sociologia Ruralis 2012, 52(4), 377-397.
- Shucksmith M, Rottingen K. The Uplands after neoliberalism? - The role of the small farm in rural sustainability. Journal of Rural Studies 2011, 27(3), 275-287.
- Sturzaker J, Shucksmith M. Planning for housing in rural England: Discursive power and spatial exclusion. Town Planning Review 2011, 82(2), 169-104.
- Shucksmith M. Disintegrated Rural Development? Neo-endogenous Rural Development, Planning and Place-Shaping in Diffused Power Contexts. Sociologia Ruralis 2010, 50(1), 1-14.
- Shucksmith M. Future Directions in Rural Development - Executive Summary. Dunfermline: Carnegie UK Trust, 2012.
- Shucksmith M. Future Directions in Rural Development. Dunfermline: Carnegie UK Trust, 2012.
- Shucksmith M, Brown D, Vergunst J. Constructing the Rural-Urban Interface: Place Still Matters in a Highly Mobile Society. In: Shucksmith, M., Brown, D., Shortall, S., Vergunst, J., Warner, M, ed. Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the US and UK. New York: Routledge, 2012, pp.287-303.
- Shucksmith M, Schafft K. Rural Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United States and the United Kingdom. In: Shucksmith, M., Brown, D., Shortall, S., Vergunst, J., Warner, M, ed. Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the US and UK. New York: Routledge, 2012, pp.100-116.
- Copus A, Shucksmith M, Dax T, Meredith D. Cohesion Policy for rural areas after 2013: A rationale derived from the EDORA project (European Development Opportunities in Rural Areas). Studies in Agricultural Economics 2011, 113(2), 121-132.
- Bonnano A, Bakker H, Jussaume R, Kawamura Y, Shucksmith M, ed. From Community to Consumption: New and Classical Themes in Rural Sociological Research. Bradford, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, 2011.
- Shucksmith M, Thompson N. Rural Communities. In: Smith, S.J., Elsinga, M., Fox-O’Mahony, L., Ong, S.E., Wachter, S, ed. The International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Elsevier Science, 2012. In Press.
- Shucksmith M, Sturzaker J. Rural Housing. In: Smith, S.J., Elsinga, M., Fox-O’Mahony, L., Ong, S.E., Wachter, S, ed. The International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Elsevier Science, 2012. In Press.
- Shucksmith M. How to Promote the Role of Youth in Rural Areas of Europe. Brussels: European Parliament, 2010. PE 438.620.
- Shucksmith M, Cameron S, Merridew T, Pilcher F. Urban-Rural Differences in Quality of Life across the European Union. Regional Studies 2009, 43(10), 1275-1289.
- Arnason A, Shucksmith M, Vergunst J, ed. Comparing Rural Development: Continuity and Change in the Countryside of Western Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.
- Shucksmith M. Sustainable Rural Communities: constructing sustainable places beyond cities. In: XXIII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress: Reinventing the Rural: Between the Social and the Natural. 2009, Vaasa, Finland: University of Vaasa/Abo Akademi University/ESRS.
- Dargan L, Shucksmith M. LEADER and innovation. Sociologia Ruralis 2008, 48(3), 274-291.
- Shucksmith M. New Labour's Countryside in International Perspective. In: Michael Woods, ed. New Labour's Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997. Bristol: The Policy Press, 2008, pp.57-76.
- Shucksmith M. Empowering communities is the key. FST Journal 2008, 19(8), 4-4.
- Shucksmith M. Desintegrert bygdeutvikling? Utvikling nedanfrå i ei usikker verd (Disintegrated Rural Development). In: Reidar Almås, Marit S. Haagen, Johan Fredrik Rye and Mariann Villa, ed. Den nye bygda. Trondheim: Tapir Akademisk Forlag, 2008, pp.391-408.
- Lee J, Arnason A, Macintyre R, Nightingale A, Shucksmith M. Person, Community and Development on Skye, Scotland. Cuadernos de Geografia 2007, (78), 237-254.
- Shucksmith M. Housing, the Countryside and Social Justice. Crucible 2007, 46(4), 5-12.
- Cameron S, Shucksmith M. Market towns, housing and social inclusion. In: Powe, N; Hart, T; Shaw, T, ed. Market Towns: Roles, challenges and prospects. London: Routledge, 2007, pp.81-92.
- Shucksmith M, Best R. Homes for Rural Communities: Report of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Rural Housing Policy Forum. York, UK: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2006. ISBN: 9781859353.
- Gilbert A, Philip L, Shucksmith M. Rich and Poor in the Countryside. In: Lowe, P., Speakman, L, ed. The Ageing Countryside: the Growing Older Population of Rural England. London, UK: Age Concern Books, 2006, pp.69-93.
- Shucksmith M, Shucksmith J, Watt J. Rurality and social inclusion: A case of preschool education. Social Policy and Administration 2006, 40(6), 678-691.
- Shucksmith M, Cameron S, Merridew T, Pichler F. First European Quality of Life Survey: Urban-rural differences. Luxembourg: Offive for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006.
- Shucksmith M, Thomson K, Roberts D. CAP and the Regions: the Territorial Impact of the Common Agricultural Policy. Wallingford, Connecticut, USA: CAB International, 2005.
- Lee J, Arnason A, Nightingale A, Shucksmith M. Networking: Social capital and identities in European rural development. Sociologia Ruralis 2005, 45(4), 269-283.
- Midgley JL, Shucksmith DM, Birnie RV, Geddes A, Bayfield N, Elston D. Rural development policy and community data needs in Scotland. Land Use Policy 2005, 22(2), 163-174.
- Bailey N, Spratt J, Pickering J, Goodlad R, Shucksmith M. Deprivation and Social Exclusion in Argyll and Bute. Glasgow, UK: Scottish Centre for Research on Social Justice, 2004.
- Shucksmith M. Housing In Rural Communities. In: Sim, D, ed. Housing and Public Policy In Post-Devolution Scotland, Chartered Institute of Housing. Coventry, UK: Chartered Institute of Housing, 2004, pp.94-105.
- Jentsch B, Shucksmith M. Policies and Young People in Rural Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.
- Shucksmith M. Young People and Social Exclusion in Rural Areas. Sociologia Ruralis 2004, 44(1), 43-59.
- Phillip LJ, Shucksmith DM. Conceptualizing social exclusion in rural Britain. European Planning Studies 2003, 11(4), 461-480.
- Gallent N, Shucksmith M, Tewdwr-Jones M. Housing in the European Countryside: Rural Policy and Pressure In Western Europe. London, UK: Routledge, 2003.
- Shucksmith M. Social Exclusion in Rural Areas: A Review of Recent Research. University of Aberdeen, UK: Arkleton Centre for Rural Development Research, 2003. Report to DEFRA, Countryside Agency and ESRC.
- Shucksmith DM, Herrmann V. Future changes in British agriculture: projecting divergent farm household behaviour. Journal of Agricultural Economics 2002, 53(1), 37-50.
- Shucksmith M. Social Exclusion and Poverty in Rural Areas. The Belgian Journal of Geography 2002, 2001(3), 165-184.
- Shortall S, Shucksmith M. Rural Development in Practice: Issues Arising in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Community Development Journal 2001, 36(2), 122-133.
- Shucksmith M. Endogenous Development, Social Capital and Social Inclusion: Perspectives from LEADER in the UK. Sociologia Ruralis 2000, 40(2), 208-218.
- Shucksmith M. Exclusive Countryside? Social inclusion and regeneration in rural Britain. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2000.
- Bock B, Kovacs K, Shucksmith M. Changing Social Characteristics, Patterns of Inequality and Exclusion. In: Copus,A; De Lima,P, ed. Territorial Cohesion in Rural Europe: The Relational Turn in Rural Development. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015, pp.193-211.
- Shucksmith M, Talbot H. Localism and Rural Development. In: Davoudi, S; Madanipour, A, ed. Reconsidering Localism. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2015, pp.255-274.
- Gkartzios M, Shucksmith M. 'Spatial anarchy' versus 'spatial apartheid': rural housing ironies in Ireland and England. Town Planning Review 2015, 86(1), 53-72.
- Shucksmith M. Exclusive Rurality: Planners as Agents of Gentrification. Planning Theory and Practice 2011, 12(4), 605-611.
- Phillipson J, Shucksmith M, Turner R, Garrod G, Lowe P, Harvey D, Talbot H, Scott K, Carroll T, Gkartzios M, Hubbard C, Ruto E, Woods A. Rural economies: incubators and catalysts for sustainable growth. Newcastle upon Tyne: Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, 2011.
- BUCKWELL AE, SHUCKSMITH DM. PROJECTING FARM STRUCTURAL-CHANGE. JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS 1979, 30(2), 131-143.