Dr Hilary Talbot

Research Associate

BA Economics and Agricultural Economics (Nottingham)

MA Leisure and Tourism Studies (North London)
PhD (Newcastle)

Centre for Rural Economy
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Newcastle University

Room 3.23

+44 (0)191 208 6928



After about ten years as Research Manager in CRE, I took (very) early retirement, and became a PhD student, studying the provision of computing in Community Centres. I had a CASE collaborative PhD studentship, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Derwentside District Council. I completed my doctorate early in 2007 and took up a post as a post-doctoral Research Associate in CRE.


Over the past decade, my research interests have coalesced around rural development, studying in particular the information society, microbusinesses, community organisations and governance. Much of this research has been approached in a participative way such that non-academic practitioners have played a significant part in shaping the research I have done.

My current employment is on an EU Framework Programme VI project 'Foresight Analysis for Rural Areas'. CRE is one of a pan-European team of researchers, and we have responsibility for leading the strand of work on the governance of rural areas, and the role of ICTs, which links effectively with my PhD thesis.

Selected Publications

Talbot, H. and Gillespie, A. (2007 forthcoming) Policy and the Rural Information Society, in G. Rusten and S. Skerratt (Eds), Information and Communication Technologies in Rural Society: Being Rural in a Digital Age, London: Routledge

Talbot, H. (2006) Understanding Community Centres: Why and How they Provide Computing Access for their Residents, in M.Warren and R.Yarwood (Eds) The Rural Citizen: Governance, Culture and Wellbeing in the 21st Century, Plymouth: University of Plymouth.

Talbot, H. (2005) New Government Agendas and Old Community Centres, in Proceedings of the NCVO & VSSN 11th Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, London: NCVO.

Talbot, H. (2004) Social Inclusion Through ICT: a Local Authority Study, Newcastle: Centre for Rural Economy.

Lowe, P. and Talbot, H. (2000) Policy for Small Business Support in Rural Areas: A critical assessment of the proposals for the Small Business Service, Regional Studies vol 34 no 5.

Ray, C. and Talbot, H. (1999) Rural Telematics? The Information Society and Rural Development, in C. Crang, P. Crang and J. May (eds) Virtual Geographies: Bodies, Spaces and Relations, London: Routledge.