Part-time PhD student (Years 2 and 3), 2009-2013
Centre for Rural Economy
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Dr Menelaos Gkartzios and Mr Guy Garrod
Can Protected Areas Achieve Sustainable Development through Partnership Working? A Case Study of Northumberland National Park.
My academic background is in Human Geography, with a present specialisation in national parks and protected areas policy, and in particular how partnership working is contributing to the achievement of sustainable development.
In 2000 I spent a year at the University of Manchester, completing an MA in Economy, Society and Space. My thesis examined whether ecocentrism, or anthropocentrism, should be central in policy formation. In 2002, I started a PhD at the University in Durham, looking at the effectiveness of governance through partnerships, in the context of national parks. After completing my first year, I decided to take a break from my studying, and started working in local government.
I worked at the Economic Regeneration Unit at Darlington Borough Council, focussing on the Single Regeneration Budget, Single Programme, and the European Social Fund, until 2006, when I was appointed as the Funding Officer at Northumberland National Park Authority, where I am currently based. I am the programme manager for the National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund, while also being responsible for levering-in funding from other sources to further the National Park’s purposes. In 2008, this included bringing the New LEADER Approach to the entire National Park, for the 2008-2013 period, which will invest around £2 million in the socio-economic development of the Northumberland uplands area. Background support for this new programme was provided the Centre for Rural Economy.
My research interests include:
I will explore the institutional inter-relationships between the key stakeholders.
Austin R. (2001) A Comparison of Traditional Anthropocentrism to Contemporary Ecocentrism, University of Manchester.
This research project was kindly sponsored by Northumberland National Park Authority.