CURDS is a major centre for the study of local and regional development. Over 162 staff have worked in CURDS since its foundation, many of whom have gone to occupy leading policy and academic positions in the field. Over 50 PhDs have been awarded for research in CURDS.
Since its establishment in 1977, CURDS has generated in excess of £30 million of research income from research councils and public and private, international, national and local and regional bodies in the UK and elsewhere.
Originally located in the Department of Geography, which was itself established in 1927, CURDS now operates as a designated university research centre within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.
Since its early days under Professor Henry Daysh, research in geography at Newcastle has had a strong emphasis on applied work in economic geography, especially in relation to urban and regional development.
CURDS was established in this tradition by Professor John Goddard, formerly the deputy Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University.