Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Staff Profile

Liz Robson

Research Assistant


Liz Robson has a background in economic development with expertise in understanding labour markets, employment and skills.  Liz Robson joined CURDS in September 2000 as a research associate, leaving in 2004 to work for the Regional Development Agency as a skills and employment analyst.  She returned in 2011 as a Visiting Fellow supporting the work of Ranald Richardson and the SiDE (Social inclusion through the Digital Economy) project to better understand how young people might access the life-changing benefits offered by digital technologies. Her recent research in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies has focused on the digital age which throws up all kinds of questions regarding how technology, social media and the so-called fourth industrial will impact on institutional and organisational arrangements.  In June 2017, she joined sociology to work on a prestigious AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) which is investigating the different ways audiences engage with specialised film outside of London. Research questions encompass the range of specialised film venues and events within regional provision as well as how digital platforms feature in the venue and event-based film experience.


Research Interests

Her research interests have a people and place development focus and have included investigations of the cultural industries, culture-led regeneration and technologies on occupational transitions, economic inclusion and regional prosperity. She has also worked on successful projects to effectively organise and network individuals through web-enabled technologies.

Research Projects

  • Beyond the Multiplex: audiences for specialised film in English regions (2017-2020) funded by AHRC
  • Ways of Being in the Digital Age (2016-2017) funded by ESRC.
  • SOMAG (Social Media Analysis Group) investigating how big data, social media and other related technologies are impacting on the governance of cities and on marginalised communities. Funded by the EPRSC (2014-2016).
  • In 2010 I re-joined the Centre for Urban & Regional Development studies (CURDS) as a Visiting Fellow supporting Ranald Richardson on an interdisciplinary research project which investigated how  digital technologies might assist in bringing about greater social inclusion.  Named SiDE (Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy) this EPRSC funded project spanned Computer Sciences, Creatives, Statisticians and Engineering disciplines.