Dr Paul Vallance
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4480
- Address: Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS),
Newcastle upon Tyne,
I am an economic and urban geographer, currently working as a research associate in CURDS. Before this I did an MA in Human Geography Research and a PhD in economic geography, both also at Newcastle University. I try to take an interdisciplinary approach in my work, which up to now has mainly drawn on organisation studies, (heterodox) economics, urban planning, and higher education studies, as well as geography.
I am currently also working as a researcher on Newcastle City Futures, the RCUK/Innovate UK funded Urban Living Partnership pilot project for Newcastle and Gateshead (http://www.newcastlecityfutures.org/).
My previous research experience and current interests follow three strands:
1) In my PhD and subsequent related writing I have been interested in practice-based theories of knowledge and innovation, and particularly the contribution that approaches from organisation studies such as communities of practice and cultural-historical activity theory can make to the understanding of this area in economic geography. For my PhD I carried out ethnographic research on the relationship between collective learning and work practices in UK videogame development studios. In the future I aim to further develop this strand of research by studying the role of design as a practice through which innovation occurs across manufacturing, service, and creative industries. I am currently taking this interest forward through participation in the Creative Fuse North East project (http://www.creativefusene.org.uk/).
2) My work in CURDS has included a focus on universities, public research organisations, and intermediary organisations in territorial innovation systems and policy. This strand of research has mainly been based in institutional and evolutionary economic geography approaches. A recent conceptual paper published in Economic Geography (2016) explored how universities/public research organisations can be integrated into evolutionary economic geography frameworks. From 2013 to 2016 I worked on the EU FP7 project Smart Specialisation for Regional Innovation (SmartSpec), led by Cardiff University.
3) Another area of research with colleagues in CURDS has been the wider urban and regional development impacts of universities and related 'anchor' institutions. Under this strand, I am co-author of the 2013 book The University and the City, and co-editor of the 2016 book The Civic University: The Policy and Leadership Challenges. My current role on the Newcastle City Futures Urban Living Partnership builds on this previous work in a concern with the interaction of actors from the university, public, private, and community and voluntary sectors as part of innovative demonstrator projects focused on helping to address the future needs of the city.
Most of my publications are available through the Newcastle University ePrints system (http://eprint.ncl.ac.uk/author_pubs.aspx?author_id=64279).
I contribute to the undergraduate geography module Local and Regional Development (GEO3114) and to the CURDS MA in Local and Regional Development.
- Vallance P, Blazek J, Edwards J, Kveton V. Smart specialisation in regions with less-developed research and innovation systems: a changing role for universities?. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 2017, (ePub ahead of Print).
- Vallance P. The co-evolution of regional innovation domains and institutional arrangements: smart specialisation through quadruple helix relations?. In: McCann P; van Oort F; Goddard J, ed. The Empirical and Institutional Dimensions of Smart Specialisation. London and New York: Routledge, 2017, pp.127-144.
- Butt M, Cross E, Holliman N, Kempton L, Legget J, Mackenzie E, Ross H, Sapsed J, Swords J, Vallance P, Whitehurst F. Creative Fuse North East: Initial Report. Newcastle University, UK, 2017.
- Vallance P. Universities, Public Research, and Evolutionary Economic Geography. Economic Geography 2016, 92(4), 355-377.
- Vallance P. The historical roots and development of the civic university. In: Goddard, J; Hazelkorn, E; Kempton, L. Vallance, P, ed. The Civic University: The Leadership and Policy Challenges. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2016, pp.16-33.
- Goddard J, Hazelkorn E, Kempton L, Vallance P. Introduction: Why the civic university?. The Civic University: The Policy and Leadership Challenges 2016, 3-15.
- Goddard J, Hazelkorn E, Kempton L, Vallance P, ed. The Civic University: The Policy and Leadership Challenges. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016.
- Vallance P. Design employment in UK regional economies: Industrial and occupational approaches. Local Economy 2015, 30(6), 650-671.
- Wang X, Vallance P. The engagement of higher education in regional development in China. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 2015, 33(6), 1657-1678.
- Vallance P. Creative knowing, organisational learning, and socio-spatial expansion in UK videogame development studios. Geoforum 2014, 51, 15-26.
- Upton S, Vallance P, Goddard J. From outcomes to process: evidence for a new approach to research impact assessment. Research Evaluation 2014, 23(4), 352-365.
- Goddard J, Coombes M, Kempton L, Vallance P. Universities as anchor institutions in cities in a turbulent funding environment: vulnerable institutions and vulnerable places in England. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 2014, 7(2), 307-325.
- Goddard J, Vallance P. The University and the City. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013.
- Goddard J, Kempton L, Vallance P. Universities and Smart Specialisation: challenges, tensions and opportunities for the innovation strategies of European regions. Ekonomiaz: revista vasca de economia 2013, (83), 83-102.
- Goddard J, Robertson D, Vallance P. Universities, Technology and Innovation Centres and regional development: the case of the North-East of England. Cambridge Journal of Economics 2012, 36(3), 609-627.
- Vallance P. Relational and dialectical spaces of knowing: knowledge, practice, and work in economic geography. Environment and Planning A 2011, 43(5), 1098-1117.
- Goddard J, Vallance P, Puukka J. Experience of Engagement between Universities and Cities: Drivers and Barriers in Three European Cities. Built Environment 2011, 37(3), 299-316.
- Vallance P, Goddard J, Kempton L. Research Impacts - The Perspective of the Academic Community: Summary of the Main Findings from an Online Survey. Unpublished Report (Copy available from author), 2011.
- Goddard J, Vallance P. Universities and regional development. In: Pike, A., Rodriguez-Pose, A., Tomaney, J, ed. Handbook of Local and Regional Development. London, UK: Routledge, 2011, pp.425-437.
- Goddard J, Howlett L, Vallance P, Kennie T. Researching and Scoping a Higher Education and Civic Leadership Development Project: Final Report. London, UK: Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, 2010.
- Vallance P. [PhD Thesis] Knowledge in the UK Videogames Development Sector: A Practice Based Approach. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: School of Geography Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2009.
- Vallance P. Teaching and learning guide: Rethinking economic geographies of knowledge. Geography Compass 2009, 3(5), 1955-1960.
- Vallance P. Rethinking economic geographies of knowledge. Geography Compass 2007, 1(4), 797-813.