Visiting Staff

CURDS has appointed a number of visiting professors and visiting fellows to assist us in our research and postgraduate teaching.


Visiting Professors

Professor John Shutt

Professor John Shutt runs a regional and urban research consultancy which is based in Northumberland. The consultancy Harris Research Partnership, works across the UK, Europe and internationally. He was, until recently, Professor of Employment and Regional Development and Director of ERBEDU (European Regional Business and Economic Development Unit) at Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University.

John has extensive UK, European and international expertise in urban and regional economic development policy and is currently researching the New Localism and LEPs.

Recently completed European research projects on the structural funds in the Czech Republic have been published in 2009/10 by Routledge. John is also currently researching Chinese regional development and high technology hubs and companies in China. He is doing this in partnership with Zeijang University of Technology, Hangzhou and has been awarded a British Council Prime Minister’s Initiative China project to undertake this research. He is building a new research portfolio on the BRIIC economies and regional development, focusing on India and China.

Professor John Tomaney

John Tomaney is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Previously he was Henry Daysh Professor of Regional Development and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University. In addition to being Visiting Professor in CURDS, he is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne; Associate Director of the UK Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) and is an Academician of the Academy of Social Science (UK). He is also a Research Fellow of the Smith Institute, London and a Fellow of the Regional Australia Institute. He was educated at the London School of Economics, University of Sussex and University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He works with CURDS researchers on questions of local and regional development.


Visiting Professor of Practice

David Marlow

David Marlow is a development economist. His 30 year professional career has included periods both working for overseas governments, and in the UK for local and regional institutions. Latterly he was Chief Executive of both a major metropolitan local authority in South Yorkshire, and, from 2003-08 of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA). Since 2008, David has established and operated Third Life Economics (3LE) as a ‘boutique’ economic and leadership development company. 3LE has provided advice and support to over 30 public, private and third sector clients on economic growth strategy, project and programme development, organisation and institutional strengthening. Most recently David’s portfolio includes commissions on LEP development, city deals, smart cities and community budgets.

David is the economic development blogger for Regeneration and Renewal, a founder member of the Guardian Local Government Advisory Board, and an Associate of both Ashridge Business School and Local Government Information Unit (LGIU). His current work with CURDS includes a LEP Capacity Audit and Needs Assessment, a ‘smart specialisation platform’ investigation, and facilitating a MA module on local and regional strategy.


Visiting Fellows

Colin Wymer

Colin is a former full-time member of staff at the university where he worked with CURDS on key research projects for over 20 years. He has highly specialist skills in programming and the analysis of very large sparse matrices of flow data on commuting and migration. As a result he has for two decades been a core member of the CURDS teams working on boundary definition, and in particular the definition of TTWAs (Travel-to-Work Areas).  Colin is a joint author with CURDS colleagues Mike Coombes, Tony Champion and others of over 20 academic journal articles and book chapters (not including conference proceedings).


Guest Members of Staff