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 Robert Hassink

Robert Hassink is Professor of Economic Geography at Kiel University in Germany. After receiving his PhD in 1992 from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, he has worked as a research fellow, consultant, assistant and temporary professor at several research institutes and universities in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and South Korea. Over the years he has carried out various research projects on regional innovation policies, industrial restructuring and regional economic development in Western Europe and East Asia, particularly South Korea, which have been sponsored by, among others, the European Science Foundation, the German Research Foundation, the Research Council of Norway, the European Commission, the World Bank and the OECD. He works with CURDS researchers on industrial restructuring and regional economic development.

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

Nick Henry

Dr Nick Henry has recently returned to academe as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Business in Society Research Centre at Coventry University. This follows ten years as a public policy and evaluation consultant culminating in his position as Consulting Director, Economic Development and Economic Policy at GHK Consulting (now ICF International). Prior to this, as a human and economic geographer, he held academic positions at the Open University, universities of Southampton, Birmingham and a Readership in Urban and Regional Studies at CURDS, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He has long run, substantial and wide-ranging experience of directing and managing research and consultancy projects for ESRC, various European Commission DGs, numerous Government departments and quangos, national foundations, charities and trade associations, regional and local economic development partnerships, Local Authorities and voluntary and community sector organisations.

Currently, he is undertaking research and consultancy on i) community finance including bank data disclosure, social impact bonds and economic and social impact for a variety of clients and ii) UK motorsport supply chains for BIS/UKTI.

Ian Jones

Ian is a freelance consultant specialising in skills focused economic development.  He has extensive experience of skills and labour market analysis and its application to strategic and operational planning.  Before establishing his own consultancy business, Skill Matters, Ian held senior roles in the Learning and Skills Council and Skills Funding Agency.  Working with public, private and third sector organisations he was able to maximise the contribution that skills development can make to organisations and communities to support growth and development

Pedro Marques

Pedro Marques is currently a Research Associate at Cardiff University, working on an FP7 programme investigating the concept of Smart Specialisation and its usefulness for regional innovation policy.He has in the past worked on several issues related to innovation, institutions and regional development and has done research in Portugal, the UK and several other European countries.

Kevin Richardson

Kevin is currently seconded to central government working as a part of a small team negotiating with the EU Commission the EU funding programmes for the period 2014-2020. He has lead responsibility for the thematic objective of Research, Development & Innovation, including the design of a framework for Smart Specialisation. Kevin has acted as a visiting expert on EU Structural Funds in Pomorski, Poland and Moldavia, Romania. Kevin managed the local team that helped deliver the OECD Territorial Review of Newcastle in the North East (2006).

Kevin started working life as an underground coal miner; being elected as the youngest ever Chair of a branch of the National Union of Mineworkers. He then gained a first class degree in Government & Public Policy at Northumbria University where he served also as Chair of the NUS.

Managing at Newcastle City Council, he established an active programme of research placements for our students and has given many guest lectures at CURDS. Kevin has also volunteered for several years a mentor on our Graduate Connections database.

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. Colin 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