CURDS' work is wide-ranging and global in scope, but it is centrally concerned with contributing to theoretical and empirical understanding of local and regional development and to debates about economic geography.
We have a number of key current research themes:
Among the organisations that have recently commissioned research from CURDS are:
- research councils (including ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC)
- research foundations (including Leverhulme Trust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
- international organisations (including OECD, European Commission, ESPON)
- UK government departments and agencies (including Department for Communities and Local Government, UK Commission on Employment and Skills, English Heritage)
- non-governmental organisations (including Australian Business Foundation, East London Mosque, Newcastle Business Improvement District)
- regional and local government around the world including (Henan Development and Reform Commission, PRC; State of Victoria, Australia; Scottish Enterprise; Buckinghamshire County Council; City of Newcastle upon Tyne).
CURDS research outputs include books and papers in high impact, peer-reviewed journals and reports for a range of public and private bodies. In addition, CURDS has a strong commitment to civic engagement.