Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Ben Fisher

Ben Fisher

Your postgraduate research

My PhD focuses on new industrial (path) creation and the spatial evolution of new industries over time. 

I’m looking at path creation in the evolution of North East England’s offshore wind and printable electronics industries.

I'm doing this with reference to new theories associated with evolutionary economic geography.

Choosing CURDS

I chose to study a PhD at CURDS because of its standing and reputation in the local and regional academic and policy community. 

Many academics at CURDS are: 

  • respected interna
  • published
  • share research interests

particularly related to territorial innovation and new industrial path creation, that match my own.

Studying with CURDS

As someone studying part-time, I value the flexibility and ongoing support provided by my PhD supervisors. 

Along with face-to-face bi-monthly meetings, it’s important I have tutors I can approach on an ad-hoc basis. 

Both my PhD supervisors give me this support.

Living in Newcastle

It’s a cracking night out. The people are friendly, transport links are great, sporting, social & cultural attractions aplenty. The only downside is it rains and snows a lot.