The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Emeritus Professor John Goddard OBE

Professor of Regional Development Studies



John Goddard is emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University UK. He was previously founding Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Dean of the Faculty of Law, Environment and Social Sciences and Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the University’s links with the city and region, in particular the development of Newcastle as one of the UK’s six Science Cities. As DVC he also led the implementation of a major restructuring of the University and the installation of an institution wide management information system (SAP R3). He is currently leading a programme of policy orientated research on the role of universities in city and regional development linking academic work with his experience as a university manager. He is an advisor to various Directorates of the European Commission and the European Universities Association on the role of universities in 'smart specialisation', a council member of the Academy of Social Sciences and a board member of its Campaign for the Social Sciences, an executive board member for the Newcastle Business Improvement District (NE1), a member of the Newcastle Cathedral Council and a  trustee of 'Together Newcastle' which focuses on the relief of poverty in the Diocese of Newcastle.


Research Interests

John’s academic background is in economic geography. He founded and led the University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) from 1977 to 1998 and directed numerous academic and policy research projects on the role of innovation in territorial development.

Within the UK John contributed to the Dearing Review of Higher Education through a Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals report on Universities and Communities and in subsequent work for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Universities UK (UUK) on the Regional Mission of Higher Education.

Internationally John has been academic leader of an OECD programme now published as Higher Education and Regions: Globally Competitive, Regionally Engaged (2007). He has also led several reviews of regional engagement by Finnish Universities sponsored by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council.

John was a lecturer at LSE from 1968 to 1975 prior to moving to Newcastle. He was awarded an OBE in 1986 and the Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1992 and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004.