Centre for Rural Economy

Staff Profile

Dr Frances Rowe

Research Associate


I joined the Centre for Rural Economy in 2016 following a career in the public sector working on rural economic development, latterly with Regional Development Agency One North East. Before that I was chairman of Northumberland National Park and a non-executive director of the Countryside Agency.  I continue to have a lasting interest in protected areas and their contribution to rural development and innovation. 

My research interests span the rural creative and cultural industries, rural innovation and rural policy and evaluation.  I am currently Research Associate on the ESRC funded Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) that aims to bring complexity thinking and methods to evaluating policy at the Nexus of food, water, environment and rural systems. With CECAN colleagues I've been leading a case study working with DEFRA on complexity approaches to new agricultural and rural policy post EU exit 

I am also a member of the core team of the new National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise, focussing on the rural creative and cultural industries and their contribution to innovation, growth and resilience.