Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Our Research

Our Research

Our research work is wide-ranging and global in scope.

Our research includes defining places, including the iconic features of a region such as the Angel of the North. Photo by Graeme Peacock

The ethos of CURDS research is academic excellence and policy relevance.

We work on the conceptual, theoretical and policy dimensions of urban and regional change and development in an international context.

Research Themes

  • People and place
  • Innovation and technology
  • Finance and services
  • Institutions and governance

Research Funders

CURDS undertakes research for a wide range of international, national, regional, urban and local organisations.

Research Outputs

CURDS produces a range of different published outputs from its research including books, papers in academic journals, research reports, blogs and articles for the specialist and general media.

Engagement and Impact

From its establishment in 1977, CURDS has engaged with policy questions and sought to deliver impact from its research.

Through its work, CURDS engages with a range of public, private and civic organisations internationally.

For the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) two of the four impact case studies submitted by the Geography department at Newcastle University were based on research carried out at CURDS.  These highlighted the work of Mike Coombes in establishing Travel to Work areas as a way of defining labour markets and John Goddard’s influential work on the role of Connecting Universities to Regional Growth.