Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Governance, Institutions and Inclusion

Governance, Institutions and Inclusion


Governing local, regional and urban development and policy is an enduring part of CURDS’ international research reputation. Underpinned by a variety of understandings of governing, work in this area is concerned with institutions of the state and government as well as other governance actors such as universities and civic and social organisations. Utilising various concepts and theories alongside mixed methodologies, this research is concerned with how territorial development and policy are organised, managed and regulated through different geographical scales and networks. Emergent work is engaging with new ideas around more inclusive and foundational understandings of the economy and its governance including economic and social infrastructure and innovation and experimentation in place-based policy.

  • Decentralisation, austerity and state rescaling
  • Civic universities and anchor institutions 
  • Inclusive growth and foundational economies 
  • Housing governance and the local state 
  • Place-based policy experimentation and innovation 



Governance, Institutions, and Inclusion

Professor Stuart Dawley
Chair in Economic Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7735

Emeritus Professor John Goddard OBE
Professor of Regional Development Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7732

Professor Louise Kempton
Professor of Urban and Regional Policy

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7577

Dr Kean Fan Lim
Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography

Telephone: 0191 208 8037

Professor Danny MacKinnon
Professor of Regional Development and Governance; Director of CURDS


Dr Emma Ormerod
Lectureship in Economic Geography


  • Cumbers A, Featherstone D, MacKinnon D, Ince A, Strauss K. Intervening in globalisation: the spatial possibilities and institutional barriers to labour's collective agency. Journal of Economic Geography 2016, 16(1), 93-108.

  • Dawley S, Mackinnon D, Cumbers A, Pike A. Policy activism and regional path creation: the promotion of offshore wind in North East England and Scotland. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 2015, 8(2), 257-272.
  • Goddard J, Vallance P. The University and the City. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013.

  • Goddard J, Hazelkorn E, Kempton L, Vallance P, ed. The Civic University: The Policy and Leadership Challenges. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016. In Press.

  • Kempton L. Delivering Smart Specialization in Peripheral Regions: the Role of Universities. Regional Studies, Regional Science 2015, 2(1), 488-495.
  • Martin R, Pike A, Tyler P, Gardiner B. Spatially Rebalancing the UK Economy: Towards a New Policy Model?. Regional Studies 2016, 50(2), 342-357.
  • O'Brien P, Pike A. City Deals, Decentralisation and the Governance of Local Infrastructure Funding and Financing in the UK. National Institute Economic Review 2015, 233(1), R14-R26.

  • Pike A, Coombes M, O'Brien P, Tomaney J. Austerity states, institutional dismantling and the governance of sub-national economic development: the demise of the Regional Development Agencies in England. Territory, Politics, Governance2016, Epub ahead of print.

  • Pike A, Marlow D, McCarthy A, O'Brien P, Tomaney J. Local institutions and local economic development: the Local Enterprise Partnerships in England, 2010-. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 2015, 8(2), 185-204.

  • Wang XF. Evolvement of Urbanisation Patterns in Developed Countries and Its Application to China. Journal of Areal Research and Development 2011, 30(4), 54-60.