Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Institutions & Governance

Institutions & Governance


Growing international recognition has been given to the role of institutions and governance in urban and regional development and policy. As actors grapple with disruptive and uneven change and formulating inclusive and sustainable development models and strategies, the presence and capacity of formal or ‘hard’ and informal or ‘soft’ institutions has become critical. Institutions are integral to the co-ordination, integration, leadership and shared understandings central to urban and regional development and policy. CURDS has a longstanding research expertise and focus upon the role of institutions of government and governance and especially universities as anchor institutions and civic actors.


Institutions & Governance

Dr Stuart Dawley
Reader 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

Louise Kempton
Senior Research Associate, CURDS & Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), HaSS Faculty

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7577

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8604

Dr Peter O'Brien
Senior Research Associate

Telephone: 0191 208 3255

Professor Andy Pike
Sir Henry Daysh Chair of Reg Dev Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8011

Dr Xuefeng Wang
Research Associate, Business Development Manager

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7728


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.