Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Ben Fisher

Ben Fisher

Your postgraduate research

My PhD focused on new industrial (path) creation and the spatial evolution of new industries over time. 

I looked at path creation in the evolution of North East England’s offshore wind and printable electronics industries.

I did this with reference to new theories associated with evolutionary economic geography.

Choosing CURDS

I chose to study a PhD at CURDS because of its standing and reputation in the local and regional academic and policy community. 

Many academics at CURDS are: 

  • respected interna
  • published
  • share research interests

particularly related to territorial innovation and new industrial path creation, that match my own.

Studying with CURDS

As someone who studied part-time, I valued the flexibility and ongoing support provided by my PhD supervisors. 

Along with face-to-face bi-monthly meetings, it was important I had tutors I could approach on an ad-hoc basis. 

Both my PhD supervisors gave me this support.

Living in Newcastle

It’s a cracking night out. The people are friendly, transport links are great, sporting, social & cultural attractions aplenty.