Dr Paul Cowie
Faculty Research Fellow
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Faculty Research Fellow
Centre for Rural Economy
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am currently a Faculty Research Fellow working in the Center for Rural Economy. My research interests are into rural innovation and entrepreneurship particularly in the non-traditional economic sectors.
I am also interested in the use of theater as research and engagement method. For the past 3 years I have been collaborating with a theater company to develop a play which engages communities in planning and development.
Member Department for Transport, Oversight Group for Research into Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Research Fellow: Future Cities Catapult 2017 - 2018
External Reviewer: Scottish Government Strategic Research Program 2016 - 2021
Secretary of State Appointed Member of Northumberland National Park 2000 - 2017
Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement - RTPI Research Excellence Awards 2015
Current research interests
The impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution in rural areas
Creative practice as a method to co-produce research
Innovation and rural development
Recently Funded Projects
Brexit – the implications for Northumberland and the rural North of England
This is a joint project between Newcastle University, Northumbria University and Cumbria University working alongside Northumberland County Council to understand the long term future of the rural north of England. We are using a foresight methodology to envision what the rural north might be like in 2030 following Brexit.
The Town Meeting
This project explores how theater can be used as a research tool. The Town Meeting uses theater to explore how communities interact with the planning process. This contributes both to development of public understanding of the planning process and allows communities to co-produce research which informs future planning policy. The Town Meeting was developed in collaboration with Cap-a-pie Theater Company.
ESRC/Future Cities Catapult Mid-career Fellowship
ESPON LOCATE (Territories and low-carbon economy)
ARCH (Architecture and roadmap to manage multiple pressures on lagoons)
ESPON TANGO (New approached to Territorial Governance)
Newcastle City Futures - http://www.newcastlecityfutures.org/
Postgraduate Research Supervision
I welcome applications from potential doctoral candidates who are interested in rural innovation, rural entrepreneurship and creative research methods.
Current PhD Candidates
Ian Merell, Rural Enterprise Hubs, ESRC Studentship (current)