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.
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 Hall 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 Future - 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)
- Cowie P. Performing Planning: Understanding community participation in planning through theatre. Town Planning Review 2017, 88(4), 401-421.
- Cowie P, Thompson N, Rowe F. Honey pots and Hives: Maximising the potential of Rural Enterprise Hubs. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, 2013. Centre for Rural Economy Research Report to North East Rural Growth Network.
- Tewdwr-Jones M, Goddard J, Cowie P. Newcastle City Futures 2065: Anchoring Universities in Cities through Urban Foresight. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Newcastle University, 2015.
- Vigar G, Cowie P, Healey P. Success and Innovation in Planning: Creating Public Value. London, UK: Royal Town Planning Institute, 2014. RTPI Research Reports 8.
- Gazzola P, Roe M, Cowie P. Marine spatial planning and terrestrial spatial planning: reflecting on new agendas. Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy 2015, 33(5), 1156-1172.
- Davoudi S, Cowie P. Are English neighbourhood forums democratically legitimate?. Planning Theory & Practice 2013, 14(4), 562-566.
- Davoudi s, Cowie P, Madanipour A, Vigar G. ESPON TANGO - Territorial Approaches for New Governance. Final Report. Luxembourg, Luxembourg: ESPON Coordination Unit, 2013.
- Cowie P, Davoudi S. Is Small Really Beautiful? The Legitimacy of Neighbourhood Planning. In: Davoudi, S and Madanipour A, ed. Reconsidering Localism. London, UK: Routledge, 2015, pp.168-191.
- Cowie Paul, Vigar Geoff, Davoudi Simin, Madanipour Ali. Hyper-local planning in England: Territorial Governance at the Neighbourhood Scale. In: Peter Schmitt and Lisa Van Well, ed. Territorial Governance across Europe: Pathways, Practices and Prospects. London, UK: Routledge, 2016, pp.67-80.
- Cowie P, Madanipour A, Davoudi S, Vigar G. Maintaining stable regional territorial governance institutions in times of change: Greater Manchester Combined Authority. In: Peter Schmitt and Lisa Van Well, ed. Territorial Governance across Europe: Pathways, Practices and Prospects. London, UK: Routledge, 2016, pp.141-156.