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Brexit and Northern England: Newcastle, London and Amsterdam City-Region Economic Development Futures (Advert Reference: RDF19/BL/LHRM/SHUTT)

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  • Full or part time
    Prof J Shutt
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

City- Regions are having to think through their futures post- BREXIT. Moreover, city and regional development leaders have to adjust the future of UK-EU relations.

At a time when the north- south divide is, increasing this PHD project will focus on city- regional employment futures and look at the changing positions of London and Amsterdam as capital cities and at the contrast with the Newcastle city- region and its fragmentation North and South of the Tyne.

Focusing specifically on the Economic Boards of each of the three cities It will look at both devolution and changing trade relationships and seek to understand both the leadership challenges for city- leaders and the challenges presented by BREXIT for transnational corporations in each of the three locations, focusing on key drivers for services- fintech and high technology- and for manufacturing transport and energy companies.

The aim of the PhD will be to work within the context of wider research being developed by Shutt and Liddle with the Amsterdam Economic Board, the GLA Economic Board, and the new North of Tyne Combined Authority and Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI) to look at sub- national leadership of authorities and companies in the post- Brexit era and to see what synergies might be developed in the 2021- 2030 period.

The project will be developed in the context of recent agreements on trade between the Netherlands and the UK which look beyond BREXIT (BEIS 2018) but will also focus on the changing roles of the UK in key European networks for local government e.g. Eurocities and Committee of the Regions and specifically focus on the ideas of relational leadership (RL) in transnational cooperation’s for both the public and private sectors in the three city- region locations.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF19/BL/LHRM/SHUTT) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Friday 25 January 2019
Start Date: 1 October 2019

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community, we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to Students Worldwide, and covers full fees and a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2018/19, this is £14,777 pa).


ShuttJ and Liddle J 2019 Combined Authorities in England: Moving Beyond Devolution? Special issue of Local Economy Journal forthcoming.Sage Publications ,London

Bentley.G, Pugalis.L, Shutt J, (2017) Leadership and Systems of Governance. The constraints on the Scope for Leadership of Place-based development in Sub-National Territories, Regional Studies Special Edition on Leadership 2017.

Gibney Liddle J, Shutt, J. 2019 Gazing Beyond Brexit: Challenges of Transnational Collaboration in Europe and Relational leadership and the City-Region Scale in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Forthcoming

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