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Place Leadership in Northern England: Changing Regimes (SF19/LHRM/SHUTT2)

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  • Full or part time
    Prof J Shutt
    Prof J Liddle
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

A new level of regional governance has been introduced into the UK since 2014 with the introduction of the Northern Powerhouse, the West Midlands Engine, and the Oxford Cambridge Corridor and the Western Powerhouse.
This meta – level of governance sits within a new network of Mayoral and Non-Mayoral Combined authorities and a network of evolving Local Enterprise Partnerships and new quango agencies for Transport Planning and development (e.g. Transport for the North (TFN)), which exist within an every widening North- South divide.

This PhD will focus on the role and development of the Northern Powerhouse within the context of English devolution and BREXIT and seek to examine the changing roles of the public and private sector’s and the voluntary ‘third’ Sectors in the evolving framework for 2019-2022.

It will seek to answer the question as to whether the new partnership structures matter and how the North East is to benefit from the new structures, which are emerging, and how it is participating within the new regimes and to what extent Leadership for Place is emerging in the new structures.

In particular, the research will focus on the role and organisation of the Northern Powerhouse and its relation to the new combined authorities and the LEP structure and to the role of NEXUS and Tyne and Wear metro in TFN.

The government’s view is that the new Model will deliver the new UK industrial strategy and increase the level of economic growth outside London based on empowering the core cities and the key cities and bringing forward new funds to replace European regional policy. This remains to be monitored and evaluated in terms of its influence on the North-South Divide.

The PhD student will aim to work in partnership with North East Combined authorities and non-Mayoral authorities and the emerging Convention of the North and will involve case studies and interviews at both local and central government levels (primarily BEIS,CLG and Treasury but not exclusively).

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.

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. SF19/…) will not be considered.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

Please note this is a self-funded project and does not include tuition fees or stipend.


Recent publications by supervisors relevant to this project:

Shutt J 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.

Shutt J,Pugalis,L Bentley,G.(2012) LEPS: Living up to the Hype? The changing Framewor for regional economic development and Localism in the UK. In Ward M and hardy S,Changing Gear- is Localism the new Regionalism? London,Smith Institute/RSA ,pp12-26

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