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The Changing Role of LEPS in Local Growth and Governance (SF19/LHRM/SHUTT1)

Faculty of Business and Law

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Prof J Shutt , Prof J Liddle , Dr L Johnston Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The Local Enterprise Partnerships were established in 2010 to replace the Regional Development agencies and to be the voice of the private sector in economic development. They were strengthened in 2014 with the addition of responsibilities for delivering European funds. Now they are being asked to play a strategic role in Industrial Strategy and in the replacement programmes for European Funding post- BREXIT. (See July 2018, Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships, MHCLG).

This PhD will look at the implications of the new regimes for the North East and compare non –Mayoral LEP accountability to Cambridge and Peterborough. Here the LEP has now been absorbed into the new Combined Authority and it is under the direction of the elected Mayor since 2017.

It will look at the future for the North East LEP within the context of both the Teesside Combined Authority and the new North of Tyne Combined Authority and examine the approaches to industrial strategy LIS development in the two very different regions. Cambridge is a Wave 1 LIS area; The North East is awaiting further clarification of LIS intentions.

The PHD will work with the LEP Network and the new NP LEP eleven to examine LIS implications and strategy.

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, Pugalis, L Bentley G (2012) Living up to the Hype? The Changing Framework for Regional economic Development and Localism in the UK. In Ward, M, Hardy.S. Changing Gear- Is Localism the new Regionalism?London,Smith Institute/RSA pp12-26

Pugalis,L and Shutt J. (2012) After regions, What next for Local Enterprise Partnerships?Regions,286 (2).pp23-25

Bentley G, Pugalis, L and 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 and Liddle J (2019) Special issue of Local Economy Journal on Combined Authorities. Forthcoming March/April 2019

Johnstone (2019) forthcoming paper on Mayors and changing roles in local government
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