Dr. Paul Benneworth
Paul Benneworth graduated in Human Geography from
He has undertaken a wide number of research projects for a range of clients. He has successfully won research council funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Councils (post-doctoral fellowship, small research grant, standard research grant within the Regional Impact of HEIs programme) and Research Councils UK (Academic Fellowship), as well as from the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) programme, administered by the European Science Foundation. He has had two research grants from the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, and has undertaken research and consultancy services for a range of UK bodies, including the Small Business Service, the Department for Farming and Rural Affairs, the Department of the Environment, Transport & Regions, as well as for a range of subnational bodies including regional assemblies, regional university associations and regional assemblies. He has worked on several occasions with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, including on their Technology and Innovation Programme Cluster Working Group (2000-01), for Education Division on the Regional Impacts of HEIs programme and for Territorial Development and Governance on Regional Innovation Reviews (Piedmonte, North of England) and their Regional Innovation Strategy project. He has also undertaken a number of small consultancy projects for a diverse range of organisations including the European Centre for the Strategic Management of Universities, the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, and the Science for All working group.
Paul’s major research interest is in the relationship between universities and societal change, from the broad level of how universities as institutions respond to major social shifts such as the emergence of the post-industrial society, to relationships between universities and businesses in the creation of new high-technology businesses and spin-off companies. He has participated in a wide range of research projects in this area, using a range of quantitative and qualitative indicators. He has published widely in a range of academic journals in geography, business studies, planning and higher education management, as well as editing a number of books. His 2007 paper in Progress in Planning “Universities as planning animateurs” was nominated for best published paper in planning at the AESOP conference. From 2004 to 2008 he was editor of Regions, the magazine of the Regional Studies Association, and from 2010, he is Founder Editor and Editor in Chief of Regional Insights, a new publication launched by the Regional Studies Association. He has also presented at a wide range of conferences, symposia, workshops and user forums including a number of key note presentations at leasing scientific events.
Benneworth, P. S., Charles, D. R. & Madnipour, A. (2010) “Universities as agents of urban change in the global knowledge economy” European Planning Studies (forthcoming).
Benneworth, P. & Jongbloed, B.W.A (2009) “Who matters to universities? A stakeholder perspective on humanities, arts and social sciences valorisation” Higher Education DOI 10.1007/s10734-009-9265-2
Benneworth, P. & Sanderson, A. (2009) “Building institutional capacity for HEI regional engagement in a sparse innovation environment: a case study of Knowledge House” Higher Education Management and Policy, March 2009.
Benneworth P, Hospers G-J, (2007) "The new economic geography of old industrial regions: universities as global–local pipelines" Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 25(6) 779–802