Dr David Beel

Research Associate


Room number: C2
Telephone (internal): 27914
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 8366
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 8366
Email: D.E.Beel@Sheffield.ac.uk

After completing my undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Hull and then a masters and PhD at the University of Glasgow again in Geography, I then became Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, working in the dot.rural digital economy hub. I am now Research Associate at the University of Sheffield working on ‘Spaces of New Localism - Stakeholder Engagement and Economic Development in Wales and England’.

I have a varied set of academic interests including urban, rural, social and cultural geographies. This has led to specific interests in cultural repositories such as museums, archives, galleries and libraries and the role they play in creating cultural participation in ‘communities’. I have a strong interest in the political economy and governance of state restructuring specifically focusing at the ‘city-regional’ scale.

I am currently the Research Associate on ‘Spaces of New Localism’ project which is part of the WISERD Civil Society Research Centre. The project is interested in understanding the ways in which New Localism and devolution is being delivered at the City-Regional scale within the UK. Specifically, we have four case study areas (Swansea, Cardiff, Manchester and Sheffield) investigating the role of Civil Society and the changing territoriality that city-region devolution is developing within the UK.


  • Philip, L. J., Townsend, L., Roberts, E., & Beel, D. 2015. The Rural Digital Economy. Scottish Geographical Journal, 131(3-4), 143–147.
  • Wallace, C., Vincent, K., Luguzan, C., Townsend, L., & Beel, D. 2016. Information technology and social cohesion: A tale of two villages. Journal of Rural Studies, (Online first).
  • Beel, D.E., Wallace, C., Nguyen, H., Maclead, M., Webster, G., Tait, E., and Mellish, C. (2015) Cultural Resilience: the production of rural community heritage, digital archives and the role of volunteers. Journal of Rural Studies (Online first).

  • Webster, G., Nguyen, H., Beel, DE., Mellish, CS., Wallace, CD. & Pan, JZ. (2015). 'CURIOS: Connecting Community Heritage through Linked Data'. in CSCW '15 : Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing. ACM Press, New York, pp. 639-648, The 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2015)., Canada, 14-18 March. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2675247
  • Nguyen, HH., Beel, D., Webster, G., Mellish, C., Pan, JZ. & Wallace, C. (2015). 'CURIOS Mobile: Linked Data Exploitation for Tourist Mobile Apps in Rural Areas'. in T Supnithi, T Yamaguchi, JZ Pan, V Wuwongse & M Buranarach (eds), Semantic Technology: 4th Joint International Conference, JIST 2014, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 9-11, 2014. Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, no. 8936, Springer, pp. 129-145, 4th Joint International Semantic Technology Conference, Thailand, 9-11 November. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-15615-6_10
  • Beel, D.E. and Wallace, C. Webster, G., and Nguyen, H. (2014) The geographies of community heritage and digital archives in rural Scotland. The Scottish Geographical Journal (Online first) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14702541.2014.980839#.VioSfWvePVI
  • Beel, D.E. and Wallace, C. (2014) EViDAnCE Project Report. AHRC Cultural Value Award. (PDF)
  • Tait, E., Maclead, M., Beel, D., Wallace, C., Mellish, C. and Taylor, S. (2013). Linking to the past: an analysis of community digital heritage initiatives. Aslib Proceedings , 65 (6), pp. 564-580. https://openair.rgu.ac.uk/handle/10059/889
  • Beel, D.E. (2011) Tales from a River Bank : Bullying, the Arts, and the Production of Museum Space. Variant. 42. http://www.variant.org.uk/issue42.html
  • Beel, D.E. (2011) Reinterpreting the Museum: Social Inclusion, Citizenship and the Urban Regeneration of Glasgow. University of Glasgow. http://theses.gla.ac.uk/2668/
  • Beel, D.E. (2009) New Labour and the Museum in Scotland: Social Inclusion and the Citizen. Scottish Geographical Journal. Vol 3 & 4, pp. 344-352.