Dr Paul Vallance

Management School

Research Associate

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Dr Paul Vallance
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

I am a Research Associate in the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), Sheffield University Management School. Before this I worked at Newcastle University where I was a member of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS).
From 2016 to 2018 I was also seconded to the RCUK and Innovate UK funded Urban Living Partnership pilot project for Newcastle and Gateshead (Newcastle City Futures).

Research interests

I am an economic geographer by background. My PhD examined knowledge and work practices in videogames development. Since then my research has focused on universities and city/regional development, regional innovation policy (smart specialisation), and local creative/design economies. This work has encompassed a range of UK/international territorial contexts with a particular theoretical, empirical and policy concern for less-developed regions.

Currently I am working with colleagues in CREED on a number of projects that study innovation and entrepreneurship relating to economic/technological domains including advanced manufacturing, the space industry, and AI. A common interest across these projects, building on previous work, is exploring the role of universities and other public research organisations in regional path development, cluster emergence, and local economic resilience. This draws on and advances theoretical approaches in evolutionary economic geography. I also have a complementary research interest in different forms of intermediary technology/innovation organisations (e.g. Catapult Centres) as translational agents in national/regional innovation systems.



  • Group TF (2021) Putting Universities in Their Place. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vallance P, Kempton L, Conceicao Rego M, Reinaldo Alves L, Aguiar Serra M & Tewdwr-Jones M (2021) Putting Universities in their Place: An Evidence-Based Approach to Understanding the Contribution of Higher Education to Local and Regional Development. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Taylor & Francis. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Goddard J, Vallance P, Hazelkorn E & Kempton L (2016) The Civic University. Edward Elgar Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Goddard J & Vallance P () The University and the City. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

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Research group

Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), Entrepreneurship, Strategy, & International Business (ESIB)

Teaching activities

I have wide-ranging experience of lecturing, small group teaching, and supervision at UG and PGT levels. At the University of Sheffield I have acted as an MSc dissertation supervisor in the Management School and have contributed to the PhD Thesis Mentoring programme.