Dr Paul Vallance
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Sheffield University Management School
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.
- The role of system-building agency in regional path creation: insights from the emergence of artificial intelligence in Montreal. Regional Studies.
- Building collaborative platforms for urban innovation : Newcastle City Futures as a quadruple helix intermediary. European Urban and Regional Studies. View this article in WRRO
- Spaces of novelty: Can universities play a catalytic role in less developed regions?. Science and Public Policy. View this article in WRRO
- Facilitating spaces for place-based leadership in centralized governance systems: the case of Newcastle City Futures. Regional Studies, 1-11. View this article in WRRO
- Smart specialisation in regions with less-developed research and innovation systems: A changing role for universities?. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 36(2), 219-238. View this article in WRRO
- Universities, public research, and evolutionary economic geography. Economic Geography, 92(4), 355-377. View this article in WRRO
- The engagement of higher education in regional development in China. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33(6), 1657-1678.
- Design employment in UK regional economies: Industrial and occupational approaches. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 30(6), 650-671.
- From outcomes to process: evidence for a new approach to research impact assessment. Research Evaluation, 23(4), 352-365.
- Universities as anchor institutions in cities in a turbulent funding environment: vulnerable institutions and vulnerable places in England. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 7(2), 307-325.
- Creative knowing, organisational learning, and socio-spatial expansion in UK videogame development studios. Geoforum, 51, 15-26.
- Universities, Technology and Innovation Centres and regional development: the case of the North-East of England. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36(3), 609-627.
- Relational and Dialectical Spaces of Knowing: Knowledge, Practice, and Work in Economic Geography. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 43(5), 1098-1117.
- Experience of Engagement between Universities and Cities: Drivers and Barriers in Three European Cities. Built Environment, 37(3), 299-316.
- Teaching and Learning Guide: Rethinking Economic Geographies of Knowledge. Geography Compass, 3(5), 1955-1960.
- 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.