Dr Paul Vallance

Research Associate

Room: E006
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3304
Email: p.vallance@sheffield.ac.uk


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).

Teaching Interests

I have experience of teaching subjects relating to local and regional development at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research Interests

I am an economic geographer by background. My PhD (also at Newcastle University) examined knowledge and work practices in the UK videogames development sector. Since then my research has particularly 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 and 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 and technological domains including advanced manufacturing, the space industry, and AI clusters. A common interest across these different projects, building on my previous work, is exploring the role of universities and other public research organisations in the development of new regional industrial paths drawing on theoretical approaches from evolutionary economic geography.

Additional Information

I would be interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

Regional and local economic development
Regional innovation systems and policy
Universities and local/regional engagement
Creative industries/economies (especially involving design practices)

Recent Publications

Vallance, P., Blažek, J., Edwards, J. and Kvĕtoň, V. (2018) ‘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.

Vallance, P. (2017) ‘The co-evolution of regional innovation domains and institutional arrangements: smart specialisation through quadruple helix relations?’ in McCann, P., van Oort, F. and Goddard, J. (eds.) The Empirical and Institutional Dimensions of Smart Specialisation. (Routledge: Abingdon), pp.127-144.

Vallance, P. (2016) ‘Universities, public research, and evolutionary economic geography’, Economic Geography 92, (4), 355-377.

Wang, X. and Vallance, P. (2015) ‘The engagement of higher education in regional development in China’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 33, (6), 1657-1678.

Goddard, J., Coombes, M., Kempton, L. and Vallance, P. (2014) ‘Universities as anchor institutions in cities in a turbulent environment: vulnerable institutions and vulnerable places in England’, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 7, (2), 307-325.

Vallance, P. (2014) ‘Creative knowing, organisational learning, and socio-spatial expansion in UK videogames development studios’, Geoforum 51, (1), 15-26.