My current activities around issues of economic development largely focus around the West Midlands. As I provide Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership with economics intelligence. As part of this work I have produced a number of working briefs around different economic development issues in the local context, and in particular the activities of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Related to these interests I have developed a third year undergraduate module on Local and Regional Economic Development. Module outline available upon request.
Module introduction: Today, local and regional economies are an important focus for economic, industrial and sustainable development policy given their integration into the globalised economy. Managing economic growth, meanwhile, has seen technological change contributing to the increasing importance of knowledge relative to more traditional factors of production, such as land, labour and capital. In parallel, the range of possible interventions available to policy makers has grown with the increasing complexity and scale of the challenge faced by local economies. In the contemporary economy, policy makers are concern with the ‘quality’ and ‘quantity’ of development. Environmental, social well-being and other quality of life-related objectives have become important as part of moves toward more ‘sustainable’ development paths. This module aims to provide insights into the principles and values that shape definitions and strategies of local and regional economic development as well explore the conceptual and theoretical frameworks through which local and regional economic and development approaches can be understood. This module will examine the instruments and policies that have been deployed by policy makers and some of the techniques used by local and regional economic developmentpractitioners. This module aims to develop skills necessary to research issues around local and regional economic development providing insights into economic development in different places and at a variety of scales.
Learning Outcomes: The intended learning outcomes are that, on completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Critically assess the different conceptual and theoretical frameworks that underlie approaches to local and regional economic development.
2. Compare and contrast differing approaches to the implementation of local and regional economic development policy.
3. Understand and be able to apply a number of the practical tools and techniques used by local and regional economic development practitioners.