Posted on: 21 June, 2019
Application deadline: October 1, 2019

Postgraduate programmes in local, regional and urban development, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, UK

The vibrant research culture in CURDS encompasses our postgraduate community and postgraduates are an integral part of the centre’s work.  Studying for a PhD within CURDS provides a fantastic opportunity to learn from globally renowned experts in the fields of economic geography and local and regional development.


The CURDS staff has long-standing experience in delivering postgraduate programmes and supervising postgraduate research.

Nearly 60 PhDs and more than 100 MA degrees were awarded by CURDS since its establishment.


Postgraduates are the key resource in renewing the outlook and focus of our research.

Many of the current staff are former postgraduates who completed their studies in CURDS.

Study options

We offer the following forms of postgraduate study:


Our expert staff supervise these degrees.  This often happens in collaboration with the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.  Degrees link in with the Humanities, Arts and Social Science Postgraduate Research Training Programme.

We would encourage students who are considering applying for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding through The Northern Ireland and North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership to contact the relevant member of staff in CURDS as soon as possible.

CURDS welcomes inquiries and proposals from prospective PhD students to undertake research on the topics listed below:

Potential PhD Topics

  • Financialisation of the local state
  • Economies of debt, household and local government
  • Regional banking beyond major financial centres
  • Automation, the changing nature of work and regional development
  • Global production networks, strategic coupling and regional development
  • Path creation, institutions and regional adaptation
  • Renewable energy, sustainability transitions and regional development
  • Beyond agglomeration and city-centrism:  new models of spatially inclusive development
  • Devolution, metro-mayors and local industrial strategies
  • Urban analytics: utilising big and open data
  • Demographic change, migration and mobility
  • Alternative financial institutions

See for further information and / or contact:

Professor Andy Pike Tel: +44 (0)191 208 8011 E-mail: