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Dr Gary Bosworth


Department: Newcastle Business School

Professor Gary Bosworth is Research Lead in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy and part of the iNCITE research centre at Northumbria University.  As an active researcher in the fields of rural entrepreneurship and regional economic development, he serves on DEFRA's Rural Academic Advisory Panel and on the North East Rural Innovation Steering Group. He is also co-chair of ISBE's Rural Entrepreneurship Network and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association. Gary leads modules on Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Ecosytems and Policy and supports research methods teaching and dissertation supervision.

Gary Bosworth

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on rural and regional entrepreneurship and innovation.  I strive to understand how processes and patterns of entrepreneurship are shaped by social, cultural and environmental characteristics in more rural and peripheral regions. I firmly believe that the functions of rural businesses extend beyond the purely economic and that we must recognise their key roles as actors of both change and continuity across rural communities.  

I am currently a member of DEFRA's rural academic panel and co-chair of the ISBE Rural Entrepreneurship Network as well as a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association. I am also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies and an Associate Fellow of the HEA. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Innovation in agricultural and county shows: conceptualising the e-eventscape, Bosworth, G., Ardley, B., Gerlach, S. 8 Oct 2021, In: International Journal of Event and Festival Management
  • Migration practice as creative practice: an interdisciplinary exploration of migration, Hack-Polay, D., Mahmoud, A., Rydzik, A., Rahman, M., Igwe, P., Bosworth, G. 13 Jan 2021
  • Women's Post-migration Narratives of Entrepreneurial Becoming, Bosworth, G., Zeinali, M., Rydzik, A. 13 Jan 2021, Migration Practice as Creative Practice, Bingley, Emerald
  • Applying Neo‐Endogenous Development Theory to Delivering Sustainable Local Nature Conservation, Marango, S., Bosworth, G., Curry, N. 8 Jul 2020, In: Sociologia Ruralis
  • Commercial Counterurbanisation: A driving force in rural economic development, Bosworth, G., Bat Finke, H. 1 May 2020, In: Environment and Planning A
  • Research methods in rural studies: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, Strijker, D., Bosworth, G., Bouter, G. Aug 2020, In: Journal of Rural Studies
  • Rural Social Innovation and Neo-endogenous Rural Development, Bosworth, G., Price, L., Hakulinen, V., Marango, S. 1 Jan 2020, Springer Geography, Springer
  • The impact of coastal flooding on agriculture: A case-study of Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, Gould, I., Wright, I., Collison, M., Ruto, E., Bosworth, G., Pearson, S. 30 Jul 2020, In: Land Degradation and Development
  • Unequal futures of rural mobility: Challenges for a “Smart Countryside”, Bosworth, G., Price, L., Collison, M., Fox, C. 1 Nov 2020, In: Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit
  • Rural social enterprise – Evidence to date, and a research agenda, Steiner, A., Farmer, J., Bosworth, G. 1 Aug 2019, In: Journal of Rural Studies

PGR Supervision

Anoesjka Natasja Timmermans What works, how and why in undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education to promote Self-directed learning readiness Start Date: 30/11/2021

Further Information

I am the deputy director of iNCITE and module lead for the Masters programme "Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship".  


  • PhD February 24 2009
  • MRes
  • MA (Hons)

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