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Mr David McGuinness

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Before working at Northumbria I was a Civil Servant with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

EE David Mcguinness Staffprofile 255Before working at Northumbria  I was a Civil Servant with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). At Northumbria I have worked in a number of research and teaching roles during the last 13 years, initially at the Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED) and more recently in the Sustainable Cities Research Institute (SCRI).  I contribute to teaching on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Faculty relating to urban regeneration, planning, sustainable development and research methods.  In terms of research and consultancy I have extensive experience of undertaking applied research across a range of policy areas, including, urban regeneration, economic development and urban sustainability.

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BA (Hons) PGCert MSc Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Talking Point

A number of challenging questions drive my research and teaching interests:

• Analysing the ‘fall out’ from the demise of the English regional agenda (in terms of regional governance, regeneration and economic development institutions) and evaluating the Coalitions’ emerging Localism agenda.

• Exploring the future for deprived neighbourhoods in austere economic times.

• New Urbanism and the ongoing pursuit of a successful formula to develop sustainable urban neighbourhoods.

• The overarching role universities can play in a knowledge economy as local, regional, national and international partners and knowledge brokers.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Economic Development, Urban Regeneration, Planning, Sustainable Development and Research Methodologies.

Key Publications

Pugalis, L. and McGuinness, D. (2013) ‘From a framework to a toolkit: regeneration in an age of austerity’, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, (forthcoming)

Davidson, G., McGuinness, D., Greenhalgh, P., Robinson, F. and Braidford, P. (2013) ‘It’ll get worse before it gets better: Local experiences of living in a regeneration area’, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal (forthcoming)

McGuinness, D., Greenhalgh, P., Davidson, G., Robinson, F. and Braidford, P. (2012) ‘Swimming against the tide A study of a neighbourhood trying to rediscover its ‘reason for being’ – the case of South Bank, Redcar and Cleveland’, Local Economy, Vol. 27 (3), pp. 251-264

McGuinness, D. (2012) Knowledge brokerage in action in European cities: Key insights from five successful knowledge brokerage initiatives, Frieburg: ICLEI European Secretariat  

Pugalis, L., Greenhalgh, P., McGuinness, D., Furness, H. Errington, B. (2012) ‘Chalk and Cheese: A comparison of England and Scotland’s emerging approaches to regeneration’, Town & Country Planning, 81 (2). pp. 84-88

McGuinness, D. (forthcoming 2012) ‘Local Governments for Sustainability and the Use of Tools’ in Theobald, K. Joas, M. and Kuhn, S. (eds.) Informed Cities: Making Research Work for Local Sustainability, London: Earthscan.

McGuinness, D. and Theobald, K. (forthcoming 2012) ‘Knowledge brokerage in action in European Cities’ in Theobald, K. Joas, M. and Kuhn, S. (eds.) Informed Cities: Making Research Work for Local Sustainability, London: Earthscan.

A full list of publications is available on Northumbria Research Link.

My Google Scholar Link can be found here


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