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Prof Keith Shaw


Department: Social Sciences

Over the last 30 years Keith has researched and published on urban regeneration, local and regional governance, and the community and voluntary sectors.

He has also had extensive experience of working for governmental and non-governmental organisations in relation to project and programme evaluations, voluntary and community sector involvement, neighbourhood governance and local partnership working. This included involvement in the National Evaluation of the New Deal for Communities Programme as Regional Coordinator for the North East, evaluator of the West Middlesbrough NDC and co-author of the case study report on Liveability in NDC areas.

Keith has also conducted evaluations of Urban Development Corporations (for the JRF Foundation); City Challenge (for Sunderland City Challenge); SRB programmes (for three local authorities in the North East) and Housing Action Trusts (for the DETR). He was part of two major assessments of the role of the Economic and Social Partners group within the North East Assembly, and worked on several reviews of voluntary sector infrastructure organisations in the North East. More recently, Keith has been involved in the EU CONNECTIONS project (on Social Inclusion) which involved a number of European cities including Rotterdam, Munich, Budapest, Vienna, Oslo and Newcastle.

He was a member of the Government Office/RDA Academic Advisory Panel for the North East and now sits on the management board of the North East Institute for Local Governance. He sat on the Newcastle Fairness Commission in 2011-12 and is currently the Independent Chair of the Newcastle Future Needs Development Board. He also Chaired the South Tyneside Living Wage Commission in 2013.

Keith’s recent research includes the studies: ‘From Regionalism to ‘Localism’: Opportunities and Threats for the North East’ funded by the Millfield House Foundation; and Borderlands: can the North East and Cumbria benefit from greater Scottish autonomy? funded by the Association of North East Councils. His recent research also includes work on local and community resilience.

Since 2014, he has been heavily involved in undertaking funded research on Devolution within the UK. This includes being the lead author of two major reports, Borderlands: can the North East and Cumbria benefit from greater Scottish autonomy?  and Developing the Framework for a Borderlands Strategy. He was the Principal Investigator on the ESRC Seminar Series, ‘Close Friends? Assessing the impact of greater Scottish autonomy on the North of England and Scotland. In 2016 he has been awarded a grant by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to investigate ‘Who runs the North East’ and an ESRC award to examine policy-makers understanding of the implications of Brexit for economic development and devolved governance on the North of England.        

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Brexit and Devolution: a view from North of Tyne and the Anglo-Scottish Borderlands, Shaw, K. 28 Nov 2019, The North East after Brexit: impact and policy, Bingley, Emerald
  • Whatever happened to the North East? Reflections on the end of regionalism in England, Shaw, K., Robinson, F. 12 Jan 2019, In: Local Economy
  • Bringing the Anglo-Scottish Border `back in?: reassessing cross-border relations in the context of greater Scottish autonomy, Shaw, K. 1 Jan 2018, In: Journal of Borderland Studies
  • “Northern Lights:”: an assessment of the political and economic challenges facing North East England in the context of greater Scottish autonomy, Shaw, K. 2 Jan 2018, In: Journal of Borderland Studies
  • ‘Disorganised Devolution’: reshaping metropolitan governance in England in a period of austerity, Shaw, K., Tewdwr-Jones, M. 1 Jun 2017, In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung
  • Competition and Collaboration in the Anglo-Scottish Borderlands, Shaw, K. Nov 2015, In: The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland
  • ‘Take us with you Scotland’? Post-Referendum and Post- Election reflections from the North East of England, Shaw, K. Nov 2015, In: Scottish Affairs
  • Borderlands: Rescaling economic development in Northern England in the context of greater Scottish autonomy, Shaw, K., Robinson, F., Blackie, J. 15 Jul 2014, In: Local Economy
  • ‘Our Friends in the North’: Responses to the Independence Debate in the North East and Cumbria, Shaw, K. Aug 2014, In: Scottish Affairs
  • Urban Governance, Planning, and Retrofit, Theobald, K., Shaw, K. 1 Jan 2014, Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability, London, Taylor & Francis

  • Thomas Smyth Can Metro Mayors Work?; A Case Study of Tees Valley 2017-2021 Start Date: 01/03/2017 End Date: 26/05/2022
  • Thomas Ratcliffe Contested natural-cultural landscapes in the Anthropocene: Connecting community identity, heritage and influence within the North York Moors National Park Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 20/02/2022
  • John Griffiths Mr Newcastle: The Career of T Dan Smith Start Date: 01/10/2007 End Date: 04/03/2020
  • Neil Percival A study exploring precarity and exploitation of employment rights for entry-level workers in the film and TV industries, and educational strategies to prepare them for career launch in this environment Start Date: 01/02/2016 End Date: 19/07/2021
  • Hana Kanoo Growth as a Destabilizing Force - The Case of The Small Economies in the Middle East Start Date: 30/03/2011 End Date: 12/12/2013
  • Susan Regan Gender, Legitimacy and The Local: A Study of Elected and Unelected Political Representation Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 16/09/2019

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