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Prof Keith Shaw

Professor Keith Shaw: Professor of Politics and PGR Director, Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Department: Social Sciences

Professor Keith Shaw is a Research and Innovation Lead Professor of Politics.

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.        


PhD, CNAA 1989
MA (Econ) University of Manchester 1980
BA (Hons) University of Hull 1979

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Keith's research interests are in urban and regional governance, particularly in relation to the changing governance of the North East of England and the role of communities in urban regeneration. Recent work includes: a study of the post-2010 ‘Localist’ Agenda; the impact of Scottish independence on the north east; and on the local governance of climate change, particularly in relation to the growing focus on resilience. Keith is interested in supervising students in any aspect of urban and regional governance, local politics, and resilience and climate change.

Current/Recent Projects

(2016-2017) Policy-makers understanding of the implications of Brexit for economic development and devolved governance on the North of England. ESRC Programme on the UK in a Changing Europe.

(2016-2017) Who Runs the North East. Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

(2014-2015)   Developing a Strategic Framework for the Borderlands Initiative (ANEC/ILG).

(2013-2015) ESRC Seminar Series Award: 'Close Friends'? Assessing the Impact of Greater Scottish Autonomy on the North of England. Principal Investigator.

(2013) ESRC Festival of Social Science award: Bordering change: navigating nationalism and political identity in the border communities of England and Scotland. Principal Investigator.

(2013) The Impact of Welfare Reform in the North East. Research Funded by the Association of North East Councils.

(2012-13) Borderlands: The Impact on the North East of Greater Scottish Autonomy. Funded by the Association of North East Councils (ANEC).

(2010-2011) From Regionalism to Localism: Opportunities and Threats for the North East. Funded by the Millfield House Foundation.

(2008-2009) CONNECTIONS: Developing Organisational Approaches to Tackling Social Exclusion. Funded by the EU Commission.

Key Publications

Shaw, K. and Tewdwr-Jones, M. (2017) '‘Disorganised devolution’: reshaping metropolitan governance in England in a period of austerity’'. Raumforschung und Raumordnung.

Shaw, K. (2016) 'Competition and collaboration in the Anglo-Scottish borderlands'. The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland, 10. pp. 64-76.

Shaw, K. (2015) '‘Take us with you Scotland’? Post-referendum and post- election reflections from the North East of England'. Scottish Affairs, 24 (4). pp. 452-462.

Shaw, K. (2014) 'Our friends in the North: responses to the independence debate in the North East and Cumbria'. Scottish Affairs, 23 (3). pp. 396-406.

Shaw, K. Robinson, F. and Blackie, J. (2014) 'Borderlands: rescaling economic development in Northern England in the context of greater Scottish autonomy'. Local Economy, 29 (4-5), pp. 412-428.  

Shaw, K. and Theobald K. (2013) ‘Urban governance, planning, and retrofit’. In  Dixon, T., Eames, M., Hunt, M. and Lannon, S. (eds.) Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability: Mapping the Transition to Sustainability by 2050. London: Earthscan.

Shaw, K. and Maythorne, L. (2013) ‘Managing for local resilience: towards a strategic approach’. Public Policy and Administration, 28 (1), pp. 43-65.

Shaw, K. (2012) 'The rise of the resilient local authority'. Local Government Studies, 38(3), pp. 281-300.

Shaw, K. and Robinson, F. (2012) 'From 'regionalism' to 'localism': Opportunities and challenges for North East England'. Local Economy, 27 (3), pp. 232-250.

Shaw, K. and Theobold, K. (2011) 'Resilient local government and climate change interventions in the UK', Local Environment, 16 (1), pp. 1-15.

For an extended list of my publications, visit my Northumbria Research Link page here



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