Professor Keith Shaw
PhD, MA, BA
Professor of Politics
Dept of Social Sciences
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 227 4258 firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the last 25 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. Most 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 is a member of the Government Office/RDA Academic Advisory Panel for the North East and now sit on the management board of the North East Institute for Local Governance. With Professor Fred Robinson of Durham University, Keith has recently been awarded a grant from the Millfield House Foundation to undertake a project on From ‘Regionalism’ to ‘Localism’: Opportunities and Threats for the North East.
- PhD, CNAA 1989
- MA (Econ) University of Manchester 1980
- BA (Hons) University of Hull 1979
Research and Consultancy
Keith 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 and of 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.
Research/Consultancy Projects (since 2000)
(2012-13) Borderlands: The Impact on the North East of Greater Scottish Autonomy. Funded by the Association of North East Councils (ANEC).
(2010) 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.
(2007) Benchmarking the work of Area Committees. Project undertaken on behalf of Newcastle City Council.
(2006) Consultant to the North East Assembly on their Scrutiny of the Regional Economic Strategy
(2006) Developing Strategies to Tackle Worklessness. Project funded by One North East.
(2006) A Response to Newcastle Council’s Draft Regeneration Strategy. Funded by UNISON.
(2005/6) Evaluation of the SRB Programme in Northumberland. Funded by the Northumberland Strategic Partnership.
(2005) An Interim Evaluation of the West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust (2002-2005). Funded under the ODPM-funded National Evaluation of the NDC Programme.
(2001/2005) National Evaluation of the New Deal for Communities Programme. Funded by the ODPM.
(2003) Regional Development Agencies and the Future of Physical Regeneration in England. Funded by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (with P Greenhalgh).
(2002–2003) Assessing the role of Economic and Social Partners. Funded by the North East Assembly.
(2000) Who Runs the North East now… A Review and Assessment of Governance. Funded by the Millfield House Foundation (with F Robinson).
(1999/2000) Evaluation of the Housing Action Trusts. Funded by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.
(1999/2000) Joint Organiser of ESRC Seminar Series on Improving Partnerships between Health and Local Authorities.
Journal Articles (since 2000)
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.
Shaw, K. (2010) ‘Revisiting the missing middle in English sub-national governance. Local Economy, 25 (5/6), pp. 457-475.
Shaw, K. and Robinson, F. (2010) 'UK urban regeneration policies in the early 21st Century: continuity or change?' Town Planning Review, 81 (2), pp. 123-150.
Shaw, K. and Robinson, F. (2007) ''The end of the beginning'? Taking forward local democratic renewal in the post-referendum North East’'. Local Economy, 22 (3), pp. 243-260.
Shaw, K. and Robinson, F. (2006) 'Governance in the post-referendum North East', Northern Economic Review, 37, pp. 5-24.
Humphrey, L. and Shaw, K. (2006) 'Developing inclusive approaches to regional governance in the post-referendum North East'. Regional and Rederal Studies, 16 (2), pp. 197-220.
Robinson, F., Shaw, K. and Davidson, G. (2005) 'On the side of the angels – community involvement in the governance of neighbourhood renewal'. Local Economy, 20 (1), pp. 15-26.
Humphrey, L. and Shaw, K. (2004) 'Regional devolution and the development of 'empowered deliberative democracy': emerging patterns of stakeholder involvement in the North East of England'. Environment and Planning A, 36 (12), pp. 2183-2202.
Shaw, K. (2003) ‘Regional Development Agencies and physical regeneration: can RDAs actually deliver the urban renaissance?', Planning Practice and Research, 18 (2-3), pp. 161-178.
Shaw, K., J Tomaney, L Humphrey and P O’Brien (2003) 'Stakeholder involvement in the new regional governance', Northern Economic Review, 33/34, Spring, pp. 1-19.
Shaw, K. (2002) ‘Community elections and regeneration partnerships: a New Deal for local communities'. Local Government Studies, 28 (2), pp. 1-15.
Robinson, F. and Shaw, K. (2001) 'Governing a region: structures and processes of governance in North East England'. Regional Studies, 35 (5), pp. 473-478.
Robinson, F. and Shaw, K. (2000) 'Regeneration partnerships, "community" and governance in North East England'. Northern Economic Review, 31, pp. 4-19.
Shaw, K. (2000) 'Promoting urban renaissance in an English city: going for growth in Newcastle'. Business Review North, 12 (3), pp. 18-31.
Robinson, F. and Shaw, K. (2003) ‘Who governs North East England? A regional perspective on governance', in Cornforth, C. (ed.) What do boards do? The Governance of public and non-profit organisations. London: Routledge, pp. 12-24.
Robinson, F., Shaw, K. and Lawrence, M. (1999) 'Good conservative policies translated into practice: the case of the Teesside Development Corporation’, in Imrie, R. and Thomas, H. (eds) British urban policy: an evaluation of the Urban Development Corporations. London: Sage, pp. 146-168.
Shaw, K. (1994) 'Continuity and change in urban governance', in Garrahan, P. and Stewart, P. (eds.) Urban change and renewal: the paradox of place. Avebury Press, pp. 49-65.
Shaw, K. (1988) 'Youth and community work: the consequences of declining local autonomy', in Jeffs, T. and Smith, M. (eds.) Welfare and youth work practice. London: Macmillan, pp. 90-111.
Recent Research Reports
(2013) (ed.) New directions in planning: beyond localism. Northumbria University. [available here]
(2011) From regionalism to localism: challenges and opportunities for the North East. Funded by The Millfield House Foundation.
(2011) Local resilience and climate change: a case study of the North East. Funded by Northumbria University.
(2008-2009) Developing organisational approaches to tackling social exclusion. Funded by the EU Commission.
(2007) Benchmarking the work of Area Committees. Project undertaken on behalf of Newcastle City Council.
(2006) The scrutiny of the Regional Economic Strategy. Project funded by NEA.
(2006) Developing strategies to tackle worklessness. Project funded by One North East.
(2006) A response to Newcastle Council’s Draft Regeneration Strategy. Research funded by UNISON.
(2005/6) Evaluation of the SRB Programme in Northumberland. Project funded by the Northumberland Strategic Partnership.
(2005) An interim evaluation of the West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust (2002-2005). Research funded under the ODPM-funded National Evaluation of the NDC Programme.
(2005) A succession strategy for the Workers Educational Association Mental Health Project. Research undertaken as part of the Evaluation of County Durham’s SRB Programme.
Articles in Professional Journals
Shaw, K. and Robinson, F. (2011) 'Don’t mention the "R Word": The end of regionalism in the North East?' Town and Country Planning, December.
Shaw, K. and Robinson, F. (1998) ‘Urban regeneration: its evolution', ‘Regeneration’ The Newsletter of the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA), Winter.
Shaw, K. (1997) 'What works in the inner cities?', Town and Country Planning, June, pp. 177-180.
Shaw, K. (1996) 'Focus on finance: CCT for financial services', Municipal Journal, 8, pp. 32-33.
Shaw, K. and Robinson, F. (1995) 'Whose sitting on the Quango?', Local Government Management, 1 (15), pp. 36-38.
Shaw, K. (1996) 'All change: the countdown to CCT', Housing, May, pp. 28-29.
Shaw, K. (1997) 'Ready, steady, go: The countdown to CCT', Housing, March, pp 30-32.
Shaw, K. and Robinson, F. (1993) 'More than bricks and mortar': the community role of UDCs', Town and Country Planning, June, pp. 146-147.
Shaw, K. and Robinson, F. (1991) 'In search of the Great North', Town and Country Planning, October, pp. 279-283.
Keith's main teaching interests are in the areas of Urban Regeneration, Urban Politics, Regional Governance, and Sustainable Cities. He teaches on a number of certificate, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including the BA Programme in Politics, the MSc in Urban Policy and Regeneration, the MRes in Social Sciences and the University Certificate in Regeneration. He is also involved in delivering a number of short course and training programmes to local and regional organisations.
Key Roles and Responsibilities in the Department
- Research Professor in Social Sciences
- REF Lead for UoA in Social Policy
- Chair, Departmental Research Committee
- Member, Departmental Management Group
- Member, Newcastle Fairness Commission (2011-2012)
- Rapporteur for ESRC projects
- Project reviewer for the Big Lottery Fund
- Member, Government Office/RDA Academic Advisory Panel for the North East.
- Management Group Member, North East Institute of Local Governance
- Peer reviewer on the EU-funded CONNECTIONS project which involves a number of European cities including Rotterdam, Munich, Budapest, Leeds and Newcastle.
Phd Students Supervised
- Sue Regan: 'Women's Experiences of Participation in Local Governance'
- Jill Dixon: 'Regional Government in Modern Spain: An Evaluation of Andalusia and Catalonia'
- Shan Shan: 'How does Co-opetition Impact China's Energy Security?'
- John Griffiths: T Dan Smith and the Creation of Modern Newcastle
- William Holloway: Local Authorities and the Promotion of Well-being
- Phil Thompson: Local Authority Scrutiny and the move to Unitary Status
Recently completed PhDs:
- Natasha Vall (2000) Economic Development in Malmo and Newcastle
- Paul Hopkins (2007) Local Authority Scrutiny and the Role of Majority Parties
- Arthur Affleck (2010) Social Enterprise and CDFIs
- Denise Caudle, (2010) Regional Governance in the North East
- Reece Bowman (2011) Local Authority Scrutiny and the Role of Community Involvement