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Regional and Rural Enterprise Research Group

The Rural and Regional Research Group has a growing track record of social and economic development research. 

This includes locally funded projects to inform economic policies in Lincolnshire as well as national and international collaborations to advise on future approaches to delivering rural policy in England and beyond. 

What Are We Doing?

We are researching businesses and wider economic development in different spatial contexts. This extends from policy evaluations and regional economic analysis through to direct interventions with businesses in diverse regional and rural settings across the globe.

Why Is It important?

Supporting the economic development of regions can provide better opportunities for the businesses and communities living there. Understanding more about the importance of geography for innovation and growth can inform new approaches to supporting their development trajectories.

How Are We different?

We aim to become a leading UK research centre for rural and regional research. No other established centre for regional and rural research is based within a Business School but we see business and enterprise being essential drivers of sustainable regions.


Academic Staff

Dr Gary Bosworth, Reader

Prof David Charles, Director of Research

Dr David Gray, Joint Head of Division

Dr Chris Phelan, Lecturer

Dr Eric Ruto, Senior Lecturer

Prof Peter Somerville, Professor of Social Policy

Prof Ted Fuller, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Foresight

Dr Agnieszka Rydzik, Lecturer

Dr Shrabani Saha, Senior Lecturer

Research Staff

Liz Price, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Jane Deville, Research Fellow

Research Students 

William Hamilton, PhD Student

Susan Marango, PhD Student

Mahdieh Zainali, PhD Student

Kenny Odunukan, PhD Student

External Members

Prof Nigel Curry, Visiting Professor

Ivan Annibal, Visiting Fellow, Rose Regeneration

Dr Jason Beadell, Visiting Fellow, Smith Gore

Dr Sally Hewitt, Independent Researcher