Dr Paul Benneworth FeRSA, is Senior Researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente, and Visiting Professor at Central Queensland University, Australia (2011-14).
Paul’s research interests focus on the territorial governance of innovation, and in particular the roles played by universities in those networks. He is editor of Regional Insights, the Review of the Regional Study Association, and was appointed as a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association in March 2011.
Paul has been actively involved in research projects exploring university knowledge valorisation and policies seeking to stimulate and promote that knowledge for societal benefit. He was one of the co-authors of the IMHE Report ‘Higher Education and Regions: Globally Competitive, Regionally Engaged’ and in the UK ‘The Regional Contribution of Higher Education’. He has recently completed the Benchmarking Handbook for the European Centre for the Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU), and is an Associate of the PASCAL Observatory. He has also undertaken a large number of research projects for a range of clients exploring the regional role of universities, including for Government Departments (DfES), University Higher Education Associations, (North East England, East of England), regional development agencies and other regional bodies. In 1999, he worked on the FPIV project UNIREG (universities and regional development); in 2004, he led a project for the UK Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) looking at the impacts of university spin-off companies in less successful regions. Paul has recently completed leadership of a two year project ‘Universities and excluded communities’ exploring how universities bring benefits to excluded communities, part of the ESRC and UK Funding Council’s programme The Regional Economic Impacts of Higher Education.
Paul has written extensively on the notion of the ‘science city’ and ‘knowledge parks’, examining in particular the place of universities in the construction of new urban form and in regional economic development. This has included detailed research on Kennispark (Knowledge Park) in the Enschede municipality of the Netherlands, which extends an original Business & Technology Centre at the University of Twente to a regional high-tech centre as part of a genuine city-regional governance structure. This research will be taken forward in further case study analysis as part of the current project. Paul will also bring his extensive experience of researching the efficacy of science spaces within strategies of urban and regional economic regeneration and thereby support evaluation of the process of policy exchange regarding the regenerative potential of science parks within the network.
Benneworth, P., & Ratinho, T. (2014). Reframing the role of knowledge parks and science cities in knowledge-based urban development. Environment and Planning C: Government and policy 32.5. 784-808.
Benneworth, P., Hospers, G. J., Jongbloed, B., Leiyste, L., & Zomer, A. (2011). The ‘Science City’ as a System Coupler in Fragmented Strategic Urban Environments? Built Environment 37.3. 317-335.
Benneworth, P.S. Charles, D.R. & Madnipour, A. (2010) Universities as agents of urban change in the global knowledge economy European Planning Studies
Benneworth, P. Jongbloed, B.W.A (2009) Who matters to universities? A stakeholder perspective on humanities, arts and social sciences valorisation Higher Education DOI 10.1007/s10734-009-9265-2
Benneworth, P. Sanderson, A. (2009) Building institutional capacity for HEI regional engagement in a sparse innovation environment: a case study of Knowledge House Higher Education Management and Policy, March 2009.
Benneworth, P.S. Coenen, L. Moodyson,J. & Asheim, B. (2009) Exploring the multiple roles of LundUniversity in strengthening the scania regional innovation system: towards institutional learning? European Planning Studies 17.11. 1645 – 1664
Benneworth P, Hospers G-J, (2007) The new economic geography of old industrial regions: universities as global–local pipelines Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 25.6. 779–802