Dr Gordon Morris


Honorary Research Associate

Gordon Morris, originally an engineer, trained and served with the Royal Navy until 1976, when he left to work in industry.  After a spell lecturing in Further and Higher Education he joined the Rural Development Commission as a Business Adviser in 1993.   In 1999, he joined the Countryside Agency, where he worked on various aspects of rural regeneration, including the Market Towns Initiative and Beacon Towns Programme, both of which he helped to design and manage.

Gordon’s interests are in rural policy and community development, mainly in the UK, but also overseas.  In addition to his work in England, he has visited Australia as a member of a joint Canadian, New Zealand and Australian rural development team.  He has also taken part in a North America-UK Countryside Exchange programme, and has visited Gambia and Uganda as part of a team involved in linking between ‘communities of interest’ (eg health, schools) in Commonwealth countries.

A Member of the Institute of Management and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Gordon has a Certificate in Education from the University of Greenwich, a Post-graduate Diploma and MSc in Rural Development from the University of Plymouth, Seale Hayne, and a PhD in Politics from the University of Exeter.  He currently works as a Visiting Lecturer, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Exeter.  He is a Director of Action for Market Towns, and a founder member of the related Small Towns for Tomorrow group.