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Dr Ian Merrell

Postdoctoral Research Associate


01392 726413

Lazenby House G.01

I have recently joined the Centre for Rural Policy Research as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate after completing my PhD at the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University. My thesis was concerned with rural business knowledge exchange and innovation, focusing on physical infrastructures called Rural Enterprise Hubs that aim to promote the growth of the rural economy. I have a first class degree in Countryside Management and a MsC in Food and Rural Development - both of which were completed at the CRE in Newcastle.

Research interests

My main research interests are rural enterprise and territorial innovation which my PhD focused on. However, I am also interested in governance structures (MsC dissertation), partnership agreements and public participation in these structures (BsC Dissertation).

External impact and engagement

I have been invited to become part of the Advisory board for a newly established private company who are establishing Rural Enterprise Hubs across the UK as well as engaging with many hubs and businesses across the North East of England.

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