My Research Vision
Recent research has been inspired by participation in the consortium that delivered the UK’s largest public trial of low carbon vehicles; in particular through an exploration of the real world difference that can be made by low carbon automobility in sustaining our cities and strategically important economic sectors. Research has uniquely explored the economic opportunities arising from a transformative shift to low carbon, whilst also informing policy debates through critique of the underpinning policy framework. By continuing to attract attention from academic and business conferences, the government and the media, the ultimate aim of the research is in achieving lasting impact, influencing policy that successfully stimulates real demand for low carbon transport.
Nigel is Professor of Local Economic Development at Coventry University. He has 12 years experience of managing research teams and has six PhD completions. He was appointed Associate Dean for Research in November 2014. He also serves on the Executive Delivery Board of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP.
Nigel has extensive experience in economic development research that is designed to shape, influence and inform policy and debate, completing projects for the European Commission, UK Government agencies, Regional Development Agencies, local authorities, third and private sector organisations. Current research concerns the transport sector and in particular the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in stimulating economic growth, and critique of policies designed to support this shift.
Previous research has included numerous sector studies outlining opportunities for growth in emerging and aspirational sectors; neighbourhood renewal strategies for disadvantaged neighbourhoods; evaluations of economic intervention, including New Deal for Communities, and an evaluation of the West Midlands Task Force, a regional programme of intervention to respond to recession in the UK. Nigel has presented widely on his research at international conferences, including keynote presentations to business and government leaders, published extensively in academic and practitioner journals, provided comment to the written and broadcast media, and presented evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.
- Bailey, D. and Berkeley, N. (2014) Regional Responses to Recession: The Role of the West Midlands Regional Taskforce, Regional Studies, 48(11): 1797-1812
- Cao, D., Berkeley, N. and Finlay D. (2014) Measuring Sustained Competitive Advantage From Resource-based View: Survey of Chinese Clothing Industry, Journal of Sustainable Development, 7(2): 89-104
- Broughton, K., Berkeley, N. and Jarvis, D. (2013) Where next for regeneration in England? Two Years On, Local Economy, 28(7/8): 817-827
- Broughton, K., Berkeley, N. and Jarvis, D. (2013) ‘Neighbourhood regeneration in an era of austerity? Transferrable lessons from the regeneration of Braunstone, Leicester’. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 6(4): 381-393
- Berkeley, N., Jarvis, D. and Begley, J. (2012) ‘Phoenix from the ashes: Can low carbon vehicles ensure the long-term viability of automotive regions?’ International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 12(2): 137-152
- Jarvis, D., Berkeley, N. and Broughton, K. (2012) ‘Evidencing the impact of community engagement in neighbourhood regeneration: the case of Canley, Coventry’. Community Development Journal, 42(2): 232-247
- Jarvis, D., Berkeley, N. and Donnelly, T. (2012) ‘Capturing the economic benefits of a transformative shift to low carbon automobility: a case study of the West Midlands, UK’ Local Economy, 27(7): 692-704
- Begley, J. and Berkeley, N. (2012) UK policy and the Low Carbon Vehicle Sector, Local Economy 27(7): 705-721
- Berkeley, N., Jarvis, D. and Begley, J. (2011) ‘The impact of the recession on businesses’. In, Bailey, D. and Chapain, C. [eds] The Recession and Beyond: Local and Regional Responses to the Downturn, (Routledge, Oxford)
- Broughton, K., Berkeley, N. and Jarvis, D. (2011) ‘Where next for neighbourhood regeneration in England?’ Local Economy, 26(2): 82-94
- Coventry and Birmingham Low Carbon Emission Vehicle Demonstrator Project (CABLED): The UK’s largest public demonstrator trial of electric and hybrid vehicles funded by the Technology Strategy Board.
- Improved Definition and Profiling for Sustainable Technology Parks: An INTERREG IVC District+ sub-project involving research into the sustainability of automotive technology parks in the UK, Germany and Poland.
- Evaluation of the West Midlands Taskforce: Evaluation of the RDAs ‘Taskforce’ response to the 2008-09 economic recession. Findings evidenced the effectiveness and value for money of modest, ‘intelligent’ interventions in mitigating impact.
- Comparative analysis of EU clothing industry & strategy for Coventry Industry:
Managing a research programme funded by ESF ADAPT including a comparative analysis of the EU clothing industry and empirical research to underpin a development strategy for the industry in Coventry.
- Analysis of quality of life in disadvantaged neighbourhoods: Funded by Neighbourhood Renewal Fund a series of research reports based on original surveys designed to show change in quality of life in Coventry’s disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
- Evaluation of Braunstone New Deal for Communities Programme:
Commissioned by Braunstone Community Association the evaluation drew upon extensive secondary and primary investigation to highlight the achievements and lessons learnt from this 10 year programme.
- Mapping the Creative and Cultural Industries in the Coventry and Warwickshire sub-region: Published research for Coventry City Council to quantify sub-regional creative industries strengths, and also underpin a new multi-agency creative industries partnership.
- Business Cultures and Communities in the Coventry and Nuneaton Regeneration Zone: Research commissioned by Coventry Chamber to identify ways of increasing engagement of ethnic minority owned businesses in mainstream support programmes.
- Regional Adjustment Strategies in the Context of European Integration: As part of a Fifth Framework project this research involved comparative analysis of firm behaviour in clothing manufacturing firms with those in automotive component firms.