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Dr. David Jarvis

Reader in Local and Regional Economic Development

My Research Vision

Conferment of my Readership in January 2012 presented a further opportunity to enhance my academic leadership role at Coventry University. Firstly, by challenging, mentoring and supporting junior colleagues to take forward their own research agendas. Secondly, by building my personal profile in two areas of policy research linked by a common focus upon understanding the drivers and implications of ‘new business models’: the emergence of new low carbon ‘automobilities’ and the rise of new franchised approaches to faith-based social action. Within these themes, I am committed to maintaining my focus on research which brings about ‘real world’ change.


David Jarvis is Reader in Local and Regional Economic Development and Deputy Director of the Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration. David’s employment history has included research roles in both commercial and higher education settings, and in his current posts at Coventry University he has responsibility for leading interdisciplinary teams of researchers in delivering commissioned projects which cut across the economic and social dimensions of regeneration. Projects typically seek to ‘bridge gaps in knowledge’ and provide research-led intelligence in order to inform policy, strategy and practice, with strong emphasis on engagement with stakeholders.

David’s expertise centres on economic development, modernisation and diversification. This incorporates research into particular sectors or industries and the local socio-economic impacts of individual businesses and business decisions. Current and recent work, for example, includes: research on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board to underpin the business case for a new UK Transport Catapult; research for Severn Trent PLC to quantify the economic impact of their activity on the region; an INTERREG IVC sub-project focusing on improved definition and profiling of sustainable technology parks; and a Framework 7 project examining institutional reforms necessary to enhance participation of the EU12 in key EU research, development and innovation programmes.


  • Berkeley, N., Jarvis, D., and Begley, J. (2011) 'The impact of the recession on businesses'. In The Recession and Beyond: Local and Regional Responses to the Downturn. Ed. by Bailey, D., and Chapain, C. Oxford: Routledge, 45-57.
  • Jarvis, D., Lambie, H., and Berkeley, N. (2009) 'Creative Industries and Urban Regeneration'. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal 2 (4), 364-374.
  • Jarvis, D., Dunham, P.J., and Ilbery, B. (2001) 'Rural industrialisation in a declining coalfield region: the case of North Warwickshire'. Geoforum 32.


  • Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems (MIRRIS) (2013): 
    An FP7 project informing Commission strategy in relation to engagement of the EU12 countries in key R&D programmes (Horizon 2020).
  • Improved Definition and Profiling for Sustainable Technology Parks (2011): An INTERREG IVC District+ sub-project involving research into the sustainability of automotive technology parks in the UK, Germany and Poland.
  • Building better Neighbourhoods: The contribution of worshipping communities to Oxfordshire life (2010): Empirical research for Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance, a partnership of faith and statutory organisations led by the Bishop of Dorchester.
  • Church in Action: Where churches are making a difference (2009): Research showcasing the local impact of projects supported by CUF. Launched at General Synod of the Church of England, York.
  • Faith in Rural Communities - Contributions of Social Capital to Community Vibrancy? (2006): 
    Empirical research for Defra examining the contributions made by faith groups to the creation and maintenance of vibrant rural communities.
  • The economic contribution that Severn Trent Water makes to its region (2012): Research commissioned by Severn Trent Plc. and involving the application of a Keynesian multiplier model to assess regional economic impact.
  • Identifying Priority Skills Needs Sectors for CoVEs (2003): Research for Department for Education and Skills to inform the development of the new ‘Centres of Vocational Excellence’ network.
  • Mapping the Creative and Cultural Industries in the Coventry and Warwickshire sub-region (2008): Research for Coventry City Council to quantify sub-regional creative industries strengths, and also underpin a new multi-agency creative industries partnership.
  • Forecasting Skills Needs for the High Value Added Consumer Products Cluster (2004): A regional ESF Objective 2 research project commissioned by the Regional Development Agency, AWM, and the Learning and Skills Council.
  • Business Cultures and Communities in the Coventry and Nuneaton Regeneration Zone (2006): Research commissioned by Coventry Chamber to identify ways of increasing engagement of ethnic minority owned businesses in mainstream support programmes.
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Reader in Local and Regional Economic Development

Building: Jaguar
Room: G13