David Jarvis
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Research Interests

  • Economic development and economic impact
  • Manufacturing sectors, clusters and economies
  • Neighbourhood regeneration, faith and community



David Jarvis is Reader in Local and Regional Economic Development and Co-Director of the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS). David is also founding academic programme director for Coventry University’s Professional Doctorate (DBA), and sits on the Management Group of the University’s Future Transport and Cities (FTC) Research Centre.

Since completion of his PhD in 2002, David has held a series of full-time professional research posts in both commercial consultancy and higher education settings. Over the past decade, these roles have incorporated significant academic leadership including:

  • Business plan development, implementation and monitoring: for specific ‘clusters’ within University Centres and, ultimately, for whole University research groups. This has included responding strategically to significant external shocks, such as the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, in order to safeguard research income generation and ensure research Centre sustainability.
  • Building and leading teams of academics: planning, securing and recruiting to new posts in line with an overall development strategy designed to support delivery of research centre business plan targets.
  • Leading teams of academic researchers: pastoral and performance management of staff across a range of grades from Research Assistant to Professor; and supporting career aspirations through day-to-day support, advice and guidance, team based development activities, and more formal individual mentoring.
  • Financial planning and management: budget forecasting and accounting of Research Centre spend and income.

Alongside these leadership capabilities, throughout his career to date, David has secured, managed and delivered more than 70 funded research or evaluation projects for clients across the public, private and charitable sectors. In the course of doing so he has gained extensive direct experience of utilising both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Particular strengths lie in the following areas:

  • Leading the design and implementation of research and evaluation frameworks.
  • Managing the use of electronic survey tools and analytical software to provide quantitative and qualitative information that is current, accurate and robust.
  • Quantitative economic impact modelling and mapping of labour market intelligence, employment and population data.
  • Triangulation of quantitative data and qualitative evidence through stakeholder and beneficiary engagement.
  • Formulation of evidence-based policy recommendations and action plans, bridging the gap between research and practice.


Education/Academic qualification

Economic Geography, Doctorate, Coventry University

1 Oct 199930 Sep 2002

External positions

Passenger Car Working Group, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership


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