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Research Interests

Inclusive economies; inclusive growth; local economies; foundational economy; voluntary and community sector; social enterprise; neighbourhood regeneration; government policy; urban regeneration; disadvantaged communities; project and programme evaluation.



Kevin has over 15 years of research expertise within the arena that is now termed 'inclusive economies'. Kevin has an academic background in economic geography and urban studies, and is currently involved in a range of research around inclusive economies and inclusive growth in cities. Following undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham, Kevin worked in applied research centres in various universities and commercial consultancies across the West Midlands. He has undertaken evaluative research into many area-based initiatives, neighbourhood regeneration programmes and community-based projects. Broader research has also focused on the evolving relationships between the state, the voluntary/community sector and civil society, and the market. Specific areas of research involve how evolving policy developments impact on local government and the voluntary/community sector, regarding their management and delivery of 'inclusion' initiatives.

Area of Expertise:

- Impact of policy on local government and the voluntary/community sector in promoting inclusion initiatives in cities

- Organisational change in voluntary/community sector organisations

- Neighbourhood regeneration / neighbourhood renewal / urban regeneration

- Policy assessment around inclusive economies, inclusive growth and economic inclusion

Vision Statement

The concept of the 'inclusive economy' is one that many would support, but converting this elusive concept into reality is challenging. There are constraints, challenges and opportunities for those organisations aiming to develop more inclusive economies, and it is only through robust evidence-based research that policy and practice will develop in this area to become effective in turning the inclusive economy into a reality. 


Education/Academic qualification

PhD by Portfolio, Doctorate, Coventry University

25 Jul 20169 May 2017

MSc, University of Birmingham

1 Oct 199530 Sep 1996

Degree, University of Birmingham

28 Sep 199231 Jul 1995

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Projects 2008 2018

Research Output 2003 2019

Contributing to Community Enhancement through Rural Touring Arts (CONCERTA)

Dunham, P., Henry, N., Warwick, F., Webster, M., Bos, E., Challis, S., Tornari, M., Merendino, A. & Broughton, K., 30 May 2019, (Unpublished) 142 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

social geography
community development

Inclusive growth in English cities: mainstreamed or sidelined?

Sissons, P., Green, A. & Broughton, K., 4 Mar 2019, In : Regional Studies. 53, 3, p. 435-446 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

content analysis

The uses of institutional mapping for understanding territorial interrelations

Ferreira, C., Ferreira, J., Broughton, K. & Macneill, S., 24 Sep 2019, Scientific Report: Building the next generation of research on territorial development. Luxembourg: ESPON EGTC, p. 29-34

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Raising productivity in low-wage sectors and reducing poverty

Green, A., Sissons, P., Qamar, A. & Broughton, K., 6 Apr 2018, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 46 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Wage setting

Activities 2008 2018

  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 2 Reviewer of proposals for funding
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2018, Lugano, Switzerland

Kevin Broughton (Contributor), Paul Sissons (Speaker), Anne Green (Contributor), Amir Qamar (Contributor)
5 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2017

Paul Sissons (Speaker), Kevin Broughton (Participant), Anne Green (Participant)
5 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

ESPON Seminar 2017: Transforming Terrirorial Thinking through Digitalisation, Tallinn, Estonia

Kevin Broughton (Speaker)
6 Dec 20177 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2017

Kevin Broughton (Speaker)
7 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

FBL Internal Research Conference

Kevin Broughton (Speaker)
30 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference