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Research Interests

Low carbon policy; Industrial policy; Low carbon vehicles


Nigel is Professor of Local Economic Development and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University. He has 25 years’ experience, designing, managing and disseminating research, and in leading research centres.

Nigel’s focus is on economic development research designed to shape, influence and inform policy and debate, completing projects for the EU, national and regional government agencies, local authorities, third and private sector organisations. Current research concerns sustainability of the transport sector and in particular the role of electric vehicles in stimulating a transition to green automobility. Nigel’s research has uniquely explored the economic opportunities arising from this transition, whilst also informing debates through an exploration of barriers, and critique of the underpinning policy framework.

Previous research has included a Framework 7 consortium project on transport accessibility; evaluations of economic intervention, including the UK’s New Deal for Communities programme, and the West Midlands Task Force, a programme of intervention to locally respond to recession; and evaluations of location independent working in the higher education sector. In 2015 Nigel was appointed as an Expert Evaluator on Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship research programme.

Nigel has presented widely on his research at international conferences, including keynote presentations to business and government, published extensively in academic and practitioner journals, provided comment to the written and broadcast media, and presented evidence to the UK House of Commons Transport Select Committee. 


Vision Statement

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.

Education / Academic qualification

Doctorate, Coventry University

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Research Output 1994 2017

Accessibility and policy: definitional framework of transport accessibility

Berkeley, N., Broughton, K. & Lazell, J. 2017 Designing Mobility and Transport Services: Developing traveller experience tools. Tovey, M., Woodcock, A. & Osmond, J. (eds.). Oxon: Routledge, p. 78-96 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

electric vehicle

Funding Economic Regeneration

Berkeley, N., Jarvis, D. & Noon, D. 2017 Urban Regeneration. Roberts, P., Sykes, H. & Granger, R. (eds.). 2 ed. London: Sage, p. 71-86 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


National policymaking and the promotion of electric vehicles

Begley, J., Berkeley, N., Donnelly, T. & Jarvis, D. 2016 In : International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management. 16, 3, p. 319-340 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Alternative fuels
Electric vehicles
Policy making
Policy implementation

Measuring quality across the whole journey

Woodcock, A., Berkeley, N., Cats, O., Susilo, Y., Hrin, G. R., O'reilly, O., Markucevičiute, I. & Pimentel, T. 2014 Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2014. Sharples, S. & Shorrock, S. (eds.). Taylor and Francis, p. 316-323

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Activities 1993 2014

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

Regional Studies Association European Conference

Berkeley, N. (Speaker)
16 Apr 201418 Apr 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Expert Evaluator H2020

Berkeley, N. (Reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Reviewer of proposals for funding

Regional Studies Association North American Conference 2013

Berkeley, N. (Speaker)
16 Dec 201318 Dec 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

30th World Annual Conference on Science and Technology Parks

Berkeley, N. (Speaker)
14 Oct 201318 Oct 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Regional Studies Association Global Conference: Sustaining Regional Futures

Berkeley, N. (Speaker)
24 Jun 201227 Jun 2012

Activity: Participation in conference