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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 30 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 EU consortium projects on transport accessibility and sustainability; evaluations of economic intervention, including 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. Nigel has supervised 15 doctoral students to completion and continues to supervise postgraduate researchers and mentor early career researchers.

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

Award Date: 20 Jul 2011

MA, Coventry University


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