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Dr Kate Broadhurst PhD, MBA, BA

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Lecturer in International Business, Strategy and Innovation

Kate is a Lecturer in International Business, Strategy and Innovation and a member of the International Business, Strategy and Innovation Group.

Her research interests include economic development, collaboration and the leadership of sub-national partnerships. Her doctoral thesis explored the decentralisation of English economic policy looking in particular at the factors that enable and inhibit Local Enterprise Partnerships to develop strategies for growth.

Kate is an experienced teacher and teaches on a range of innovation, enterprise, employability and business planning modules.

Before returning to academia Kate has worked across the public, private and voluntary sector in a range of roles including research, enterprise development and project management. Between 2011 and 2015 managed ERDF funded programmes including ‘Enterprise Ecologies’ a programme that sought to use enterprise and entrepreneurship skills to tackle low aspirations and achievements in deprived communities, and a follow on programme that involved a package of business start-up, growth and innovation support for local businesses.

Kate has contributed to national and international conference proceedings, including those organised by the British Academy of Management and the Regional Studies Association (RSA).

She is a member of the RSA’s place-based leadership network which aims to surface new leadership approaches in and for urban and regional development by bringing together academics internationally to debate leadership, place and economic development/planning discourses.

My current research considers the decentralisation of economic policy in the UK and the notion of sub-national forms of governance.

It explores the factors that underpin the effectiveness of local enterprise partnerships as the current iteration of sub-national governance for economic development in England. The research applied a Soft Systems Methodology as a learning tool to a new area of social science, successfully demonstrating the usefulness of this creative and visual methodology to the field.

Related research interests include the leadership of place-based / sub-national spaces and the concepts of human capital, power and tacit knowledge within collaborations.

Broadhurst, K. (2018) In the pursuit of economic growth: Drivers and inhibitors of place-based partnerships, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 5:1, 332-338, DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2018.1530134

Ferreira, C., MacNeill, S., Broughton, K., Ferreira, J., Broadhurst, K., and Berkeley, N.  (2018) ReSSI Regional strategies for sustainable and inclusive territorial development – Regional interplay and EU dialogue - Targeted Analysis, Final Report, ESPON: Luxembourg