Paul Cowie is a Research Fellow based in the Global Urban Research Unit in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. The aim of the fellowship is to strengthen the links between the Future Cities Catapult and the wider academic community.
His research interests are in the governance of smart cities and the processes involved in such governance practice. Paul has been involved in a number of UK and European research projects (ESPON TANGO & LCOATE, ARCH FP7 and SHUC) which have had as their focus the nature of territorial governance across a range of scales and geographies. The research has investigated the changing nature of governance as city and regional institutions seek to tackle the societal challenges manifest in the world today. He is also interested in the nature of pubic innovation in the context of spatial planning and it relation to the creation of public value. This is a developing area of research with few fixed points of reference and little agreement of definitions and language.
In addition to the fellowship he is the principle investigator on an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project working with a local theatre company to investigate community engagement in planning. The project has developed a novel research method involving the production of a theatrical play which asks the audience to collaborate in the research project.
Paul is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters on these subjects including chapters in: Territorial Governance across Europe – Pathways, Practices and Prospects (London: Routledge) and Reconsidering Localism (London: Routledge).