Professor Frank Peck, PhD

  • Research Professor in Regional Development
  • Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership
  • Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED)
  • Business
Professor Frank Peck, PhD

Qualifications and memberships

PhD, Sheffield University

PGCE, Sheffield City College of Education

Academic and research interests

As Director of the Centre for Regional Economic Development, Frank Peck conducts research on regional economies and provides consultancy services for external agencies and organisations involved in local and regional development. 

Previous research includes publication on the regional impacts of inward investment, industrial restructuring and small business and entrepreneurship in rural areas. 

More recent work has focused on the regional effects of public procurement and the employment impacts of contact centres in peripheral regions. Current directions focus on the following themes:

  • Regional clusters, knowledge networks and regional innovation
  • Local and regional development strategies

Research interests

  • Knowledge dynamics and competitive strategies in local supply chains
  • From RDAs to LEPs: New Priorities for the English Regions?
  • Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FeRSA); RSA Board Member and RSA Editor of Regions 2008-12
  • Expert Evaluator for European Union Framework Programme 7: 'Regions of Knowledge 2' Research Potential and Transnational Cooperation between Research-Driven Clusters: Various calls for proposals, 2008-2012
  • Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) for contribution to research and public policy in regional economic development (nominated 2009). 

Research contracts

PhD Research Supervisions

Keith Jackson - Independent retailers loyalty to voluntary groups

Simon Taylor - Business Strategy of Small Scale Social Housing Providers in Rural Areas

Kingsley Adinnu - Significance of local business knowledge networks in developing economies

Charles Dobson - Benefits of project management education and training

Ana Rivas Restrepo - Leadership style and subordinate commitment in the hospitality sector


Peck F, Mulvey G and Jackson K (2017) Cross-border collaboration in economic development: institutional change on the Anglo-Scottish Border Journal of Borderland Studies

Peck F.; Parry S.; Mulvey G.; Jackson K.; Cabras I., Jackson J (2014) ‘The role and significance of rates relief for supporting businesses in Wales.’ Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 32(6) 982 – 999

Ketels C Nauwelaers C, Cassingena Harper, J, Lindqvist G, Lubicka B and Peck F (2013) The Role of Clusters in Smart Specialisation Strategies Report of the Expert Group on Clusters and Smart Specialisation, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation.

Mansfield L and Peck F (2013) Applying ‘fair trade’ to British upland agriculture, Outlook on Agriculture 42(3), 163-170

Peck F, Connolly S, Durnin J and Jackson K (2013) Prospects for “place-based” industrial policy in England: the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships Local Economy 28 (7-8), 828-841

Peck F. and Cabras I. (2010) The Impact of Local Authority Expenditure on Local Economies Public Policy and Administration Vol 26 (3); p.307-331

Peck F., Bell F. and Black L. (2010) Addressing the Skills Gap in Regeneration and Economic Development in Cumbria, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal 4(1), 76-89

Peck F. and Cabras I. (2009) “Off-shoring in the contact centre industry and employment in the North West of England”, Service Industries Journal Vol. 29, No.1-2, pp.173-184

Peck F. and Cabras I. (2009) “Impacts of Agglomeration on Call Centre Operations: Evidence from North West England”, Regional Studies Vol. 43, No. 7, pp. 923-934

Peck F. and Brooks C. (2008) “Business growth and regeneration in rural areas: the role of producers of local products inn Cumbria UK” Northern Economic Review Vol. 38, pp. 15-37

Recent external roles

Board Member and Editor of "Regons", Regional Studies Association, 2009-2017

Member of Expert Group for Mid-term Evaluation of the EU COST Programme, Jan-April 2017

Evaluation Expert for European Institute for Technology, (EIT) Knowledge Innovation Communities funded by the European Union, July-November 2016

Expert Evaluator for European Union Horizon 2020 Proposals under Work Programme 2014-15 “Science with and for Society”, Oct-Nov 2015

Expert Evaluator for European Union Horizon 2020 Proposals under Work Programme 2014-15 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation”, May-June 2015

Advisor to PhD Programmes, Waterford Institute for Technology, Waterford, EIRE, “Regional Innovation in Europe” 2013 - present

Independent Expert Group on “The Role of Clusters in the Development of Smart Specialisation Strategies. Appointed by the European Union DG Research & Innovation , December 2012-May 2013

Expert Evaluator for European Union Framework Programme 7 “Regions of Knowledge 2”, Transnational Cooperation between Research-Driven Clusters: December 2011 - March 2012