Professor Jeremy Phillipson

Professor of Rural Development, Director of Research in the School of Agriculture,

Jeremy Phillipson is Professor of Rural Development and Director of Research in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University. He leads on rural enterprise research within the Centre for Rural Economy, coordinating the Rural Enterprise UK initiative.

Contact Details

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Biography

Jeremy Phillipson is Professor of Rural Development and Director of Research in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University.  He leads on rural enterprise research within the Centre for Rural Economy, coordinating the Rural Enterprise UK initiative. He is a co-director of the ESRC et al Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus and leads Landbridge (a knowledge exchange network for rural professionals). Jeremy is a member of the Defra Social Science Expert Group. He was previously a member of the Defra/DECC Social Science Expert Panel, a Board member of the Scottish Government RESAS Strategic Research Board, and between 2003 and 2013 Assistant Director of the UK Research Councils’ £27 million Rural Economy and Land Use Programme.

Research Paper

Rural business aspirations, obstacles and support: an analysis of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey 2015 Research Paper No. 58

A rural-urban analysis of the UK’s Governments Longitudinal Small Business Survey (LSBS) responses for 2015 has been undertaken to understand spatial variations in performance and uptake of external support services. The analysis is based on 15,500 survey responses from across the UK and uses official rural-urban classifications. Approximately 28 per cent of survey responses to the LSBS are classified as rural. Within the rural context, conclusions relating to growth have previously been hampered by difficulties in separating out whether rural location has a distinctive effect or whether spatial variations in business performance reflects differences in size, sector and age of business. Therefore this analysis used Propensity Score Matching (PSM) to control for these and other profile variables, allowing for an assessment of rural effects on business performance.

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