Gary Bosworth


Research interests

My research focuses on rural and regional entrepreneurship and innovation.  I strive to understand how processes and patterns of entrepreneurship are shaped by social, cultural and environmental characteristics in more rural and peripheral regions. I firmly believe that the functions of rural businesses extend beyond the purely economic and that we must recognise their key roles as actors of both change and continuity across rural communities.  

I am currently a member of DEFRA's rural academic panel and co-chair of the ISBE Rural Entrepreneurship Network as well as a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association. I am also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies and an Associate Fellow of the HEA. 



Research Student Supervision Interests

I am always interested to hear from prospective students with interests in rural businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Centre for Rural Economy

    Entrepreneurial in-migrants and economic development in rural England

    Sep 2005 - Jan 2009
  • MRes, Newcastle University

    Rural Social Sciences

    Sep 2004 - Sep 2005
  • MA (Hons), University of Cambridge

    Land Economy

    1998 - 2001