BA, MA, PhD Land Economy
Nigel founded the Countryside and Community Research Unit (CCRU) in 1986, which evolved into the Countryside and Community Institute (CCRI) in 2008. His research interests cohere around the notion of equity. In this context he has undertaken over 30 years of research into aspects of the rural economy, the planning process and communities in rural areas. Nigel also has undertaken work on land rights and access to land. Although Nigel officially retired at the end of July 2014 he continues his association with the University of the Gloucestershire and the CCRI as Founding Professor, a life-long title which was awarded to him in 1992.
- Books and Book Chapters
- Peer Reviewed Papers
- Conferences and Workshops
- Public Service
- Professional Membership
- Other Activities
Curry, N. R. and Moseley, M.J. (2011) A quarter century of change in rural Britain and Europe:reflections to mark 25 years of the Countryside and Community Research Institute , Countryside and Community Press, Cheltenham.
Curry, N. R. (2009) National Parks. In the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Kitchen, R. and Thrift, N. (eds), Elsevier, Oxford. Curry, N.R. (2009) Leisure in the landscape: rural incomes and public benefits, in Drivers of environmental change in uplands, Bonn, Aletta; Hubacek, Klaus; Allott, Timothy E. and Stuart, Jon (eds.). Routledge, London and New York.
Ingram, J, Maye, D, Kirwan J, Curry, N, Kubinakova, K. (2015) Interactions between niche and regime: an analysis of learning and innovation networks for sustainable agriculture across Europe. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 21 (1), 55-71 (SOLINSA Special Issue)Awarded 2015 ‘best article of the year’ by the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. Free access to paper online.
Ingram , J, Maye, D, Kirwan J, Curry, N, Kubinakova, K. (2014) Learning in the Permaculture Community of Practice in England: an analysis of the relationship between core practices and boundary processes. Journal of Agricultural Extension and Education, 20 (3), 275-290. Awarded 2014 Article of the Year.
Curry, N.R. and Kirwan, J. (2013) The role of tacit knowledge in the development of sustainable agriculture, Sociologia Ruralis. 54 (3). pp. 341-361. ISSN 00380199
Curry, N., Ingram, J., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2012) Knowledge networks for sustainable agriculture in England Outlook on Agriculture, Volume 41, Number 4, December, pp. 243-248(6)
Curry, N. R. and Fisher, R. (2012) Being, belonging and bestowing: differing degrees of community involvement amongst rural elders in England and Wales, European Journal of Ageing, accepted, October 2012.
Curry, N.R. (2012) Sustainable rural development in England: policy problems and equity consequences, Local Economy, 27(2), 95 – 102, March
Curry, N.R. (2012) Community participation in spatial planning: exploring relationships between professional and lay stakeholders. Local Government Studies 38(3), 345 -366.
Curry, N.R. (2012) Transactions costs in rural decision-making: the case of funding and monitoring in rural development in England. Public Administration Vol. 90, No. 3, 2012 (622–641)
Curry, N.R. and Fisher, R. (2012) The role of trust in the development of connectivities amongst rural elders in Britain. Journal of Rural Studies
Curry N.R. (2012) Planning and policy documents as transactions costs: the case of rural decision-making in England, Land Use Policy, 30, 711– 718.
Curry N.R., Crone, D., James, D. and Gidlow, C. (2011) Factors influencing participation in rural outdoor ‘healthy exercise’ schemes: the case of South Staffordshire. Journal of Leisure Studies, DOI:10.1080/02614367.2011.600322, 31(4), 447 – 463
Curry, N. R. (2010) The incompatibility of economic development policies for rural areas in England. Local Economy, 25(2), 108 – 119, March.
Curry, N. R. and Webber, J. D. (2010) Economic Performance in Rural England. Journal of Regional Studies, 44(4), pp 537 – 549.
Curry, N. R. and Brown, K. (2010) Differentiating Outdoor Recreation: Evidence Drawn from National Surveys in Scotland, Journal of Policy Research in Leisure, Tourism and Events, (2)1, March, 29–50
Curry, N. R. (2010) Differentiating Trust in Rural Decision Making Drawing on an English Case Study. Sociologia Ruralis, 50(2), 121 - 138 April.
Curry, N. R. and Owen, S. (2009) Rural Planning In England: A Critique Of Current Policy. Town Planning Review, 80 (6), 575 – 596.
Curry, N. R. (2009) The Disempowerment of Empowerment: How Stakeholding Clogs up Rural Decision-making. Space and Polity, 13(3) 211 – 224.
Webber, D. J., Curry, N. R. and Plumridge, A. (2009) Business Productivity and Area Productivity in Rural England, Regional Studies, 43(5), 661 – 675.
Curry, N. (2006) Landscapes for Living and Leisure, The International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management, September. 2(3), 134 – 137, ISSN: 1745 –1590.
Reed, M., Curry, N., Keech, D., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2013) City-region report synthesis, Work package 2 / Deliverable 2.3 for SUPURBFOOD (Towards sustainable modes of urban and peri-urban food provisioning), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE.2012.1.4-06, Grant agreement no: 312126. October.
Curry, N. and Kirwan, J. (2013) Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (BHFP). Final LINSA case study report for SOLINSA (Agricultural Knowledge Systems in Transition: Towards a more effective and efficient support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE-2010-4, Grant agreement no: 266306. October.
Ingram, J., Curry, N., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2011) Overview of the current state and functioning of the national AKS, England. Preliminary report for SOLINSA (Agricultural Knowledge Systems in Transition: Towards a more effective and efficient support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE-2010-4, Grant agreement no: 266306. March.
Curry, N.R. and Clark, M. (2011) Mentro Allan: the quantitative report. Report to Sport Wales. June.
James,D.V.B., Crone, D., Curry, N.R. and Gidlow, C. (2010) Report on the evaluation of the South Staffordshire Physical Activity Care Pathway pilot. University of Gloucestershire. UK.
Brown, K., Clark, M., Curry, N. R., Dilley, R. and Taylor, K. (2009) Assessing future recreation demand. Final report to Scottish Natural Heritage, Battleby, March.
Clark, M., Ford, R., and Curry, N. (2006) Great Britain Day Visits Survey, Additional analysis for the Countryside Agency.
Curry, N., Short, C. and Taylor, K. (2005) An Evaluation of Local Access Forums, the Countryside Agency.
Curry N R (2011) Planning and the Rural Challenge: in the light of the Localism Bill Keynote address, RTPI North West branch, Planning and the Rural Challenge. Thursday 9th June, 2011., The Midland Hotel, Morecambe
Curry N R (2011) Keynote address: tensions in rural economic policy, IX Rural Entrepreneurship Conference. Nottingham Trent University, 23 June.
Curry, N.R. (2011) Planning and the rural challenge: in the light of the Localism Bill. Keynote address at the RTPI North West Branch, 'Planning and the rural challenge'. The Midland Hotel, Morecambe, June
Curry, N.R. (2011) Sustainable Rural Economies and Communities: the tyranny of policy rhetoric. Keynote address at the IX Rural Entrepreneurship Conference. Nottingham Trent University. June
Curry, N.R. (2010) Exploring the consequence of zero growth for the rural economy. Paper presented to the South West Chamber of rural enterprise, Bicton College. Devon.
Curry NR (2010) Exploring the consequence of zero growth for the rural economy. Paper to the South West Chamber of rural enterprise, Bicton College, Devon.
Curry, N. R. (2008) Rural decision-making and the tyranny of stakeholding. Rural Futures: Dreams, Dilemmas, Dangers. University of Plymouth, April.
Curry, N. R. (2008) W(h)ither rural: new canons for old? A lecture to mark the inauguration of the Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, April.
Curry, N. R. (2008) Rural decision-making: How empowerment clogs things up. Restructuring Governance Symposium, Sheffield Hallam University, November.
(2008) Rural land use planning: questioning some longstanding traditions, 80/20 Rural Vision Conference, York, 14 March.
(2008) W(h)ither rural: new canons for old. Lecture to mark the inauguration of the CCRI, 22 April 2008.
PhD supervisor, University of Gloucestershire and UWE
(2007) Member of Development Group reviewing Defra portfolios for the National Audit Office.
(2007) Member of Development group, Prime Minster's review of rural planning, housing and economy (the Matthew Taylor enquiry).
Board member, South West Rural Affairs Forum.
Board member , South West Rural Advisory Group
Member, Rural Economic Advisory Panel, Gloucestershire Development Agency.
Trustee to the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council.
Governor, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen.
Editorial Advisory Board, Leisure Studies
2001 - 2007 External Examiner, Masters Courses in Rural Development and Tourism, University of Plymouth.
2006 - External Assessor, RAE interim assessment, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
2006 - External Assessor, Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (UK Research Councils), confidential details.