New Carnegie Fellow – Mark Shucksmith

March 4, 2015

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The Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE as Carnegie Fellow for 2015.

Mark has been appointed to lead our InterAction: How the third sector and academics can work together to influence policy and practice project. This work seeks to address one of the key findings from the research in the Evidence Exchange report, published by the Trust in 2013.

As part of his study, Mark will be hosting a number of roundtable events across the UK during the spring to explore the issues before reporting on his findings later in the year.

Mark is Professor of Planning at Newcastle University and Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal, where he aims to connect social renewal research with policy and practice. Social renewal concerns the capacity of people, communities and societies to thrive in the context of rapid, transformational change – a challenge we all face today.

In addition to his post at the University, Mark is a Trustee of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). Previously he was a Commissioner with the Commission for Rural Communities, Professor of Land Economy and Co-Director of the Arkleton Centre for Rural Development Research at the University of Aberdeen, Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Research on Social Justice (Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities) and an advisor to the Carnegie Commission for Rural Communities and to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Mark will provide invaluable insight and advice to the Trust as it explores ways in which to bridge the gap between academic research and the third sector in influencing policy and practice.

Updates on the project, including the spring roundtable events, will feature in upcoming newsletters and on the project page on the Carnegie UK Trust website.

Note:  Carnegie Fellows are individuals with a national and international reputation for thought leadership with a particular experience and knowledge in an aspect of policy the Trust wishes investigate.