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Professor Dave Cooper

Professor Dave Cooper - Professor in Management and Economic Development

Dave leads the University’s employer-related research and consultancy, focusing particularly on economic development. Since he became a Reader in 2012 his research has become central to the development of the regional economy and the delivery of the University’s mission to support economic regeneration.

His paper ‘Developing Networks of Innovation’ was produced as part of a consultancy with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Coast to Capital. Its central concept of ‘smart specialisation’ was a significant contribution to the Strategic Economic Plan through which the LEP has now secured £202m of government funding for the economic development of the Coast to Capital area (which stretches from Chichester to Croydon via Brighton, the Gatwick Diamond and Epsom). His research has underpinned the University’s own bid for £8m from the Regional Growth Fund to develop an Engineering and Digital Technology Park on our Bognor Regis Campus.

Working in collaboration

Dave's work has included research contracts from Marine South East and Kent County Council to identify business supply chains for offshore wind farms. He also leads the UK side in the EU-funded project INTEREG IV. This is part of the Channel Arc Manche Integration Strategy (CAMIS), an Anglo-French collaboration focused on the promotion of offshore marine renewable developments and SME engagement in the Channel area (value £135,000).

Dave has also led the development of research in the Business School, organising a research hub and presenting papers with Business School colleagues on Enterprise Education at the International Enterprise Education Conference in Sheffield in 2013 and on supply chain sustainability at the European Operations Management Association Forum in Groningen in 2014. Under his research leadership, the Business School look to be a possible entry to the REF in 2020.

A range of consultancy work

  • Project management of the University's involvement in the Channel Arc Manche Integration Strategy programme (CAMIS), a substantial EC funded project. The University is working on characterisation and comparisons of marine innovation clusters and transport on both sides of the Channel
  • Coordination of work to identify a local business supply chain for the Rampion Wind Farm off the coast of Sussex
  • Development of a regional top-down smart specialisation strategy in support of Coast to Capital's submission to the government for their Strategy for Local Growth