Dr Charlotte Hoole

Dr Charlotte Hoole

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Research Fellow II

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
Ash House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Charlotte Hoole is a Research Fellow II at the City Region Economic and Development Institute (City-REDI), University of Birmingham. Charlotte’s research interests lie broadly in the geography and political economy of local and regional development, governance and policy. Previously, Charlotte worked as a Post-doctoral ESRC Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. She has eight years of experience in academic and consultancy posts, during which she has carried out research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Research England, local government in England, BEIS, Innovate UK, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Bank of England, the European Union and the Swiss National Science Foundation. Charlotte completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Sheffield, focused on place leadership and governance in a city-regional context.


  • PhD, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, 2018
  • BA (Hons), Geography, University of Sheffield, 2012


Charlotte completed her degree in Human Geography from the University of Sheffield in 2012, before receiving a scholarship in 2013 to undertake a PhD in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield (awarded in 2018). Her doctoral thesis investigated sub-national leadership and governance in the context of city-regionalism, devolution and austerity in England since 2010.

Since the beginning of her academic career, Charlotte has carried out research that aims to inform and influence local, regional and national policymaking. For this she has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, local and national government in England, and a number of UK-based charities.

In 2015, Charlotte completed a 3-month internship within Sheffield First Partnership, funded by the ADH Crook Fellowship Scheme. In 2016, she then joined City-REDI in the Birmingham Business School where she worked for two years as a Policy and Data Analyst. More recently, after completing her PhD in early 2018, she won an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her research on city-regions, devolution and local governance at the University of Sheffield.

In 2019, Charlotte returned to the University of Birmingham as a Co-Investigator of LIPSIT ‘Local Institutions, Productivity, Sustainability and Inclusivity Trade-offs’, funded by the ESRC.


Research interests

  • Urban and regional policy and planning
  • Local and regional governance
  • Region-building and soft spaces of planning
  • Local and regional histories and identities


Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Tilley, H., Newman, J., Connell, A., Hoole, C., Mukherjee, A. In press. A place-based system? Regional policy levers and the UK’s productivity challenge. Regional Studies.
  • Gherhes, C., Hoole, C., & Vorley, T. 2022. The ‘imaginary’ challenge of remaking subnational governance: regional identity and contested city-region-building in the UK. Regional Studies, 1-15.
  • O’Farrell, L., Hassan, S., & Hoole, C. 2022. The university as a Just anchor: universities, anchor networks and participatory research. Studies in Higher Education, 1-12.
  • Green, A., Parke, C., Hoole, C., & Sevinc, D. 2021. Unlocking inclusive growth by linking micro assets to anchor institutions: The case of skilled overseas migrants and refugees and hospital jobs. European Urban and Regional Studies28(4), 450-465.
  • Dlabac, O., Zwicky, R., Hoole, C., Chu, E., & O’Farrell, L. 2021. The Democratic Foundations of the Just City: Key Insights from a European Comparative Study. The Planning Review57(4), 84-99.
  • Hoole, C., and Hincks, S. 2020. Performing the city-region building: Imagineering, devolution and the search for legitimacy. Environment and Planning A, 52(8).
  • Hoole, C., Hincks, S., and Rae, A. 2019. The Contours of a New Urban World: Population Growth and Density in 30 Megacities since 1975. Town Planning Review, 90(6).

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