Stephen is Professor of Local Economic Development and Director of the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR). He specialises in issues of local and regional economic development, small business development and governance and policy, and small business research with particular reference to ethnic business, home-based business, social enterprise and the role of enterprise in regenerating deprived areas. He has published widely on these topics including a number of books and many journal articles and reports. He has worked extensively with a wide range of national, regional and local government bodies in the UK and Europe, including BIS, DCLG, DWP and the European Commission, as well as with a wide range of voluntary and community sector and private sector organisations. Stephen was a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government Neighbourhoods, Cities and Regions Analysis Expert Panel and is currently a member of the leadership team for the Microbusiness Research Portal (http://microbusiness.ac.uk) and the Editorial Board of the journal Local Economy.
English and Portuguese
Stephen has supervised numerous students to successful PhD completion and is interested in supervising research students in these areas.
Mason, C,, Reuschke, D,, Syrett, S. and van Ham, M. (eds) (2015) Entrepreneurship in Cities: Neighbourhoods, Households and Homes, Edward Elgar. ISBN:9781784711993;eISBN: 9781784712006 http://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781784711993.xml
Syrett, S. and North D. (2008) Renewing Neighbourhoods: Work, Enterprise and Governance, The Policy Press: Bristol.
North, D., Syrett, S. and Etherington, D. (2007) Devolution and Regional Governance: Tackling the Economic Needs of Deprived Areas, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York. ISBN-13: 978 1 85935 614 2.
Syrett, S. (ed) (2002) Contemporary Portugal: Dimensions of Economic and Political Change, Ashgate, Aldershot.
Syrett, S. and Baldock, R. (eds) (2001) Governing London: Competitiveness and Regeneration in a Global City, Middlesex University Press, London.
Syrett, S. (1995) Local Development: Restructuring, Locality and Economic Initiative in Portugal, Avebury, Aldershot.
Sepulveda, L., Syrett, S. and Calvo, S. (2013) 'Social enterprise and ethnic minorities: exploring the consequences of the evolving British policy agenda' Environment and Planning C. 31:633-648.
Syrett, S and Bertotti, M. (2012) 'Reconsidering private sector engagement in sub-national economic governance', Environment and Planning A, 44 (10); 2310-2326.
Syrett, S. and Sepulveda, L. (2012) 'Urban governance and economic development in the diverse city', European Urban and Regional Studies, 19 (3): 238 - 253.
Syrett, S. and Sepulveda, L. (2011) 'Realising the diversity dividend: population diversity and urban economic development', Environment and Planning A, 43 (2): 487-504.
Sepulveda L, Syrett S, and Lyon F (2011) 'Population superdiversity and new migrant enterprise: the case of London'. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 23 (7-8): 469-497.
Syrett, S. and North, D. (2010) 'Between economic competitiveness and social inclusion: New Labour and the economic revitalisation of deprived neighbourhoods' Local Economy, 25 (5/6): 476-493.
North, D., Syrett, S. and Etherington, D. (2009) 'Tackling concentrated worklessness: integrating governance and policy across and within spatial scales' Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy, 27 (6): 1022-1039.
North, D. and Syrett, S. (2008) 'Making the links: economic deprivation, neighbourhood renewal and scales of governance', Regional Studies, 42 (1):133-148.
Syrett S. and Lyons, M (2007) 'Migration, new arrivals and local economies', Local Economy, 22(4):.325-334.
Lyon, F., Sepulveda, L. and Syrett S. (2007) 'Enterprising refugees: contributions and challenges in deprived areas', Local Economy, 22(4):.363-376.
Sepulveda, L. and Syrett, S. (2007) 'Out of the shadows? Formalisation approaches to informal economic activity', Policy and Politics, 35 (1):.87-104.
Evans, M. and Syrett, S. (2007) 'Generating social capital? The social economy and local economic development', European Urban and Regional Studies, 14 (1):.53-72.
Syrett, S. (2006) 'Governing the global city: Economic challenges and London's new institutional arrangements', Local Government Studies, 32 (3): 293-309.
Silva, C.N. and Syrett, S. (2006) ' Governing Lisbon: evolving forms of city governance', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 30 (1):.98-119
Syrett, S. and Baldock, R. (2003) 'Reshaping London's economic governance: the role of the London Development Agency', European Urban and Regional Studies, 10 (1): 69-86.
Chapters in Edited Books
Reuschke, D., Mason, C., Syrett, S. and van Ham, M. (2015) 'Connecting entrepreneurship with neighbourhoods and homes'. In, C, Mason, D. Reuschke, S. Syrett and M. van Ham (eds) Entrepreneurship in Cities: Neighbourhoods, Households and Homes, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp.1-16. http://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781784711993.xml
Reuschke, D., Mason, C., Syrett, S. and van Ham, M (2015) 'Integrating entrepreneurship with urban and neighbourhood studies: lessons for future research'.In, C, Mason, D. Reuschke, S. Syrett and M. van Ham (eds) Entrepreneurship in Cities: Neighbourhoods, Households and Homes, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp.273-286.
Syrett, S. (2015) 'Portugal: the economy' in Western Europe 2015, Europa Regional Surveys of the World, 17th Edition, Europa Publications, London.
Syrett, S. and North, D. (2013) 'Spatially concentrated worklessness and neighbourhood policies: experiences from New Labour in the UK' in D. Manley, M. van Ham, N. Bailey, L. Simpson & D. Maclennan (eds) Neighbourhood Effects or Neighbourhood Based Problems? A Policy Context. Springer Publishers, Dordrecht, pp.43-66.
Syrett, S. (2012) 'Theorising marginalisation in cities and regions', in M. Danson and P. de Souza (eds) Peripherality, Marginality and Border Issues in Northern Europe, Routledge, pp.65-77.
Syrett, S. and Silva, C.N. (2005) 'Metropolitan governance and regionalism: the case of Lisbon' in I. Sagan and H. Halkier (eds) Regionalism Contested: Institutions, Society and Territorial Governance, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp.247-264.
Syrett,.S, Baldock, R., Granger, R., Etherington, D., Chari, L.N. and Macaulay, P. (2014) Developing Barnet's Economic Strategy Report produced for Re for LB of Barnet
Syrett, S., Etherington, D., Ekanem, I. and Macaulay, P. (2011) Understanding the experiences of PDCS customers engaged with the formal complaints process, Research Report 770, DWP.
Syrett, S. (2011) How should the regeneration problem be addressed? Discussion paper commissioned for the Regeneration Futures Roundtable, Department for Communities and Local Government Regeneration, London.http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120919132719/http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/corporate/pdf/1854894.pdf
Sepulveda, L. Syrett, S. and Calvo, S. (2010) 'Social enterprise and ethnic minorities', Third Sector Research Centre Working Paper 48, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham.
Syrett, S., Baldock, R., Bertotti, M., Lyon, F., Vickers, I., Etherington, D., and Engelbert, S. (2009) Local Area Agreements and Local Economic Development, Communities and Local Government, London. (pp.1-69).
Syrett, S., North, D., Baldock, R., Etherington, D., and Engelbert, S. (2008) Review of Economic Assessment and Strategy Activity at the Local and Sub-Regional Level. London: DCLG. (pp1-23).
North, D., Syrett, S. and Etherington, D. (2007) Devolution and Regional Governance: Tackling the Economic Needs of Deprived Areas, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York. ISBN-13: 978 1 85935 614 2. pp1-119.
North, D., Syrett, S. and Etherington, D. (2007) Devolved Governance and the Economic Problems of Deprived Areas: The Cases of Scotland, Wales and four English Regions, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.
North, D., Syrett, S. and Etherington, D. (2007) Interventions to Tackle the Economic Needs of Deprived Areas: Analysis of Six Policy Case Studies, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.
Sepulveda, L., Syrett, S., and Lyon, F. (2007) Formalisation of New Arrival Enterprises: Challenges of New Ethnic Entrepreneurship for Business Support Policy, Report prepared for Minority Diaspora Interchange, Equal II Development Partnership, London.
Syrett, S. (2007) The effectiveness and potential of existing governance and delivery arrangements within regions to tackle worklessness in deprived places. Thinkpiece produced for Department of Work and Pensions/Department of Communities and Local Government, London.
Sepulveda, L., Lyon, F. Botero, A. and Syrett, S. (2006) Refugees, New Arrivals and Enterprise: Their Contribution and Constraints, Report prepared for Minority Diaspora Interchange, Equal II Development Partnership and Department of Trade and Industry, London.
North, D and Syrett, S. (2006) The Dynamics of Local Economies and Deprived Neighbourhoods, Department of Communities and Local Government, London, (06NRU03866) (272 pages)
Evans, M., Syrett, S, and Williams, C. (2006) Informal Economic Activities and Deprived Neighbourhoods, Department of Communities and Local Government, London (06NRU03864) (114 pages).
North, D, Syrett, S., Evans, M, Sanderson, I. & Williams, C. (2006) Economies of Deprived Neighbourhoods – Summary of Research, Department of Communities and Local Government, London, (06NRU03863) (101 pages)
Reuschke, Darja and Mason, Colin and Syrett, Stephen (2021) Digital futures of small businesses and entrepreneurial opportunity. Futures , 128 . pp. 1-6. ISSN 0016-3287
Calvo, Sara and Syrett, Stephen and Morales, Andres (2020) The political institutionalization of the social economy in Ecuador: indigeneity and institutional logics. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space , 38 (2). pp. 269-289. ISSN 2399-6544
Morretta, Valentina and Syrett, Stephen and Sepulveda, Leandro (2020) Territorial capital as a source of firm competitive advantage: evidence from the North and South of Italy. European Planning Studies . ISSN 0965-4313 (Published online first)
Syrett, Stephen (2019) Portugal Economy. In: Western Europe 2020. Europa, Publications , ed. Western Europe . Routledge. ISBN 9780367175344
Syrett, Stephen and Keles, Janroj Yilmaz (2019) Diasporas, agency and enterprise in settlement and homeland contexts: politicised entrepreneurship in the Kurdish diaspora. Political Geography , 73 . pp. 60-69. ISSN 0962-6298
Stephen has experience of leading on numerous funded research projects including co-ordinating a number of large, transnational projects
INCASI – International Network for Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities, European Commission funded project Horizon 2020, Marie Curie-RISE (2016-2020)
Exploring the Impact of Volunteer Business Mentoring on Young Entrepreneurs commissioned by Youth Business International (2016-2018)
Entrepreneurship in Homes and Neighbourhoods, ESRC funded project in partnership with the Universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Delft (2013-2016)
Business and Economic Intelligence for London, monthly reports commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) (2012-2014)
Developing an Economic Strategy for Barnet: Enterprise Dynamics in the Barnet Economy commissioned by Re for London Borough of Barnet (2012-2014)
Social Enterprise Research Capacity Building Cluster funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Office for Civil Society and the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Led by CEEDR, MU with University of Durham, London South Bank University (2008-2013)
Regeneration: How Should the Problem be Addressed? Report commissioned by Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) for Regeneration Futures Roundtable (2010)
Refugees, New Arrivals and Enterprise: Their Contribution and Constraints, for the by Small Business Service/EQUAL II Development Partnership (2007-2009)
Local Area Agreements and Local Economic Development, for the Department of Communities and Local Government (2009)
Mapping Economic Assessments and Strategy Activity at the Local and Sub-regional Level for Department of Communities and Local Government (2008)
Regional Governance and the Economic Needs of Deprived Localities. Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2005-2007)
Systematic Reviews for Policy Development: Local Economic Development for the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2003-2006)
The Contribution of Social Capital in the Social Economy to Local Economic Development in Western Europe' (CONSCISE), funded by the European Commission under EU Framework V (2000-2003)
Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FeRSA)
Member of leadership team for Microbusiness Research Portal (http://microbusiness.ac.uk) in collaboration with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and University of St Andrews
Member of Editorial Board of Local Economy, March 2006 to present
Member of the ESRC/Office for Civil Society Social Enterprise Research Advisory and Reference Group, 2008-2013
Member of Joseph Rowntree Foundation Community Assets Programme Advisory Network, 2009-2011
Invited contributor to Lord Heseltine Review on UK Competitiveness, 2012
Member of Expert Panel Neighbourhoods, Cities and Regions Analysis, Department of Communities and Local Government, 2007-10
Advisor to Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2002-10
External examiner MSc Local Economic Development, University of Glasgow, 2008-2013