CRESR
CRESR

Dr Tony Gore

Job title: 
Principal Research Fellow, BA, MSc, MA, PhD

Phone 0114 225 3561
E-mail t.gore@shu.ac.uk

Tony is a Principal Research Fellow in CRESR. He has extensive experience of research and evaluation on urban and regional issues, and is an acknowledged expert on labour market disadvantage, policy integration and the geographies of governance.

Research projects include evaluation of a range of labour market pilot programmes such as the Working Neighbourhoods, Jobseekers' Mandatory Activity and City Strategies; estimates of real unemployment in former industrial areas; assessments of area-based regeneration strategies and initiatives (e.g. South Yorkshire Objective 1, Enterprise Zones); and research on collaborative governance arrangements between policy domains and across local and regional boundaries. He also specialises in analysing regional, local and neighbourhood level statistics, including the use of GIS.

Tony is a key member of the CRESR data analysis and policy team, helping to develop its capacity in utilising a wide range of official data sources and GIS techniques. This has included assessments of the effects of welfare reform on local areas, tracking the labour market participation of various groups in different local economies, and the provision of technical assistance to European Structural Fund programmes.

He is a member of several academic and professional bodies:

  • Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers (Fellow)
  • Regional Studies Association
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies
  • Royal Town Planning Institute.

He is currently co-ordinator of the well-regarded CRESR Seminar programme, and book reviews editor for 'People, Places, Policy - Online'. He is also a member of the editorial board of 'Planning Practice and Research', and acts as referee and book reviewer for 'Urban Studies', 'European Planning Studies', 'Local Economy' and 'Evaluation'.

Research interests

Tony has wide-ranging research interests covering:

  • methods and practice of policy integration and co-ordination
  • cross-boundary and multi-level governance arrangements and practices
  • EU employment policy and the Structural Funds
  • geography of labour markets and economic development
  • coalfields regeneration. 

Current research projects

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

2011-13 Demonstrating the Quality and Impact of Groundwork Trusts: Towards a Self-Assessment Framework, Groundwork UK. Role: Project Director.

2012-13 Evidence Review on the Effects of High Value/Low Employment Manufacturing Strategies, Foresight Future of Manufacturing Project, Government Office of Science. Role: Joint reviewer.

2012 Development of a Framework of Strategic Indicators, Sheffield City Region LEP. Role: Data evaluator.

Selected research reports

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Gore, T. (2017) The Real Level of Unemployment 2017. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Crisp, R., Gore, T. and McCarthy, L. (2017) Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Eadson, W., Gore, T. and Povey, L. (2017) Evaluation of Royal College of GPs: Fuel Poverty Pilot. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Wells, P. (2017) Industrial Strategy and the Regions: The shortcomings of a narrow sectoral focus. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bamonte, J., Bashir, N., Chowbey, P., Dayson, C., Gore, T., Ismail, M. and McCarthy, L. (2016) Increasing the uptake of primary and community long-term conditions services in Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Nottingham - an exploratory research study. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Crisp, R. and Gore, T. (2016) An inclusive growth monitor for measuring the relationship between poverty and growth. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Beatty, C., Crisp, R. and Gore, T. (2016) Inclusive Growth Monitor: Technical Notes. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Beatty, C., Forthergill, S. and Gore, T. (2014) Seaside Towns in the Age of Austerity. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield HallamUniversity.

Crisp, R., Gore, T., Pearson, S. and Tyler, P. with Clapham, D., Muir, J. and Robertson, D. (2014) Regeneration and poverty: evidence and policy review. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dalgleish, K., Eadson, W., Foden, M. and Gore, T. (2014) Low Carbon Leicester and Leicestershire research study. Leicester: Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Beatty, C., Gore, T., Powell, R. and Sanderson, E. (2013) The impact of welfare reform in Hampshire. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Eadson, W., Gianferrara, E., Gore, T., Phang, Z. and Ozdemiroglu, E. (2013) Green Infrastructure’s contribution to economic growth: a review. London: DEFRA.

Fothergill, S. and Gore, T. (2013) The Implications for Employment of the Shift to High-Value Manufacturing. London: Government Office for Science.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Gore, T. (2012) The Real Level of Unemployment 2012. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D., Flint, J., Gore, T., Powell, R., Batty, E. and Crisp, R. (2012) Qualitative study of offender employment review: final report, Research Report No. 784.  London: Department of Work and Pensions.

Wells, P., Hickman, P., Dayson, C., Walshaw, A., Batty, E., Gore, T., Green, S. and Wilson, I. (2012) Village SOS Project Evaluation. London: Big Lottery Fund.

Batty, E., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2011) Participation of Women in the LabourMarket in Leicester: Qualitative Follow-up Study. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2011) The Impact of Welfare Reform and Public Sector Spending Reductions on Low Income Households in Hampshire. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2010)Tackling worklessnessin Britain's weaker local economies. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Wilson, I. (2010) The Seaside Tourist Industry in England and Wales. Employment, economic output, location and trends. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2010) Participation of Women in the Labour Market in Leicester. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Roberts, D., McNeill, T., Crisp, R., Gore, T. and Wells, P. (2010) High Level Skills in Yorkshire and Humber: Understanding the Drivers of Change. Phase 1 High Level Skills Context.Leeds,Yorkshire Futures. A Report by Ekosgen and CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Roberts, D., McNeill, T., Crisp, R., Gore, T. and Wells, P. (2010) High Level Skills in Yorkshire and Humber: Understanding the Drivers of Change. Phase 2 Realist Synthesis. Leeds,Yorkshire Futures. A Report by Ekosgen and CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Tyler, P., Warnock, C., Provins, A., Wells, P., Brennan, A. Cole, I., Gilbertson, J., Gore, T., Crisp, R., Green, A., May-Gillings, M. and Phang, Z. (2010) Valuing the Benefits of Regeneration, 2 volumes. London: Economics Paper No.7. London: Department of Communities and Local Government.

Wells, P., Gilbertson, J., Gore, T. and Crowe, M. (2010) Measuring the Big Society? Approaches, problems and suggested improvements. Final Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Wells, P., Gilbertson, J., Gore, T. and Crowe, M. (2010) A Big Society in Yorkshire and Humber? Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Crisp, R., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Platts-Fowler, D. (2009) Sheffield Worklessness Study: The characteristics, aspirations and skill needs of Incapacity Benefit claimants and Lone Parents on benefit. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Crisp, R., Gore, T. and Wells, P. (2009) The impact of the European Social Fund on those furthest from the labour market: Report for the Third Sector European Network. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D., Gore, T., Macmillan, R., Batty, E. and Pearson, S. (2009) Qualitative evaluation of the Jobseekers Mandatory Activity (JMA). Research Report No. 553. London: Department of Work and Pensions.

Gore, T. (2009) Enterprise Zones Reports. London: Communities and Local Government.

Fletcher, D., Gore, T., Reeve, K. and Robinson, D. (2008) Social housing and worklessness: Qualitative research findings, Research Report No. 521. London: Department of Work and Pensions.

Fletcher, D., Gore, T., Reeve, K. and Robinson, D. (2008) Social housing and worklessness: Key policy messages, Research Report No. 482. London: Department of Work and Pensions.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2007) The Real Level of Unemployment 2007. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dewson, S., Casebourne, J., Darlow, A., Bickerstaffe, T., Fletcher, D., Gore, T. and Krishnan, S. (2007) Evaluation of the Working Neighbourhoods Pilot: Final report, Research Report No. 411. London: Department of Work and Pensions.

Gore, T., Fothergill, S., Hollywood, E., Lindsay, C., Morgan, K., Powell, R. and Upton, S. (2007) Coalfields and Neighbouring Cities: economic regeneration, labour markets and governance. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2005) Relocating Public Sector Jobs: The case for deprived non-traditional locations. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Gore, T. (2005) The CISWO One-Stop Shop Project: External Evaluation. Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation and the Big Lottery Fund.

Yeandle, S., Buckner, L., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2004) Gender Profile of South Yorkshire’s Labour Market 2000. Wath-upon-Dearne, Yorkshire: South Yorkshire Objective 1 Programme Directorate.

Gore, T., Powell, R. and Wells, P. (2003) The Contribution of Community Businesses to the Rural Economy of Yorkshire and the Humber. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Johnson, S., Gore, T. and Atkinson, J. (2003) The Local Impact of the European Social Fund (ESF) in England. London/Sheffield: Department of Work and Pensions.

Wells, P., Hanson, S., Gore, T. et al. (2003) South Yorkshire Objective 1 Programme Mid Term Evaluation: Final Report. Yorkshire and the Humber Structural Funds Evaluation Steering Group. Leeds: Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Green, A. (2002) The Real Level of Unemployment 2002. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Fordham, G., Gore, T., Knight-Fordham, R. and Lawless, P. (2002) The Groundwork Movement: Its role in neighbourhood renewal. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Gore, T. and Smith, N. (2001) Patterns of Educational Attainment in the British Coalfields - Research Report No. 316. London: Department for Education and Skills.

Yeandle, S., Gore, T., Pickford, H. and Stiell, B. (2001) Employment, Family and Community Activities in the UK: A new balance for women and men. Report EF00114. Dublin, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.

Academic publications

Gore, T. (2011) Review - Understanding Policy Success: rethinking public policy. People Places Policy Online, 5 (1), pp. 46-49.

Gore, T. and Hollywood, E. (2009) The role of social networks and geographical location in labour market participation in the UK coalfields. Environment and Planning C, 27 (6), pp. 1008 - 1021.

Gore, T. and Wells, P. (2009) Governance and Evaluation: the case of EU regional policy horizontal priorities. Evaluation and Program Planning, 32 (2), pp.158-167.

Gore, T. (2008) Collaborative Governance and Territorial Rescaling in the UK: A Comparative Study of Two EU Structural Funds Programmes. GeoJournal, 72 (1-2), pp. 59-73.

Gore, T. and Fothergill, S. (2007) Cities and their Hinterlands: How Much Do Governance Structures Really Matter? People Places Policy Online, 1 (2), pp. 55-68.

Gore, T. (2006) Review of 'Exploring the Tomato: Transformations of Nature, Society and Economy', by Mark Harvey, Steve Quilley and Huw Beynon. Economic Issues, 11 (1), pp. 120-122.

Gore, T. and Jones, C. (2006) Yorkshire and the Humber, Chapter 9. In: Benneworth, P., Hardill, I., Baker, M. and Budd, L. (eds), The Rise of the English Regions? Routledge Regional Development and Public Policy Series, pp. 248-278.

Gore, T. and Webber, D. (2006) Dematerialising Economies and Local Growth: The Case for ad hoc Governance, Chapter 4, In: Walzenbach, G., ed.,European Governance: Policy making between Politicization and Control. Ashgate, Aldershot, Hampshire, pp. 53-67.

Gore, T., Wells, P. and Powell, R. (2006) The Contribution of Rural Community Businesses to Integrated Rural Development: 'Local Services for Local People.' Cahiers d'Économie et Sociologie Rurales, No. 80, pp. 29-52.

Gore, T. (2005) Extending Employability or Solving Employers' Recruitment Problems? Demand-led Approaches as an Instrument of Labour Market Policy. Urban Studies, 42 (2), pp. 341-353.

Gore, T. (2004) The Open Method of Co-ordination and Policy Mainstreaming: the European Employment Strategy and Regional Conversion Programmes in the UK. European Planning Studies, 12 (1), pp.123-141.

Webber, D. and Gore, T. (2002) Dematerialising Local Economies: A Case for ad hoc Governance? Local Economy, 17 (2), pp. 140-160.

Dabinett, G. and Gore, T. (2001) Institutional Influences on EU Funded Regional Technology Development in the UK: A Study of the Yorkshire and East London Regions in the 1990s. European Planning Studies, 9 (8), pp.995-1010.

PhD supervision

Tony is currently director of studies for two doctoral research students and advisor to two others. The topics are as follows:

  • Community Regeneration: The Information Society in Deprived Areas of South Yorkshire (ESRC CASE Studentship)
  • Institutions, power and scale: exploring the politics of economic development in Northern England (Hallam Studentship)
  • Spaces of Informalization: Geographies of Manners and Behaviour at Music Festivals (ESRC Quota Studentship)
  • Social, political and environmental action in an individualised 'consumer society' (ESRC Quota Studentship).

He has also been a member of the supervisory teams who have assisted the following successful PhD candidates:

  • Will Eadson: Spatial Practices of Governing Carbon: Re-imagining, re-calculating and re-connecting the English regions as carbon spaces
  • Gordon Parker: Learning to Work: The Intermediate Labour Market Approach to Social Exclusion
  • Chris Elton: Re-designing Rural Governance: New Institutions for Old?
  • Sioned Pearce: Constitutional Change and Community Development: Voluntary and community structures and relationships under Welsh devolution.

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