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Dr Tony Gore

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

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

Tony is a 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.

Recent research projects include evaluation of a range of policy interventions, including the UK industrial strategy, youth support in accessing the labour market, the economic, community and social inclusion impacts of improving urban green space, and the use of procurement agreements and transport innovations to enhance access to work and training opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers. He has also undertaken evidence and scoping reviews of youth worklessness, transport barriers to employment and the potential role of urban green space in stimulating wider economic activity. In addition, he is continuing his research on collaborative governance arrangements between policy domains and across local and regional boundaries started in the 2000s.

Tony is a key member of the CRESR data analysis and policy team, helping to develop its capacity in utilising a wide range of regional, local and neighbourhood level statistics and a suite of GIS techniques. This has included quinquennial estimation of 'hidden unemployment' in local authority areas of Great Britain since 1997; tracking parallel trends in economic growth and prosperity across local economies in England; estimates of the size of the English seaside tourist economy by resort; the valuation of benefits and impacts from regeneration programmes and projects; and the evolution of intermunicipal associations in Spain.

He is a member of several academic and professional bodies:

  • Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers (Fellow)
  • Regional Studies Association
  • Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • IGU Commission Geography of Governance (corresponding member).

He is currently book reviews editor for the open access online journal People, Place and Policy (PPP). He is also a member of the editorial board of Planning Practice and Research, and acts as referee and book reviewer for the Journal of Common Market Studies, European Planning Studies, Local Economy, Regional Studies and Urban Studies.

Research interests

Tony has wide-ranging research interests covering:

  • geographies of cross-boundary and multi-level governance arrangements and practices
  • methods and practice of policy integration and co-ordination
  • industrial strategy and the revival of manufacturing
  • employment policy and its associated funding mechanisms
  • geography of labour markets and economic development
  • the future management of urban green space.

Current research projects

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

2017-2018 Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Role: Team member.

2017-2018 Industrial Strategy and the Regions: Deliverable and effective policies. The Labour Party. Role: Team member.

2016-2018 Evaluation of the Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants Scheme. Groundwork UK. Role: Team member.

2016-2018 Evaluation of the Green Leaders Programme. Groundwork UK. Role: Team member.

2013-2019 Evaluation of the Talent Match programme to tackle youth unemployment, Big Lottery Fund. Role: Team member.

Selected research reports

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

Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Wells, P. (2019) Strong Economies, Better Places. London: Labour Party.

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. (2018) Cities and their hinterlands 10 years on: Local and regional governance still under debate. People, Place and Policy, 11 (3), pp. 150-164.

Gore, T. (2016) Wacquant's take on the role of the State: Loïc Wacquant Commentaries. People, Place and Policy, 10 (2), pp. 181-182.  

Gore, T. (2015) Interpreting the contemporary world of work: two-tier polarisation or complex relational formations? Review article, People, Place and Policy, 9 (3), pp. 190-198.

Gore, T. (2015) The 2015 general election and the impending crisis in local public services: Election Commentaries. People, Place and Policy, 9 (1), pp. 82-86.

Crisp, R., Gore, T. and Pearson, S. (2015) Rethinking the impact of regeneration on poverty: a (partial) defence of a ‘failed’ policy. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 23 (3), pp. 167-187.

Gore, T. (2014) The Role of Policy Champions and Learning in Implementing Horizontal Environmental Policy Integration: Comparative Insights from European Structural Fund Programmes in the U.K. Administrative Sciences, 4, pp. 304-330.

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

Gore, T. (2011) Will Sheffield City Region Benefit from an Enterprise Zone? First for Business Magazine, April, pp. 14-15.

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 part of the supervisory teams for two doctoral research students. The students and their topics are as follows:

  • Larissa Povey: Diverting Women From Prison: The Gendered Nature of Conditionality, Punishment and Control.
  • Chris Devany: 'Hidden NEETs'; Understanding marginalisation through relational class.

Previously he has been Director of Studies or a supervisory team member for 8 successful PhD candidates.

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