Mr Timothy Sydenham
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Tim is currently writing up his PhD thesis.
His research synthesises the evolutionary economic geography and state rescaling literatures to explore why some subnational economies adapt to change better than others, leading to uneven development, and the role of governance leaders and networks in this differential performance. His thesis characterises state rescaling as an evolutionary process to analyse how governance actors exercise agency in order to adapt to change and contribute to the evolvability of the local/regional economy.
Tim studied part-time on his PhD research whilst working in a variety of full-time roles at the University from 2013-2020, most recently leading the institutional Planning & Analytics Office. His remit covered: strategic planning; institutional research; data analytics and business intelligence; market, competitor and applicant/student insight; student number planning; statutory returns; league tables, rankings and performance against institutional KPIs; corporate risk management; sector policy and the external environment; governance; transformation and strategic projects. His earlier roles at the University were in strategy implementation, research and innovation.
Tim has over 20 years experience in higher education, government and the private sector in a variety of leadership, strategy, planning, data and research roles:
- helping universities and other (quasi-)public sector organisations adapt to increasingly marketised environments
- guiding cities, regions and organisations through strategy development exercises
- setting up major public-private energy and sustainability investment programmes
- co-designing the economic development programmes for the London 2012 Olympic Games
- leading the Strategy & Research consulting arm of a FTSE100 company
- and most recently setting up and leading the Planning & Analytics Office at the University of Plymouth.
University of Plymouth
PhD in Human Geography, ongoing
University of Sussex
BA (First Class Honours) in English, 1999
MSP - programme management, 2014
5 CASE MODEL - business case development, 2009
PRINCE2 - project management, 2003
Tim is currently writing up his PhD thesis in Human Geography. His research is supervised by Professor Ian Bailey.