Paul Cowie

Paul Cowie

Principal Consultant

Paul joined Urban Foresight in September 2021, having previously been a Research Fellow at the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise, and before that a Research Fellow with Future Cities Catapult.

During his time at Newcastle University, Paul worked on both individual innovation projects in a range of domains, as well as more strategic innovation policy and planning. In particular, Paul brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the planning and governance of smart city and smart rural initiatives.  Paul has acted as advisor to both regional and national government on various rural and innovation policy issues, and is currently a director of a local Community Interest Company supporting rural development.

Paul also has a keen interest in the nature of public engagement and the co-creation of innovation programmes.  Paul’s work on the use of theatre as an engagement method won the RTPI award for Public Engagement in Planning.