Professor Robert J Bennett MA PhD FBA
Emeritus professor of Geography and Emeritus Fellow of St. Catharine's College
Analytical economic geography, business management and public policy, with a particular focus on the agents of local economic development, business associations, and organisation.
- 1973-1978: Lecturer, University College London.
- 1978: Visiting Professor, University of California Berkeley; Guest Scholar Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. (also in 1979, 1981, 1984)
- 1978-1985: Lecturer, University of Cambridge.
- 1984: International Fellow, Macquarie University, New South Wales.
- 1985: US-UK International Fellow, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
- 1989: University Fellow, George Mason University, Virginia.
- 1985-1996: Professor of Geography London School of Economics.
- 1996-2000: Leverhulme Research Professor, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
- 1996-present: Senior Associate of the Judge Business School. Works closely with the Cambridge ESRC Centre of Business Research.
- 1996-2010: Professor of Geography (1931), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
- 2011-: Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge; Emeritus Fellow, St. Catharine's College.
Supply side provision of economic support for learning and skills, small business, inward investment, and demand side assessment by firms. Read more ...
The geography of business associations, market coverage and business services. National trade and professional associations and their interface with the EU. Read more ...
The history and current development of local Chambers of Commerce, and business services. Read more ...
The structure of SME relations to their advisors, social networks and local collaborative networks, public policy. Read more ...
The relations between national, regional and local government finance and service provision, particularly in Britain, the EU and Central Europe. Read more ...
Selected recent or major publications
- Bennett, R. J. (2012) Network interlocks: The connected emergence of chambers of commerce and provincial banks in the British Isles, 1767–1823, Business History, forthcoming. doi:10.1080/00076791.2012.725163 [Download data table]
- Bennett, R. J. (2012) Supporting trust: Credit assessment and debt recovery through Trade Protection Societies in Britain and Ireland, 1776-1992, Journal of Historical Geography, forthcoming. doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2012.01.001
- Bennett, R. J. (2011) Local Business Voice: The history of Chambers of Commerce in Britain, Ireland and Revolutionary America, 1760-2011, Oxford University Press. [Audio presentation]
- Bennett, R. J. (2011), Malachy Postlethwayt: Genealogy and influence of an early economist and spin doctor, Genealogists' Magazine, 31 (June) 1-7.
- Bennett, R. J. (2010) The Voice of Liverpool Business: The first chamber of commerce and the Atlantic economy, 1774-c.1796, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce; 172pp.
- Robson, P. and Bennett, R. J. (2010) Paying fees for government business advice: an assessment of the Business Link experience, Applied Economics, 42 (1) 37-48. doi:10.1080/00036840701579184
- Bennett, R. J. (2008) Government SME policy since the 1990s: what have we learnt? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26, 375-397.
- Bennett, R. J. (2007) SME expectations from Business Link Services: How are they met? Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 14 (3) 435-457.
- Bennett, R.J. and M. Ramsden, (2007) The contribution of business associations to SMEs: Strategy, bundling or reassurance? International Small Business Journal, 25 (1) 49-76.
- Bennett, R.J. (2006) Government and Small Business, Chapter 4, pp. 49-75, in S. Carter and D. Jones-Evans (eds.) Enterprise and Small Business, Financial Times/Pearson Education, Harlow.
- Bennett, R.J., Fuller, C. and Ramsden, M. (2005) Local government and local economic development in Britain: an evaluation of developments under Labour, Progress in Planning, 62, 205-274.
- Bennett, R.J. and Smith, C. (2004) The selection and control of management consultants by small business clients, International Small Business Journal, 22 (5) 435-462.
- Bennett, R.J. and Robson P. (2003) Business Link: Use, satisfaction and the influence of local governance regime, Policy Studies, 24, 163-186.
- Bennett, R.J. and Robson, P.J.A. (2003) The role of trust and contract in the supply of business advice: a comparison of private, public, business association and social network suppliers, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 28, 471-488.
- Bennett, R.J. and Smith, C. (2002) Competitive conditions, competitive advantage and the location of SMEs, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development,9, 73-86.
- Bennett, R.J., Robson, P.J.A. and Bratton, W. (2001) The influence of location on the use by SMEs of external advice and collaboration, Urban Studies, 38, 1531-1557.
- Bennett, R.J. and Payne, D.A. (2000) Local and Regional Development: Renegotiating power under Labour, Ashgate, Aldershot.
- Bennett, R.J., Graham, D.J. and Bratton, W.J.A. (1999) 'The location and concentration of businesses in Britain: business clusters, business services, market coverage and local economic development.' Transactions Institute of British Geographers: 24: 393-420.
- Bennett, R.J. and Robson, P.J.A. (1999) 'The use of external advice by SMEs in Britain.' Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 11: 155-180.
- Bennett, R.J. (1999) 'Explaining the membership of sectoral business associations.' Environment and Planning A 31: 877-898.
- Bennett, R.J. and Robson, P.J.A. (1999) 'Intensity of interaction in supply of business advice and client impact: a comparison of consultancy, business associations and government support initiatives for SMEs.' British Journal of Management: 10: 351-369 [also working paper 142 Cambridge: ESRC Centre for Business Research, 47pp]
- Bennett, R.J. and Robson, P.J.A. (1999) 'Business link: use, satisfaction and comparison with business shop and business connect.' Policy Studies 20(2): 107-132.
- Bennett, R.J. (ed.) (1997) Trade Associations in Britain and Germany: responding to internationalisation and the EU. London and Bonn: Anglo-German Foundation. 118pp.
- Bennett, R.J. (1997) 'The relations between government and business associations in Britain: an evaluation of recent developments. Policy Studies 18: 5-33
- Bennett, R.J. (1997) 'The impact of European economic integration on business associations: the UK case.' West European Politics 20(3): 61-90
- Bennett, R.J. (ed.) (1994) Local Government and Market decentralisation: experiences in industrialised, developing and former eastern bloc countries, United Nations University Press, Tokyo. 506pp.
- Bennett, R.J. and McCoshan, A. (1993) Enterprise and Human resource Development: Local Capacity Building, Paul Chapman, London, 336pp.
- Bennett, R. J., Krebs, G. and Zimmermann, H. (eds.) (1993) Chambers of Commerce in Britain and Germany and the Single European Market, Anglo-German Foundation, London and Bonn.
- Bennett, R.J. (ed.) (1993) Local Government in the New Europe, Belhaven, London. 309pp.
- Bennett, R.J. and Krebs, G. (1991) Local Economic Development: Public-private partnerships in Britain and Germany, Belhaven Press, London. 200pp.
- Bennett, R.J. (ed.) (1989) Territory and administration in Europe, Francis Pinter, London. 316pp.
- Bennett, R.J. (1980) The Geography of Public Finance: welfare under fiscal federalism and local government finance, Methuen, London. 498pp.
- A database of chamber of commerce financial and other benchmarking information 1790-2005
- A database of urban population C17th and 1801-1911 (Law-Robson-Langton database)
- Advisor and consultant to organisations in the private and public sectors in the UK and Europe.
- Has advised House of Commons Employment Committee and Scottish Affairs Committee, National Audit Office, Audit Commission, Local Government Association, CBI, British Chambers of Commerce, TEC National Council, and local development bodies.
- Chair of Research Committee, Council member, Vice President and officer, British Academy 2002-8.
- Board member, Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurhip 2001-8.
- Member of ACCA small firms policy panel 2009-.