Gary was awarded a grant from the Digit Innovation Fund 2020 on The Role of Co-working Spaces in Digital Rural Futures.


I am a Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Deputy Director of the iNCITE research centre at Northumbria University.  Previously, I spent 11 years at the University of Lincoln, firstly as a lecturer/reader in the Business School and then as an associate professor in the School of Geography.  My interests in the rural economy and the intersection of geography and entrepreneurship stem from my undergraduate degree in Land Economy at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and from my PhD Research at the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University.

Research interests

I am passionate about the fortunes of rural places and as such, my research interests focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and rural development – particularly the role of small businesses and migration as drivers of the rural economy. I also enjoy teaching in the fields of rural and regional development, entrepreneurship, economics and research methods.

Recent publications

Journal articles

How rural coworking hubs can facilitate well-being through the satisfaction of key psychological needs

Merrell, I., Füzi, A., Russell, E., Bosworth, G. (2022) Local Economy

Other publications

Research Articles

Bosworth, G., Price, L., Collison, M. and Fox, C. (2020) Unequal Futures of Rural Mobility. Local Economy.

Bosworth G. & Bat Finke, H. (2020) Commercial counterurbanisation and the changing roles of rural businesses. Environment and Planning A 52(3), 654-674

Bosworth, G. & Turner, R. (2018) “Interrogating the meaning of a rural business through a rural capitals framework” Journal of Rural Studies 60(1), 1-10

Bosworth, G. & Venhorst, V. (2018) “Economic linkages between urban and rural regions what’s in it for the Rural?”  Regional Studies 52(8), 1075-1085

Salemink, K., Strijker, D. & Bosworth, G. (2017) “Rural Development in the Digital Age: a systematic literature review on unequal ICT availability, adoption, and use in rural areas” J Rural Studies 54, 360-371

Bosworth, G., Price, L., Annibal, I., Sellick, J., Carroll, T. & Shepherd, J. (2016) “Empowering Local Action through neo-endogenous development: The case of LEADER in England”, Sociologia Ruralis 56(3), 427-449


Interpreting Rurality; Multi-disciplinary Perspectives (October 2013) Edited by Gary Bosworth & Peter Somerville. Routledge

Policy publications

“Releasing the potential of your rural economy” A guide for local development policy and LEPs:

Rural co-working spaces workshop

1 July 2021

A Digit-funded research project investigating the role of coworking spaces in digital rural futures has held a workshop with over 50 operators, policymakers and researchers.

5 successful awards of the Digit Innovation Fund

31 July 2020

The Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit) is pleased to announce the outcome of the 1st round of the Digit Innovation Fund.