Portrait of Dr Jessica Sellick Dr Jessica Sellick

j.sellick@hud.ac.uk | 01484 47


Position: Visiting Fellow

Jessica is a researcher/project manager with 10+ years experience across a wide range of local economic development and enterprise issues. She undertakes policy orientated research in rural and coastal places on behalf of Government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities, businesses, charities and community groups.

Jessica works for Rose Regeneration (an economic development business based in Lincoln) and for the Rural Services Network. She previously worked in central Government (at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs), and for the New Economics Foundation. 

Jessica has a first degree, master’s degree and doctorate in geography.

She is a Chartered Geographer (CGeog) accredited by the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development.


Research and Scholarship

Jessica’s general research interests are in rural entrepreneurship, performance measurement and impact, workforce innovation (in health, social care, digital and agricultural sectors) and public services.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Bosworth, G., Annibal, I., Carroll, T., Price, L., Sellick, J. and Shepherd, J. (2016) ‘Empowering Local Action through Neo-Endogenous Development; The Case of LEADER in EnglandSociologia Ruralis , 56 (3), pp. 427-449. ISSN 0038-0199


Sellick, J (2014) ‘The rural Big Society and (changing) public service delivery: A case study of Jubilee ParkLocal Economy , 29 (1-2), pp. 163-169. ISSN 0269-0942


Sellick, J. and Yarwood, R. (2013) ‘Placing Livestock in Landscape Studies: Pastures New or Out to Graze?Landscape Research , 38 (4), pp. 404-420. ISSN 0142-6397


Ward, N., Keech, D. and Sellick, J. (2007) ‘The reform agenda: for rural communitiesFood Ethics , 2 (3), p. 15. ISSN 1753-9056


Sellick, J (2004) ‘Book review: Slaughterhouse blues: the meat and poultry industry in North AmericaJournal of Rural Studies , 20 (3), p. 382. ISSN 0743-0167


Professional and academic body fellowship/membership:

  • Fellow, Institute of Economic Development (IED), January 2010 – current
  • Chartered Geographer & Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (RGS), February 2008 – current


Conference organisation:

  • Jessica co-organises the Rural Services Network annual seminar programme, September 2008 – current  

Enterprise Activities

Jessica is working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and other public bodies to measure social value (http://socialvalueengine.com/#about).

Jessica has been supporting United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and other health organisations to establish a National Centre for Rural Health and Care. 

Teaching and Professional Activities

Professional Activities:

Jessica is a board member of Lace Housing, a non-profit making organisation with charitable status specialising in providing housing and support services to older and vulnerable people. She is also a member of the audit and compliance sub-committee.