Marketing and Sales


Professor Alan Hallsworth

  • Qualifications: BA (University College of Wales), MA Geography (Queens, Kingston, Ontario, Canada) PhD (Portsmouth), Diplomate of the ESRC Management Teaching Programme, Centre for the Study of Management Learning, Lancaster University.
  • Role Title: Visiting Fellow
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 023 92 8244060
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  • Department: Marketing and Sales
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I have a 30 year research record in retailing. My 1980s studies in the Portsmouth area helped to provide the underpinning to the “Sequential Test” in UK Planning policy guidance. I have addressed the National Planning Inspectorate, given evidence to the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group, and helped compile their 2006 study “High Street Britain 2015”.

I have been a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Communities and Local Government and have held Professorial posts at Staffordshire and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. I have also taught at Manchester Business School, University of Surrey and Southampton University.

Current: Visiting Fellow, University of Portsmouth Business School: 2010-present

Past: Reader in Retailing, University of Surrey 2004-Sep 2009 and Professor Emeritus, Staffordshire University

2002 to 2004 Professor, Dept. Retail Marketing, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and Professor Emeritus, Staffordshire University

1996 to 2001 Professor of Geography, Staffordshire University.

1992-1995 Director, Service Industries Research Centre; University of Portsmouth

and (from 1991) Visiting Fellow in Retailing, Manchester Business School,

1989-1991 Fellow in Retailing, Manchester Business School.

1975-1989 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geography, Portsmouth Polytechnic.


Major research Grants

October 2001 – 2005. Economic and Social Research Council Award of £218,000 “Consumer culture and retail change”. Awarded jointly with Professor I Clarke (Management, Lancaster) and Professor P. Jackson (Geography, Sheffield). Completed (rated good)

Research Director 2002-2004, European Social Fund – EQUAL partnership. Creating a retail enterprise network. Team leader Prof.Cathy Parker: funding £2.3million (matched)

As Director, Service Industries Research Centre, I was responsible for the final delivery of our phase of a EUROSTAT funded investigation (circa £200,000) of the service sector in the UK and Ireland.


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