photograph Professor Andy Pike presented with Best Book Award 2012

On the 5th October Professor Andy Pike received the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Best Book Award for the ‘Handbook of Local and Regional Development’ (Routledge 2011).

The presentation was made to Andy and his co-editors Professors Andrés Rodríguez-Pose   (LSE) and John Tomaney (UCL) by Sir Peter Hall, founder member of the Regional Studies Association and first editor of its journal Regional Studies (1967-78), at the House of Commons.

The award winning book is an edited collection which draws upon over forty contributions from leading international scholars in the field, including CURDS colleagues Tony Champion, Mike Coombes, Stuart Dawley, John Goddard, Neill Marshall, Jane Pollard and Paul Vallance.

The book has been described by Fabrizio Barca, Italian Minister without portfolio for Territorial Cohesion  and author of the highly influential report on EU Cohesion policy, as “A must read for all those wanting seriously to understand spatial patterns in development and to engage in the difficult art of modern local and regional development policy. Conceptual foundation, governance and the tools of policy delivery are revealed by cleverly bringing together theoretical advances in different fields”.

Details of the book are available at:

Published: 17th October 2012