Professor Danny MacKinnon
Professor of Regional Development and Governance
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- Address: Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Roles and Responsibilities
Editor, Urban Studies
Degree Programme Co-Director, MA Regional Development (Research) and MA Regional Development and Spatial Planning
Convener, New Economic Geographies Research Cluster
Ma (Hons) Geography, University of Dundee, 1995
PhD Geography, University of Edinburgh, 1998
2009-2013: Senior Research Fellow, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.
2001-2009: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Aberdeen.
2000-2001: Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen.
1999-2000: Research Associate, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University.
Royal Geographical Society/ Institute of British Geographers (RGS / IBG)
I am an economic and political geographer whose research is centrally concerned with the institutions and politics of local and regional development. Recent work has contributed to debates in Evolutionary Economic Geography and to questions of urban and regional adaptation and change in particular. In theoretical terms, I am interested with the development of ‘new’ political economy approaches that combine a continuing emphasis on the spatially uneven development of capitalist social relations with more agency-oriented accounts. My future research agenda involves linking urban and regional development to issues of social and spatial justice in an increasingly unequal world.
Recent work has focused on the economic adaptation of old industrial regions in the UK and Europe, and I have also been involved in an ESRC/DfID-funded project on mining and urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa. This work is providing a new international focus for my concern with regional adaptation to economic change, informed also by an engagement with resource-based development in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Current and developing research has four main strands.
First, work on regional adaptation and evolution, which is being undertaken collaboratively with colleagues in CURDS and elsewhere. The main focus for this research is the issue of new path creation in post-industrial regions, focusing on renewable energy and the offshore wind sector in particular. We are developing a conceptual framework that stresses the interactions between: regional assets; key agents; mechanisms of path creation such as indigenous innovation and entrepreneurship, 'branching' or diversification from existing sectors, and transplantation from outside; and institutional environments. The research aims to understand how economic novelty emerges, given the pre-occupation of much evolutionary research with the reproduction of existing forms, often understood in terms of path dependence or 'lock-in'. Other work in this area is developing the idea of adaptive capacity and applying it to the evolution of post-industrial regions such as North East England and West-Central Scotland.
Second, I’m developing research on regional couplings, institutional advantage and FDI in conjunction with colleagues in CURDS, particularly Stuart Dawley. This builds upon my recent paper in the Journal of Economic Geography (MacKinnon 2012) and brings together insights from the global production networks (GPN) approach and the more empirically-grounded tradition of work on FDI and regional development. It aims to assess the role of regional institutions in fostering particular forms of coupling between regional assets and FDI projects in the context of an asymmetrically devolved UK, assessing the extent to which devolved regions such as Scotland and Wales enjoy an institutional advantage over the English regions following the abolition of the RDAs.
A third strand of research is concerned with developing progressive approaches to local and regional development, building on research undertaken with colleagues at the University of Glasgow. This aims to develop the outlines of an alternative progressive approach to regional development informed by wider theories of spatial justice; inspired, in part, by development in the urban sphere around just cities and the right to the city.
Finally, I’m also working on developing the concept of resourcefulness, with Kate Derickson (University of Minnesota), Andy Cumbers (University of Glasgow) and Paul Routledge (University of Leeds) as set out in our recent paper in Progress in Human Geography (MacKinnon and Derickson 2013). This aims to develop a new understanding of how processes of community action and resourcefulness actually operate in the context of relatively marginalised communities in the Global North, transcending the limitations of existing concepts such as capacity-building, social capital and participation.
Editor, Urban Studies
Convener, New Economic Geographies Research Cluster
Flavia Velasquez-Forte (2008-) Decentralisation in developing countries: the case of Chile. (University of Glasgow).
Athina Arampatzi (2011-) The national and the grassroots: tracking anti-neoliberal struggles to their urban roots in Athens, Greece. (joint with Paul Routledge) (University of Leeds)
Tom Hastings (main supervisor) ‘A job worth doing? Labour agency, control and resistance in Glasgow call centres’. Completed 2010. ESRC funded. University of Aberdeen / Glasgow.
Kate Pangbourne (joint supervisor with J. Shaw and I. Docherty), ‘Regional transport partnerships in Scotland’. Completed 2010. Scottish Government funded. University of Aberdeen.
Helen Edmond (joint supervisor with K.Chapman), ‘Tourist networks in rural Scotland’. Completed 2009. University of Aberdeen.
GEO2099 Economic Geography
GEO3114 Local and Regional Development
GEO8002 Local and Regional Development Theory and Practice
GEO8009 Developing Local and Regional Strategies
GEO8018 Local and Regional Development and Governance
- Mackinnon D. Labour branching, redundancy and livelihoods: Towards a more socialised conception of adaptation in evolutionary economic geography. Geoforum 2017, 79, 70-80.
- Hastings T, MacKinnon D. Re-embedding agency at the workplace scale: Workers and labour control in Glasgow call centres. Environment and Planning A 2017, 49(1), 104-120.
- Pike A, MacKinnon D, Cumbers A, Dawley S, McMaster R. Doing evolution in economic geography. Economic Geography 2016, 92(2), 123-144.
- Cumbers A, Featherstone D, MacKinnon D, Ince A, Strauss K. Intervening in globalisation: the spatial possibilities and institutional barriers to labour's collective agency. Journal of Economic Geography 2016, 16(1), 93-108.
- Ince A, Featherstone D, Cumbers A, MacKinnon D, Strauss K. British Jobs for British Workers? Negotiating Work, Nation, and Globalisation through the Lindsey Oil Refinery Disputes. Antipode 2015, 47(1), 139-157.
- MacKinnon D. Devolution, state restructuring and policy divergence in the UK. Geographical Journal 2015, 181(1), 47-56.
- Featherstone D, Strauss K, MacKinnon D. In, against and beyond neo-liberalism: The “crisis” and alternative political futures. Space and Polity 2015, 19(1), 1-11.
- MacKinnon D, Cumbers A, Featherstone D. Local and Regional Economic Development in Britain. In: Green, J; Hay, C; Taylor-Gooby, P, ed. The British Growth Crisis: The Search for a New Model. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.201-220.
- Dawley S, Mackinnon D, Cumbers A, Pike A. Policy activism and regional path creation: the promotion of offshore wind in North East England and Scotland. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 2015, 8(2), 257-272.
- MacKinnon D. Splintering labour markets. In: Paddison, R and Hutton, T, ed. Cities and Economic Change. London, UK: Sage, 2015, pp.93-107.
- MacKinnon D. The resilient city. In: Wright, J.D, ed. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Elsevier, 2015.
- Derickson KD, MacKinnon D. Toward an Interim Politics of Resourcefulness for the Anthropocene. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 2015, 105(2), 304-312.
- O'Brien P, Pike A, MacKinnon D, Marlow D, Robson L. CURDS submission to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into the 'Fiscal Devolution to Cities and City Regions'. Newcastle upon Tyne: Centre for Urban and Rural Development (CURDS), Newcastle University, 2014.
- MacKinnon D, Derickson KD. From resilience to resourcefulness: A critique of resilience policy and activism. Progress in Human Geography 2013, 37(2), 253-270.
- MacKinnon D. Strategic Coupling and Regional Development in Resource Economies: the case of the Pilbara. AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHER 2013, 44(3), 305-321.
- MacKinnon D. Beyond strategic coupling: reassessing the firm-region nexus in global production networks. Journal of Economic Geography 2012, 12(1), 227-245.
- Bryceson D, MacKinnon D. Eureka and beyond: Mining's impact on African urbanisation. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 2012, 30(4), 513-537.
- Featherstone D, Ince A, MacKinnon D, Strauss K, Cumbers A. Progressive localism and the construction of political alternatives. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 2012, 37(2), 177-182.
- MacKinnon D. Reinventing the State: Neoliberalism, State Transformation, and Economic Governance. In: Barnes, T.J., Peck, J. Sheppard, E, ed. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, pp.344-357.
- MacKinnon D, Cumbers A. Introduction to Economic Geography: Globalisation, Uneven Development and Place. Harlow: Prentice Hall, 2011.
- Shaw J, MacKinnon D. Moving on with ‘filling in’? Some thoughts on state restructuring after devolution. Area 2011, 43(1), 23-30.
- Cumbers A, MacKinnon D. Putting 'the political' back into the region: power, agency and a reconstituted regional political economy. In: Pike, A; Rodriguez-Pose, A; Tomaney, J, ed. Handbook of Local and Regional Development. London: Routledge, 2011, pp.249-258.
- MacKinnon D. Reconstructing scale: Towards a new scalar politics. Progress in Human Geography 2011, 35(1), 21-36.
- MacKinnon D, Shaw J, Docherty I. Devolution as Process: Institutional Structures, State Personnel and Transport Policy in the United Kingdom. Space and Polity 2010, 14(3), 271-287.
- Cumbers A, MacKinnon D, Shaw J. Labour, organisational rescaling and the politics of production: union renewal in the privatised rail industry. Work, Employment & Society 2010, 24(1), 127-144.
- MacKinnon D, Shaw J. New state spaces, agency and scale: devolution and the regionalisation of transport governance in Scotland. Antipode 2010, 42, 1226-1252.
- Birch K, MacKinnon D, Cumbers A. Old industrial regions in Europe: a comparative assessment of economic performance. Regional Studies 2010, 44(1), 35-53.
- Pike A, Birch K, Cumbers A, MacKinnon D, McMaster R. A Geographical Political Economy of Evolution in Economic Geography. Economic Geography 2009, 85(2), 175-182.
- MacKinnon D, Teztlaff D. Conceptualising scale in catchment science and regional studies. Geography Compass 2009, 3(3), 976-996.
- Docherty I, Shaw J, Knowles R, MacKinnon D. Connecting for competitiveness: the future of transport in UK city regions. Public Policy and Management 2009, 29, 321-328.
- Shaw J, MacKinnon D, Docherty I. Divergence or convergence? Devolution and transport policy in the United Kingdom. Environment and Planning C 2009, 27, 546-567.
- MacKinnon D, Cumbers A, Pike A, Birch K, McMaster R. Evolution in Economic Geography: Institutions, Political Economy, and Adaptation. Economic Geography 2009, 85(2), 129-150.
- MacKinnon D. Regional geography II. In: Kitchin, r: Thirft, N, ed. International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. London: Elsevier, 2009, pp.228-235.
- MacKinnon D, Shaw J, Docherty I. Diverging Mobilities? Devolution, Transport and Policy Innovation. Oxford: Elsevier, 2008.
- MacKinnon D, Vigar G. Devolution and the UK's new transport policy landscape. In: Docherty I; Shaw J, ed. Traffic Jam: Ten Years of 'Sustainable' Transport in the UK. Bristol: Policy Press, 2008, pp.29-48.
- MacKinnon D. Evolution, path dependency and economic geography. Geography Compass 2008, 5, 1449-1463.
- MacKinnon D, Cumbers A, Shaw J. Re-scaling employment relations: key outcomes of change in the privatised rail industry. Environment and Planning A 2008, 40, 1347-1369.
- MacKinnon D, Pirie G, Gather M. Transport and economic development. In: Knowles, RD; Shaw, J; Docherty, I, ed. Transport Geographies: Mobilities, Flows and Spaces. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008, pp.10-28.
- Phelps NA, Mackinnon D, Stone I, Braidford P. Embedding the multinationals? Institutions and the development of overseas manufacturing affiliates in Wales and North East England. REGIONAL STUDIES 2003, 37(1), 27-40.