Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Finance and Economy

Finance and Economy


Research in this theme explores the uneven geographies of finance, how it is organized, institutionalised and governed as well as how it creates, assembles and distributes assets, liabilities and risk. Using a range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches, work in this area examines the growing and uneven power of finance and its constitutive significance for the geographies of economic, social, political and cultural life.

  • Geographies of debt and precarity
  • Uneven geographies of financialisation 
  • Financialising the state 
  • Funding and financing of urban and regional development 
  • Evolution and change in financial systems, structures and institutions 
  • Global production networks and foreign direct investment 
  • Alternative financial institutions, sources and forms of value 


Finance and Economy

Emeritus Professor Mike Coombes
Senior Research Investigator

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 0102

Professor Stuart Dawley
Chair in Economic Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7735

Dr Kean Fan Lim
Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography

Telephone: 0191 208 8037

Professor Danny MacKinnon
Professor of Regional Development and Governance; Director of CURDS


Professor Andy Pike
Sir Henry Daysh Chair of Reg Dev Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8011

Professor Jane Pollard
Professor of Economic Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7732


  • Cornford J, Wilson R, Baines S, Richardson R (2013) Local Governance in the new information ecology: The challenge of building interpretative communities, Public Money and Management
  • Mearns GW, Richardson R, Robson, L (2015) Enacting the internet and social media on the public sector's frontline  New Technology, Work and Employment
  • Mearns G, Simmonds R, Richardson R, Turner M, Watson P, Missier P. (2014) Tweet My Street: A Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration for the Analysis of Local Twitter Data Future Internet

Projects & Reports

  • Richardson, R., Marques, P. and Morgan, K (2015) Smart Specialisation and Regional Development, Social Innovation for An Age Friendly Society, available at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cplan/research/smartspec/working-papers

  • Richardson and Robson (2014) The Internet and Safety and Young People. CURDS’ Research Report, Number, 3.  http://www.ncl.ac.uk/curds/publications/reports.htm

  • Bitton, J., Cavaco, A., Gaye, L., Jones, B. Mearns, G., Richardson, R. and A. Tanaka (nd) ‘Situating Community through Creative Technologies and Practice’. AHRC Connected Communities Programme