Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Geographies of Economic Evolution

Geographies of Economic Evolution


Research in this theme is concerned with the evolution and restructuring of urban and regional economies, with a particular focus on processes of post-industrial transition. It incorporates long-standing CURDS research on innovation, foreign direct investment and labour markets, alongside engagement with contemporary debates on evolutionary economic geography, global production networks and livelihoods. Informed by a range of theoretical frameworks and employing multiple methodologies, this research is concerned with the linkages and connections between cities and regions and broader processes of economic restructuring such as globalisation and de-globalisation, technological change, knowledge-based development, climate change and new forms of employment.   

  • Urban and regional adaptation and resilience
  • Energy transition and path creation 
  • Innovation, knowledge and technology 
  • Global production networks and foreign direct investment 
  • Labour markets and livelihoods


Geographies of Economic Evolution

Professor Stuart Dawley
Chair in Economic Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7735

Emeritus Professor John Goddard OBE
Professor of Regional Development Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7732

Professor Louise Kempton
Professor of Urban and Regional Policy

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7577

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


  • Martin RL and Pollard JS (2017) Handbook on Geographies of Money and Finance, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar

  • Poon, J, Pollard JS, Chow J and Ewers M, (2016) The rise of Kuala Lumpur as an Islamic financial frontier, Regional Studies, 10.1080/00343404.2016.1214254

  • Pollard JS, Datta K and James A (2015) Islamic charitable infrastructure and giving in East London: everyday economic-development geographies, Journal of Economic Geography, 1-26.

  • Dawley SJ, Marshall JN, Pike A, Pollard JS and Tomaney J, (2014) The Labour Market Impact of the Run on Northern Rock: Continuity and Evolution in an old Industrial Region, Regional Studies, 14, 1, 154-172

  • Christopherson S, Martin R and Pollard JS (2013) Financialisation:  Roots and Repercussions, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6, 3, 351-357

  • Pollard JS (2013) Gendering capital: financial crises, financialization and (an agenda for) economic geography, Progress in Human Geography, 37, 3, 403 - 423

  • Pollard JS and Samers M (2013) Governing Islamic finance: territory, agency and the making of cosmopolitan financial geographies, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103,3, 710-726

  • Marshall JN, A Pike, JS Pollard, J Tomaney, S Dawley  (2012) Placing the run on the Rock, Journal of Economic Geography, 12, 1, 157-181

Projects & Reports

Henry, N., Sissons, P., Coombes, M., Ferreira, J. and Pollard, J. (2014) Building the Financial Exclusion Jigsaw Puzzle: An Analysis of Disclosed Bank Lending Data, Draft Final Report, October 2014