Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Evolution and Transition

Evolution and Transition


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 & energy transition. It incorporates long-standing CURDS research on innovation, finance and labour markets, alongside engagement with contemporary debates on evolutionary economic geography, global production networks and ‘just transition’. 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, financialisation, energy transition and state capitalism.

  • City and regional evolution, adaptation and resilience
  • Energy transition and path creation
  • Regional innovation systems and knowledge economies
  • Global production networks and foreign direct investment
  • Labour market restructuring


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

Dr Sanne Velthuis
Research Associate