The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Economic Geographies

Economic Geographies

Themes

Newcastle hosts one of the largest and most dynamic groups of economic geographers in the world.

Advancing new understandings of the geographies of economies through a diverse set of critical, plural approaches to theoretical development, methodological innovation and empirical analysis.

A thriving, vibrant and internationally recognised Economic Geography research group encompassing the world-renowned Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), we undertake and lead theoretically-driven, empirically-grounded and politically-engaged work within, between and across the global North, South, East and West.
 
Fostering a distinctive critical dialogue between diverse approaches and across disciplines, our research is concerned with social and spatial inequalities and alive to the intersections of scales, territories, flows and networks.

We actively seek progressive research engagement, co-creation and impact with diverse economic, social and political actors and institutions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Research themes

  • Envisioning economies – explores re-imagined notions and spatialities of ‘economy’ beyond capitalism as usual
  • Financing economies – examines geographies of money, finance and alternative sources of value
  • Governing economies – investigates the organisation and regulation of geographical economies by firms, governments, labour and other institutions
  • Innovating economies – studies the diverse individual, social and institutional sources of innovation and their geographies
  • Lived economies – considers the social and spatial lives of people in work, employment, consumption and social reproduction
  • Analysing economies – examines and develops the methods, techniques and data for mapping, representing and visualising the geographies of economy
  • Sustaining economies – explores the geographical dimensions of economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • Unequal and inclusive economies – investigates social and spatial inequalities and potential for more inclusive economic geographies

Staff

Our research group staff have significant experience and expertise in analysis of economic geographies.

Economic Geographies

Professor Anthony Champion
Senior Research Investigator

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6437

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8014

Dr Stuart Dawley
Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7735

Professor Andrew Gillespie
Professor in Commun.Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7731

Emeritus Professor John Goddard OBE
Professor of Regional Development Studies

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7732

Professor Alexandra Hughes
Professor of Economic Geography

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Dr Al James
Reader in Economic Geography, Director of Research Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6346

Louise Kempton
Research Associate in CURDS

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7577

Dr Robert Lawshaw
Lecturer in Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3918

Dr Kean Fan Lim
Lecturer in Economic Geography

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Telephone: 0191 208 8037

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

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8604

Dr Peter O'Brien
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 3255

Professor Andy Pike
Sir Henry Daysh Chair of Reg Dev Studies

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8011

Professor Jane Pollard
Professor of Economic Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5876

Dr Gareth Powells
Lecturer in Human Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6361

Ranald Richardson
Visiting Fellow

Professor Alison Stenning
Professor of Social & Economic Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8017

Dr Xuefeng Wang
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7728

Postgraduates' Projects

Our postgraduates are working on a wide variety of economic geography subjects. These range from the experiences of young Poles migrating to Northumberland to exploring the branding of NewcastleGateshead in an international context.

NameTopic
Arezu Bari Making Informality Work: Self-Help Housing and Right to City
Gemma Bone The Politics of Debt: the struggle for social unity
Emile Boustani Variegated Patterns of Firm Finance: a Study of Automobile Suppliers in Hungary and Eastern Germany
Lewis Evans Creating new paths: the conversion and diversification of North Sea ports.
Sean Gill Transitions to adulthood: young Poles experiences of migration and life in Northumberland
Liam Keenan Financialisation and the decline of the local pub: An Anglo-German Comparison
Anja McCarthy The changing shape of the local state and its institutional arrangements in the broadening field of economic development and regeneration
Diana Morales Arcila The Impact of cooperation within localities in Regional Development: Eje Cafetero (Colombia) and the Saxon Trianh (Germany)
Peter Morris A Tale of two City Regions: How North East England and Tees Valley managed multi-faceted economic change in the second decade of the 21st century'.
Robert Pollock Placing Regions in the Path Creation of the UK's Offshore Wind Industry?
Ruth Puttick Innovation and public entrepreneurship in English city government: what is the role of philanthropic organisations?”.
Rebecca Richardson Place Branding for Urban Development: NewcastleGateshead in Comparative International Context
Laura Sariego-Kluge Geographies of public sector innovation and local economic development
Lexy Seedhouse Be(com)ing Indigenous in the Time of Extraction: (Re)articulating Identities in the Context of Peru’s Ley de Consulta Previa.
Graham Thrower The marketisation of infrastructure: The enmeshment of the qualitative state and variegated capital

Publications

  • Coombes M. 21st Century Labour Market Areas: concept, methods, applications. In: Labour Market Areas: current development and future use. 2017, Rome: Eurostat.
  • Henry ND, Pollard JS, Sissons P, Ferreira J, Coombes M. Banking on exclusion: Data disclosure and geographies of UK personal lending markets. Environment and Planning A 2017, 49(9), 2046-2064.
  • O’Brien P, Coombes M, Dawley S, Evans L and Pike A (2017) How to Create Great Jobs: Towards a Regional Industrial Strategy for Tees Valley CURDS, Newcastle University: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Marshall JN, Dawley S, Pike A, Pollard JS. Geographies of Corporate Philanthropy: The Northern Rock Foundation. Environment and Planning A 2017. In Press.
  • James A. Work-Life Advantage: Sustaining Regional Learning and Innovation. Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.
  • Boyer K, Dermott E, James A, Macleavy J. Men at Work? Debating Shifting Gender Divisions of Care. Dialogues in Human Geography 2017, 7(1), 92-98.
  • Boyer K, Dermott E, James A, MacLeavy J. Regendering care in the aftermath of recession?. Dialogues in Human Geography 2017, 7(1), 56–73.
  • Williams P, James A, McConnell F, Vira B. Working at the margins? Muslim middle class professionals in India and the limits of 'labour agency'. Environment and Planning A 2017, 49(6), 1266-1285.
  • Mackinnon D. Labour branching, redundancy and livelihoods: Towards a more socialised conception of adaptation in evolutionary economic geography. Geoforum 2017, 79, 70-80.
  • Marshall JN, Dawley S, Pike A, Pollard JS. Geographies of Corporate Philanthropy: The Northern Rock Foundation. Environment and Planning A 2017. In Press.
  • 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.
  • O'Brien P, Pike A. Governing infrastructure funding and financing. In: Martin, R; Pollard, J, ed. Handbook of Geographies of Money and Finance. Cheltenham: Elgar, 2017, pp.223-252.
  • O'Brien P, Coombes M, Dawley S, Evans L, Pike A. How to Create Great Jobs: Towards a Regional Industrial Strategy for Tees Valley: A Report for the TUC by the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University. Trades Union Congress, London: Newcastle University, 2017.
  • Pike A, Lee N, MacKinnon D, Kempton L, Iddewala Y. Job Creation and Inclusive Growth in Cities. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2017.
  • Pike A, Rodriguez-Pose A, Tomaney J. Local and Regional Development (2nd Edition). Routledge, 2017. In Preparation.
  • Poon, J, Pollard JS, Chow J and Ewers M, (2017) The rise of Kuala Lumpur as an Islamic financial frontier, Regional Studies
  • Pollard JS, Richter P, Down S, Ram M. Financialisation and small firms: A qualitative analysis of bio-science and film and media firms. International Small Business Journal 2017, Epub ahead of print.
  • Marshall JN, Dawley S, Pike A, Pollard JS. Geographies of Corporate Philanthropy: The Northern Rock Foundation.Environment and Planning A 2017. In Press.
  • Martin RL, Pollard JS, ed. The Elgar Handbook on the Geographies of Money and Finance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017. In Press.
  • Martin RL, Pollard JS. The geography of money and finance. In: Martin,RL; Pollard,JS, ed. Handbook on the Geographies of Money and Finance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017, pp.1-26. In Press.
  • Henry ND, Pollard JS, Sissons P, Ferreira J, Coombes M. Banking on exclusion: Data disclosure and geographies of UK personal lending markets. Environment and Planning A 2017, 49(9), 2046-2064.
  • Wood, A. (2017) Advancing development projects through mega-events: the 2010 football World Cup and bus rapid transit in South Africa, Urban Geography, 1-17