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Economic Geographies

Geography at Newcastle host one of the largest and most dynamic groups of economic geographers in the world.


Newcastle University is home to one of the world’s largest Economic Geography research clusters. Enlarged and diversified through multiple strategic appointments in recent years, it also encompasses the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Our research challenges economic and policy orthodoxies, and explores viable possibilities for progressive change amongst economically marginalised people and places. Extending our longstanding engagement with local communities in the UK’s NE region, recent work has interrogated socioeconomic (dis)advantage and sustainability challenges across India, Kenya, Malawi, China, Singapore, Brazil and South Africa.

Our interdisciplinary intellectual partnerships span development studies, political economy, evolutionary economics, spatial analytics, critical urban studies and planning.

Our distinctive work is also advanced through diverse engagement with varied stakeholders including: ILO, UN, UK Food Standards Agency, Citibank, Northern Gas Networks, Northern PowerGrid, Malawi Ministry of Health, Kenya Institute for Livestock Research, and UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We also seek to advance local communities within our region, challenging characterisations of the NE as ‘peripheral’ and helping refine policy responses as part of the UK government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda

Our distinctive brand of Economic Geography is advanced through 6 major work streams: