The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Professor Andy Pike

Sir Henry Daysh Chair of Reg Dev Studies


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Director, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) (2012-2017)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (2016)
  • Co-Director, i-BUILD research centre (Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery)(2013-18)
  • Daxia (Great China) Guest Professor, East China Normal University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China (2014-)
  • Special Researcher, Institute of Spatial Planning and Regional Economy (ISPRE), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Beijing, People’s Republic of China (2014-)
  • Advisory Board Member, ESRC, BIS and CLG What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (2013-16)
  • Editor, Regional Studies (2005-2014)
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, History, International and Social Studies, Ålborg University, Denmark (2008-09)
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland (2008-09)
  • External Examiner, MSc Urban and Regional Development, Cardiff University (2013-17)
  • External Examiner, MSc Local Economic Development, London School of Economics (2008-13)
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Centro de Estudos Geográficos, University of Lisbon, Portugal (2003-)
  • ESRC Virtual College Member
  • Founding Degree Programme Director MA Local and Regional Development (Research) and MA Regional Development and Spatial Planning (2002-2013, 2018-)


  • PhD Geography, University of Liverpool
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Liverpool 

Area of expertise

  • Local and regional development and governance
  • Governance and policy

Previous Positions

  • 2003-2009 Senior Lecturer, CURDS, Department of Geography, Newcastle University, UK
  • 1995-2003 Lecturer, CURDS, Department of Geography, Newcastle University, UK
  • 1993-95 Research Associate, CURDS, Department of Geography, Newcastle University, UK 


  • Member and Fellow of the Regional Studies Association
  • IBG-RGS Economic Geography Research Group
  • Institute of Economic Development

Honours and Awards

  • Regional Studies Association Best Book Award 2012 (Handbook of Local and Regional Development edited with Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (LSE) and John Tomaney (UCL), Routledge: London)
  • Regional Studies Association Best Book Award 2010 (Whither Regional Studies?, Routledge: London)
  • Conferment as Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (2009-)
  • Best Published Paper Prize Nomination, Association of European Schools of Planning and US Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2007 (“What kind of local and regional development and for whom?” with Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomaney, Regional Studies)

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Research Interests

My central research interest is the geographical political economy of local, regional and urban development, governance and policy.

This core provides the basis for two main strands of work. First, this research is concerned with the concepts and theory of the meaning and governance of development regionally and locally in an international context. In particular, this work seeks to question and broaden our understandings of ‘development’ beyond the economic to encompass the social and ecological in more sustainable and progressive ways and to begin more meaningfully to connect development locally and regionally in the global North and South.

Second, this research focuses upon the intersections between local, regional and urban development and Economic Geography. This theme has been explored recently in work on: economic evolution, structural change and adaptation in British cities (ESRC); financialisation, the local state and infrastructure (EPSRC and ESRC); manufacturing renaissance in industrial regions and local industrial policy (ESRC); and, inclusive growth and demand-side policies in cities (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).  

My research builds upon close policy and institutional engagement and has informed local, regional and urban development, governance and policy for international (e.g. European Commission, United Nations International-Labour Organization (UN-ILO), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), national (e.g. Government Departments – Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Housing Communities and Local Government, National Audit Office, devolved administrations, Joseph Rowntree Foundation), regional (e.g. Local Enterprise Partnerships, Regional Development Agencies, trade unions, voluntary organisations) and local (e.g. Local Authorities, Development Agencies) institutions.


Current Work

My current work is focused on 3 areas of activity:

1.Financialisation, the local state and infrastructure

We have a new book – Financialising City Statecraft and Infrastructure (2019, Elgar) – written by Andy Pike, Peter O’Brien, Tom Strickland, Graham Thrower and John Tomaney to be published in 2019. Financialising City Statecraft and Infrastructure addresses the struggles of national and local states to fund, finance and govern urban infrastructure. It develops fresh thinking on financialisation and city statecraft to explain the socially and spatially uneven mixing of managerial, entrepreneurial and financialised city governance in austerity and limited decentralisation across England. As urban infrastructure fixes for the London global city-region risk undermining national ‘rebalancing’ efforts in the UK, city statecraft in the rest of the country is having uneasily to combine speculation, risk-taking and prospective venturing with co-ordination, planning and regulation. See The book has been based upon work funded through the inter-disciplinary research centre i-BUILD (Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery) involving the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds and funded by EPSRC and ESRC began in 2013. See:


2. Economic evolution, structural change and adaptation in British cities

Over the past few years, cities and city-regions have assumed growing prominence in discussions over economic growth and performance. Both geographers and economists point to the increasing concentration of economic activity and wealth creation in cities, and their crucial importance as the loci of national prosperity. National governments and international bodies have likewise recognized the key economic role that cities play, and have correspondingly directed attention to cities as the foci of policy intervention and governance reform. In the UK, interest in the economic performance of cities takes on particular importance given the Government's concern spatially to rebalance the economy between the less prosperous North and the more prosperous South. 'Powering up' northern cities to unlock their growth potential is seen as crucial to securing that political imperative. This project is intended to help inform these concerns and debates by focusing on how far and in what ways, over the medium to long term, cities have differed in their ability to reorientate and transform their economic structures in response to or anticipation of changes in demand, competition, trade, and technology, and how those differences have then influenced the comparative growth paths of cities. While a city's growth performance is influenced by a wide range of factors, over the medium to long run, much turns on how successful a city is in moving out of old declining or slow-growth sectors of activity into new more dynamic ones. If, for some reason, a city's economic structure becomes increasingly uncompetitive, outmoded, or falls behind in productivity, it will fall behind in economic growth, job creation, per capita incomes and welfare. What matters then, especially when viewed over the medium to long term, is what some economists call the structural dynamics of economic growth, or adaptive growth. It is this key issue that this research project seeks to explore, in relation to some 70 cities across the UK. There is some evidence to suggest that cities have differed significantly in economic growth in recent decades, especially as between more southern cities and more northern ones. How far these divergent growth evolutions have been influenced by differences in structural transformation and reorientation is the basic focus of this research. Most of the analysis will focus on the past forty years, since 1971, a period when, nationally, a major shift in the national economy has occurred from manufacturing to services. How the structural details of this shift have played out across Britain's cities, and with what consequences for city growth patterns, are key questions the research seeks to address. The project is led by Ron Martin (Cambridge University) and is funded by the ESRC Urban Transformations programme. See:


3. Manufacturing renaissance in industrial regions and the potential of advanced manufacturing for sectoral and spatial rebalancing


The deep recession from 2008, and the persistent sectoral and spatial imbalances in the recovery, have provoked a political call for ‘rebalancing’ the economy. It is argued that rebuilding the country’s manufacturing base will not only help provide a more stable mode of economic growth, but promote a more even geographical distribution of growth. Strengthening manufacturing in the Midlands and North is integral to sectoral and spatial rebalancing. However, despite its centrality to aspirations for national and regional economic renewal and rebalancing, and the profound uncertainties surrounding manufacturing after the Brexit vote, there has been a lack of recent research into the evolution of manufacturing across Britain. Focusing on the advanced manufacturing industries seen as key to any industrial renewal, this proposal seeks to explain the determinants and geographies of their differential economic performance. It examines whether and how ‘traditional’ industrial regions provide a conducive context for their growth, and whether there are significant local, regional and urban dimensions to the causes of advanced manufacturing development. This project is examining the geographical, organisational and economic dynamics of four key manufacturing industries: electrical, computing and optical equipment; aerospace; pharmaceuticals; and motor vehicles. The project is led by Peter Sunley (Southampton) and is funded by the ESRC.


Future Research

1. The governance of uneven development

This ongoing research focuses on the governance of uneven development. This work specifically examines the governance of economic development in England and has recently explored the shift away from regions, regionalisation and regionalism toward rebalancing, decentralisation and localism under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition and now Conservative government in the UK. This research includes studies of the demise of the RDAs, the emergence of the LEPs and the Combined Authorities and metro-mayors in England. Future areas of work aim to focus on the austerity state and decentralisation and the impacts of Brexit. It has been undertaken in collaboration with David Marlow (Third Life Economics and CURDS), Anja McCarthy (CURDS), Peter O’Brien (CURDS) and John Tomaney (UCL). This work was part of my involvement in the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) funded by ESRC, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS), and the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG). See

2. Financialising the local state

This work will build upon the Financialising City Statecraft and Infrastructure (Elgar, 2019) book and a special issue in Urban Studies on ‘Funding, Financing and Governing Urban Infrastructures’ guest edited by Peter O’Brien, Phil O’Neill and Andy Pike to be published in 2019. Specifically, it aims to examine the ways in which the local state has become an object and agent of financialisation and how financialising relations, processes, practices and techniques are being disseminated and adapted in particular local institutional circumstances and settings.  

3. 'Inclusive growth’ and ‘inclusive economies’ in cities

This research aims to explore the emergence of ‘inclusive growth’ and ‘inclusive economies’ and their utilisation and adaptation and urban development and policy. This research builds upon our report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Job Creation for Inclusive Growth in Cities – see


Research Roles 

Editorial Advisory Board, Local Economy

Editorial Board, Finisterra - Portuguese Journal of Geography


Postgraduate Supervision

Ian Jones (2016-, FT) ‘Redundant spaces in cities and regions’ (iBUILD Studentship, Joint supervision with Richard Dawson (Civil Engineering) and Jane Gibbons (NUBS))

Laura Sariego (2015-, FT) ‘Local institutions and local economic development in Latin America’ (Costa Rican Government Studentship, Joint supervision with Danny MacKinnon)

Graham Thrower (2014-18, FT) ‘Private investment and local infrastructure funding, financing and governance’ (iBUILD Studentship, Joint supervision with Jane Gibbons (NUBS) and Oliver Heidrich (Civil Engineering))

Diana Morales (2014-18, FT) ‘Regional co-operation and development in Colombia and Germany’ (Colombian Government Studentship, joint supervision with Danny MacKinnon)

Liam Keenan (2013-17) ‘Financialisation and the decline of the local pub: An Anglo-German comparison’ (ESRC Collaborative Studentship, Joint supervision with Paul Langley (Durham), Neill Marshall, Jane Pollard and CAMRA)

Fraser Bell (2012-15) ‘The reputation of place’ (ESRC Collaborative Studentship, Joint Supervision with Stuart Dawley, Ray Hudson (Durham) and Tina Snowball, NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

Matt Jenkins (2012-15) ‘The social construction of economic statistics’ (ESRC Collaborative Studentship, Joint supervision with Mike Coombes and Joe Painter (Durham))

Emile Boustani (2012-18, PT) ‘Variegated financialisation of global production networks in post-socialist contexts: the automobile supplier industry in Hungary and eastern Germany’ (Self-funding, joint supervision with Jane Pollard)

Emil Evenhuis (2011-14) 'The political economy of adaptation in old industrial regions' (ESRC Studentship, Joint supervision with Stuart Dawley and John Tomaney (UCL))

Anja McCarthy (2011-17) 'The local state and economic development and regeneration' (ESRC Collaborative Studentship, Joint supervision with John Tomaney (UCL) and Newcastle City Council)

Tom Strickland (2011-14) 'Financialising urban development? A UK-US comparison' (ESRC Collaborative Studentship, Joint supervision with Jane Pollard and Newcastle City Council)

Rebecca Richardson (2010-14) 'Place branding for urban development?' (ESRC Collaborative Studentship, Joint Supervision with Anoop Nayak and Tina Snowball, NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

Sophie Yarker (2010-14) 'Urban regeneration and the transformation of local identities' (ESRC Studentship, Joint Supervision with Robin Humphrey and John Tomaney (UCL)) (Now Teaching Fellow, CURDS, Newcastle University)

Ben Fisher (2009-2012) 'New industry path creation and evolution' (Joint Supervision with Stuart Dawley) (Now Business Development Manager, Newcastle University)

Cecilia Pasquinelli (2008-12) ‘Place Branding’ (Joint Supervision with Professor Nicola Bellini, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy)(PhD awarded 2012)(Now Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Economic and Social Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden)

Xue Feng Wang (2008-09) ‘Cities and the Knowledge Economy in China’ (Chinese Government, Joint Supervision with John Tomaney) (PhD Awarded 2009) (Now Research Associate, CURDS)

Rosibel Víquez-Abarca (2008-11) ‘Universities and Regional Development in the Knowledge Economy’ (Costa Rican Government, Joint Supervision with Andy Gillespie and José Esteban Castro) (PhD awarded 2011) (Now Researcher, UNED, Costa Rica)

John Edwards (2007-11) ‘Social Capital and Territorial Development Institutions and Policy’ (ESRC Studentship, Joint Supervisor with John Tomaney) (PhD awarded 2011) (Now Post-doctoral Researcher, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Seville, Spain)

Michail Biniakos (2006-11) ‘Transition and New Regionalism in the Balkans’ (Greece National Government Studentship, Joint Supervisor with Alison Stenning and John Tomaney) (PhD awarded 2011) (Now Local Government Official, Greece)

Pedro Marques (2006-10) ‘Power and Territorial Innovation Systems’ (Portuguese National Government Studentship, Joint Supervisor with Andy Gillespie)(PhD awarded 2010)(Now Research Associate, Cardiff University)

Liz Dixon (2000-2004) ‘The Role of the Private Sector in Regional Development and Governance’ (ESRC CASE Studentship with EEF Northern Association; Jointly supervised with John Tomaney)(PhD awarded 2004)(Formerly Research Associate, CURDS)

Chris Potter (2000-2005) ‘Host Economies and Transnational Corporations’ (ESRC Competition Studentship)(PhD awarded 2005).

Peter O'Brien (1999-2004) ‘The Role of Trade Unions in Regional Development and Governance’ (ESRC CASE Studentship with Northern TUC; Jointly supervised with John Tomaney)(PhD awarded 2004)(Formerly Chief Executive, North East Local Enterprise Partnership and now Research Associate, CURDS)

Stuart Dawley (1998-2002) ‘High-tech Investment Cycles and Peripheral Region Development’ (ESRC CASE Studentship with North of England Microelectronics Institute; Jointly Supervised with David Charles)(PhD awarded 2002)(Now Senior Lecturer, CURDS)


Research Funding

2017-19 ESRC, ‘Manufacturing renaissance in industrial regions? Investigating the potential of advanced manufacturing for sectoral and spatial rebalancing’, (£500k, with PI Peter Sunley (Southampton))


2015-18 ESRC ‘Structural transformation, adaptability and city economic evolutions’, (£670k, with Ron Martin PI (Cambridge University))


2017 TUC, ‘Tees Valley economy review’ (£20k, with Peter O’Brien, Stuart Dawley and Lewis Evans)


2017 OECD, ‘SME and entrepreneurship policy review: Indonesia’, (£10k, PI)


2017 EU ESPON, ‘Territories and low carbon economy’, (£5k, with Simin Davoudi PI)


2017 Joseph Rowntree Foundation ‘Job creation for inclusive growth in cities’ (£40k, with Louise Kempton, Danny MacKinnon (CURDS) and Neil Lee and Yohan Iddewala (LSE))


2017-18 ESRC IAA, ‘Metro Mayors and decentralised governance in England’ (£10k, with Louise Kempton, Peter O’Brien and John Tomaney (UCL)


2015-17 EPSRC/ESRC Re-distributed Manufacturing Network ‘Building sustainable local nexuses of food, energy and water: from smart engineering to shared prosperity’, Co-I (£500k, with Aidong Yang, Oxford University)

2015-17 Newcastle University-Xiamen University Joint Research Initiative, ‘Adaptive Capacity, Resilience and Change: A Comparative Study of Local and Regional Development in Northern England and Fujian Province’, Co-I (£150k, with David Bradley, Stuart Dawley, Danny MacKinnon, Peter O’Brien and Xuefeng Wang)

2014-15 Joseph Rowntree Foundation, ‘Tacking Declining Cities in the UK’, PI (£90k, with David Bradley, Tony Champion, Mike Coombes, Danny MacKinnon and Liz Robson)

2013-16 What Works in Local Economic Growth Centre, ESRC Co-I (£3m)

2013-2017 i-BUILD (Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery), EPSRC and ESRC, Co-I (£3.5m)

2012-13 Local Economic Recovery and Development Planning in Iraq, United Nations – International Labour Organisation, PI ($20k)

2012 SME and Entrepreneurship Issues and Policies at the National and Local Levels in Russia, OECD, PI (€5k)

2012 The Contribution of Manufacturing to UK Resilience, BIS and Government Office for Science PI (£10k)

2011-13 Spatial Economics Research Centre II, ESRC/BIS/WAG, PI and Co-I (£20k)

2012-13 BIS/NIESR, Regional Economic Analysis, Co-I (£48k)

2010 OECD, SME and Entrepreneurship Issues and Policies at the National and Local Levels in Mexico, PI (€5k)

2011 European Spatial Observatories Network (ESPON), Knowledge Support System Expert Sounding Board Member (5.5k€) 

2010 Henan Development and Reform Commission, China, 'Spatial and Industrial Development', (Co-I with Professor John Tomaney and Dr Xuefeng Wang) (£150k) 

2010 Communities and Local Government 'Decentralisation and public service provision' (Co-I with Professors Tomaney and Rodríguez-Pose and Drs Torrisi and Tselios) (£70k)

2009 OECD ‘Non-State Actors in Local Development Governance’ (PI with Professor John Tomaney and Drs Gianpiero Torrisi and Vassilis Tselios) (1.5k€)

2009-11 ESRC ‘Devolution and Economic Performance’ (Spatial Economics Research Centre Project 5b) (PI with Professors Ian Gordon, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomaney) (£80k)

2008-09 British Academy ‘A ‘British’ Brand? The Case of Burberry’ (Principal Investigator) (£6.7k)

2008-2011 ESRC, Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Communities and Local Government and Welsh Assembly Government Spatial Economics Research Centre (Co-I with LSE, Glasgow, Oxford and Swansea) (£2.4m)

2008-2011 ONE North East ‘Integrated Regional Strategy Peer Assist’ (Co-I with Professor John Tomaney and Dr Nick Henry, GHK) (£190k)

2008-2010 The Northern Way ‘Research Programme Peer Assist’ (Co-I with Professor John Tomaney and Ranald Richardson) (£181k)

2008-09 ONE North East ‘Evaluation of the Impact and Policy Response to Restructuring at Northern Rock’ (Co-I with Professors Neill Marshall and John Tomaney, Drs Stuart Dawley and Jane Pollard and Regeneris Consulting) (£148k)

2008 South West Regional Development Agency ‘Assessment of Regional and Local Development over the Last 20 Years’ (Co-I with Professor John Tomaney and Dr Nick Henry, GHK) (£20k)

2008 ONE North East ‘Economic Capacity Building’ (PI with Professors Richard Harris (Glasgow), Ian Stone (Durham), Colin Wren (Newcastle) and Dr Henry Overman (LSE)) (£20k)

2007 OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme and Welsh Assembly Government ‘Västra Götaland Regional Growth Agreement, Sweden’ (PI) (£1k)

2007 OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme and USAID ‘Strengthening Entrepreneurship Innovation and Economic Development at Local Level in Croatia: Institutional arrangements for the design and delivery of entrepreneurship policies’ (PI) (£3k)

2007 The Northern Way ‘Economic Linkages in the Northern City-Regions’ (Co-I with Professors Alan Harding and Bryan Robson) (£80k)

2007 North Tyneside Council ‘Economic and Social Change in North Tyneside’ (PI with David Bradley) (£3.5k)

2007-2009 ESRC Seminar Series ‘Changing Cultures of Competitiveness’ (Co-I with Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop (Lancaster University) - see (£15k)

2006-2009 European Commission ‘Social Innovation and Inclusion in the Knowledge Economy – KATARSIS’ (Co-I with Professor Frank Moulaert (Leuven)) (£606k)

2006 ONE North East ‘What Works in Regional Economic Development: Learning from International Best Practice’ (Co-I with Professors John Tomaney and Mike Coombes and Drs Nick Henry and Stuart Dawley, GHK) (£47.5k)

2005 OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme and German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs ‘Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Eastern Germany’ (PI) (£3.5k)

2005-2007 ESRC Seminar Series ‘The New Public Management and Regional Policy’ (Co-I with Les Budd (Open University), Josie Kelly (Aston) and Joyce Liddle (Durham) (£14.1k)

2005 Office of the Deputy Prime Minister ‘The Economic Viability and Self-Containment of Geographical Economies’ (PI with Mike Coombes, Tony Champion, Lynne Humphrey and John Tomaney) (£32k)

2005-08 Regional Studies Association ‘Regional Studies Editorship’ (Editor-in-Chief with 9 other Editors) (£116k)

2005 ESRC Advanced Training and Development Award ‘Researching Civic Engagement and Devolved Governance in Europe’ (PI with the Regional Studies Association) (£10.2k)

2004 University of Newcastle Vacation Scholarship ‘Microbreweries in North East England’ (Co-I with Matthew Needham) (£1.5k)

2004 ESRC Advanced Training and Development Award ‘Research Strategy and Methodology for Regional Development and Governance in an Enlarged Europe’ (PI with the Regional Studies Association) (£9.4k)

2003-04 European Commission ‘Regional Economic Sustainability and University Learning and Teaching Strategies - RESULTS’ (Co-Investigator with Dr Hans-Peter Baumeister (Reutlingen University)) (£118k)

2003 University of Newcastle, Arts and Humanities Research Fund ‘Recasting Steel Geographies’ (Co-I with Alison Stenning, and Stuart Dawley) (£2.5k)

2003 North East Assembly ‘Regional Governance Capacity Building Course’ (PI with Professor John Tomaney) (£30k)

2003 University of Newcastle Vacation Scholarship ‘Directly Elected Mayors and Local Economic Development’ (Co-I with Graham Turner) (£1.5k)

2002 ESRC Advanced Training and Development Award ‘Doing Regional Research in a Devolving State: Research Strategy and Methodology in Post-Devolution UK’ (PI with the Regional Studies Association) (£6.8k)

2002 Government Office North East ‘Regional Governance’ (Co-I with Professor John Tomaney) (£7.5k)

2001 University of Newcastle Vacation Scholarship ‘Pension Fund Capitalism and Regional Development’ (Co-I with Felicity Wray) (£1.5k)

2000 UNISON ‘The Economic and Social Implications of Best Value’ (PI with Peter O’Brien) (£2.5k)

2000 University of Newcastle Small Grant ‘Task Forces and the Governance of Economic Development’ (PI with Stuart Dawley) (£1.5k)


Undergraduate Teaching

GEO2099 Economic Geographies

GEO2111 Doing Geographical Research

GEO3114 Local and Regional Development

GEO3099 Dissertation module

Stages 1, 2 and 3 Tutorials


Postgraduate Teaching

GEO8002 Local and Regional Development Theory and Policy

GEO8007 Local and Regional Development: Methodology, Analysis and Statistics

GEO8018 Local and Regional Development and Governance

GEO9089 Research Dissertation