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Department of Geography

 

 

Labour, markets and socioeconomic reproduction: mapping inequalities

The economic is analysed as a field of diverse markets and labour forms, across multiple scales and involving diverse actors, open to issues around social reproduction, and as a field that produces inequalities and injustices.

Research projects

Research projects currently being undertaken on this theme include:

Understanding Labour Markets

Understanding Labour Markets

This project is concerned with how labour markets are shaped, structured and regulated.

Regimes of Austerity:  Economic Change and the Politics of Contraction

Regimes of Austerity: Economic Change and the Politics of Contraction

This research examines the politics of austerity in British and North American cities as they respond to recession, recovery, fiscal uncertainty, growing economic inequality, and changing policy demands.

Structural Transformation, Adaptability and City Economic Evolutions

Structural Transformation, Adaptability and City Economic Evolutions

Over the past few years, cities and city-regions have assumed growing prominence in discussions over economic growth, performance, and prosperity. 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. But, as some studies demonstrate, not all cities have enjoyed economic success in recent years, and some evidence points to an increasing divergence in economic growth between cities, especially in the United States.

Centre for Geographical Economic Research

Centre for Geographical Economic Research

The aim of the project is to determine how the regions and sub regions of the UK have differed in their response to and recovery from successive major economic recessions, and the extent to which these differences in response and recovery have affected long-run regional and sub-regional growth paths, and hence regional economic disparities.

How regions react to recessions: resilience, recovery, and long-run impacts

How regions react to recessions: resilience, recovery, and long-run impacts

The aim of the project is to determine how the regions and sub regions of the UK have differed in their response to and recovery from successive major economic recessions, and the extent to which these differences in response and recovery have affected long-run regional and sub-regional growth paths, and hence regional economic disparities.

History of Chambers of Commerce

History of Chambers of Commerce

This research by Professor Robert Bennett aims to give definitive historical analysis of chambers of commerce and other local business associations.

Geographies of Worker Empowerment in the New Economy: Labour Market Intermediaries in the Call Centre Industry (India and UK)

Geographies of Worker Empowerment in the New Economy: Labour Market Intermediaries in the Call Centre Industry (India and UK)

This comparative study of call centre workers in the UK and India examines: (I) the lived experiences of call centre workers across the work-home boundary; (II) labour mobility patterns of call centre workers; and (III) the role of labour market intermediaries in improving labour market outcomes for call centre workers in different national contexts.

Local and regional economic development in Britain

Local and regional economic development in Britain

A series of ongoing projects on local and regional institutions. This includes assessing the UK Labour government's RDAs, LLSCs, Local government and Business Links; and since 2010 the UK Coalition government's abolition of RDAs, local government reforms, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Enterprise Zones. This has received major project grants from the Leverhulme Trust.

History of entrepreneurship, and SME policy

History of entrepreneurship, and SME policy

These projects led by Prof Robert Bennett involve two streams: one focusing on small business and entrepreneurship from the nineteenth century to the present; a second stream focusing on small business and entrepreneurship support policies.

The Economic Geography of Money and Finance

The Economic Geography of Money and Finance

This research programme has been concerned with exploring the spatialities of financial systems, and constructing a new economic geography of money. This has a key underlying aim: to demonstrate that the spatial structure of the financial system is far from neutral in its effects, but rather influences the allocation or funds, capital and credit across regions and localities.

Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography

Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography

Over the last few years, an embryonic 'evolutionary turn' has begun to emerge in economic geography. This research explores the scope of and limits to such an 'evolutionary economic geography'. Specifically, how and in what ways can recent developments in evolutionary economics itself be applied to economic-geographic studies, and indeed used to construct a new 'evolutionary economic geography' as a distinct body of theoretical and empirical research for understanding how economic landscapes, and individual regional and local economies, evolve over time.

The Competitive Performance of Regions and Cities

The Competitive Performance of Regions and Cities

Recent years have seen a surge of academic and policy attention devoted to the notion of 'competitiveness'. At the same time, there has been increasing focus on regions and cities as the key loci of wealth creation and economic governance. In short, the economic performance of regions and cities has moved centre stage in academic and policy discussions. The theoretical and empirical study of regional and urban economic performance is the subject of this research.

Earlier projects