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Professor Michael D I Chisholm ScD

Professor Michael D I Chisholm ScD

Emeritus Professor of Geography and Emeritus Fellow of St.Catharine's College

Economic geographer: regional development, location of production and government policy, including local government.



  • 1954-1959: Departmental Demonstrator in the Institute for Research in Agricultural Economics, Oxford
  • 1960-1962: Assistant Lecturer in Geography, Bedford College, London
  • 1962-1964: Lecturer in Geography, Bedford College, London
  • 1964-1965: Visiting Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • 1965-1967: Lecturer in Geography, University of Bristol
  • 1967-1972: Reader in Economic Geography, University of Bristol
  • 1972-1976: Professor of Economic and Social Geography, University of Bristol (a personal chair)
  • 1976-1996: Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge. Head of Department from 1976 to 1984
    Professorial Fellow of St Catharine's College
  • 1996- Retired: Emeritus Professor and Fellow. Non-stipendiary Associate of the Department of Geography, Cambridge


  • BA Cantab
  • MA Cantab
  • ScD Cantab (1996)


Society and Space - Regional, Political Economy: Theory, Applications and Policy Analysis

Regional growth and performance: Regional and local political structures and financing of local public services


Selected publications:

  • Chisholm, M. (2003) 'Conservators of the river Cam 1702-2002'. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, September
  • Chisholm, M. (2003) 'Trust in question'. Journal of Local Government Law, 6, 32-37
  • Chisholm, M. (2002) 'Regional government in England: another re-organisation of local government?' Journal of Local Government Law 5, 71-76
  • Chisholm, M. (2002) 'the cost of local government structural reorganisation in Great Britain during the 1990s'. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 20, 251-62
  • Chisholm, M. (2001) 'Hamn geography joins the Social Science Research Council: personal recollections'. Area 33, 428-30
  • Chisholm, M. (2001) 'Economic doctrine, politics and local government finance'. Journal of Local Government Law, 4:1, 18-23
  • Chisholm, M. (2000) 'Financial implications of major legislation'. Public Money and Management 20:3, 21-26
  • Chisholm, M. (2000) Structural reform of British local government. Rhetoric and reality. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 194pp
  • Chisholm, M. 'Lessons from the re-structuring of local government in the 1990s'. Journal of Local Government Law, 3:6, 112-16
  • Chisholm, M. (2000) The long march from realism to reality [in transport policy]. London: Landor Publishing, pp 31
  • Chisholm, M. (1999) 'Central control of local expenditure.' editorial for themed issue. Public Money and Management 19(3): 3-5.
  • Chisholm, M. (1999) 'He who pays the piper calls the tune.' Journal of Local Government Law 2: 95-100
  • Connolly, C. and Chisholm, M. (1999) 'The use of indicators for targeting public expenditure: the Index of Local Deprivation.' Environment and Planning C 17(4): 463-482.
  • Chisholm, M., Freeman, G. and Shaw, S. (1998) Rural poverty. Commissioned by Durham County Council. London: Local Identity Agency, 5 vols + Executive Summary.
  • Chisholm, M. and Thomas, D. (1998) 'Memorandum of Evidence.' in: Environment Committee of the House of Commons Local Government Finance: memoranda relating to the inquiry submitted to the Environment sub-committee. Session 1997-98, HC 1126. London: Stationery Office, 23-26
  • Chisholm, M. (1997) 'Public expenditure for control purposes.' in Kitchen, H. (ed.) A framework for the future: an agenda for councils in a changing world. London: Local Government Information Unit, 54-56
  • Chisholm, M. (1997) 'Independence under stress.' Public Administration 75: 97-107
  • Chisholm, M. (1997) 'Steers, James Alfred (1899-1987)' in: C.S. Nicholls (ed.) The dictionary of national biography 1986-1990 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 428-429
  • Chisholm, M. (1997) 'How useful are measures of economic potential?' Environment and Planning A 28: 1895-1899
  • Chisholm, M., Hale, R. and Thomas, D. (eds.) (1997) A fresh start for local government. London: Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, 158pp

External activities

  • 1967-1972 Member, Social Science Research Council and Chairman of the committee for Geography and Planning
  • 1971-1978 Member, Local Government Boundary Commission for England
  • 1981-1990 Member, Rural Development Commission
  • 1992-1995 Member, Local Government Commission for England
  • 1996-1999 Coordinator for transport research projects funded by the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund under the general title of: "From Realism to Reality"