skip to primary navigation skip to content
 

Centre Team

Centre Team

The Centre for Geographical Economic Research has a core team of four members.

Ron Martin Ron Martin is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Professorial Fellow and President of St Catharine's College. His main research interests include the geographies of labour markets; regional development and competitiveness; the geographies of money and finance; geographical economics; and evolutionary economic geography. He has published some 35 books and monographs, and 200 articles, on these and related themes. He is an editor on the Cambridge Journal of Economics; Journal of Economic Geography; Géographie, Économie, Societé; International Regional Science Review; the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, and Economic Geography. He also co-edits the book series Regions and Cities, for the Regional Studies Association. He compiled the five-volume reference set on Economic Geography for Routledge in 2007. Ron is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Regional Studies Association. He recently completed a three-year Leverhulme Major Fellowship to investigate the application of evolutionary theory to the study of regional economies. In 2009 he was selected to give the Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography, generally regarded as the most distinguished international public lecture in the discipline, and his 2010 paper (with Professor Harry Garretsen, Economics, University of Groningen) in Spatial Economic Analysis was selected for the Best Paper Award. He has been involved in a number of major research projects for the European Commission, on the competitiveness of Europe's regions, on regional growth across Europe, and on the impact of globalisation on European regions. He has also undertaken research for the UK government on clusters, and has produced commissioned 'think-piece' papers for various UK Regional Development Agencies on regional competitiveness, regional path dependence, clusters, regional economic rebalancing, and regional economic resilience. He has just begun a major ESRC research project on the resilience of regional economies. He is a member of the Expert Review Panel of the School of Economics, Utrecht University, Netherlands.
Peter Tyler Peter Tyler is Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at the University of Cambridge. He has an established reputation in the field of urban and regional economics with a particular emphasis on the evaluation of policy. He has been a Project Director for over sixty major research projects for Government and which has resulted in the publication of forty research monographs of which twenty-four have been of book length. He has published in all the major academic journals in the field. He has been responsible for evaluating a range of regeneration measures across the United Kingdom and directed the national evaluation of the Single Regeneration Budget for ODPM .The programme lasted nine years and assembled a considerable research platform from which to assess the achievements of regeneration policy. Most recently he has been team leader on a major research initiative funded by HM Government entitled Creating Places for Enterprising Development-the Geography of Innovation. This project is collaboration between the Department of Land Economy and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and investigates why new and growing enterprises, particularly with a technology edge, thrive in certain places and not in others and what may be the role for policy intervention. Peter is also working on the national evaluation of the New Deal for Communities initiative in England and the interim evaluation of Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders with a specific focus on Value For Money issues. In Scotland he has led research into the effectiveness of Social Inclusion Partnerships, and in Northern Ireland he has advised the Department of Social Development on the performance measurement issues relating to its neighbourhood renewal strategy. He is a member of the National Evaluation of Sure Start panel, and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was Coordinating Editor of Regional Studies until April 2005.
Peter Sunley

Peter Sunley has been Professor of Human Geography at the University of Southampton since 2003. Before that he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on economic geography and spatial dimensions of labour. His research has focused on geographies of labour organisation and welfare policy, regional development, innovation and venture capital, design and creative industries, and evolutionary economic geography. He has frequently co-published with Ron Martin and their joint publications include Putting Workfare in Place (with Corinne Nativel, Oxford, 2003) and Critical Concepts in Economic Geography (Routledge, 2009). He recently completed research projects on the geography of design industry in the UK, and the financing of social enterprise.

Brakman Steven Brakman is Professor of International Economics at the University of Groningen. He is also honerary Prof. of Economics at the university of Antwerp (Belgium) and has been Prof. of Economics at the University of Nijmegen. His main research area is the International Economics, including New Economic Geography. Other research areas include monetary and financial economics. He is the co-author of a leading textbook on geographical economics (Cambridge UP, 2001) and has published widely in this field in journals such as Regional Studies, Kyklos, Regional Science and Urban Economics, J of Economic Geography or J of Regional Science, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics. At present he is co-editor of Journal of Regional Science, (associate) editorial member of Spatial Economic Analysis and acted (2006) as guest-editor for Regional Science and Urban Economics. He has edited books as well as contributed to books on geographical economics and related themes for Cambridge UP, MIT Press and Routledge. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Princeton, Yale and University of Munich. He is also research fellow of CESifo Munich.
Harry Garretsen Harry Garretsen became Professor of International Economics and Business at the University of Groningen in September 2008. Prior to this he was Professor of International Economics at Utrecht University. His main research area is the new economic geography or geographical economics. Other research areas include monetary and financial economics, and macro-economic theory and policy making. He is the co-author of a leading textbook on geographical economics (Cambridge UP, 2001) and has published widely in this field in journals such as Regional Studies, Kyklos, Regional Science and Urban Economics, J of Economic Geography or J of Regional Science. At present he is co-editor of Spatial Economic Analysis, editorial board member of Papers in Regional Science and acts (2006) as guest-editor for Regional Scienceand Urban Economics. He has edited books as well as contributed to books on geographical economics and related themes for Cambridge UP, MIT Press and Routledge. Harry has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Princeton, Yale and University of Munich. He is also research fellow of CESifo Munich and the HWWA institute in Hamburg. In total he is the author of approx. 100 scholarly articles. In no small part through his work on geographical or regional economics, he is at present deputy crown member of the Social Economic Council, an adviser to Netherlands' Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) and to the Netherlands' Spatial Institute (RPB) as well as a member of a group of four economists that advises the Dutch Secretary of Education on economic issues.
University of Cambridge logo University of Southampton logo