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Department of Geography

 

Societies, Markets, States

Societies, Markets, States

Members of the Societies, Markets, States group are broadly interested in how the traditional foci political and economic geography - the relationships between economies and markets, institutions of the state and practices of government - are challenged by the scale and complexity of contemporary processes that are highly uneven and profoundly geographical. These processes include re-working citizenship; global urbanization; the changing geopolitics of development and aid; the allocation of risk and the social construction of resilience, precarity, and vulnerability; legal geographies of state building and governance; and the (re)making of markets. A common concern is with understanding how contested political economies relate to forms of justice and injustice.

Our approaches incorporate diverse methodologies and theoretical orientations. Regional specialisations include the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe (Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina), Latin America, India, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Arctic. Research projects seek understand the relationships between local transformations and multi-scalar processes, and to unsettle categories and sub-disciplinary boundaries between, for example, political, economic and development geographies.

Themes

Risk, institutions and socioeconomic change

Risk, institutions and socioeconomic change

One core strand of research engages with questions about risk, welfare/social development and public policy across fields as diverse as mortgages, education, catastrophe biopolitics, post-neoliberal social policy, and unfree labour.

Risk, institutions and socioeconomic change

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.

The politics of citizenship, rights and exclusion

The politics of citizenship, rights and exclusion

The politics of citizenship, rights and exclusion are explored in contexts of profound restructuring of the spatial parameters of states, rights and planning.

Geographies of difference: gender, race, ethnicity, age and class

Geographies of difference: gender, race, ethnicity, age and class

Approaches to geographies of difference explore the socio-spatial construction, in the domains of (among others) education, welfare, and environmental policy, of categories such as gender, race, ethnicity, age and class.

Group members

The Societies, Markets, States thematic group consists of the following members:

Professor Robert Bennett Research spans analytical economic geography and business management and public policy, with a focus on the agents of local economic development, and their evolution, including chambers of commerce and other business associations.
Professor Ron Martin Has, through his research, constructed a new evolutionary perspective in economic geography. He is also interested in resilience and its application to the economic landscape, and researches the geographical political economy of the British economy.
Professor Susan Smith Research focuses on the ways in which politics are implicated in the creation and conduct of markets, as in the shaping of democracies. She works on three kinds of market - housing, mortgage and financial markets - and is interested in considering how ostensibly market-led processes might be infused with an ethic of care.

Graduate students

The following graduate students are also associated with the group:

Oliver Taherzadeh Global hydrology and the resource nexus

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