The SAGE Handbook of Economic Geography


Edited by: Andrew Leyshon, Roger Lee, Linda McDowell & Peter Sunley

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  • Part 1: Location Models and Quantitative Economic Geography

    Part 2: Political Economies of Space I

    Part 3: Political Economies of Space II

    Part 4: Political Economies of Space III

    Part 5: Political Economies of Nature

    Part 6: Uneven Development: Geographies of Economic Growth and Decline

    Part 7: Geographies of Consumption and Economic Spectacle

    Part 8: Rethinking the Economic

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    This book has taken much longer to produce than was originally intended and we are grateful to all those authors who delivered by their original deadlines, and who have demonstrated remarkable patience, and to the authors who stepped in later when others dropped out. They too have also showed considerable forebearance. We are particularly grateful to Robert Rojek at SAGE who originally suggested the idea of this book, provided initial support to enable the editors to meet and plan this project, and who has stood behind it during its various iterations, including periods when it seemed to to be almost as far from the end as when we started.

    List of Contributors

    Trevor Barnes is Professor and Distinguished University Scholar at the Department of Geography, University of British Columbia. He has written or edited nine books including Logics of Dislocation, A Companion to Economic Geography, and Politics and Practices in Economic Geography. His most recent research interests are in the history of American geography during World War II and the Cold War period, and in Vancouver's new economy, particularly its video game and film and TV industries.

    Jonathan V. Beaverstock is Professor of Economic Geography and Director of the Integrating Global Society Research Priority Group at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has published widely in the fields of human, economic and urban geography, in journals such as the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Environment and Planning A, Geoforum, Journal of Economic Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Urban Geography and Urban Studies. His research interests span globalization and world cities, international financial centres, professional services and highly-skilled migration and mobility. His latest book is The Globalization of Advertising: Agencies, Cities and Spaces of Creativity (Routledge), written with James R. Faulconbridge, Peter J. Taylor and Corinne Nativel.

    Neil Brenner is Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University. His research and teaching focus is on critical urban and regional studies, comparative geopolitical economy and sociospatial theory. He is the author of New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Oxford University Press, 2004) and the co-editor of Cities for People, Not For Profit (with Peter Marcuse and Margit Mayer, Routledge, forthcoming 2011); Henri Lefebvre, State, Space, World (with Stuart Elden, University of Minnesota Press, 2009); The Global Cities Reader (with Roger Keil, Routledge, 2006); Spaces of Neoliberalism: Urban Restructuring in North America and Western Europe (with Nik Theodore, Blackwell, 2003); and State/Space: A Reader (with Bob Jessop, Martin Jones and Gordon MacLeod, Blackwell, 2002). His current work focuses on the reinvigoration of critical urban theory under conditions of planetary urbanization.

    Gavin Bridge is Reader in Economic Geography in the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester. His research explores how the economic and political institutions of commodity production and consumption shape the ecology and society of resource producing regions. At the core of his research is a desire to understand and explain the spatial and temporal dynamics of natural resource development. He is interested in the economic processes and cultural practices through which nature becomes enacted as resources, and subsequently proliferates through the economy in the form of commodities. Through its focus on natural resources and energy, his work problematizes the treatment of ‘nature’ within modern economic geography, a field which has largely defined itself by bracketing out nature as an object of inquiry. His research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the European Commission and the National Geographic Society.

    Ipsita Chatterjee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Texas at Austin. She completed her PhD. in Geography at Clark University Massachusetts. She has a Masters and M.Phil. in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and a Bachelors in Geography from Loreto college, Calcutta. Her research interests are in three main areas: (1) the economic, cultural and geopolitical implications of globalization in the First and the Third worlds. She is particularly interested in the contradictions of globalization, capital-labor confrontations, class-identity negotiations, market-state reorganizations, hegemony-counter-hegemonic contestations, Fordist-post-Fordist transitions, and space-place dialectics; (2) urban transformations, landscape changes, segregation, ghettoization, and other forms of urban exclusions in the context of a Neoliberal entrepreneurial turn in urban governance all over the world; (3) conflicts and violence revolving around issues of re-distribution and recognition. More specifically, she engages with justice and social movement literature to investigate class exclusion, othering, Islamophobia, religious fundamentalism, identity politics.

    Susan Christopherson is an economic geographer whose research focuses on economic development, urban labor markets, and location patterns in service industries, particularly the media industries. Her research includes both international and U.S. policy-oriented projects. Her international research includes studies in Italy, Spain, Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, and Jordan as well as multi-country studies. Her current projects include studies of phoenix industries in old industrial regions and a comprehensive economic impact analysis of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale in New York and Pennsylvania.

    Neil M. Coe is a Reader in Economic Geography at the University of Manchester. His research interests are in the areas of global production networks and local economic development; the geographies of local and transnational labour markets; the geographies of innovation; and institutional and network approaches to economic development. He has published widely on these topics. He is also a co-author of Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and the Geographies of Labour (SAGE, 2004) and Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (Blackwell, 2007), and a co-editor of The Globalization of Retailing (Edward Elgar, 2009) and The Economic Geography of the UK (SAGE, 2010).

    Louise Crewe is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Nottingham. She works on questions of consumption, retailing, commodification, value and disposal. She has a particular interest in the fashion industry. She has co-authored a book entitled Second Hand Worlds that focuses on car boot sales, retro retailing and charity shops. She has recently published articles on disposal and devaluation; on the desire and value of domestic objects and on fashion and architecture in the contemporary city.

    Stuart Dawley is a Lecturer in Economic Geography at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University, UK. His research interests focus upon local and regional development, TNCs, corporations, sectoral dynamics and labour market and skills issues. His work has been published in leading international journals and edited collections. He has considerable experience of working on policy-relevant research projects funded by the EU, UK Central Government and a wide range of local and regional agencies in the UK and Australia. His most recent work has examined the regional implications of the restructuring of the Northern Rock bank; the local and regional development dynamics of migration in the UK and Australia, and; the evolution of the Offshore Wind sector in the North East of England.

    David Demeritt is Professor of Geography at King's College London where his research focuses on the relationships of environmental science and politics and policy. He is member of the Grants Assessment Panel of the Economic and Social Research Council as well as of the Peer Review College for the Natural Environment Research Council and recently co-edited the Blackwell Companion to Environmental Geography (2009).

    Jürgen Essletzbichler is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography at University College London. His work with David Rigby attempts to contribute to the conceptual development of evolutionary economic geographies and employs large micro-data in the US and UK to examine empirically the regional evolutions of plant technologies, productivity and employment. The results of this work have been published in various outlets including Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies and the Handbook of Evolutionary Economic Geography edited by Ron Boschma and Ron Martin.

    James R. Faulconbridge is a Senior Lecturer and Economic Geographer at Lancaster University, UK. His work examines the globalization of professional/business services, the spaces of learning and knowledge within firms, and the role of world cities in professional/ business service firms' activities. He has published extensively in journals including the Journal of Economic Geography; Urban Studies, Global Networks and Work, Employment and Society and is the lead author of The Globalization of Advertising: Agencies, Cities and Spaces of Creativity, published by Routledge.

    Michael K. Goodman is a Senior Lecturer in the Geography Department at King's College London and is interested in the cultural material politics of ‘alternative’ foods and environment and development. In between his ‘star gazing’ of celebrities, munching on cans of Pringles, sipping organic, bird-friendly, fairly traded coffee, thinking about insurrection-driven consumerist ‘interventions’ with his students and (thus) subjecting them to Rage Against the Machine, he has recently co-edited two books (Contentious Geographies, Ashgate, 2008, with Max Boykoff and Kyle Evered; Consuming Space, Ashgate, 2010, with David Goodman and Michael Redclift), has a third in the works with Colin Sage (Transgressive Food, Ashgate) and has a monograph in preparation with David Goodman and Melanie DuPuis (Routledge) on alternative food networks.

    Elaine Hartwick is Professor of Geography at the Department of Geography, Framingham State University, USA, where she teaches Population, Food and Technology; Political Geography; Cultural Geography; Globalization; Geography of Latin America; and World Regional Geography. Recent publications include Theories of Development (2nd edn) (co-written with Richard Peet, Guilford Press, 2009).

    Nick Henry is Principal Consultant for the employee-owned policy research and evaluation consultancy, GHK Consulting Ltd ( He is also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University, UK. As an academic he has published widely on (new, diverse) economic geographies, acted as Series Editor for the re-launched RGS/IBG Book Series and spent much of his time empirically testing the myriad conceptual offerings of the time. As an evaluator of public policy he continues to test policy positions and interventions across economic and social policy at European, national, regional and local level, utilising his 20 years experience of research, analysis and evaluation.

    Michael Hoyler is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK, and Associate Director of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network. His research interests are in urban economics and social geography with a focus on the transformation of European cities and metropolitan regions in contemporary globalization. His current research investigates inter-city relations on the eve of the financial crisis (ESRC), cities in economic expansion since 1500 (The Leverhulme Trust), and the emerging global geographies of higher education. His latest publications include Global Urban Analysis: A Survey of Cities in Globalization (co-edited with P.J. Taylor, P. Ni, B. Derudder, J. Huang and F. Witlox, Earthscan, 2010) and The International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities (co-edited with B. Derudder, P.J. Taylor and F. Witlox, Edward Elgar, 2011).

    Ray Hudson is Professor of Geography and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Durham University, UK. He holds the degrees of BA, PhD and DSc from the University of Bristol and an Honorary DSc from Roskilde University. His research in economic geography has focused on the relationships between corporate geographies, state policies and territorial development, much of it carried out in north east England and similar regions in Europe and North America. More recently, he has become interested in the relationships between economy and environment and in the role of the social economy in the regeneration of economically distressed places. His most recent books are Digging up Trouble: Environment, Protest and Opencast Coal Mining (with Huw Beynon and Andrew Cox, Rivers Oram, 2000), Producing Places (Guilford, 2001), Placing the Social Economy (with Ash Amin and Angus Cameron, Routledge, 2002) and Economic Geographies: Circuits, Flows and Spaces (SAGE, 2005). His research has been recognised by the award of Victoria Medal by the Royal Geographical Society and election to Fellowships of the Academy for the Social Sciences, the British Academy and Academia Europaea. He has advised numerous local and regional organisations on economic development issues, served as Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Coalfields Regeneration and as Invited Expert to the National Audit Office Examination of Coalfields Regeneration Programmes.

    Martin Jones is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Human Geography at Aberystwyth University. His research interests are in: economic development and economic governance; the regulation approach and strategic-relational state theory; regional spaces/spaces of regionalism; work-welfare programmes; state spatiality and the geographies of state power; nature and the states; space and spatiality in geography. Author and editor of four books and over 50 journal articles, his current research is with the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), where he is Co-Director and Coordinator of the Locality Research Programme.

    Louise Johnson is Associate Professor in Australian Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. A human geographer, she has researched the gendered nature of suburban houses and shopping centres, changing manufacturing workplaces as well as the dynamics of Australian regional economies. She has published on Australian cities and suburbs (Gaslight Sydney, Allen and Unwin, 1984 and Suburban Dreaming: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Australian Cities, DUP, 1994) and on gendered Geography in Australia in Placebound: Australan Feminist Geographies (Oxford University Press, 2000). Her most recent work has been examining Geelong, Bilbao, Singapore and Glasgow as Cultural Capitals: Revaluing the Arts, Remaking Urban Spaces (Ashgate 2009) looking at how the arts have been revalued and urban spaces remade by the creative economy. She is currently researching the nature of master planned suburban communities, waterfront renewal and post-colonial planning.

    Philip Kelly is Associate Professor of Geography at York University in Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on transnational migration and immigrant labour market integration, and the economic and cultural effects of migration on migrant source countries, especially the Philippines. He currently directs a community-based knowledge mobilization project – the Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative – and a new research project on the role of immigrant youth identity in processes of intergenerational class reproduction. He is the author of Landscapes of Globalisation: Human Geographies of Economic Change in the Philippines (Routledge, 2000), and co-author (with Neil Coe and Henry Yeung) of Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).

    Roger Lee is Emeritus Professor of Geography in the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London. His economic geographical interests lie in the socio-material constructions of economic geographies with special reference to alternative systems of value and to the meanings and effects of money within economic geographies. Publications include Geographies of Economies (1997, edited with Jane Wills), Alternative Economic Spaces (2003, edited with Andrew Leyshon and Colin Williams) and Interrogating Alterity: Alternative Economic and Political Spaces (2010, edited with Duncan Fuller and Andrew Jonas. He has been an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2001.

    Andrew Leyshon is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham. His work has focused on geographies of money and finance, and in particular on the geographies of financial exclusion and inclusion and the formation of financial ecologies, and on the impacts of digital technology on the musical economy. Publications include Money/Space: Geographies of Monetary Transformation (1997, with Nigel Thrift), The Place of Music (1998, edited with Dave Matless and George Revill), Alternative Economic Spaces (edited with Roger Lee and Colin Williams, SAGE, 2003), Geographies of the New Economy (edited with Peter Daniels, Jon Beaverstock and Mike Bradshaw, Routledge, 2007). He was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2007.

    Ron Martin is Professor of Economic Geography and a Fellow of the Cambridge MIT Institute. He is also a Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research attached to the Judge Business School. He holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Catharine's College. His research interests fall into five main areas: the Geographies of Work; the Geographies of Financial Systems; Regional Economic Development; Economic Theory and Economic Geography (and especially Evolutionary Economic Geography); and Geography and Public Policy. Recent key publications include: Putting Workfare in: Local Labour Markets and the New Deal (with P. J. Sunley and C. Nativel, Blackwell, 2005); The Competitive Performance of English Cities (with J. Simmie and P. Wood, DCLG, 2006), and; History Matters: Path Dependence and Innovation in British City-Regions (with J. Simmie, NESTA, 2008).

    Linda McDowell is currently Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St John's College. Her main research interest is the interconnections between economic restructuring, new forms of work in the labour market and in the home and the transformation of gender relations in contemporary Britain. Her books include Capital Culture: Genderat Work in the City (Blackwell, 1997); Redundant Masculinities? (Blackwell, 2003); Hard Labour: The Forgotten Voices of Latvian Migrant ‘Volunteer’ Workers (UCL Press, 2005) and Working Bodies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). She is currently working on a project about recent EU migrants to Greater London as well as a study of South Asian women's involvement in workplace disputes in the UK and is planning a new book about women migrants' working lives in Britain between 1946–2006.

    Richard Peet grew up in a working class neighborhood near Liverpool in England. Somehow he passed the 11+ exam and eventually received degrees from the London School of Economics (BSc (Econ)), the University of British Columbia (MA) and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD). He was a founding member of the ‘radical geography movement’ and long-time editor of Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, while later serving as co-editor of the more mainstream journal Economic Geography. He is now Professor of Geography at Clark University, Worcester, MA and is interested in development, global power and policy regimes, social theory and philosophy, political ecology and the causes of financial crises. He is the author of 17 books, 100 articles, and 50 book reviews. He is editor of a new radical journal called Human Geography. His recent publications include (with M. Watts), Liberation Ecologies First and Second Editions 1996, 2004; Unholy Trinity: The IMF, World Bank and WTO (London, Zed Books, 2003, 2009) and Geography of Power: Making Global Economic Policy (London, Zed Books, 2007). He has two edited books forthcoming: New Economic Policy in India with Waquar Ahmed and Amitabh Kundu and Global Political Ecology with Michael Watts and Paul Robbins, both to be published by Routledge in early 2011.

    Andy C. Pratt is Professor of Culture, Media and Economy and Head of the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries Research at King's College London. His central research interest is with the cultural, or creative, economy: its location, operation, governance and policy. He has worked as a consultant or advisor for the UK London Development Agency, South East Development Agency, the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the Department of Trade and Industry and NESTA; and, outside the UK for the cities of Hong Kong SAR, Barcelona, Catalunya, Bilbao, Mannheim, Berlin; the EU, UNESCO, and UNCTAD. He has conducted research in the US, Japan, China, India as well as many European nations. His current research is concerned with the social aspects of the economic processes of agglomeration (institutions and networks), which involves both work on ‘industrial policy, creativity and innovation’ and economic organisation. He edited a recent book on this topic with Paul Jeffcutt (2009), Creativity and Innovation in the Cultural Economy, Routledge. He is currently working on a major book London and the Cultural Economy to be published by Princeton University Press.

    Michael Pryke is a Senior Lecturer in Geography in the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Open University, England. His research focuses on the cultural economic geographies of money and finance. He has edited (with Paul du Gay) Cultural Economy (SAGE, 2002), (with John Allen and Doreen Massey) Unsettling Cities (Routledge, 1999), and (with Gillian Rose and Sarah Whatmore) Using Social Theory (SAGE, 2003). He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy.

    Paul Routledge is a Reader in Human Geography at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include climate change; global justice networks; social movements; activism and geopolitics. He is co-editor (with Gearóid Ó Tuathail and Simon Dalby) of The Geopolitics Reader (Routledge, 2006), and co-author (with Andrew Cumbers) of Global Justice Networks: Geographies of Transnational Solidarity (MUP, 2009).

    Michael Samers holds a BA from Clark University, an MS from the University of Wisconsin, and a D.Phil from Oxford University. He is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, having taught previously at the Universities of Liverpool and Nottingham. His research has centred on the economic and urban dimensions of migration, immigration, and employment. Over the last five years, he has also undertaken research (with Jane Pollard) on Islamic banking and finance. He is the author of Migration (Routledge, 2010) and co-author with Noel Castree, Neil Coe, and Kevin Ward of Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and Geographies of Labour (SAGE, 2003). Since 2006 he has served as co-editor of the journal Geoforum.

    Peter Sunley is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Southampton. 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 questions of continuity and change in 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 work into the geography of design agencies in the UK with Steven Pinch and Suzanne Reimer, and he is currently working on a project examining local aspects of social enterprise.

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