About this Fellow
My research has focussed on economic geographies and processes of combined and uneven spatial development at varying spatial scales. The theoretical framework for this research draws upon various strands of heterodox political economy, including Marxian, evolutionary, institutional and regulationist approaches, and state theories. Related to this, I have also sought to understand the role of public policy in bringing about change. The main empirical focus of this work has been on regions of growth and decline within Europe, though situated within a changing global context. My most recent research has been concerned with (a)the relationships between the legal and illegal in the contemporary economy and (b)the significance of material transformations in economic processes.
- Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Durham
- Acting Vice-Chancellor and Warden and Professor of Geography, University of Durham, 2012 - 2016
- Professor of Geography, University of Durham, 1990
- Director, Wolfson Research Institute and Professor of Geography, University of Durham, University of Durham, 2003
- Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Durham, 2016
Early contact between islanders and Europeans in the Pacific during the 18th and early 19th century; Maori life, past and present; Polynesian voyaging and navigation
Cultural and political ecology, with principal specialization on agrarian change in developing countries; comparative regional study of the dynamics of people-environment interaction in the Pacific and southeast Asia
Social anthropology: thematic interests in comparative analysis of political life, power relations, social movements, the state, political economy, migration, conflict and security; regional specialisation in Latin American societies and history
The representation and analysis of phenomena distributed in space and time, especially the space of the Earth's surface; the application of geographic information systems to research in the social sciences and humanities.