EGC has been successful in economic geography and especially retail geography where it has secured large amounts of research income and a prominent role in the ESRC’s RIBEN. It has a leading international reputation in evolutionary economic geography. The group has made highly successful public impact through its retail research. It also has productive links with other parts of the University including the Third Sector Research Centre, the Work Futures Research Group, and the Centre for Citizenship, Globalisation, and Governance.
EGC is now looking to build further on its strength in economic geography and add expertise on the politics and governance of urban, economic, and cultural change. There are three overlapping themes around which current research is organised:
- Evolution in Economic geography, including: retail industries, centres, and consumption; globalisation and emerging markets; regional and urban growth and decline; global production networks; innovation systems and transitions; and cities and cultural economy.
- Practice and culture, including: food and animal welfare; matter and technology; organisational practices, risk and behavioural change; migration and diversity; resilience and development, and urban culture and space.
- Governance and politics, including: political governance and regulation; urban governance and culture; localism, decentralisation, and democracy; and social welfare and inequalities.