Geography and Environment

Research Group: Economy, Governance and Culture

The Economy, Governance and Culture Research Group focuses on the geographical analysis of economic change, innovation and knowledge.

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Group Overview

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We have a leading reputation in economic geography and focus on understanding how the interactions between economic, social and political change vary across space. Our research addresses a wide range of related topics including geographies of development and labour, the globalisation of retail and food networks, urban change and political restructuring, and the local dimensions of the social economy.

We explore how economic spaces have been transformed by globalisation and how firms, labour and states are responding to the risks and opportunities of the ‘post-crisis’ economy. Key research topics include: the geography of supply chains and outcomes for human development; food production, regulation and welfare; regional economic evolution and transition; and culture, ethics and consumption. We also investigate geographies of innovation and their connections to venture finance, urban clusters and mobilities.

Our research contributes to understanding how socio-economic practices and networks can be best governed and managed in a range of substantive areas and varied places. We are at the forefront of recent innovations in economic geography and on issues such as the internationalisation of retailing and firm knowledge and learning. The Journal of Economic Geography is co-edited within the group and is currently the most cited journal in human geography.

We lead the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) retail industry business engagement network (RIBEN), which brings facilitates collaboration between leading retail research groups and retail firms. The research network has core funding of £1.45 million and includes Oxford, Leeds and Surrey Universities together with private industry partners.


Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):


Pinch, Philip and Reimer, Suzanne M. (2012) Motomobilities: Geographies of the motorcycle and motorcyclists. Mobilities, 7, (3), 439-457. (doi:10.1080/17450101.2012.659466).
Sunley, Peter, Pinch, Steven and Reimer, Suzanne M. (2011) Design capital: practice and situated learning in London design agencies. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 36, (3), 377-392. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00431.x).
Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. (2011) Clean Clothes: A Global Movement to End Sweatshops – By Liesbeth Sluiter. Geographical Journal, 177, (1), 99-100. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4959.2010.00388_5.x).
Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. (2010) No war, no peace...and Sri Lanka simmers. Political Geography, 29, (7), 404-405. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2010.04.001).
Sunley, Peter, Pinch, Steven and Macmillen, James (2010) Growing design: challenges and constraints facing design agencies in three English city regions. Regional Studies, 44, (7), 873-887. (doi:10.1080/00343401003604671 ).
Pinch, Steven, Sunley, Peter and James, Macmillen (2010) Cognitive mapping of creative practice: a case study of three English design agencies. Geoforum, 41, (3), 377-387. (doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2009.10.012).
Cook, Ian, Duruz, Jean, Hobson, Kersty, Philo, Chris, Hallett IV, Lucius, Buller, Henry, Guthman, Julie, Goodman, Mike, Murphy, Andrew, Hayes-Conroy, Allison, Hulme, Alison, Hayes-Conroy, Jessica, Sheller, Mimi, Tucker, Lisa, Crewe, Louise, Blake, Megan, Nally, David, Le Heron, Richard, Roe, Emma, Putnam, Heather, Mather, Charles, Maye, Damian, Kingsbury, Paul, Henderson, Heike, Slocum, Rachel and Imai, Shoko (2010) Geographies of food: 'Afters'. Progress in Human Geography (doi:10.1177/0309132510369035).
Wrigley , Neil, Cudworth , Katherine and Lambiri, Dionysia (2010) Further evidence on linked trips and foodstore development. Town & Country Planning, 79, (4), 187-193.
Greenhough, Beth and Roe, Emma (2010) From ethical principles to response-able practice. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 28, (1), 43-45. (doi:10.1068/d2706wse).
Wrigley, N. and Overman, H. (2010) Editorial.The 10th year of the Journal of Economic Geography: a decade of high impact publication. Journal of Economic Geography, 10, (1), 1-8. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbp060).
Hearle, Christopher and Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. (2009) Contentious care: foster care grants and the caregiver orphan relationship in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Oxford Development Studies, 37, (4), 423-437. (doi:10.1080/13600810903305240).
Wrigley, Neil, Lambiri, Dionysia and Cudworth, Katherine (2009) Linked trips and town centre viability. Town & Country Planning, 78, (10), 433-438.
Roe, E. and Higgin, M. (2008) Ethical consumerism. How are caterers coping? Food Ethics, 3, (4), 4-7.
Sunley, Peter, Pinch, Steven, Reimer, Suzanne and Macmillen, James (2008) Innovation in a creative production system: the case of design. Journal of Economic Geography, 8, (5), 675-698. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbn028).
Reimer, Suzanne, Pinch, Steven and Sunley, Peter (2008) Design spaces: agglomeration and creativity in British design agencies. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 90, (2), 151-172. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0467.2008.00284.x).
Reimer, Suzanne and Leslie, Deborah (2008) Design, national imaginaries, and the home furnishings commodity chain. Growth and Change, 39, (1), 144-171. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2257.2007.00409.x).


Knox, Paul and Pinch, Steven (2010) Urban social geography: an introduction. Sixth edition, London, GB, Pearson Education Ltd, 373pp.
Sunley, P., Martin, R. and Nativel, C. (2006) Putting workfare in place: local labour markets and the New Deal, Oxford, Blackwell, 230pp.

Book Section

Lowe, Michelle and Wrigley, Neil (2010) Case study - Tesco: from domestic operator to multinational giant. In, Johnson, Gerry, Whitington, Richard and Scholes, Kevin (eds.) Exploring Strategy. 9th Edition. London, GB, Pearson, 658-664.
Cloke, Paul, Barnett, Clive, Clarke, Nick and Malpass, Alice (2010) Faith in ethical consumption. In, Religion, Consumerism and Sustainability: Paradise Lost? Basingstoke, GB, Palgrave Macmillan, 93-114.
Reimer, Suzanne M. (2010) Trevor Barnes. In, Hubbard, Phil and Kitchin, Rob (eds.) Key Thinkers on Space and Place. Second Edition. London, GB, Sage, 34-39.
Roe, Emma J. (2010) Ethics and the non-human: the matterings of animal sentience in the meat industry. In, Anderson, Ben and Harrison, Paul (eds.) Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography. Farnham, GB, Ashgate, 261-280.
Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. (2009) Waves of reality: spatial and temporal dynamics of post-tsunami development efforts in Sri Lanka – a gender analysis. In, De Mel, Neloufer, Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. and Samarasinghe, Gameela (eds.) After the Waves: The Impact of the Tsunami on Women in Sri Lanka. Colombo, Sri Lanka, Social Scientist Association, 65-83.


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