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):

Wrigley , Neil and Lambiri, Dionysia (2014) High street performance and evolution: a brief guide to the evidence. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 24pp. (doi:10.13140/2.1.3587.9041).
Kemeny, Thomas (2014) Immigrant diversity and economic performance in cities. International Regional Science Review (doi:10.1177/0160017614541695).
Clarke, Nick (2014) Backpacking. In, Thrift, Nigel, Tickell, Adam, Woolgar, Steve and Rupp, William H. (eds.) Globalisation in Practice. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 22-24.
Martin, Ron and Sunley, Peter (2014) On the notion of regional economic resilience: conceptualization and explanation. Journal of Economic Geography, 2014 (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbu015).
Kemeny, Thomas and Storper, Michael (2014) Is specialization good for regional economic development? Regional Studies, 1-16. (doi:10.1080/00343404.2014.899691).
Hracs, B.J. and Jakob, D. (2014) Staging exclusive & interactive experiences: the case of music & craft. Toronto, CA, Martin Prosperity Institute, 29pp. (Martin Prosperity Research).
Clarke, Nick (2014) Locality and localism: a view from British Human Geography. [in special issue: Understanding Localism, Part 2 ] Policy Studies, 34, (5-6), 492-507. (doi:10.1080/01442872.2013.862446).
Roe, Emma and Greenhough, Beth (2014) Experimental partnering: interpreting improvisatory habits in the research field. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 17, (1), 45-57. (doi:10.1080/13645579.2014.854014).
Hracs, B.J. and Stolarick, K (2014) Satisfaction guaranteed? Individual preferences, experiences and mobility. In, Grant, Jill L. (ed.) Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Innovation. Toronto, CA, University of Toronto Press. (Routledge Studies in Human Geography).
Sunley, Peter and Pinch, Steven (2014) The local construction of social enterprise markets: an evaluation of Jens Beckert's field approach. Environment and Planning A, 46, (4), 788-802. (doi:10.1068/a45605).
Hracs, B.J. and Jakob, D. (2014) Selling the stage: exploring the spatial and temporal dimensions of interactive cultural experiences. In, Spatial Dynamics of the Experience Economy. Abingdon, GB, Taylor & Francis. (Routledge Advances in Regional Economics, Science and Policy). (In Press).
Hracs, B.J. (2014) Working harder and working smarter: the survival strategies of contemporary independent musicians. In, Hracs, B.J., Seman, Michael and Virani, Tarek (eds.) The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age. Abingdon, GB, Taylor & Francis. (Routledge Studies in Human Geography). (In Press).
Hracs, B.J. and Leslie, D. (2013) Living under the lights: the intensification and extensification of aesthetic labour for independent musicians in Toronto. Toronto, CA, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto, 22pp. (Martin Prosperity Institute Working Papers).
Roe, Emma (2013) Global carcass balancing: horsemeat and agro-food network. Radical Philosophy, 179, 2-5.
Gardiner, Ben, Martin, Ron, Sunley, Peter and Tyler, Peter (2013) Spatially unbalanced growth in the British economy. Journal of Economic Geography, 1-40. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbt003).
Kemeny, Thomas (2013) The US jobs and innovation accelerator challenge. In, An International Benchmarking Analysis of Public Programmes for High-Growth Firms. Paris, FR, OECD, 202-206. (Local Economic and Employment Development Programme).
Hracs, B.J. (2013) Cultural intermediaries in the digital age: the case of independent musicians and managers in Toronto. [in special issue: Taking Matters into Third Hands: Intermediaries and the Organization of the Creative Economy] Regional Studies, 1-16. (doi:10.1080/00343404.2012.750425).
Wrigley, Neil (2013) Towards a policy engaged retail geography. In, Garrocho, Carlos (ed.) Advances in Commercial Geography: Prospects, Methods and Applications. Zinacantepec, MX, El Colegio Mexiquense, 59-93.
Kemeny, Thomas and Rigby, David (2012) Trading away what kind of jobs? globalization, trade and tasks in the US economy. Review of World Economics, 148, (1), 1-16. (doi:10.1007/s10290-011-0099-5).
Kemeny, Thomas and Storper, Michael (2012) The sources of urban development: wages, housing, and amenity gaps across American cities. Journal of Regional Science, 52, (1), 85-108. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9787.2011.00754.x).
Kemeny, Thomas (2012) Cultural diversity, institutions, and urban economic performance. Environment and Planning A, 44, (9), 2134-2152. (doi:10.1068/a44385).
Sunley, Peter and Pinch, S. (2012) Financing social enterprise: social bricolage or evolutionary entrepreneurialism? Social Enterprise Journal, 8, (2), 108-122. (doi:10.1108/17508611211252837).
Martin, Ron and Sunley, Peter (2012) The place of path dependence in an evolutionary perspective on the economic landscape. In, Boschma, Ron and Martin, Ron (eds.) The Handbook Of Evolutionary Economic Geography. Chichester, UK, Edward Elgar.
Martin, Ron and Sunley, Peter (2011) Conceptualizing cluster evolution: beyond the life cycle model? [in special issue: Cluster Life Cycles] Regional Studies, 45, (10), 1299-1318. (doi:10.1080/00343404.2011.622263).
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).
Garrett, B.L. (2011) Videographic geographies: Using digital video for geographic research. Progress in Human Geography, 35, (4), 521-541. (doi:10.1177/0309132510388337).
Hracs, B.J. (2011) Risk and freedom for independent musicians in Toronto. Toronto, CA, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto, 38pp. (Martin Prosperity Institute Working Papers).
Hracs, B.J. and Stolarick, K. (2011) Satisfaction guaranteed? Talent mobility and regional satisfaction. Toronto, CA, Martin Prosperity Institute, 20pp. (Martin Prosperity Institute Working Papers).
Martin, Ron and Sunley, Peter (2011) Regional competitiveness: Clusters or dynamic comparative advantage. In, Huggins, Robert and Izushi, Hiro (eds.) Competition, Competitive Advantage, and Clusters: The Ideas of Michael Porter. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 211-238. (In Press).
Roe, E., Buller, H. and Bull, J. (2011) The performance of farm animal assessment. Animal Welfare, 20, (1), 69-78.
Kemeny, Thomas (2011) Are international technology gaps growing or shrinking in the age of globalization? Journal of Economic Geography, 11, (1), 1-35. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbp062 ).
Hracs, B.J., Grant, J.L., Haggett, J. and Morton, J. (2011) A tale of two scenes: civic capital and retaining musical talent in Toronto and Halifax. The Canadian Geographer, 55, (3), 365-382. (doi:10.1111/j.1541-0064.2011.00364.x).
Stolarick, K., Hracs, B.J. and Florida, R. (2010) Occam’s curse, dialectics, and the creative city. [in special issue: Advancing the Creative Economy Approach for Urban Studies] City Culture and Society, 1, (4), 175-177. (doi:10.1016/j.ccs.2011.01.008).
Wrigley, Neil, Lambiri, Dionysia and Cudworth, Katherine (2010) Revisiting the impact of large foodstores on market towns and district centres. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 7pp.
Kemeny, Thomas (2010) Does foreign direct investment drive technological upgrading? World Development, 38, (11), 1543-1554. (doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2010.03.001).
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 ).
Wrigley, Neil (2010) The shifting geographies of UK retailing - chapter 13. In, Coe , Neil and Jones , Andrew (eds.) The Economic Geography of the UK. London, GB, Sage, 181-195.
Roe, Emma J. (2010) Ethics and the non-human: the matterings of sentience in the meat industry. In, Anderson, Ben and Harrison, Paul (eds.) Taking-place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography. Farnham, GB, Ashgate, 261-280.
Buckingham, Heather, Pinch, Steven and Sunley, Peter (2010) The regional geography of social enterprise in the UK: a review of recent surveys. Southampton, GB, Third Sector Research Centre, 21pp. (Working Paper, 35).
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).
Wrigley , Neil, Cudworth , Katherine and Lambiri, Dionysia (2010) Further evidence on linked trips and foodstore development. Town & Country Planning, 79, (4), 187-193.
Martin, Ron and Sunley, Peter (2010) The new economic geography and policy relevance. Journal of Economic Geography, 11, (2), 357-369. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbq042).
Kemeny, Thomas (2010) Technological change, geography of. In, Warf, Barney (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Geography. London, GB, SAGE .
Hracs, Brian (2010) Working in the creative economy: the spatial dynamics of employment risk for musicians in Toronto. University of Toronto, Department of Geography, Doctoral Thesis .
Clarke, N. (2010) Writing mobility: thoughts from a research project on British working holiday makers in Australia. In, Fincham, Ben, McGuinness, Mark and Murray, Lesley (eds.) Mobile Methodologies. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave MacMillan, 118-129.
Hracs, B.J. (2009) Beyond Bohemia: geographies of everyday creativity for musicians in Toronto. In, Edensor, Tim, Leslie, Deborah, Millington, Steve and Rantisi, Norma (eds.) Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. Abingdon, GB, Taylor & Francis. (Routledge Studies in Human Geography).
Roe, E.J. (2009) Human-nonhuman. In, Kitchin, R. and Thrift, N. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Oxford, UK, Elsevier, 251-257. (doi:10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00702-1).
Coe, Neil M. and Wrigley, Neil (eds.) (2009) The globalization of retailing , Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 1072pp. (Globalization of the World Economy).
Clarke, N. (2009) Networks, Urban. In, Kitchen, Rob and Thrift, Nigel (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Oxford, UK, Elsevier, 414-418. (doi:10.1016/B978-008044910-4.01095-6).
Roe, E. and Higgin, M. (2008) Ethical consumerism. How are caterers coping? Food Ethics, 3, (4), 4-7.
Clarke, Nick (2008) From ethical consumerism to political consumption. Geography Compass, 2, (6), 1870-1884. (doi:10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00170.x).
Barnett, Clive, Clarke, Nick, Cloke, Paul and Malpass, Alice (2008) The elusive subjects of neoliberalism: beyond the analytics of governmentality. [in special issue: Cultural Studies and Anti-Consumerism: a Critical Encounter] Cultural Studies, 22, (5), 624-653. (doi:10.1080/09502380802245902).
Roe, Emma and Higgin, Marc (2008) European meat and dairy retail distribution and supply networks: a comparative study of the current and potential markets for welfare-friendly foodstuffs in six European countries. In, Kjaernes, Unni, Bock, Bettina, Miele, Mara and Roex, Joek (eds.) Consumption, Distribution and Production of Farm Animal Welfare. Opinions and Practices within the Supply Chain. Cardiff, UK, Cardiff University, 129-256. (Welfare Quality Reports, 7 Part II, Chapte).
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).
Clarke, Nick, Cloke, Paul, Barnett, Clive and Malpass, Alice (2008) The spaces and ethics of organic food. Journal of Rural Studies, 24, (3), 219-230. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2007.12.008).
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).
Roe, Emma J. and Buller, Henry (2008) Marketing farm animal welfare factsheet. Wageningen, Welfare Quality, 2pp.
Clarke, Nick, Barnett, Clive, Cloke, Paul and Malpass, Alice (2007) The political rationalities of fair trade consumption in the United Kingdom. Politics and Society, 35, (4), 583-607. (doi:10.1177/0032329207308178).
Coe, Neil M. and Wrigley, Neil (2007) Host economy impacts of transnational retail: the research agenda. Journal of Economic Geography, 7, (4), 341-371. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbm012).
Wrigley, Neil and Lowe, Michelle (2007) Transnational retail and the global economy. Journal of Economic Geography, 7, (4), 337-340. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbm025).
Martin, Ron and Sunley, Peter (2007) Complexity thinking and evolutionary economic geography. Journal of Economic Geography, 7, (5), 573-601. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbm019).
Clarke, N., Barnett, C., Cloke, P. and Malpass, A. (2007) Globalising the consumer: doing politics in an ethical register. Political Geography, 26, (3), 231-249. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.10.009).
Wrigley, Neil and Lowe, Michelle (2007) Introduction. Transnational retail and the global economy. Journal of Economic Geography, 7, (4), 337-340. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbm025).
Hracs, B.J. (2007) Toronto’s culturally driven gentrification: the creative class of West Queen West. UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies, 16, 34-36.
Martin, R. and Sunley, P. (2006) Path dependence and regional economic evolution. Journal of Economic Geography, 6, (4), 395-437. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbl012).
Roe, E.J. and Higgin, M. (2006) The presence of animal-welfare friendly bodies: an organised or disorganised achievement in the food supply chain. In, Kaiser, Matthias and Lien, Marianne Elisabeth (eds.) Ethics and Politics of food. 6th congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, EurSAFE 2006 Wageningen, Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Roe, Emma J. and Greenhough, Beth (2006) Towards a geography of bodily technologies. Environment and Planning A, 38, (3), 416-422. (doi:10.1068/a38514).
Sunley, P., Martin, R. and Nativel, C. (2006) Putting workfare in place: local labour markets and the New Deal, Oxford, Blackwell, 230pp.
Clarke, N. (2005) Detailing transnational lives of the middle: British working holiday makers in Australia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 31, (2), 307-322. (doi:10.1080/1369183042000339945).
Barnett, C., Clarke, N., Cloke, P. and Malpass, A., Nordic Council of Ministers (2005) Articulating ethics and consumption. In, Bostrum, M., Follesdal, A., Klintman, M., Micheletti, M. and Sorensen, P. (eds.) Political Consumerism: Its Motivations, Power and Conditions in the Nordic Countries and Elsewhere. Political Consumerism: Its Motivatioins, Power and Conditions in the Nordic Countries and Elsewhere Copenhagen, Denmark, Nordic Council, 99-112.
Barnett, C., Cloke, P., Clarke, N. and Malpass, A. (2005) Consuming ethics: articulating the subjects and spaces of ethical consumption. Antipode, 37, (1), 23-45. (doi:10.1111/j.0066-4812.2005.00472.x).
Barnett, Clive, Clarke, Nick, Cloke, Paul and Malpass, Alice Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) (2005) The political ethics of consumerism. Consumer Policy Review, 15, (2), 45-51.
Hughes, A. and Reimer, S. (2005) Publishing commodity chains. Geoforum, 36, (3), 273-275. (doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2005.01.007).
Martin, R., Berndt, C., Klagge, B. and Sunley, P. (2005) Spatial proximity effects and regional equity gaps in the venture capital market: evidence from Germany and the United Kingdom. Environment and Planning A, 37, (7), 1207-1231.
Clarke, Nick (2004) Free independent travellers? British working holiday makers in Australia. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 29, (4), 499-509. (doi:10.1111/j.00202754.2004.00144.x).
Currah, Andrew and Wrigley, Neil (2004) Networks of organisational learning and adaptation in retail TNCs. Global Networks, 4, (1), 1-23. (doi:10.1111/j.1471-0374.2004.00078.x).
Hughes, A. and Reimer, S. (eds.) (2004) Geographies of commodity chains, London, UK, Routledge, 288pp.
Wrigley, Neil, Warm, Daniel, Margetts, Barrie and Lowe, Michelle (2004) The Leeds "food deserts" intervention study: what the focus groups reveal. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 32, (2), 123-136. (doi:10.1108/09590550410521798).
Martin, Ron, Berndt, Christian, Klagge, Britta, Sunley, Peter, Herten, Stephan and Sternberg, Rolf (2003) Regional venture capitalism: UK and Germany compared. London, UK, Anglo-German Foundation, 63pp.
Martin, Ron and Sunley, Peter (2003) Deconstructing clusters: chaotic concept or policy panacea? Journal of Economic Geography, 3, (1), 5-35. (doi:10.1093/jeg/3.1.5).
Wrigley, Neil, Warm, Daniel and Margetts, Barrie (2003) Deprivation, diet, and food-retail access: findings from the Leeds 'food deserts' study. Environment and Planning A, 35, (1), 151-188. (doi:10.1068/a35150).
Wrigley, Neil (2002) Transforming the corporate landscape of US food retailing: Market power, financial re-engineering and regulation. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 93, (1), 62-82. (doi:10.1111/1467-9663.00183).
Wrigley, Neil, Lowe, Michelle and Currah, Andrew (2002) Retailing and e-tailing. Urban Geography, 23, (2), 180-197.
Leslie, D. and Reimer, S. (1999) Spatializing commodity chains. Progress in Human Geography, 23, (3), 401-420. (doi:10.1177/030913259902300304).


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