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Dr Emil Evenhuis BA, MA, MSc, MPA, PhD

Research Fellow in Economic Geography

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Emil Evenhuis’ research is on how cities and regions cope with economic change, and in particular on the role of institutions and policies in this. In other words: how may communities exercise (some) control over their economic affairs in a rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected world? He is especially interested in how places deal with structural change (in particular deindustrialisation), and the continuing - but changing - role of manufacturing across regional economies.

Emil Evenhuis is a Research Fellow for the project ‘Manufacturing Renaissance in Industrial Regions?’, led by prof. Peter Sunley at Geography and Environmental Science. He started at Southampton in early 2018. Previously he was a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge for the project ‘Structural Transformation, Adaptability, City Economic Evolutions’.

Emil studied Economics, Philosophy and Japan Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and graduated in 2004. He then worked for 7 years as an economic consultant in The Netherlands, acting as an expert and project manager on about 30 assignments, commissioned by governments at various levels (local, national and European), mostly regarding urban development and large infrastructure projects. He attained his executive Master of Public Administration (MPA)-degree from the Netherlands School of Public Administration in The Hague in 2010. In late 2011 he became a PhD-researcher at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University, and completed his thesis – entitled 'The Political Economy of Adaptation and Resilience in Old Industrial Regions: A Comparative Study of South Saarland and Teesside’ – in early 2016.


Research interests

Emil’s research engages with several strands of literature: Evolutionary Economic Geography, (Historical) Institutionalism, and Comparative Urbanism. He has recently published on divergent growth patterns across British cities, regional economic resilience, and institutional change in cities.

His research interests encompass:

  • Economic resilience and adaptability
  • City economies
  • Industrial regions
  • Manufacturing in the UK
  • Institutions and governance in urban and regional economic development
  • Comparative approaches
  • Evolutionary Economic Geography
  • Geographical Political Economy

Research projects

Manufacturing renaissance in industrial regions? Investigating the potential of advanced manufacturing for sectoral and spatial rebalancing (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council), with prof. Peter Sunley as Principal Investigator, and profs. Ron Martin, Andy Pike and Richard Harris as Co-Investigators.

The project aims to investigate the potential of advanced manufacturing to play a leading role in regional economies in the UK, especially in light of ambitions to achieve a more balanced growth across the British economy. It examines the geographical and economic dynamics of four key manufacturing industries: electrical, computing and optical equipment; aerospace; pharmaceuticals; and motor vehicles.

“Structural Transformation, Adaptability and City Economic Evolutions” (within the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s Urban Transformations Initiative), with prof. Ron Martin as Principal Investigator, and profs. Andy Pike, Peter Sunley, David Bailey and Peter Tyler as Co-Investigators. The aims of this project are (1) to examine and explain the economic growth paths of British cities and localities in terms of how far and in what ways they have been able to re-orientate and transform their economic base over time, and (2) to understand the scope for policy intervention to enable cities to adapt to structural change in a situation of increasingly devolved decision making and new forms of city-region governance. Read more on City Evolutions.

Research group

Economy, Society and Governance

  • Events Officer in the Committee of the Economic Geography Research Group of Royal Geographical Society
  • Member of the Editorial Board (as Assistant Editor) of Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, peer-reviewed journal published by Oxford University Press
  • Visiting fellow of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University
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Emil teaches on the following modules at the University of Southampton:

  • GEOG2034 Economic Geography
  • GEOG3049 Evolutionary Economic Geography
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