Geography and Environment

Peter Sunley

Primary position:
Professor of Economic Geography
Other positions:
Director of Research and Enterprise


The University of Southampton
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MA (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)

1988-2003, lecturer and senior lecturer, University of Edinburgh,
2003- Professor, University of Southampton


The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Martin, Ron and Sunley, Peter (2014) On the notion of regional economic resilience: conceptualization and explanation. Journal of Economic Geography, 15, (1), 1-42. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbu015).
Martin, Ron and Sunley, Peter (2014) Towards a developmental turn in evolutionary economic geography. Regional Studies, 712-732. (doi:10.1080/00343404.2014.899431).
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).
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).
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 (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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
Sunley, Peter (2006) Review essay: Venture capital and the internet industry. Venture Capital, 8, (3), 273-280. (doi:10.1080/13691060500520227).
Sunley, Peter, Klagge, Britta, Berndt, Christian and Martin, Ron (2005) Venture capital programmes in the UK and Germany: in what sense regional policies? Regional Studies, 39, (2), 255-273. (doi:10.1080/0034340052000321913).
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).
Martin, Ron, Sunley, Peter and Turner, Dave (2002) Taking risks in regions: the geographical anatomy of europe’s emerging venture capital market. Journal of Economic Geography, 2, (2), 121-150.
Nativel, C., Sunley, P. and Martin, R. (2002) Localising welfare-to-work? Territorial flexibility and the new deal for young people. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 20, (6), 911-932. (doi:10.1068/c0125).
Sunley, Peter, Martin, Ron and Nativel, Corinne (2001) Mapping the New Deal: local disparities in the performance of Welfare-to-Work. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 26, (4), 484-512. (doi:10.1111/1475-5661.00036).


Leyshon, Andrew, Lee, Roger, McDowell, Linda and Sunley, Peter (eds.) (2011) The Sage Handbook of Economic Geography, London, GB, Sage, 411pp.
Martin, Ronald and Sunley, Peter (eds.) (2008) Economic Geography: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, London, GB, Routledge, 2512pp. (Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences).
Sunley, P., Martin, R. and Nativel, C. (2006) Putting workfare in place: local labour markets and the New Deal, Oxford, Blackwell, 230pp.

Book Section

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) 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).
Sunley, Peter (2011) The consequences of economic globalization. In, The Sage Handbook of Economic Geography. London, GB, Sage, 102-118.
Sunley, Peter (2011) Worlds of production: conventions and the microfoundations of regional economies. In, Cooke, Philip , Asheim, Bjorn Terje , Boschma, Ron , Martin, Ron, Schwartz, Dafna and Todtling, Franz (eds.) Handbook of Regional Innovation and Growth. Cheltenham, GB, Edward Elgar, 339-349.


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).
Sunley, P.J. and Martin, R.L. , Simmie, J. and Carpenter, J. (eds.) (2007) New path creation and the city-region economy: some conceptual issues and an exploratoty analysis. Oxford, UK, Oxford Brookes University, 15pp. (Oxford Brookes/NESTA Working Paper Series, (197) ).


Research Interests

Economic geography including; regional development and growth, venture capital and firm finance, innovation and creative industry, geographies of labour and welfare policy, evolutionary economic geography and social enterprise

Recent research projects

  • 2007 – 2009 The geography of commercial design: A comparison of London and the regions, ESRC
  • 2010 - 2011 Social enterprise in local context: finance and networks, Third Sector Research Centre

Primary research group:  Economy, Governance and Culture

Research project

Financing Social Enterprise: Diversification and Decentralisation?


Economy, Society and Space Research Group leader

2002 Scottish Royal Geographical Society Medal, 2009 Elected Academician, Academy of Social Sciences

Teaching Responsibilities

Year 1, Globalization and Uneven Development
Year 2, Paris fieldcourse


Professor Peter Sunley
University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/2009

Telephone: (023) 8059 5496