The Cities, Politics, Economies research group is orientated by a shared concern to develop innovative ways of theorising and understanding contemporary urban, political and economic challenges.
From analysing the construction and performance of urban identities and economies, to the nature and mobility of policy and politics, the group develops original understandings of how cities, economies, and political practices are assembled, mobilised, mediated and governed, from the experiences of everyday life to iconic buildings and extraordinary spaces.
Our research addresses the following primary themes and issues:
- The changing nature of urban life, urban politics, and urban policy.
- Political economy at varying spatial scales, including labour relations, Global Production Networks, and resource geographies.
- Geographies of migration and mobility, including mobilities of policy, people, and finance.
- The politics of sovereignty, devolution, and urban and regional governance.
- Geographies of social justice, equality, and rights.
The work of the group is focused on international workshops, departmental seminars and the development of research conversations through reading groups, presentations and discussions of 'research challenges'.
The research synergies developed by the Cities, Politics, Economies research group form a key part of the Manchester Urban Institute, drawing together expertise in critical urbanism and urban research from across The University of Manchester.
The research developed through the Cities, Politics, Economies research group also complements the University’s wider expertise in Global Production Networks (the Global Production Networks, Labour and Trade research group), consumption (Sustainable Consumption Institute), political theory (the Political Horizons research cluster) and cultural change (the ESRC-funded Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change).
Members of the group collaborate extensively with national and international colleagues, and our work has been supported by the British Academy, DFID, ESRC, European Commission, European Research Council, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust.
Related centres, institutes and groups
- Manchester Urban Institute
- Collaboratory for Urban Resilience and Energy
- Manchester Architectural Research Group
- Global Urban Research Group
- Political Horizons research cluster
- Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change
Academic staff in Cities, Politics and Economies
Stefan is a Professor of Human Geography. His interests include: energy vulnerability, social environmental science, urban transitions and inequality.
Alison is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Human Geography. Her interests include: sustainable consumption, everyday practice, water resources, governance and climate change adaptation.
Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. His interests include: forced migration, urban politics and protest, social theory and political geography.
Jamie is a Lecturer in Human Geography. His interests include: political economy of (Korean) development, labour geography, political space.
James is a Professor of Human Geography. His interests include: living labs, urban experimentation, sustainability, smart cities and environmental governance.
Sarah Marie Hall
Sarah is a Hallsworth Research Fellow and Lecturer in Human Geography. Her interests include: austerity and crises, everyday life, ethnographic methods, families and intimacies, ethics and social justice.
Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. His interests include: global production networks, urban economic development, mobile communications, economic geography.
Saska is a Lecturer in Human Geography. Her interests include: environmental geographies, intra-community relations, energy flows, governance and social justice.
Erik is a Professor of Human Geography. His interests include: political economy, urbanisation and water, urban political ecology, urban politics and governance.
Cristina is an Urban Studies Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Geography. Her interests include: urban politics and social policy, economic restructuring and austerity, drug and health policies, social movements, and urban policy mobilities.
Kevin is a Professor of Human Geography. His interests include: urban politics and policy, geographical political economy, policy mobilities and work and employment.
Saskia is a Lecturer in Human Geography. Her interests include: creative practice, cultural geographies, urban communities, art and cultural policy.
Helen is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. Her interests include: geographies of difference, urban encounters, European cities, social theory, urban and cultural geography.