Professor Mark Goodwin
Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Engagement) and Professor of Human Geography


Research interests

The body of Mark’s research has centred on an analysis of the structures and processes of sub-national government. Empirical work on the changing nature of government has been carried out in both urban and rural areas, and conceptual and theoretical work has helped to elaborate the concepts of local state and local governance. Drawing on this work he has sought to extend and develop a geographically sensitive variant of regulation theory, and is now engaged in developing a spatially informed strategic-relational state theory. This has been pursued through a wide range of externally funded projects involving significant interdisciplinary research, especially with political scientists and sociologists. He is the only geographer to have held ESRC grants in both the Local Governance Research Programme and the Devolution and Constitutional Change Research Programme, and was the only geography participant in the ESRC seminar series on Local Governance and Local Government. He has directed a number of research projects, worth in total over £2 million, funded by the ESRC, Welsh Assembly Government, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a variety of local, regional and national agencies. He has also been Chair of the Political Geography Research group, a study group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers.

His publications include over 50 refereed papers and chapters, and he has written or edited 9 books, including Introducing Human Geographies (Routledge), Practising Human Geography (Sage) and Envisioning Human Geographies (Arnold).  Introducing Human Geographies is the leading undergraduate Human Geography textbook in the UK, and its third edition will be published by Routledge in 2013. His most recent book Rescaling the State: Devolution and the Geographies of Economic Governance was published by Manchester University Press in 2012.

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