Geographies of Political Economy

  • BS8 1SS

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Geographies of Political Economy group applies spatially sensitive theories and methods to the study of economic, social and political phenomena, broadly defined. Specific research interests include the welfare state, urban politics, gender, feminism, globalisation, colonialism and postcolonialism, neoliberalism, development, political ecology and creative industries.

These interests derive from the research and teaching emphases of seven human geographers: Keith Bassett, Adam Dixon, Malcolm Fairbrother, Maria Fannin, Mark Jackson, Julie MacLeavy, and group head Wendy Larner. The group’s theoretical orientations are wide-ranging (members’ interests include neo-Marxism, governmentality, postcolonial and feminist approaches), as are its empirical strategies (from visual methodologies and in-depth interviews to comparative-historical methods and multilevel modelling). Members’ research interests encompass a wide range of countries and regions, including the UK, France, North America, New Zealand, India and China.

Members of the group collaborate with colleagues from the School’s other research clusters in a variety of ways. The Spatial Modelling group provides strong complementarities in the areas of political geography, social inequality, gender and research methods. Links with the Historical-Cultural group include common interests in geographies of knowledge, cultural planning, and geographies of identity, subjectivity and the body. With respect to physical geography, a nascent collaboration with the Hydrology group investigates the social determinants of land degradation, and through BRIDGE there are links to the university’s Global Change theme. Outside the School, this research group has connections to cognate disciplines (Sociology, Politics, Education, Policy Studies, Socio-Legal Studies, East Asian Studies, Philosophy, Social Medicine, Social Anthropology) in the University of Bristol, at the University of the West of England (UWE), among our partner institutions in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), and more broadly elsewhere in the UK, continental Europe, North America and Australasia.

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    Research Output

    As the drone flies: Configuring a vertical politics of contestation within forest conservation

    Millner, N., 1 Jun 2020, In : Political Geography. 80, 13 p., 102163.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Critique’s coloniality and pluriversal recognition: on care as the ecological ground of justice

    Jackson, M. S., 31 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) Unsettling Colonialism in the Canadian Criminal Justice System: A Reader. Chartrand, V. & Savarese, J. (eds.). Edmonton, Canada: Athabasca University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    From the garden to the city: Principles for transforming the "invisible rules" that shape urban food spaces

    Millner, N. & Webster, K., Cole, T., Evans, P., Andrews, H., Oliver, A., Cohen, S. and the Food Working Group , 2020, Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement. McDermont, M. (ed.). Policy Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    Student theses

    Breathing Shared Worlds: Northern Ireland, Territory, and Peace

    Author: Merrick, C. A., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Jackson, M. S. (Supervisor) & Fannin, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Determinants of financial inclusion: results of multilevel analyses

    Author: Bermeo , E., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Fox, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Financial Development and Access to Funding: The Case of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Vietnam

    Author: McVeagh-Holness, J., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Fox, S. (Supervisor) & Manley, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)




    Wendy Larner (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: National/international honour


    Wendy Larner (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: National/international honour

    Feminist Theory journal best paper prize

    Fannin, Maria (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    Political Studies Association Annual International Conference

    Julie MacLeavy (Participant)

    28 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    UNRISD Conference: Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization

    Julie MacLeavy (Participant)

    9 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Geoforum (Journal)

    Julie MacLeavy (Editor)

    1 Mar 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity