Areas of Expertise
- Political economy of markets
- Knowledge and information economies
- Open access publishing
This course introduces students to the basic geographical approach to studying and understanding cities, and the urban form more generally. It includes an overview of the history of cities, particularly since the industrial revolution, and particularly in Europe, the UK, and the US. The course is broadly focused on the urban constitution of economic processes, but also engages with urban cultural, political and social phenomenon. The course also provides an overview of urban economic development strategies, particularly those practiced since the 1970s.
This module examines the importance of statistical data analysis in quantitative research in both Human and Physical Geography. A range of statistical methods with wide application are discussed, using theoretical explanation and practical examples to illustrate their use. Particular importance is given to placing these techniques within the broader context of Geographical research. Powerful, industry-standard statistical analysis software is used in the computer practical sessions. In addition to statistics, the module also introduces students to the presentation and analysis of data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), giving an overview of this topic, illustrated with practical examples.
The module prepares students for their independent research dissertation through dissertation fairs, lectures and a series of tutorials focusing upon the formulation and construction of a research proposal. The module also includes three lectures which explore career opportunities for Geography graduates and skills to enhance graduate employability.
This module explores the fundamental shift in manufacturing best-practice in developed capitalist economies in recent decades. Conventional theories of industrial location are contrasted with more `radical¿ contemporary theories which emphasize the importance of culture and social capital in the economy. A continual quest for production flexibility has implications for the function of labour within the production process and the segmentation of work and job opportunities within local labour markets, the strategies of labour unions, the utilization of technology within firms and the extent and nature of inter-firm relationships. Spatially, the geography of production has become associated with the dual tendencies towards increased agglomeration, associated with so-called industrial districts and clusters, and globalisation, increasingly associated with global production and value chains.
This module provides an introduction to the main data-sources and analysis methods used in qualitative research. In addition to covering the key conceptual and epistemological issues associated with qualitative research design, the module provides an introduction to a range of qualitative techniques used in social science research including questionnaire design, interviewing, observational methods, visual methodologies and textual analysis. Issues associated with combining a mixture of qualitative methods are also considered. The strengths and limitations of various techniques are explored with particular emphasis on issues of reliability, validity and representativeness.
This module explores the ways in which contemporary theoretical, epistemological and methodological debates in the social sciences inform research in Human Geography and aims to develop students' understandings of the distinctive contribution of Geographical knowledge to these debates. Students engage with the Human Geography research community and enhance their ability to reflect critically on their own research practice. The module comprises a series of reading-group meetings plus an intensive residential Theory School run in collaboration with the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University and the School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Research Council¿s Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).