Staffordshire University

Professor Martin Jones joined the Department of Geography in September 2013 as Director of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC)—an ESRC-funded consortium between the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York—and as Professor of Urban and Regional Political Economy.

Martin previously held positions at Aberystwyth University: Chair in Human Geography (from 2004); Pro Vice-Chancellor (from 2009) with portfolio experience in research, enterprise, engagement, and the student experience; and Co-Director of the ESRC-Welsh Government-funded, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). Before this, he was a Simon Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, after graduating from Manchester with a BA (1992) and PhD (1997) in Human Geography.

Spaces of New Localism: Stakeholder Engagement and Economic Development in Wales and England
Overview This project will utilise a series of interviews and document-based analysis to explore the notion of stakeholder involvement in Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs), Enterprise Zones (EZs), City Deals and City Regions. Fieldwork will take place in four city regions
Research Team:
Martin Jones (Staffordshire University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), David Beel (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Social Participation and Identity - NCDS Project
Overview This project was a joint venture with the Institute of Education, Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural change (Manchester University). The main study, funded by ESRC, undertook 180 qualitative interviews with cohort
Research Team:
Amanda Coffey (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University), Kate Moles (Cardiff University), Ian Stafford (Cardiff University), Alexandra Plows (Bangor University), Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Gareth Williams, Howard Davis (Bangor University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Martin Jones (Staffordshire University)
Books and Book Chapters
Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories
This new international Handbook provides the reader with the most up-to-date and original viewpoints on critical debates relating to the rapidly transforming geographies of regions and territories, as well as related key concepts such as place, scale, networks and...
December 2018
New consolidated regional geographies
Region and territory have been major keywords of geographical thinking, methodology and research practice since the institutionalization of geography as an academic discipline at the end of the nineteenth century. Even before this, region and territory were fundamental...
July 2018
Books and Book Chapters
Developing England’s North
Within the UK and further afield, the spatial delineation of the ‘city-region’ has seen a renaissance as the de facto spatial political unit of governance driven by economic development. This spatial realignment has been central to the construction of Northern Powerhouse and...
Civil Society | January 2018
Journal Articles
Connected growth: Developing a framework to drive inclusive growth across a city-region
This ‘in perspective’ piece addresses the (re-)positioning of civil society within new structures of city-region governance within Greater Manchester. This follows on from the processes of devolution, which have given the Greater Manchester City-Region a number of new powers...
Reanimating Regions: Culture, Politics and Performance
Despite taking up an identifiable place within the geographical imagination in scholarship and beyond, region remains a relatively forgotten, under-used, and in part under-theorised term. Reanimating Regions marks the continued reinvigoration of a set of disciplinary debates...
Civil Society | May 2017
Books and Book Chapters
The International Encyclopedia of Geography: Regulation
Representing the definitive reference work for this broad and dynamic field, The International Encyclopedia of Geography arises from an unprecedented collaboration between Wiley and the American Association of Geographers (AAG) to review and define the concepts, research...
Civil Society | March 2017
Books and Book Chapters
The International Encyclopedia of Geography: Regional Geography
Representing the definitive reference work for this broad and dynamic field, The International Encyclopedia of Geography arises from an unprecedented collaboration between Wiley and the American Association of Geographers (AAG) to review and define the concepts, research...
Civil Society | March 2017
Books and Book Chapters
Unequal Britain at Work
The unadjusted public–private sector pay differential has attracted considerable political interest over many years. It has been used to justify changes to pay-setting arrangements and the imposition of pay restraint on the public sector. However, previous analyses have...
Civil Society | August 2015
Journal Articles
New Localities
Regional Studies 47(1) pp 29-42 During the mid-to-late 1980s, 'locality' was the spatial metaphor to describe and explain the shifting world of regional studies. The paper argues that the resulting 'localities debate' threw this baby out with the bathwater and rather than...
Localities | January 2013
Journal Articles
Regional World(s): Advancing the Geography of Regions

But what, after all, is 'the regional'? A region can be as largeas the European peninsula. Within the political enterprisethat is the European Union, however, regions subdivide acontinent already sliced up into nation-states - and eventhen what counts as a region is far from...

Localities | December 2012
Journal Articles
Space and Spatiality in Theory
Dialogues in Human Geography 2(1) pp 3-22 This article is an edited transcript of a panel discussion on Space and Spatiality in Theory which was held at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC, April 2010. In the article, the panel map...
Localities | March 2012
Journal Articles
Renewing urban politics
Urban Studies 48(12) pp 2443-2472 Paul Peterson’s (1981) City Limits was to become one of several landmark publications in the study of urban politics during the 1980s and 1990s. It pioneered the argument that, amid the unravelling of the 1960s Great Society welfare accord...
Civil Society, Localities | September 2011
Journal Articles
Impedimenta state: Anatomies of neoliberal penality
Criminology and Criminal Justice 10(4) pp 393-404 Punishing the Poor avers not only that the United States has shifted from the single (welfare) to the double (social-cum-penal) regulation of the poor, but also that the ‘stunted development of American social policy’...
Inequalities, Localities | November 2010
Journal Articles
Thinking State/Space Incompossibly
Antipode 42(5) pp 1119-1149 Objectives: To explore the experiences of individuals with chronic conditions who are also caring for another person, usually a family member. Method: A postal questionnaire was distributed to carers across Wales on three occasions approximately...
Localities | November 2010
Journal Articles
Limits to 'thinking space relationally'
International Journal of Law in Context 6(3) pp 243-255 This paper is written by a geographer and discusses the importance of ‘thinking space relationally’ in, and for, the social sciences. According to its advocates, relational thinking insists on an open-ended, mobile...
Localities | August 2010
Journal Articles
Phase space: Geography, relational thinking and beyond
Progress in Human Geography 33(4) pp 487-506 Recent years have witnessed a burgeoning of work on `thinking space relationally'. According to its advocates, relational thinking challenges human geography by insisting on an open-ended, mobile, networked, and actor-centred...
Localities | August 2009
Conference Delivering City Deals in Wales
18th September 2019 |
This second Symposium on City Deals will consider the delivery of the four City Deals and Development Partnerships in Wales, in the Cardiff City region, Swansea Bay, Mid Wales and North Wales. Sessions will look at the ambitions of these City Deals...