Publication Committee

Andrew Beer: Chair

Andrew Beer is Dean, Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia Business School. He previously worked at the University of Adelaide and the Flinders University of South Australia. His research interests include the operation and functioning of Australia’s housing markets, the drivers of regional growth, economic change in major cities and the impacts of an ageing population. Andrew has previously been the Chair of the Regional Studies Association (2012-2017).

Ivan Turok: Editor-in-Chief, Regional Studies

Professor Ivan Turok is Executive Director of the Economic Performance and Development Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘Regional Studies’ and Honorary Professor at the Universities of Cape Town and Glasgow. He is also Chairman of the City Planning Commission for eThekwini (Durban). Ivan is a regular adviser to the United Nations, OECD, European Commission and several national governments. He is a member of the Expert Panel set up by the SA Government to prepare an Urban Policy for the country. He is the author of over 150 academic publications, journal articles, book chapters and books on urban and regional economics and development. He also wrote the 2011 State of South African Cities Report and was co-author of the 2006 State of English Cities Report.

Paul Elhorst: Editor-in-Chief, Spatial Economic Analysis

Paul Elhorst is Professor of Spatial Econometrics at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and author of the book “Spatial econometrics: from cross-sectional data to spatial panels” that appeared in 2014. Since September 2015 he is Editor-in-Chief of the RSA journal Spatial Economic Analysis. His research interests are spatial econometrics, both theoretical and empirical, software, regional labour market analysis, economic growth, research productivity, military spending, contagion, FDI, fiscal policy interaction and transport economics. He has written more than 100 papers in refereed journals, both in English and Dutch, and supervised 7 PhD theses.

Madeleine Hatfield : Executive Editor, Regional Studies; Territory, Politics, Governance; Spatial Economic Analysis

Madeleine Hatfield is Founder and Editor at Yellowback ( where she provides editorial services to societies, authors and publishers. Madeleine has worked on a number of highly ranked academic journals as well as on monographs and research reports. She has also contributed to policy briefings, how-to guides and workshops for early career researchers on academic publishing. Madeleine has a PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London, and – outside of publishing in its own right – her primary research interest is migration, on which she has published and presented internationally.

Vassilis Monastiriotis : Representative of RSAI BIS; Editor, Spatial Economic Analysis

Dr Monastiriotis is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute, London School of Economics (UK). He is Director of the LSE Research Unit on Southeast Europe and holds affiliations with LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment, the Hellenic Observatory and the ESRC Spatial Economics Research Centre. His research focuses on economic policy and performance at the regional, national and supra-national levels, with emphasis on labour markets, economic growth and the macro-economy. He has published numerous articles in economics and regional science journals and received various distinctions including the Moss Maden Medal in Regional Science (2008). He has a PhD in Economic Geography (LSE), an MSc in Economics (University of Macedonia) and a BSc in Economics (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). He is Co-editor of Spatial Economic Analysis (Taylor & Francis), Committee Member of the British and Irish Section of the Regional science Association International and member of various professional associations and editorial boards. 

Declan Jordan : Representative of RSAI BIS

Declan Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. Declan's research interests include innovation, regional development and competitiveness, innovation and enterprise policy, and sports economics, and he has published articles across these areas. Prior to joining UCC, Declan gained substantial management and corporate experience in Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and as Treasury Manager with Intel Ireland. Declan is a committee member and former Secretary of the Regional Science Association International – British & Irish Section and is Chair. Declan has a PhD (Economics) from University College Cork, an honours Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick, and a Masters degree in Economic Science from University College Dublin. He tweets using @decjordan.

Martin Jones: Editor, Territory, Politics, Governance

Professor Martin Jones is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Staffordshire University. He previously held the position of Director of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) and Professor of Urban and Regional Political Economy at the University of Sheffield and was Pro-Vice Chancellor at Aberystwyth University. Martin is the originator and co-editor of the journal Territory, Politics, Governance and plays an active role in learned societies through the Regional Studies Association. Martin is an interdisciplinary researcher, working in the broad area of society and space and specifically on the interface between economic and political geography. 

John Agnew: Editor-in-Chief, Territory, Politics, Governance

John Agnew is Distinguished Professor of Geography at UCLA, Los Angeles USA where he is also Professor of Italian. In 2008-9 he was President of the Association of American Geographers. He has authored and co-authored many books and articles including "Place and Politics in Modern Italy" (2002), "Globalization and Sovereignty" (2009) and (with David Livingstone) "The Sage Handbook of Geographical Knowledge" (2011). He is Editor-in-Chief of Territory, Politics, Governance.

Alasdair Rae: Editor, Regional Studies, Regional Science

Alasdair is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. His research interests are in urban and regional policy analysis, housing markets, cities, neighbourhoods and spatial analysis. He has previously served on the Board of the Regional Studies Association as Treasurer and Early Career Representative and is a founding Editor of RSRS. He has published widely in the academic and policy literature in addition to contributions to national and international media. His research has been funded by a wide variety of organisations, including Rightmove plc, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Bank of England.

Fulong Wu : Representative of Area Development and Policy

Fulong Wu is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London. His research interests include urban development in China and its social and sustainable challenges. He has recently published a book, Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China (2015, Routledge). He was awarded 2013 Outstanding International Impact Prize by UK ESRC. He is an editor of International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He has previously taught at Cardiff University and the University of Southampton. Details on research projects, publications and professional roles can be found at

Sarah Ayres: ex officio as RSA Treasurer

Sarah Ayres is a 'Reader in Public Policy and Governance' at the University of Bristol, UK. Her central research interest is the governance of place, space and territory. This core provides the basis for two main strands of work. First, her research is concerned with devolution and decentralisation in both a UK and an international context, with a particular emphasis on analysing inter-governmental relations between central government and local actors. Second, it has explored the role of partnership working and network management in the governance of territory. Sarah is a political scientist with expertise in public administration and theories of policy making. Her research is concerned with territorial and collaborative governance - how actors from state, market and civil society coalesce and work with one another in specific localities. Details on research projects, publications and professional roles can be found at

Simona Iammarino: Committee Member

Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography & Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently Head of Department (01/01/2014 – 31/08/2017), and academic member of the LSE Council and Court of Governors (2016-2019). Simona’s main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local impacts; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional and local economic development and policy. She was co-editor of Regional Studies (2008-2013). She has published extensively in major refereed journals, and co-authored two books widely cited in the literature: Multinational Corporations and European Regional Systems of Innovation (with J.A. Cantwell, 2003), and Multinationals and Economic Geography. Location, Technology, and Innovation (with P. McCann, 2013). Simona has a long-term experience in externally funded international research projects, and in consultancy projects for various international organisations (e.g. EU Commission, OECD, United Nations) and government agencies.

Mark Scott: Committee Member

Mark Scott is Professor of Planning at University College Dublin. Mark’s research is focused on theories and practices of spatial planning and governance, specifically related to rural planning, local regeneration and the environmental dimensions of spatial planning. He has published extensively in these areas and co-edited the recently published Rural Planning & Development (Routledge, 2017). He has been awarded over €4 million in national and European research funds and has worked as a consultant or advisor on spatial planning to local, regional and national governments and to international organisations such as the OECD. He has held visiting positions in the Università di Pisa and the University of New South Wales and is a former editor of the international journal, Planning Theory & Practice, and currently serves on the journal's editorial board. He tweets via @marksco_envplan.

Alessandro Sancino : Committee Member

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John Shutt: Committee Member

Professor Shutt is Professor of Employment and Regional development at Leeds Business School,Leeds  Beckett University,United Kingdom. He is also a Visiting Professor at CURDS,Newcsastle University and at the College of Management,Zheijang University of Technology, Hangzhou,China. John has worked for local, regional,national and European governments. He has directed the European centre at Leeds Business School (ERBEDU) and was deputy Director of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies(CLES) the local economic think tank in Manchester. He has recently completed research assignments in China, South Africa and the United States as well as Europe. He is currently undertaking research on place based development and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS) in the North of England and on the implementation of European Union Regional Policy 2014-2020. John teaches on the Leeds MBA and Masters in Regeneration and Urban Management and the Masters in International Trade and Finance. 

Sally Hardy: Committee Secretary

Sally Hardy began her career at the Economic and Social Research Council where she worked as a Scientific Officer in the Industry and Employment Committee dispensing funding to UK based social science academics.Sally moved to the Regional Studies Association where she has been CEO for just over 25 years. She has developed the organisation from a small, UK focussed organisation into a global Association with an international footprint. Sally has become an advocate on publishing issues for the learned society sector speaking regularly at national conferences and events. She has advocated on different aspects of Open Access – for journals as well as for monographs and also around copy right reform and educational exceptions. She speaks on publishing practice and particularly on how to grow impact from publishing activity and on issues of learned society strategy.

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