Plenary Speakers- Student and Early Career Conference 2017

Charting a Career Path: Sharing the Learning and Lessons

Plenary 1

Professor Jane Pollard, Professor of Economic Geography, Newcastle University, UK - “Academic citizenship, gender and career development."

Jane Pollard is Professor of Economic Geography in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, UK.  Prior to this, she has held posts in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Birmingham University and in Geography at Exeter University.  She has a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA in Geography from McMaster (Ontario) and a BA in Geography from Sheffield University, UK. Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers and a member of the Association of American Geographers and Higher Education Academy. Jane has Chaired the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society and was selected by ESRC/AHRC to produce an overview of Economic Geography in the UK for their International Benchmarking of Human Geography exercise in 2012. She is now a Lead Editor at the North American journal Economic Geography.

Jane’s research interests include postcolonial political economy, geographies of financialization and the economic, political and social constitution of financial networks. Her current research projects are concerned with sub-prime debt markets, institutional and social diversity in finance and credit provision and justice for low income groups. Jane’s edited books are Postcolonial Economies (2011, with Cheryl McEwan and Alex Hughes) and Knowledge, Space, Economy (2000, with John Bryson, Peter Daniels and Nick Henry) and she has just completed the Elgar Handbook on the Geographies of Money and Finance (with Ron Martin). 

Jane's presentation will be on “Academic citizenship, gender and career development."

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Plenary 1

Dr Stuart Dawley, Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography, Newcastle University, UK - "Developing a career which balances research, teaching and policy engagement?"

Dr Stuart Dawley is a Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University. His current research focuses upon the evolution of local and regional economies, particularly understanding the dynamics of path creation and development as part of the energy transition.  More broadly, his research previously connected to an array of themes including regional competitiveness, sector studies,  labour markets and migration. This includes work undertaken for international, national and regional agencies and organisations, including the European Commission, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Dept. for Communities and Local Government (DCLG; ) and Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS; UK).  

Stuart will present on "Developing a career which balances research, teaching and policy engagement?"

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Plenary 2

Dr Al James, Reader in Economic Geography, Newcastle University, UK- “On the Work-Life Challenges of Doing Regional Economy as an Early Career Academic”

Dr Al James is an economic geographer who works on workers and work, through cross-disciplinary collaborations with like-minded colleagues in Labour Studies, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, and Business / Management.  His research agenda develops new understandings of economies and their diverse geographies in three main areas (1) Gendered work-life, (2) Labour geographies of India’s New Service Economy and (3) Cultures of learning and innovation in the Digital Economy. 

“On the Work-Life Challenges of Doing Regional Economy as an Early Career Academic”

Drawing on recent research that has documented an apparent exodus of economic geographers to business schools in the UK Al will reflect on the labour market and disciplinary challenges facing scholars of regional economy, as they seek to negotiate the transition from PhD to early career academics (often simultaneous with the challenges of juggling dual careers and starting families).  Using interviews with recent and not so recent graduates in economic geography, the presentation will offer a candid account of these issues explored in relation to: an increasing proliferation of fixed-term entry level posts, a stubbornly narrow UK model of PhD training, REF-induced publication expectations, shifting research council funding priorities around multidisciplinarity, and the existing (and future) scope for building networks of support through (multi)disciplinary communities of scholars a la Regional Studies and the Economic Geography Research Group.   

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Plenary 2

Professor Lisa De Propris, Professor of Regional Economic Development, University of Birmingham, UK

Professor Lisa De Propris is Professor of Regional Economic Development in the Department of Business and Labour Economics at the University of Birmingham. Professor De Propris research interests are: small firms and clusters; competitiveness in clusters and regions; forms of clusters and governance; innovation; clusters and foreign direct investment; regional development; knowledge economy and clusters, and creative and cultural industries. In parallel, she is concerned with the role of the government and institutions, and looks at policy implications arising from her work, including cluster policy, EU regional and industrial policy.

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Plenary 2

Dr John Harrison, Reader in Human Geography, Loughborough University, UK -"Thinking big: constructing, defending and advertising key research ideas"

Dr John Harrison is Reader in Human Geography at Loughborough University and an Associate Director of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) research network. He is a regional geographer interested in the conceptualisation of regions, and his recent publications have focused on urban-regional planning and governance. He is co-editor of Planning and Governance of Cities in Globalization (2013 with Kathy Pain), Megaregions: Globalization’s New Urban Form? (2015 with Michael Hoyler) and is just finishing Doing Global Urban Research (with Michael Hoyler) and the Edward Elgar Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories (with Anssi Paasi and Martin Jones). John is also section editor for ‘Urban and Regional Horizons’ in Regional Studies.

John will present on “Thinking big: constructing, defending and advertising key research ideas

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