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, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK

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, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS)/ School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK

Developing a career which balances research, teaching and policy engagement?​

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/staff/profile/stuartdawley.html#background

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Plenary 2

Dr Al James, Reader in Economic Geography, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/staff/profile/aljames.html#background

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Plenary 2

Professor Lisa De Propris, Professor of Regional Economic Development, The Department of Business and Labour Economics, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/business/de-propris-lisa.aspx

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Plenary 2

Sally Hardy, CEO, Regional Studies Association

“Work smarter not harder – get your work read and reap the benefit".  Do you want your articles to be downloaded, read and cited? This session explores some of the simple tricks of the trade. 

Sally Hardy is Chief Executive of the Regional Studies Association, having previously worked as a Higher Scientific Officer for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. The Regional Studies Association is an international learned society working on development and policy primarily at the sub-national level. The Association has a global membership and is about to open a Division and associated project office in China working with colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. A similar arrangement is shortly to be launched in the US following a successful pilot project with UCLA, California. Sally manages the Association’s extensive publishing portfolio including three hybrid journals and the recent launch of an innovative gold open access journal - Regional Studies, Regional Science. The Association recently became a research funder launching a scheme for early career researcher grants of £10k, twenty awards have been given to date. It also funds around 20 research networks. RSA hosts a large number of conferences and events each year recently in Brazil, Turkey, US, Finland and shortly to be held in Italy and China. Sally is particularly involved in the Association’s territorial expansion and its engagement with knowledge exchange where she works with colleagues in the European Commission, particularly DG Regio as well as with organisations such as the United Nations (RSA is an NGO), World Bank, OECD and Committee of the Regions. Sally leads on the RSA’s UK policy engagement work, currently working with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills on meetings in relation to their Future of Cities programme. Sally speaks regularly on behalf of the RSA but has become a commentator on open access publishing particularly where this impacts on the learned society sector.

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