Head of Geography, University of Portsmouth

My research mostly relates to social inequalities within and between urban and regional labour markets. I work across disciplines, including economics, public and social policy, behavioural sciences and town planning. I am continually shocked by government policies, particularly UK welfare reforms, that are blind to geography. Not only are such policies usually detrimental to the most marginalised people and places, they often misdiagnose the causes of employment problems in weak local labour markets.

I was appointed Professor of Geography and Head of Department at the University of Portsmouth in 2016. I have held visiting positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Vaxjo, Sweden. I was Director of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre, a multi-disciplinary and cross-institution knowledge exchange initiative focused on urban economic development (2013-16).

My teaching spans urban policy, economic geography, transportation and mobility, statistical methods and Geographical Information Systems.


  • –present
    Head of Geography, University of Portsmouth
  • 2016–2017
    Professor, University of Portsmouth
  • 2014–2016
    Professor, University of Glasgow
  • 2010–2014
    Senior Lecturer, University of St Andrews
  • 2002–2010
    Lecturer, University of Dundee