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Head of Geography, The Open University

I am currently Head of the Department of Geography.

Before joining the Open University I worked in the School Management, UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology), the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, and the Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London.

I am a co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy.

BSc (City), PhD (Open)

Course development and teaching:
During my time with the Open University I have been involved in a number of modules including: Introducing the social sciences (DD101); Social Policy: Welfare, Power & Diversity (D218); Living in a globalized world (DD205); Understanding cities (DD30). At post graduate level I have been involved in D849, a 30 point masters module, Social Research Methods and chaired the production of Human Geography, Philosophy and Social Theory (D834) an ESRC recognised research masters module; the core text, Using Social Theory (2003), is published by Sage and is included in the Sage Research Methods online.

Research interests:
My present research covers lies at the intersection of geographies of money and finance and cultural economy.


  • –present
    Head of Geography Dept, The Open University


  • 1989 
    Open University, PhD
  • 1984 
    City University, London, BSc

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Financialising Infrastructure
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council