Professor Ron Martin

Emeritus Fellow
Subject: Geography
The geographies of labour markets; regional development and competitiveness; the geographies of money and finance; geographical economics; and evolutionary economic geography.
Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography

Ron is Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography.  Although retired from teaching, Ron is still highly research active.   His main research interests include regional economic development, productivity and competitiveness; the geographies of money and finance; evolutionary economic geography; the economic resilience of cities and regions; and spatial economic policy. He has published some 25 books and more than 275 articles on these and related themes. His most recent, co-authored book is Levelling Up Left Behind Places (2021, Routledge). He was President of the Regional Studies Association between 2015-2020. In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Gold Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Economic Geography. In 2017 he gave the Centre for Cities Horizon Lecture (at The Shard, London) on The Resilience of Cities to Economic Shocks. He is listed as a Highly Cited Researcher (among the top 1 percent of most cited social scientists worldwide) by the Web of Science, and has more than 43,000 Google Scholar citations (October 2021). He holds ‘Best Paper Awards’ from the journals Spatial Economic Analysis and Territory, Politics and Governance. He was a member of the Lead Expert Group on the UK Government Office for Science Foresight Future Cities Project (2013-2016). He has held editorial positions on several journals, including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies, and Environmental and Planning, and in 2008 co-founded, and is an editor on, the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.  He has undertaken advisory and consultancy work for the European Commission, the OECD, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, HM Treasury, Cambridge Econometrics, and Segal Quince Wicksteed, among others.  He is currently advising the UK Government on its Levelling Up policy.