Space and place play a key interaction and relational role in society and often understanding of contemporary economic and social phenomena, structures and processes, demands the adoption of a spatial perspective. In recognition of the growing significance of space and place, economic and social spatial analysis focuses on businesses, societies and environments at different spatial scales. It therefore aims to generate and enhance knowledge and understanding of economic and social problems, patterns and processes that occur globally, nationally, regionally or locally, and within urban, rural and coastal areas by employing pure and applied analyses of geographic behaviour.
Our wide-ranging interests include:
- economic performance
- multiple deprivation and social exclusion
- economic linkages
- business associations and networks
- economic restructuring.
Research has been undertaken in partnership with a number of European, national, regional and local public and private sector institutions and organisations, with specific projects undertaken including:
- the determinants of rural economic performance
- market towns
- global-local interactions in English coastal resorts.