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Human Geography (FT) PhD

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Programme description

The University of Manchester is one of the UK's leading centres for geographical research. All of our 28 full-time members of staff are research-active and Geography at Manchester has risen to become one of the top tier institutions for its size, being widely recognised for the quality of our contributions to the international research community. In the Research Assessment Exercise of 2008 94% of our outputs were considered internationally-recognised, with an exceptionally high proportion (65%) judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading. Geography at Manchester also sets international research agendas in other ways. Over half of our staff hold editorial positions with leading research publications including the editorship of major journals such as Antipode, Area, European Urban and Regional Studies, Geoarchaeology, Geoforum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, New Political Economy and Progress in Human Geography. Manchester is known too for the impact and influence of its post-docs and PhD students. Graduates have been appointed to Chairs at leading universities in Europe, North America and the Far East, while others now shape national and international policy environments through their work in government agencies, research institutes and activist organisations.

There are two human geography research groups: Geographical Political Economy and Transforming Cities .

Manchester has a strong reputation in the areas of economic geography and urban geography. The Geographical Political Economy research group centres on the analysis of the material, social and cultural processes that shape and transform geographies of production, reproduction and nature.  Members of this group - Gavin Bridge, Noel Castree, Neil Coe, James Evans, Martin Hess, Erik Swyngedouw and Kevin Ward - all draw upon political economy to understand four related issues:

  • Corporate networks
  • Governance
  • Nature and resources
  • Work and employment

The Transforming Cities research group conveys Manchester geographers' international recognition of excellence in urban research. Theorizing critically and substantiating empirically the socio-political and cultural processes that produce urbanity members of this group - Jonathan Darling, Martin Dodge, James Evans, Mark Jayne, Maria Kaika, Fiona Smyth, Erik Swyngedouw and Kevin Ward - lead research agendas  which include:

  • identities, exclusion and inclusion
  • urban assemblages
  • politics of architectural technology and design
  • everyday life

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