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Prof Kevin Ward - personal details

Contact details

Role: Professor of Human Geography

Tel: 0161 275-6866

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-1.057
School of Environment, Education and Development
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Kevin Ward

Educational Background:

  • 1998 PhD in Geography, Governing the city: A regime approach (University of Manchester)(Awarded ESRC Studentship, 1994-1997)
  • 1995 Master of Arts in Social Research Methods (University of Manchester)
  • 1992 Master of Arts in Transport Economics (University of Leeds) (Awarded Rees Jeffreys Full Fellowship, 1991-1992)
  • 1991 BA (Hons) Economics and Geography (Middlesex University)

Employment History:

  • 2007 - Professor of Human Geography, University of Manchester
  • 2005-2007 - Reader in Human Geography, University of Manchester
  • 2003-2005 - Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Manchester
  • 2000-2003 - Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Manchester
  • 1997-2000 - Research Associate, ICLS and EWERC, University of Manchester
  • 1992-1994 - Research Assistant, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham

Kevin is Professor of Human Geography and is the School of Environment's Director of External Relations and the Faculty's Director of cities@manchester at the University of Manchester. He is a geographical political economist with interests in urban politics and policy on the one hand, and work and employment on the other. His current work explores urban policies to see where they come from, how they travel, where they end up and what these journeys mean for the cities the policies pass through. Theoretically, this involves rethinking what is meant by ‘the urban’ in urban politics, as elements of different places are assembled and reassembled to constitute particular ‘urban’ political realms. Methodologically, this involves doing fieldwork in a range of sites inside and outside of the cities that are the objects of study, literally seeking to reveal the circuits, networks and webs in and through which policies are moved. His co-edited book (with Eugene McCann) Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age (Minnesota University Press) was published in 2011. He is currently exploring the constitution of financial 'models' that have emerged in different areas of the world and that have been circulating as a means of funding infrastructure in the current economic condition.