Department of Geography

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Prof Mick Dunford

Post:Emeritus Professor (Geography)
Other posts:Professor of Economic Geography (Centre for Global Political Economy)
Location:ARTS C C205
Email:M.F.Dunford@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:8034 or 7238
UK:01273 678034 or 01273 877238
International:+44 1273 678034 or +44 1273 877238

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Biography

BSc (Bristol 1971) MSc (Bristol 1974)
Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, Visiting Professor, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences,  and former Editor of Regional Studies (1997-2002).

Mick Dunford graduated with degrees in Geography (1st Class Honours) and Quantitative Economics (with Commendation) from the University of Bristol. He has been at Sussex since 1973. He is an Honorary member of the Società Geografica Italiana. In 1997 he was appointed Editor of Regional Studies (1977-2002) and has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Espaces et Sociétés, Sciences de la Société, Economic Geography and European Urban and Regional Studies. In 2000 he was elected to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, and in 2003 was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Edward Heath Award for geographical research in Europe. Since 2010 he has held a Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

He has given two University of Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies courses (1994 and 1998). He has been Visiting Professor at the universities of Toulouse, Pavia, Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris.

Since 1998 he has also given courses and been an invited contributor to conferences in Rennes (EUROSTAT), Tuzla in Bosnia-Hercegovina , Brussels (European Parliament), Vienna, Berlin, Bilbao, Banja Luka in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Strasbourg (Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe), Natal, São Carlos, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Aix-en-Provence, Eisenerz in Austria, Ankara in Turkey, Varese, Caserta, Rome, Salerno and Naples in Italy, St Petersburg, Moscow, Aveiro, Naxos, Paris, Chambéry, Angers, Lyon, Rome, Florence, Naples, L'Aquila, Tampere, Galway, Coimbra, Recife, Brasilia, Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taizhong, Kaifeng, Lanzhou, Dalian, Wuhan and Nanjing amongst many other places, as well as numerous conferences and workshops in the UK.

He is the author of Capital, the State and Regional Development (Pion, 1988), and Rhône-Alpes in the 1990s (Economist Intelligence Unit, 1991), and co-author with Diane Perrons of The Arena of Capital (Macmillan, 1983 and with Lidia Greco of After the Three Italies (Blackwell, 2006). With George Benko he has co-edited Industrial Change and Regional Development (Belhaven, 1991) and with Grigoris Kafkalas Cities and Regions in the New Europe: the Global-Local Interplay and Spatial Development Strategies (Belhaven, 1992). In 2015 he edited The Geographical Transformation of China with Liu Weidong (Routledge, 2015). He has also published numerous papers and chapters on uneven development in Europe, global inequality and on Chinese urban and regional geography. At present he is setting up a new journal entitled Aea development and policy dealing mainly with the Global South and Eurasia.

In recent years he was Principal Investigator for two ESRC-funded projects: Regional economic performance, governance and cohesion in an enlarged Europe' (graded outstanding), and Inter-dependence and Comparative Regional Dynamics in Developed and Developing Economies: Trade and Regional Trajectories in China and the European Union. At present he holds a two-year Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship for a project entitled Cities, regions and the sustainable transformation of the Chinese earth.

In the last ten years his research has focused initially on Italian regional evolutions, comparative European regional development and value chain research, and, more recently, on relations between Europe and China and a number of Chinese development issues. In 2008 he was involved in the preparation of a report on regional policy in the EU and China whose origin lay in his participation in an EU-China policy dialogue that started in 2006. In 2008-11 he participated in a number of projects involving GIZ and the Chinese State Council Leading Group on Poverty Alleviation and Development that dealt with economic reconstruction after the Wenchuan and Yushu earthquakes and with poverty alleviation and economic development in 14 poor and remote mountainous areas in China. Current research deals with trade and industrial and regional and urban development in China and the European Union and rural economic development in disaster-affected and poverty areas in China, and urban-rural integration in China. At a more theoretical level he is working on regulation-theoretic approaches to the implications for global development of economic crises in the western world and the rise of China. 

Fuller details of his publications are provided in the recent publications list and on his publications page.