Geography / Geology
School of Environmental Sciences

Andrew E.G. Jonas

Andrew E.G. Jonas

Professor of Human Geography

School of Environmental Sciences

  • Profile
  • Teaching
  • Research Interests
  • Publications



I am an urban political geographer with research interests in the economic governance and redevelopment of cities and regions in the USA and Europe. I have a BA degree in Geography from Durham University and MA and PhD degrees in Geography from The Ohio State University. I have taught at Clark University in Massachusetts and the University of California at Riverside, and held visiting academic positions in the USA, Finland and Australia. I enjoy soccer, golf, baseball and gardening and have travelled to more than 30 countries and 40 out of the 50 U.S. states.



  • 16099 : Foundation in Human Geography (leader)
  • 16100 : Geographical Methods  (tutorials and field trip to Leeds)
  • 16111 : Human Geographies: Worlds of Difference
  • 16141 : World Cities (Los Angeles)
  • 16274 : Urban and Rural Development (Leader
  • 16329 : North American Cities (leader)  
  • 16463 : Contemporary Research in Human Geography  

I have also led field trips to New York and Barcelona.

I have served as an external examiner for undergraduate geography degree programmes at the following institutions:

  • NUI Galway (2012 – ongoing) 
  • University of Cambridge (2008-2010)
  • University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2005-2007)

Research Interests

Research Interests

Current Research Projects
My research covers a range of topics in urban, political and economic geography. I am particularly interested in the new regionalism, the urban politics of transition to a ‘low carbon’ economy, collective provision in new economic spaces, social enterprise and alternative spaces of finance. Links to detailed descriptions of some of these projects can be found at:

MA, MSc and PhD Topics
Professor Andy JonasI am happy to supervise a range of postgraduate research topics including:

  • the new regionalism and new economic spaces
  • politics of urban redevelopment
  • alternative economies, currencies, credit unions and alternative trading systems
  • the geography of social movements and citizenship
  • labour geographies: labour control spaces and labour-community coalitions
  • sustainability and urban planning/governance

Current and recent PhD students

  • Hesham Waddani (urban forestry in Tripoli)
  • Muhammad Haji-Abdullah (Analysis of the suitability of the socio-technical transition to the development of low carbon transportation in Brunei Darussalam)
  • Sarinah Omar (Sungai Liang Industrial Park: can Brunei achieve its sustainable industrial development?)
  • Stephen Hall (White Rose scholar: transportation and low-carbon governance in city-regions)
  • Marcela Mele (suburban development and livelihood strategies in Tirana city-region)
  • Andrew Kythreotis (sustainability governance and scalar politics in the UK)
  • David Haigh (social enterprise and alternative economic spaces in the UK)
  • Maksuder Rahman (neighbourhood and household environmental problems in Chittagong)
  • Felicity Powell (social issues in UK regional planning)
  • Alison Williams (technogeopolitics and representations of the Pacific as US territory)

Professor Andy Jonas with Denver University students on a field trip in Colorado this SummerVisiting positions

  • Docent Professor of Urban and Regional Development, University of Oulu, Finland, 2012 - ongoing.
  • Marsico Fellow, Denver University, 2012
  • Visiting Scholar and Keynote Speaker at Finnish Academy Geography Graduate School, University of Turku, Finland, March 2008
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Human Geography, Macquarie University, Sydney, 2006
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Washington, 2003
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, 1989-90

Professional service and membership

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers
  • Association of American Geographers, Overseas Member
  • Regional Studies Association, Member
  • External Examiner, Geography Undergraduate Tripos, University of Cambridge, 2009-2011
  • External Examiner, Undergraduate Programmes in Geography, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2005-7
  • Canada Research Chairs College of Reviewers, 1999-2005
  • Senior Examiner and Examiner ESRC Studentship Competition, 1999-2002
  • Member Advisory Board, RECOURSE, University of Gdansk
  • Editorial Board, The Social Science Quarterly
  • Editorial Board, Geography Compass (Urban)
  • Guest editor for special issues of Environment and Planning A (2002), International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2007) and Social Science Quarterly (2003)
  • Reviewer and rapporteur for ESRC (UK), NSF (USA), SSHRC (Canada), SSRC (South Africa)
  • Peer reviewer for 40 international journals in geography and the social sciences
  • External evaluations for tenure cases at institutions in the USA, Canada, South Africa



Recent and forthcoming Publications


Journal articles

Chapters in books

  • Murphy, A., Entrikin, J.N., Macleod, G., Jonas, A.E.G. and Hudson, R. (forthcoming in 2015) ‘Bounded vs. open regions: critical perspectives on regional worlds and words’ in M. Jones and A. Paasi (eds.) Regional World(s) (London: Routledge/Regional Studies Association).
  • Jonas, A.E.G. (forthcoming in 2015) ‘Scale,’ in Agnew, J., Mamadouh, V., Secor, A. and Sharp, J. (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Geography (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell). Jonas, A.E.G. (forthcoming in 2015) ‘Politics,’ in M. Jayne and K. Ward (eds.) Urban Theory: New Critical Perspectives (London: Routledge).
  • Jonas, A.E.G. (forthcoming in 2015) ‘Rethinking mobility at the urban-transportation geography nexus’ in J. Cidell and D. Prytherech (eds.) Transportation and Mobility in the Production of Urban Space (London: Routledge). Jonas, A.E.G. (2013),
  • ‘Interrogating alternative local and regional economies: the British credit union movement and post-binary thinking’, in H-M. Zademach and S. Hillebrand (eds.) Alternative Economies and Spaces: New Perspectives for a Sustainable Economy (Verlag), 23-42.
  • Jonas, A.E.G. and Wood, A. (2012), ‘Territory, the state and urban politics in critical perspective’ in Jonas, A.E.G. and Wood, A., eds., Territory, the State and Urban Politics (Farnham: Ashgate), 3-20.
  • Jonas, A.E.G. (2011), ‘Post-suburban regionalism: from local politics of exclusion to regional politics of economic development’ in N.A. Phelps and F. Wu (eds.) International Perspectives on Suburbanization: A Post-Suburban World? (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).Jonas, A.E.G. (2011) ‘Scale and networks’ in J. Agnew and J. Duncan (eds.) Companion to Human Geography (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 387-403.
  • Jonas, A.E.G (2010) ‘Alternative this ... alternative that: interrogating diversity and alterity’ in Fuller, D.,
  • Jonas, A.E.G. and Lee, R. (eds.) (2010), Interrogating Alterity: Alternative Economic and Political Spaces (Aldershot: Ashgate).
  • Jonas, A.E.G., While A. and Gibbs, D. (2010), ‘Carbon control regimes, eco-state restructuring and the politics of local and regional development’ in A. Pike, A. Rodriguez-Posé and J. Tomaney (eds.) Handbook of Local and Regional Development (Routledge), 283-94.
  • Jonas, A.E.G. and McCarthy, L. (2010), ‘Redevelopment at all costs? A critical review and examination of the American model of urban management and regeneration’, in J. Diamond, J. Liddle, A. Southern, P. Osei (eds.), Urban Regeneration Management: International Perspectives (Routledge), 31-59.

Encyclopaedia entries

  • Jonas, A.E.G. (forthcoming in 2015) ‘Growth machine’ in G. Ritzer (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Sociology (Blackwell, 2nd edition).
  • Jonas, A.E.G. (forthcoming in 2015) ‘Growth machines’ in A. Kobayashi (ed.) The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography (Wiley-Blackwell/AAG).
  • Jonas, A.E.G. (forthcoming in 2015) ‘Region: Geographical’ in J.D. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier, 2nd edition). Jonas, A.E.G. (2010) ‘Locality’ In B. Warf (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography (Sage Publications).
  • Jonas, A.E.G. (2009) ‘Labor control regime’ in R. Kitchen and N. Thrift (eds) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography (Elsevier).
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