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Ron Martin

Research Associate

Ron is Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of St Catharine’s College there. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. His main research interests include regional economic development, productivity and competitiveness; the geographies of money and finance; path dependence and the evolution of the spatial economy; the economic resilience of cities and regions; and spatial economic policy. He has published some 25 books and more than 250 articles on these and related themes. His most recent (co-authored) book is Levelling Up Left Behind Places: The Scale and Nature of the Economic and Policy Challenge. (Taylor and Francis, 2021). He was President of the Regional Studies Association between 2015-2020. In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Gold Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Economic Geography. In 2017 he gave the Centre for Cities Horizon Lecture on The Resilience of Cities to Economic Shocks (The Shard, London). In 2018 and again in 2021 he was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher (among the top 1% of most cited social scientists) by the Web of Science, and has more than 40,400 Google Scholar citations (October 2022). He holds ‘Best Paper Awards’ from the journals Spatial Economic Analysis and Territory, Politics, Governance. He was a member of the Lead Expert Group on the UK Government Office for Science Foresight Future Cities Project (2013-2016). He has held editorial positions on several journals, including Transactions of the Institute of British GeographersEconomic GeographyJournal of Economic GeographyRegional StudiesEnvironmental and Planning A, and Advances in Economic Geography, and in 2008 co-founded, and is an editor on, the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. He has undertaken advisory and consultancy work for the European Commission, the OECD, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, HM Treasury, Cambridge Econometrics, SQW, and Atkins, among others.

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Ron Martin
Department of Geography
University of Cambridge
Downing Place
Cambridge CB2 3EN

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