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Professor Andy Jonas


Andy Jonas

Professor of Human Geography

Biography Andy Jonas is an urban political geographer whose research examines the politics of urban and regional development in the USA, Europe and China. Andy has a BA degree in Geography from Durham University in the UK and MA and PhD in Geography from The Ohio State University in the USA. He was recently listed among the world's top 25 most productive and cited scholars in the field of Geography and Urban Studies. Andy is regarded to be one of the world's leading proponents of the idea that city-regions have become key spatial instruments of state internationalisation and geopolitical strategy in what some suggest is a 'post-national' era of economic globalisation.

Andy has published well over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Some of his better-known work has explored the politics of city-regionalism and metropolitan governance, the search for an urban 'sustainability fix' , and new spaces of labour control in capitalism. His books include: The Urban Growth Machine: Critical Perspectives Two Decades Later (SUNY Press, 1999); Interrogating Alterity (Ashgate, 2010); Territory, the State and Urban Politics (Ashgate, 2012); Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction (Wiley Blackwell, 2015); Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics (Routledge, 2018); and Handbook on Changing Geographies of the State: New Spaces of Geopolitics (Edward Elgar, 2020).

Andy's current research examines the geopolitics and imaginaries of city-regionalism, urban sustainability and climate governance, and the local development of an urban circular economy.

He has been a visiting scholar at universities in the USA, Canada, Finland, Australia and China.

Andy is actively involved as researcher, adviser and consultant for a range of urban regeneration and community economic development projects and activities in Hull as well as in cities in the UK, Europe and the USA. His research on conservation planning, suburban sprawl and regional planning and governance in Southern California in the 1990s and early 2000s informed regional planning processes, which today have set aside thousands of acres of otherwise potentially developable public and private land for nature conservation purposes.
Research Interests Geopolitics and imaginaries of city-regionalism
Local development of the urban circular economy
The global financing of urban infrastructure
Local labour control regimes
Urban sustainability and climate governance
Race , segregation and urban development
Scopus Author ID 7102275228