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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Professor Simon Marvin

Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41873
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 320

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Simon joined Durham University in 2012 and is the Carillion Chair of Low Carbon Cities and Deputy Director of Durham Energy Institute.

Simon is an expert on the changing relations between cities, regions and infrastructure networks in a period of resource constraint, institutional restructuring and climate change. Simon’s research has been funded by the ESRC, EPSRC, international research foundations, the European Commission, commercial funders, and many public agencies. He is currently working with the UNEP as a lead author on a major new report on decoupling cities and resource use. His research is currently focused on two large programmes. The first looking at comparative urban responses to climate change and resource constraint by cities in Africa, China, Sweden and the UK funded by the Mistra Foundation. The second funded by the EPSRC looks at whether and how UK cities develop the knowledge and capability to systemically reengineer their built environment and urban infrastructure. Simon is a co-author of six internationally leading books on cities and infrastructure.

Research Groups

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Journal papers: academic

Books: authored

  • Hodson, M. & Marvin, S. Low Carbon Nation?. London: Routledge; 2013.
  • Hodson, M. & Marvin, S. World Cities and Climate Change. Open University Press; 2010.

Books: edited

  • Guy, S., Marvin, S., Medd, W. & Moss, T. Shaping Urban Infrastructures – Intermediaries and the Governance of Socio-Technical Networks. Earthscan; 2011.
  • Bulkeley, H.A., Castan Broto, V., Hodson, M. & Marvin, S. Cities and Low Carbon Transitions. Routledge; 2010.

Books: sections

  • Bulkeley, H. Climate change and urban governance: a new politics? In: Lockie, S., Sonnenfield, D. & Fisher, D. Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Routledge; 2012.

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Selected Grants

  • 2013: Supporting Sub-Saharan Africa's Municipalities with Sustainable Energy Transitions - SAMSET (£246289.80 from Epsrc)
  • 2012: Re-engineering the city 2020-2050: Urban Foresight and Transition Management (£75798.68 from Epsrc)
  • 2012: Urban Futures Arena (£91863.00 from Chalmers University of Technology)
  • 2012: Urban Low Carbon Transitions: A Comparative International Network - Australia, China, India, South Africa, US and UK (£25356.60 from Esrc)
  • 2012: Smart Urbanism: Utopian Vision or False Dawn? (£12870.00 from Urban Studies Foundation)
  • 2012: Sustainable Practices Research Group (£7830.40 from Esrc)