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Durham University

Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Professor Ray Hudson, BA, PhD, DLitt, DSC

Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41913
Fax: +44 (0)191 33 41801
Room number: S109

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Ray Hudson joined the staff of the Department of Geography in 1972 (having been awarded a BA and PhD at Bristol University) and became a Professor in 1990. Ray was Chairman of the Department from 1992 to 1997 and has held, various senior positions in the University, including serving as Director of the interdisciplinary Wolfson Research Institute, 2003-7 and then as Pro-ViceChancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor. He was Acting Vice Chancellor, 2014-15. He has served on all of the University's major committees and on a variety of local and regional economic and social development and voluntary organisations.

He has served as a Vice President and Chair of the Research Division of the Royal Geographical Society (1999 - 2004), as Chair of the Conference of Heads of Geography in UK HEIs (1995-9) and on various ESRC and HEFCE committees and boards, including ESRC's Training and Development Board and HEFCE's Strategic Advisory Committee for Enterprise and Skills. Until 2013, he was a co-director of FUSE (the North East Centre of Excellence of Translational Research in in Public Health) and a director of nomis (the National On-line Manpower Information System). He continues as Chair of the International Advisory Board of WISERD (the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data And Methods)

A political-economic geographer, his research has focussed upon economic geographies, processes of combined and uneven development, relations between corporate and state policies and issues of territorial development. Much of his empirical reseach has focussed on 'old' industrial regions. He was one of a small number of geographers in the early 1970s who began to explore political economy approaches as an alternative to the then-dominant neoclassical location theories and statiistical modelling approaches. His more recent research has included work on the social economy, on relations betweeen legal and illegal economies, and on the relationships between economy and environment and processes of material transformation and value creation. His publications include Wrecking a Region (Pion, 1989), Production, Places and Environment (Pearson, 2000), Digging up Trouble: The Environment, Protest and Opencast Coal Mining (with Huw Beynon and Andrew Cox, Rivers Oram, 2000), Producing Places (Guilford, 2001), Placing the Social Economy (with Ash Amin and Angus Cameron, Routledge, 2002), Economic Geographies: Circuits, Flows and Spaces, Sage, 2005) and Approches to Economic Geography: Towards a Geographical Political Economy (Routledge, 2016)..

His research has been recognised in a number of ways, including: a DLitt from Durham, a DSc from Bristol and an honorary DSc from Roskilde University. He received the Edward Heath Award from the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded its Victoria Medal in recognition of sustained excelllence in research. He was also awarded the Sir Peter Hall Award by the Regional Studies Association for his contribution to the field of regional studies .He has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of the Social Sciences, to the Fellowship of the British Academy and to the European Academy (Academia Europaea). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Regional Studies Association.

His research has involved working with and advising trades unons, community organisations and local, regional and national goverment organisations and has led to invitations to act as Special Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Coalfields Regeneration and as an Expert Witness to the National Audit Office in its investigations into coalfield regeneration policies. More recently his research has informed and influenced policy making at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Research Groups

Research Projects

Research Interests

  • Economic & social regeneration in 'old' industrial regions
  • Economic Geographies
  • Geographies of the social economy
  • Relations between economy and environment
  • Relationships berween legal and illegal economies and spaces
  • Regional & urban transformations

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Authored book

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Hudson, Ray Does illegality enable or undermine the sustainability of the globalising economy? In: Redclift, M & Springett, D Handbook of Sustainable Development. Routledge; Accepted:41-54.
  • Hudson, R. The Costs of Globalisation: Producing New Forms of Risk to Health and Well-Being. In: Published:13-29.
  • Beynon, Huw & Hudson, Ray The road to Brexit on the British coalfields. In: Traub-Werner, Marion, Peck, Jamie, Lave, Rebecca & Christophers, Brett Doreen Massey: Critical Dialogues. Newcastle upon Tyne: Agenda Publishing; 2018:161-172.
  • Hudson, Ray Industrial Conversion. In: International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. John Wiley; 2017:1.
  • Hudson, R. Does illegality enable or undermine the sustainability of the globalising economy?. In: Redclift, M. & Springett, D. Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Development. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge; 2015:41-54.
  • Hudson, Ray Uneven development, socio-spatial polarisation and political responses. In: Lang, T., Henn, S., Sgibnev, W. & Ehrlich, K. Understanding Geographies of Polarisation and Peripheralisation: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond. London: Palgrave Macmillan; 2015:25-39.
  • Hudson, R. Conclusion: Divided kingdom? Health, the regions and austerity economics. In: Wood, Claudia 'The NHS at 65 is facing a triple-pinch of recession, austerity and demographic change.'. DEMOS; 2013:65-72.
  • Hudson, R. & Robinson, F. University engagement with socially excluded communities: towards 'the engaged university'. In: Benneworth, P. University Engagement With Socially Excluded Communities. Springer; 2013:189-198.
  • Lane, C. & Wood, G. Regions, varieties of capitalism and the legacies of neoliberalism. Capitalist Diversity and Diversity within Capitalism. In: Routledge; 2012:189-208.
  • Hudson, R. Geographies of economic decline. In: Lee, R., Leyshon, A., McDowell, L. & Sunley, P. A Compendium of Economic Geography. Sage; 2011:261-272.
  • Hudson, R. Spatial circuits of value. In: Pike, A., Rodriguez-Pose, A. & Tomaney, J. Handbook of Local and Regional Development. Routledge; 2011:109-118.
  • Hudson, R. & Fischbacher-Smith, D. Exporting Pandora's Box - Exploitation, risk communication and public health problems associated with the export of hazard. In: Bennett, P., Calman, K., Curtis, S. & Fischbacher-Smith, D. Risk Communication and Public Health, OUP. Oxford University Press; 2010:245-60.
  • Hudson, R. The changing geographies of manufacturing and work: made in the UK? In: Coe, N. & Jones, A. The Economic Geography of the UK. Sage; 2010:139-152.
  • Hudson, R. Economic Geography: Fordism. In: Thrift, N. & Kitchin, R. International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 2009:226-231.
  • Hudson, R. Regional Development: Uneven Regional Development. In: Thrift, Nigel & Kitchin, Rob International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 2009:18-23.
  • Hudson, R. The costs of globalization: Producing new forms of risk to health and well-being. In: Palgrave Macmillan; 2009:13-29.
  • Hudson, R. The Knowledge-based Economy, Public Policy and Regional Development: Lessons from the North East of England. In: Geophilia o sentir os sentidos da Geografia: Homenagem a Jorge Gaspar. Lisboa.: CEG; 2008:475-488.
  • Hudson, R. Firms as political actors in processes of capital accumulation and regional development. In: Taylor, M. & Oinas, P. Understanding the Firm: Spatial and Organizational dimensions. Oxford Oxford University Press; 2006:169-188.
  • Hudson, R. The New Economic Geography? In: Lawton-Smith, H. & Bagchi-Sen, S. Past, Present and Future of Economic Geography. Routledge; 2006:47-55.
  • Hudson, R. The production of institutional complemenrarity: the case of North East England. In: Wood, G. & James, P. Institutions, Production and Working Life. Oxford University Press; 2006:104-122.
  • Hudson, R. Geographers and the Regional Problem. In: Johnston, R. & Williams, M. A Century of British Geography, British Association for the Advancement of Science. 2003:583-602.
  • Hudson, R. Global production systems and European integration. In: Peck, J. & Yeung, H. Global Connections. Sage; 2003:216-230.
  • Amin, A., Cameron, A. & Hudson, R. The alterity of the social economy. In: Leyshon, A., Lee, R. & Williams, C. Alternative Economic Spaces. Sage; 2003:27-54.
  • Hudson, R. & Williams, A. Re-shaping Europe: the Challenge of New Divisions with a Homogenised Political-Economic Space. In: Fink, J., Lewis, G. & Clarke, J. Re-thinking European Welfare. Sage; 2001.
  • Hudson, R. Western Europe Studies: Geography. In: Smelser, N. & Bates, P. International Encyclopaedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Pergamon; 2001:473-479.
  • Hudson, R. Globalization, National State Policies and Regional differentiation: the Case of the UK. In: Vellinga, M. The Dialectics of Globalization. Westview; 2000:235-256.
  • Hudson, R. Restructurer la region, restructurer l'Etat: le cas de l'Angleterre du Nord Est. In: Benko, G. & Lipietz, A. La Richesse de Regions: La Nouvelle Geographie Socio-Economique. Presses Universitaire de France; 2000:391-422.
  • Hudson, R. & Williams, A. Re-shaping Europe: the Challenge of New Divisions within a Homogenised Political-Economic Space. In: Hudson, R. & Williams, A. Divided Europe: Society and Territory. Sage; 1999:1-28.
  • Hudson, R. The New Economy of the New Europe: Eradicating Divisions or Creating New Forms of Uneven Development. In: Hudson, R. & Williams, A. Divided Europe: Society and Territory. Sage; 1999:29-62.

Conference Paper

  • Hudson, R. Material matters and the search for resilience: Re-thinking and urban development strategies in the context of global environmental change. University of Aegean, Lesvos.: International Conference, Studying, Modelling and Sense Making of Planet Earth; 2008.

Other (Print)

  • Hudson, R., Buckner, L., Cannon, T., Harding, A., Rees, P. & Kurowska, K. The impacts of demographic change on the functional; economies of the North of England. N8 and Northern Way, Manchester (iv + 35). 2013.


  • Hudson, R. & Townsend, A.R. Coalfield regeneration, 1981-2003: Employment and Travel to work, Parts I and II. 2005;60, 53.

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Economics: regional economic development
  • Economics: industrial change
  • Economics: Europe/European Union
  • Employment: practice in employment law
  • Economics & management: industrial change
  • Economics & management: regional economic development
  • Economics & management: political & economic restructuring in Europe
  • Landscape & buildings: mining for coal & metals
  • Landscape & buildings: quarrying
  • Landscape & buildings: conservation of geological sites, etc.
  • Europe: Business, economy & development: industrial change
  • Europe: Business, economy & development: regional development
  • Europe: Business, economy & development: environmental issues and sustainable development
  • Modern History: Europe: industrial change
  • Modern History: Europe: regional and urban development and regeneration
  • Social Policy: Employment & development issues: industrial change and its social consequences
  • Social Policy: Employment & development issues: regional and urban development and regeneration
  • Regional Economy: industrial change and its social effects
  • Regional Economy: regional development
  • Regional Economy: regional economy
  • People: Civilisation & land use: industrial change
  • People: Civilisation & land use: regional and urban development and regeneration

Selected Grants

  • 2013: Addition to ONS 2011 Census dissemination (£154100.00 from Office for National Statistics)
  • 2013: Illicit economies and the spaces of circulation (£196537.50 from ESRC)
  • 2012: Office for National Statistics Census 2011 Dissemination (£237314.00 from Office for National Statistics)
  • 2011: Nomis contract extension 2011-2013 (£826044.00 from Office for National Statistics)
  • 2010: The impact of demographic change in the functional economies of the North of England (£18952.77 from One NorthEast)
  • 2007: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF AGRICULTURAL (£11756.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2006: WASTE OF THE WORLD (£1129357.00 from ESRC)
  • 2005: KTP - REDCAR & CLEVELAND PCT (£163066.00 from Redcar & Cleveland PCT)
  • 2004: DURHAM-CMI KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE LABORATORY (£182986.00 from Cambridge-MIT Institute Ltd)
  • 2003: COPING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES (£6000.00 from The Nuffield Foundation)
  • 2003: SOCIAL ECONOMY AND REGIONAL REGENERATION (£3850.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2001: ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT STUDY-CORUS STEEL TASK FORCE (£42475.00 from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council)
  • 1999: ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN FELLOWSHIP-DR BANKS (£20000.00 from The Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • 1998: Rural Areas Learning (£59826.00 from Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust)
  • 1997: LOCIN - COMBAT SOCIAL EXCLUSION (£84558.00 from )
  • 1993: EUROPEAN STUDIES (£149439.06 from Longman Group UK Ltd)
  • 0: TMR 20 LUNDEQUIST (£18776.00 from )