Professor Ray Hudson, BA, PhD, DLitt, DSC
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.
- Durham - CMI Knowledge Exchange Laboratory, The
- Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity, Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Grant, £1 million (2013-2018)
- Waste of the World
- 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
Journal papers: academic
- Hadjimichalis, C. & Hudson, R. Contemporary crisis across Europe and the crisis of regional development theories. Regional Studies. 2014;48:208-218.
- Hudson, R. Thinking through the relationships between legal and illegal activities and economies: Spaces, flows and pathways. Journal of Economic Geography. 2014;14:775-795.
- Hudson, R. Thatcherism and its geographical legacies: The new map of socio-spatial inequality in the Divided Kingdom. The Geographical Journal. 2013;179:377-381.
- Rees, P. & Hudson, R. The Impacts of Demographic Change on the Functional Economies of the North of England. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy. 2013;6:85.
- Hudson, R. Critical Political Economy and Material Transformation. New Political Economy. 2012;17:373-397.
- Hudson, R. & Swanton, D. Global Shifts in contemporary times: the changing trajectories of steel towns in China, Germany and the United Kingdom. European Urban and Regional Studies. 2012;19:6.
- Gregson, N., Crang, M., Ahamed, F., Akter, N., Ferdous, R., Foisal, S. & Hudson, R. Territorial agglomeration and industrial symbiosis: Sitakunda-Bhatiary, Bangladesh, as a secondary processing complex. Economic Geography. 2012;88:37-58.
- Hudson, R. From knowledge based economy … to knowledge based economy? Reflections on changes in the economy and development policies in the North East of England. Regional Studies. 2011;45:997-1012.
- Hudson, R. Regions Con-Dem’d? Geography. 2011;44-49.
- Hudson, R Multiplicant els riscs per a la salut I el benestar: els costos inadmissibles de la globalització/Multiplying risks to Health and Wellbeing: the unacknowledged costs of Globalisation. Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia. 2010;70:101-27.
- Hudson, R. Life on the edge: navigating the competitive tensions between the 'social' and the 'economic' in the social economy and in its relations to the mainstream. Journal of Economic Geography. 2009;9:493-510
- Hudson, R. Resilient regions in an uncertain world: wishful thinking or practical reality. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. 2009;1-15.
- Hudson, R. Cultural political economy meets global production networks: a productive meeting?. Journal of Economic Geography. 2008;8:421-440.
- Watson, M., Bulkeley, H. & Hudson, R. Unpicking environmental policy integration with tales from waste management. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 2008;26:481-498.
- Hudson, R. Region and place: rethinking regional development in the context of global environmental change. Progress in Human Geography. 2007;31:827-836.
- Hudson, R. Regions and Regional Uneven Development Forever? Some Reflective Comments upon Theory and Practice. Regional Studies. 2007;41:1149-1160.
- Hadjimichalis, C. & Hudson, R. Rethinking Local and Regional Development: Implications for Radical Political Development in Europe. European urban and Regional Studies. 2007;14:99-113.
- Hudson, R. & Hadjimichalis, C. Networks, Regional Development and Democratic Control. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 2006;30:858-872.
- Hudson, R. On what's right and keeping left: or Why Geography still needs Marxian political economy. Antipode. 2006;38:374-395.
- Hudson, R. Regional devolution and regional economic success: myths and illusions about power. Geografiska Annaler B. 2006;88:159-171.
- Bulkeley, H., Watson, M., Hudson, R. & Weaver, P. Governing Municipal Waste: Towards a New Analytical Framework. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 2005;7:1-23.
- Hudson, R. Region and Place: Devolved Regional Government and Regional Economic Success?. Progress in Human Geography. 2005;29:618-625.
- Hudson, R. Rethinking change in old industrial regions: reflecting on the experiences of North East England. Environment and Planning A. 2005;37:581-596.
- Hudson, R. Towards Sustainable Economic Practices, Flows and Spaces: or is the Necessary Impossible and the Impossible Necessary?. Sustainable Development. 2005;13:239-252.
- Hudson, R. Conceptualizing economies and their geographies: spaces, flows and circuits. Progress in Human Geography. 2004;28:447-471.
- Hudson, R. Reflecting on The Limits to Capital, twenty years on. Antipode. 2004;36:414-419.
- Hudson, R. & Hadjimichalis, C. Reti, sviluppo regionale e controllo democratico. Meridiana: Rivista di Storia e Scienze Sociale. 2004;49:75-98.
- Hudson, R. Thinking through the geographies of the New Europe in the New Millennium: dialectics of circuits, flows and spaces. European Urban and Regional Studies. 2004;11:99-102.
- Hudson, R. European integration and new forms of uneven development - But not the end of territorially distinctive capitalisms in Europe. European Urban and Regional Studies. 2003;10:49-67.
- Hudson, R. Fuzzy concepts and sloppy thinking: Reflections on recent developments in critical regional studies. Regional Studies. 2003;37:741-746.
- Hadjimichalis, C. & Hudson, R. Geographical imaginations, post-modern imperialism and the project of European political integration. Soundings. 2003;23:37-53.
- Hudson, R. The changing geography of the British coal industry: nationalization, privatisation and the political economy of energy supply, 1947-97. Transations of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy: Section A- Mining Technology. 2003;111:180-187.
- Hudson, R. Changing industrial production systems and regional development in the New Europe. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2002;27:262-281.
- Hudson, R. Commodity chains and flows of value: exploring the link between corporate strategies, governance processes and regional economic development in Europe. Desinvestimento e Impactos Economicos, Sociais e territoriais. 2002.
- Smith, A., Rainnie, A., Dunford, M., Hardy, J., Hudson, R. & Sadler, D. Networks of value, commodities and regions: reworking divisions of labour in macro-regional economies. Progress in Human Geography. 2002;26:41-63.
- Hudson, R. Re-drawing the line between the employed and unemployed: new forms of work, unemployed and public policies in Europe. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie. 2002;93:316-315.
- Hudson, R. The Oxford handbook of economic geography. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2002;27:123-127.
- Cuthbertson, M., Hudson, R. & McKeever, L. r center.cade - The resource centre for access to data on Europe. Creating a resource on Europe for UK academic researchers. European Urban and Regional Studies. 2001;8:371-382.
- Hudson, R. One Europe or Many? Reflections on becoming European. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2000;25:409-426.
- Hudson, R. 'The learning economy, the learning firm and the learning region': a sympathetic critique of the limits to learning. European Urban and Regional Studies. 1999;6:59-72.
- Hudson, R. & Lei, S. Towards sustainable mining cities: what policies should be sought and experiences could be learnt for China? The Journal of Chinese Geography. 1999;9:207-226.
- Amin, A., Cameron, A. & Hudson, R. Welfare at work? The potential of the UK social economy. Environment and Planning A. 1999;31:2033-2051.
- Hudson, R. Economic Geographies: Circuits, Flows and Spaces. Sage; 2005.
- Amin, A., Cameron, A & Hudson, R. Placing the Social Economy. Oxford.: Routledge; 2002.
- Hudson, R. Producing Places. New York.: Guilford Press; 2001.
- Bennett, K, Beynon, H & Hudson, R Coalfields Regeneration: Dealing with the Consequences of Industrial Decline. Poilicy Press; 2000.
- Hudson, R., Beynon, H. & Cox, A. Digging up Trouble: Environment, Protest and Opencast Coal Mining. Rivers Oram; 2000.
- Hudson, R & Williams, A M Divided Britain. Mallard Editions; 2000.
- Hudson, R. Production, Places and Environment: Changing Perspectives in Economic Geography. Longman; 2000.
- Beynon, H, Hudson, R & Sadler, D A Place Called Teesside: A Locality in a Global Economy. Edinburgh University Press; 1994.
- Beynon, H, Hudson, R & Sadler, D A Tale of Two Industries: The Contraction of Coal and Steel in North East England. Open University Press; 1991.
- Hudson, R & Sadler, D The International Steel Industry: Restructuring, state policies and localities. Routledge; 1989.
- Hudson, Ray Wrecking a Region: State Policies, Party Politics and Regional Change in North East England. Pion; 1989.
- Pocock, D & Hudson, R Images of the Urban Environment. Macmillan; 1978.
- Hudson, R & Williams, A M Divided Europe: Society and Territory. Sage; 1999.
- Anderson, J, Hudson, R & Duncan, S Redundant Spaces in Cities and Regions? Studies in Industrial Decline and Social Change. Academic Press; 1983.
- 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.
- Hudson, Ray Uneven development, socio-spatial polarisation and political responses. In: T Lang, T, Henn, S Sgibnev, W & Ehrlich, K Understanding Geographies of Polarisation and Peripheralisation: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan; 2015:25-39.
- 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 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.
Edited works: contributions
- 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.
Book chapters: online
- Hudson, R. The costs of globalization: Producing new forms of risk to health and well-being. In: Palgrave Macmillan; 2009:13-29.
Edited works: conference proceedings
- 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 publications: research
- 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.
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
- 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)
- 1999: REGIONAL ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE (£13931.00 from ESRC)
- 1998: Rural Areas Learning (£59826.00 from Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust)
- 1997: COAL DISTRICTS IN TRANSFORMATION (£10839.00 from ESRC)
- 1997: LOCIN - COMBAT SOCIAL EXCLUSION (£84558.00 from )
- 1993: EUROPEAN STUDIES (£149439.06 from Longman Group UK Ltd)
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