Geography and Environment


Michael Hoyler Staatsexamen (University of Heidelberg)

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UG Programme Director & Reader in Human Geography

Academic career

2003 onwards: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
1994-2003: Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Heidelberg.

Professional responsibilities

2017: Organisation of The Place of Music | International Conference (CRCC).
2015: Organisation of Doing Global Urban Research | International Conference (Urban Studies Foundation).
2014: Organisation of ARL International Summer School on Global Urban Networks. 
2010 onwards: Editorial Board Member, Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning
2008 onwards: Associate Director, Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC). 
1998-2007: Co-Editor, Hettner Lectures Book Series.

My research interests are in urban economic and social geography, with a focus on the formation of transnational networks in a globalising world. This work theorises and maps new geographies of globalised urbanisation, advancing the development of a relational approach in global urban analysis. Current and recent research includes projects investigating the conceptualisation and measurement of global urban networks (ESRC), the dispersion of global city functions into wider (mega) city-regions and associated polycentric metropolitan development (EU, Regional Studies Association), the role of cities in economic expansion (The Leverhulme Trust), and London and Frankfurt as ‘world cities’ (Anglo-German Foundation).

I have published widely in the field of urban studies including the co-edited books Global Urban Analysis (Earthscan, hb 2011, pb 2016), the International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities (Edward Elgar, hb 2012, pb 2015), Cities in Globalization (Routledge, 2013), Megaregions: Globalization’s New Urban Form? (Edward Elgar, hb 2015, pb 2017) and Doing Global Urban Research (Sage, hb/pb 2018).

I am also investigating transnational academic networks and internationalisation strategies of universities as part of a wider interest in the changing global geographies of higher education. My recent HEA Doctoral Programme award develops this strand of research, focusing on the role of migrant academic staff in internationalising UK students. A second current project (Higher Education Innovation Funding) investigates geographies of philanthropic engagement in global higher education.

My teaching examines the geographies of globalised urbanisation.

Current postgraduate research students

Swayam Das: Building BRICs – Indian cities in the world city network.
Daniel Giles: Swim, bike, run: an investigation into the motivations, practices and experiences of UK triathletes.
Ozgur Sayin: Istanbul – the making of a ‘global city’ between East and West.
Natalie Tebbett: Internationalising UK students through migrant academic staff.

Recent postgraduate research students

Yifei Chen (2016): Understanding city expansion into larger city-regions: the case of the Yangtze River Delta.
David Rigby (2016): Nascent geographies of austerity – understanding the implications of a (re)new(ed) welfare-to-work discourse.
Kelly Wakefield (2013): Transnational higher education networks for learning and teaching (TNLTs) in Geography.
Allan Watson (2012): Sound practice: a relational economic geography of music production in and beyond the recording studio.
Valeria Pecorelli (2012): Practising 'constructive resistance' through autonomy and solidarity: the case of Ya Basta and solidarity trade in Milan.
Raf Verbruggen (2011): World cities before globalisation: the European city network, A.D. 1300-1600.
Julia Grosspietsch (2011): The changing geographies of international municipal relations in Europe: a study of British-German town twinning partnerships.
Wei Shen (2010): Chinese student circular migration and global city formation: a relational case study of Shanghai and Paris.

Harrison, J and Hoyler, M (eds) (2018) Doing Global Urban Research, Sage, ISBN: 9781473978560.

Lüthi, S, Thierstein, A, Hoyler, M (2018) The world city network: evaluating top-down versus bottom-up approaches, Cities, 72, 287-294, ISSN: 0264-2751. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2017.09.006.

Hoyler, M and Harrison, J (2017) Global cities research and urban theory making, Environment and Planning A, 49(12), 2853-2858, ISSN: 0308-518X. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17735405.

Warren, A, Hoyler, M, Bell, M (2016) From ‘shadowy cabal’ to new profession: Networks of cooperation and competition in UK Higher Education fundraising, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(5), 837-854, ISSN: 0263-774X. DOI: 10.1177/0263774X15614681.

Harrison, J and Hoyler, M (eds) (2015) Megaregions: Globalization's New Urban Form?, Edward Elgar, ISBN: 9781782547891. DOI: 10.4337/9781782547907.

Harrison, J and Hoyler, M (2014) Governing the new metropolis, Urban Studies, 51(11), 2249-2266, ISSN: 0042-0980. DOI: 10.1177/0042098013500699.

Taylor, PJ, Derudder, B, Faulconbridge, J, Hoyler, M, Ni, P (2014) Advanced producer service firms as strategic networks, global cities as strategic places, Economic Geography, 90(3), 267-291, ISSN: 0013-0095. DOI: 10.1111/ecge.12040.

Hoyler, M and Watson, A (2013) Global media cities in transnational media networks, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 104(1), 90-108, ISSN: 1467-9663. DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9663.2012.00738.x.