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Michael Hoyler Staatsexamen (University of Heidelberg)

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Reader in Human Geography

Academic career

2009 onwards: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University. 
2003-2009: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University. 
1994-2003: Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Heidelberg.

Professional responsibilities

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
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. 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), 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) and Megaregions: Globalization’s New Urban Form? (Edward Elgar, 2015).

I have also investigated transnational academic networks and internationalisation strategies of universities as part of a wider interest in the changing global geographies of higher education. My HEA Doctoral Programme award (2013-16) further develops this strand of research, focusing on the role of migrant academic staff in internationalising UK students. A second current project (funded by SSPGS) investigates the impact of philanthropy on UK higher education, with a focus on policy and practice in the 1960s universities.

My teaching explores the geographies of globalised urbanisation.

Current postgraduate research students

Ozgur Sayin: Istanbul – the making of a 'global city' between East and West.
Natalie Tebbett: Internationalising UK students through migrant academic staff.
Swayam Das: Building BRICs – Indian cities in the world city network.
Yifei Chen: Understanding city expansion into larger city-regions: the case of the Yangtze River Delta.
David Rigby: Nascent geographies of austerity – understanding the implications of a (re)new(ed) welfare-to-work discourse.

Recent postgraduate research students

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, Hoyler, M (2015) Megaregions: foundations, frailties, futures. In Harrison, J,Hoyler, M (eds) Megaregions: Globalization's New Urban Form?, Edward Elgar, 1-28, ISBN: 9781782547891. DOI: 10.4337/9781782547907.00007.

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

Taylor, PJ, Hoyler, M, Pain, K, Vinciguerra, S (2014) Extensive and intensive globalizations: explicating the low connectivity puzzle of U.S. cities using a city-dyad analysisJournal of Urban Affairs, 36(5), 876-890, ISSN: 0735-2166. DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12077.

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

Warren, A, Hoyler, M, Bell, M (2014) Strategic cultures of philanthropy: English universities and the changing geographies of givingGeoforum, 55, 133-142, ISSN: 0016-7185. DOI:10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.06.006.

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

Taylor, PJ, Derudder, B, Hoyler, M, Ni, P (2013) New regional geographies of the world as practised by leading advanced producer service firms in 2010, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 38(3), 497-511, ISSN: 0020-2754. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00545.x.

Hoyler, M (2011) External relations of German cities through intra-firm networks - a global perspectiveRaumforschung und Raumordnung, 69(3), 147-159, ISSN: 0034-0111. DOI:10.1007/s13147-011-0100-8.