Geography and Environment


Dr Michiel Van Meeteren

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Lecturer in Human Geography

Academic Career:

2018- : Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University
2016-2018: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Geography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)


2012-2016: PhD, Department of Geography, Ghent University (Belgium).
2008-2011: Research Master Social Science, Graduate School of Social Science, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
2005-2008: Ba in Human Geography, Department of Geography, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Prizes and Awards

2017. Triannual Mercator-Ortelius Award for Belgian dissertations in the spatial disciplines.
2016. Winner of the Regional Science Association International Best Dissertation in Regional Science Award

My work is situated at the interface of urban and economic geography and examines how urban regions and economies are reshaped through the deepening of global interdependencies, technological innovations and uneven development. In recent years, I developed a particular focus on financial relations, as analysing economic and urban development increasingly requires adopting a financial lens. My research strategy is based on the premise that both past theories and theories from different geographical traditions have an important role to play in understanding our contemporary predicament. Therefore, grounding geography's conceptual evolution in historical awareness has become an important aspect of my work. Broadly, my research encompasses the following themes.

Urban Geography

  • Urban systems theory
  • World city networks
  • Geographies of metropolization

Economic and Financial Geography

  • Firm networks, clusters and transnational economic processes
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and new technologies
  • Financial geography of Europe

History and Epistemology of Geography

  • History of post-1945 Geography
  • Engaged pluralist geographical praxis
  • Transnational histories of Geography

Van Meeteren M and Poorthuis A (2018) Christaller and "big data": Recalibrating central place theory via the geoweb Urban Geography 39(1), 122-148

Hendrikse R, Bassens D and Van Meeteren M (2018) The Appleization of finance: Reflections on the FinTech ‘revolution’ Finance and Society

Krijnen M, Bassens D and Van Meeteren M (2017) Manning circuits of value: Lebanese professionals and expatriate world-city formation in Beirut. Environment and Planning A 49(12): 2878-2896.

Van Meeteren M, Derudder B and Bassens D (2016) Can the straw man speak? An engagement with postcolonial critiques of ‘global cities research’ Dialogues in Human Geography 6(3), 247-267.

Van Meeteren M, Neal Z and Derudder B (2016) Disentangling agglomeration and network externalities: A conceptual typology. Papers in Regional Science 95(1), 61-80.

Van Meeteren M and Bassens D (2016) World cities and the uneven geographies of financialization: Unveiling stratification and hierarchy in the world city archipelago. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 40(1), 62-81.

Van Meeteren M, Poorthuis A, Derudder B and Witlox, F (2016) Pacifying Babel’s Tower: A scientometric analysis of polycentricity in urban research. Urban Studies 53(6), 1278-1298.

Van Meeteren M, Boussauw K, Derudder B and Witlox F (2016) Flemish Diamond or ABC-Axis? The spatial structure of the Belgian metropolitan area. European Planning Studies 24(5), 974-995.

Bassens, D and Van Meeteren M (2015) World cities under conditions of financialized globalization: Towards an augmented world city hypothesis. Progress in Human Geography 39(6), 752-775.

 Van Meeteren M (2015) Learning by bumping: Pathways of Dutch SMEs to Foreign Direct Investment in Asia. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 106(4), 471-495.

Verweijen J and Van Meeteren M (2015) Social network analysis and the de facto/de jure Conundrum: Security alliances and the territorialization of state authority in the post-Cold War Great Lakes Region. Territory, Politics, Governance 3(1), 97-111.