2016- : Reader in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2012-2016: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2006-2011: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2023- : Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Regional Studies
2020- : Board Member and Trustee, Regional Studies Association
2019- : Adjunct Professor, Hunan University, China
2013- : Editor, Urban and Regional Horizons, Regional Studies
2013- : Associate Director, GaWC
Prizes and awards:
2015: Vice Chancellor's Loughborough Academic Award of Excellence
2015: Jim Lewis Prize
2011: Routledge Regional Studies Association Award for Early Career Excellence
John’s research interests lie within the broad scope of political-economic geography, with a specific focus on the planning and governance of cities and regions. This work centres around three main themes.
Regions and regional theory
- The political construction of regions and regional spaces
- The relationship between regions, territoriality and relationality
- Theorising processes of regionalism and regionalisation
Urban and regional governance
- The uneven geographies of devolution and decentralisation
- City-regions and metropolitan regions
- Planning and governing cities and regions
Global urban studies
- Global city-region governance
- Researching globalization’s new urban form
- The practice of doing global urban research
John's teaching examines political and economic globalization with a focus on cities and regions.
Current postgraduate research students
- Lingjia Zhao: Rural planning in China: planning the new countryside
- Carla Cannone: Climate compatible growth
- Jiaying Xue: Polycentricity in China’s ‘Greater Bay’ area
- Naomi Tan: From energy modelling to funding applications: what dataset must we need to financially realize climate-compatible growth?
Recent postgraduate research students
- Swayam Das (2020) Placing Indian cities in the world city network: a firm-level spatial and temporal study
- Richard Sieff (2020) Decentralised energy governance in the global south: political decentralisation and energy access in Kenya
- Ozgur Sayin (2018) Istanbul - the making of a ‘global city' between East and West
- Chao Luo (2016) Integrative development and governance of ‘megaregion’: the case of Wuhan ‘1+8’ city circle
- 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
Harrison J and Gu H (2023) Arguing with megaregions: learning from China’s chéngshì qún Transactions in Planning and Urban Research 2(1) 53-70
- Harrison J (2022) Geography and public policy: taking responsibility in research and teaching Space & Polity 26(2) 88-93.
- Harrison J, Hoyler M, Derudder B, Liu X and Meijers E (2022) Governing polycentric urban regions Territory, Politics, Governance 1-9
- Harrison J, Galland D and Tewdwr-Jones M (2022) Planning Regional Futures. Routledge: London
- Harrison J and Gu H (2021) Planning megaregional futures: spatial imaginaries and megaregion formation in China Regional Studies 55(1) 77-89.
- Harrison J, Galland D and Tewdwr-Jones M (2021) Regional planning is dead, long live planning regional futures Regional Studies 55(1) 6-18.
- Sayin O, Hoyler M and Harrison J (2020) Doing comparative urbanism differently: conjunctural cities and the stress-testing of urban theory Urban Studies
- Harrison J (2020) Seeing like a business: rethinking the role of business in regional development, planning and governance Territory, Politics, Governance
- Zimmermann K, Galland D and Harrison J (eds.) (2020) Metropolitan Regions, Planning and Governance. Springer.
- Paasi A, Harrison J and Jones M (2018) New consolidated regional geographies in Paasi A, Harrison J and Jones M (eds.) Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
- Harrison J and Hoyler M (eds.) (2018) Doing Global Urban Research. Sage: London.