2016-: Reader in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2012-2016: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2006-2011: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
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 cities and regions. Conceptually, his research seeks to uncover how new, generally more networked urban and regional spaces, are being (re)produced in globalization. To answer this, his research investigates the politics and practices of region formation: who or what is constructing new urban and regional spaces, how they are being re/constructed, who stands to gain/lose from the construction of particular urban-regional configurations. The aim of John's research is to investigate the extent to which emerging forms of urban-regional governance and planning variously complement, contradict, compete, and overlap with extant structures of state spatial/scalar organisation in different spatial, scalar, and temporal contexts. This work centres around four 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
- Planning and governing cities and regions
Geographies of higher education
- New institutional geographies of higher education
- Uneven geographies of higher education
- Uncovering processes of regionally-scaled university collaboration
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
- Richard Sieff: "Decentralised energy governance in the global south: political decentralisation and energy access in Kenya"
- Swayam Das: "Placing Indian cities in the world city network: a firm-level spatial and temporal study"
Recent postgraduate research students
- 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"
- 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.
- Hoyler M and Harrison J (2017) Global cities research and urban theory making Environment and Planning A 49(12) 2853-2858.
- Harrison J and Turok I (2017) Universities, knowledge and regional development. Regional Studies 51 (7) 977-981.
- Harrison J, Smith DP and Kinton C (2017) Relational regions 'in the making': institutionalizing new regional geographies of higher education. Regional Studies 51 (7) 1020-1034.
- Harrison J, Smith DP and Kinton C (2015) New institutional geographies of higher education: the rise of transregional university alliances Environment and Planning A 48 (5) 910-936
- Harrison J and Hoyler M (eds.) (2015) Megaregions: Globalization’s New Urban Form? Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.