Michael Hoyler

Michael Hoyler

Staatsexamen (University of Heidelberg)

  • Head of Geography and Environment
  • Reader in Human Geography

Academic career

  • 2021 onwards: Head of Geography and Environment, Loughborough University.
  • 2003 onwards: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
  • 1994-2003: Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Heidelberg.

Professional responsibilities

Michael’s 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).

He has published widely in the field of urban studies including 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), Doing Global Urban Research (Sage, hb/pb 2018) and Global City Makers (Edward Elgar, 2018).

He is also investigating transnational academic networks and internationalisation strategies of universities as part of a wider interest in the changing global geographies of higher education. This has included research on migrant academic staff and on the geographies of philanthropic engagement in global higher education, both in the UK and in the Global South.

Michael’s teaching examines the geographies of globalised urbanisation (both conceptually and on location in major cities such as London, Paris and Singapore). He also teaches geographical methods with a focus on digital mapping and visualisation.

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Daniel Giles (2021): Triathlon geographies: a mixed-method investigation into spatial, social and digital sporting worlds.
  • Swayam Das (2020): Placing Indian cities in the world city network.
  • Natalie Tebbett (2019): Internationalising UK students through migrant academic staff.
  • Özgür Sayın (2018): Istanbul: the making of a global city between East and West.
  • 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.

Selected publications