Andrew Jonas

Professor Andrew E G Jonas

Professor of Human Geography

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 465368

Andy Jonas was recently listed among the world's top 25 most productive and cited scholars in the field of geography and urban studies.

He is an urban political geographer whose research examines the politics of urban and regional development in the USA, Europe and China.

Andy is especially interested in the financing of urban infrastructure and the emerging geopolitical significance of city regionalism.

He has been a visiting scholar at universities in the USA, Finland, Australia and China.


Research Interests

  • Urban and regional development
  • Geopolitics of city regions
  • Climate change and urban sustainability
  • Financing urban infrastructure
  • Human geography and scale

Research groups


Jonas A E G, Wurzel R K W, Monaghan M and Osthorst W, 'Climate Change, the Green Economy and Reimagining the City: the Case of Structurally Disadvantaged European Maritime Port Cities, Die Erde (2017)

Jonas A E G and Moisio S, 'City Regionalism as Geopolitical Processes: a New Framework for Analysis', Progress in Human Geography, DOI: 10.1177/0309132516679897 (2016)

Jonas A E G, McCann E and Thomas M, Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell (2015)

Hall S and Jonas A E G, 'Urban Fiscal Austerity, Infrastructure Provision and the Struggle for Regional Transit in "Motor City"', Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 7(1), pp 189-206 (2014)

Jonas A E G, Goetz A R and Battarcharjee S, 'City-Regionalism and the Politics of Collective Provision: Regional Transportation Infrastructure in Denver, USA', Urban Studies, 51(11), pp 2444-2465 (2014)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us (field trip, tutorials)
  • Worlds of Connection
  • Cities and Globalisation (module leader)
  • Field Study Barcelona (module leader)
  • North American Cities (module leader)
  • Frontiers in Human Geography (module leader, tutorials)

Research PhDs

Andy is happy to supervise a range of postgraduate research topics relating to his areas of research specialism, including

  • city regionalism
  • politics of urban and regional redevelopment
  • urban infrastructure finance
  • alternative economic spaces
  • geographies of labour control and regulation
  • urban sustainability and green forms of urban development

Completed PhDs

  • ​Muhammad Haji-Abdullah, Analysis of the Suitability of the Socio-Technical Transition to the Development of Low Carbon Transportation in Brunei Darussalam (2016)
  • Sarinah Omar, Sungai Liang Industrial Park: can Brunei Achieve its Sustainable Industrial Development? (2016)
  • Stephen Hall, Transportation and Low-Carbon Governance in City-Regions (2015)
  • Erin DeMuynk, Farmers' Markets and Urban Sustainability, external committee member, University of Illinois, USA (2015)
  • Marcela Mele, Suburban Development and Livelihood Strategies in Tirana City-Region (2011)
  • Andrew Kythreotis, Sustainability Governance and Scalar Politics in the UK (2010)
  • David Haigh, Social Enterprise and Alternative Economic Spaces in the UK (2009)
  • Maksuder Rahman, Neighbourhood and Household Environmental Problems in Chittagong (2008)
  • Felicity Powell, Social issues in UK Regional Planning (2005)
  • Alison Williams, Technogeopolitics and Representations of the Pacific as US Territory (2005)

Current PhD supervisions

  • ​Hesham Waddani, Urban Forests in Tripoli, Libya: Policies and Citizen Participation
  • Samuel Ramsden, Supporting Pro-Environmental Behaviours in Deprived Urban British Communities: Who is Responsible and How Can it be Done?
  • Mbali Pewa, Investigating the Sustainability of Waste Recycling in South Africa
  • Hui Yang, The Evolution of Endogenous Traditional Industry Clusters: a Case Study of the Chinese Liquor Industry
  • Enrico Tommarchi, A Critical Analysis of the Relation between Cultural Policies and Strategic Urban Planning in Port Cities

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Geography, The Ohio State University, USA (1989)
  • MA Geography (minor, Urban Planning), The Ohio State University, USA (1985)
  • BA Hons, First Class, Geography, Durham University (1982)

External roles

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers
  • Association of American Geographers Overseas Member
  • Fellow of the Regional Studies Association
  • Co-editor, Urban Geography, Debates and Interventions
  • Editorial Board Member, Territory, Politics and Governance
  • Editorial Board Member, Geography Compass (Urban)
  • Canada Research Chairs College of Reviewers
  • Economic and Social Research Council College of Reviewers
  • Visiting Scholar, Urban Studies Program, University of Washington at Tacoma, USA
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Human Geography, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Washington,USA
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, USA
  • External Examiner, Geography, NUI Galway, Ireland (2012–2016)
  • External Examiner, Geography Tripos, University of Cambridge (2008-2010)
  • External Examiner, Geography, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2005-2007)
  • Senior Examiner and Examiner ESRC Studentship Competition (1999-2002)
  • Member Advisory Board, RECOURSE, University of Gdansk, Poland
  • Past Member Editorial Board, The Social Science Quarterly

Awards and accolades

  • Regional Studies Association Fellowship Research Grant holder
  • Docent Professor of Urban and Regional Development, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Marsico Fellow, Denver University, USA
  • Research grant award holder from ESRC, NSF, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, European Union (Marie Curie Network)

Professional highlights

  • Ranked 22 in top 50 globally most cited scholars in the field of geography and urban studies, 1990-2010
  • Ranked 11 in top 50 globally most productive scholars in the field of geography and urban studies, 1990-2010
  • Guest editor for special issues of Environment and Planning A (2002), International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2007) and Social Science Quarterly (2003)
  • Reviewer and rapporteur for ESRC (UK), NSF (USA), SSHRC (Canada), SSRC South Africa)
  • Peer reviewer for more than 50 international journals in geography and urban studies
  • External evaluation of succesful promotion/tenure cases at institutions in the USA, Canada, and South Africa