WHAT WE DO
We study the ways in which political and economic practices are entangled in their spatial contexts, from cities and regions, to the nation and beyond. Politics (how we make collective decisions) and economy (how we steward resources to generate livelihoods and reproduce society) are central to the organisation of social and cultural life. We examine their spatiality as both source and outcome of social change at multiple scales. Our staff and postgraduate students research assemblages of practices and actors in both micro (eg. events, organisations) and macro (eg. cities, regions, nations) spaces. We draw on insights from urban, economic and political geography, and are particularly interested in how post-structural ideas and practice-centred methodologies can enrich political economy critique of social change.
OUR RESEARCH AREAS INCLUDE:
- Policy and policy-making (urban, economic, social)
- Markets and market-making
- Political and economic knowledge production
- Intermediaries, calculative practice, and political-economic agency
- Advocacy and activism
Every fortnight during semester time, PEP meets to discuss texts related to our research areas. Our Reading Group is student-driven, which means that for each meeting our post-graduate students choose a text they have found to be particularly challenging or inspiring. Have a look at our Reading Group page to see some of the texts that have been discussed in Reading Group so far.