Andy Pike

Andy Pike
Newcastle University | NCL · Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

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Introduction
Research interests in the geographical political economy of local, regional and urban development, governance and policy. Currently working on financialising the local state, manufacturing renaissance in industrial regions and local industrial policy (ESRC). Forthcoming book Pike et al. (2019) Financialising City Statecraft and Infrastructure (Elgar) https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/financialising-city-statecraft-and-infrastructure
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September 1993 - December 2018
Newcastle University
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  • Professor

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Publications (159)
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Recent research has identified the potential of the metropolitan scale, and indeed metropolitan bodies, in achieving greater coordination and more effective land-use management. In this paper, we have undertaken a systematic scoping review of the English-language literature (2014–2019) on metropolitanisation and metropolitan governance, with a view...
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This book aims to understand the predicaments of ‘left behind places’ and the scale of the policy challenge of ‘levelling up’ their economic prosperity. Drawing out lessons of wider international significance, it examines how places (cities, towns and localities) have grown apart over recent decades amidst deindustrialisation, post-industrial trans...
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The recent wave of populism has focused attention on ‘left behind’ places as hotspots of discontent. Seeking to remedy their neglect in urban and regional studies, the aim of this paper is to engage with the problems of ‘left behind’ places and to stimulate fresh thinking about alternative approaches. Reflecting the complex and inter-connected issu...
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The UK’s industrial strategy, with local variants, aims to support manufacturing in ‘traditional industrial regions’ (TIRs). Using novel data for advanced manufacturing (AM) industries over several decades, we examine long-term changes in their geography by regions and local authority districts. These industries have shifted away from large urban r...
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The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and recession represent one of the biggest shocks to the UK manufacturing ecosystem yet, and comes at a time when the ecosystem was already in a worrying situation after decades of deindustrialisation, a decade of austerity and an impending ‘Brexit’. The effects of this shock will also be unevenly felt due to the geograp...
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Peter Sunley from the University of Southampton investigates the potential of advanced manufacturing for spatial rebalancing in this fascinating economic geography research focus
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‘Levelling up’ is the new UK government mantra to describe its ambitions for addressing longstanding local and regional inequalities and, especially, for tackling the problems of ‘left‐behind’ places. This article examines the thinking behind this slogan and the associated policy agenda. We identify a danger of misdiagnosis leading to policies that...
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Deindustrialization is central to the renewed concern with the social and spatial inequalities and political-economic discontent evident in so-called left behind places in the global North since the 2008 global financial crisis. Yet coping with deindustrialization and its impacts is now a more internationalized concern, extending geographically acr...
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Professor Andy Pike, Professor Mike Coombes, Louise Kempton, Professor Danny MacKinnon and Dr. Peter O’Brien from The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University (CURDS) have published a response to UK2070’s Second Report. Their submission focuses upon the UK2070 Commission’s proposals for decentralisation in England a...
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The UK’s economy is one of the most regionally imbalanced in Europe. The government’s recent industrial strategy discusses various means of addressing this, one of which is the strengthening of existing clusters. Using plant-level indices of spatial proximity derived from postcode district data, this article investigates the extent of spatial conce...
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Developing an evolutionary perspective towards the changing anatomy of the banking sector reveals the enduring tensions and contradictions between spatial centralisation and the possibilities for decentralisation before, during and after the British banking crisis. The shift from banking boom to crisis in 2007 is conceptualised as a significant and...
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The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University, is a research centre internationally renowned for its academic excellence and policy relevance in local, regional and urban development, governance and policy. Founded in 1977, further details of our work are available at: www.ncl.ac.uk/curds 2. The research and ev...
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Financialising City Statecraft and Infrastructure addresses the struggles of national and local states to fund, finance and govern urban infrastructure. It develops fresh thinking on financialisation and city statecraft to explain the socially and spatially uneven mixing of managerial, entrepreneurial and financialised city governance in austerity...
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Addressing the intersection of two important emerging research areas, re-distributed manufacturing (RDM) and the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, this work combines insights from engineering, business and policy perspectives and explores opportunities and challenges towards a more localized and sustainable food system. Analysis centred on two specifi...
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Engaging the ‘Geographies of Dissociation’ in the spirit of constructive dialogue and debate, this commentary recognizes its contributions and raises issues and questions relating to the potential and perils of pluralism, value, the material and the symbolic, and uneven geographical development and its politics. Building on the claim that pluralism...
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This Special Issue aims to further understanding and explanation of the funding, financing and governing of urban infrastructure amidst its engagements with contemporary financialisation. Drawing upon empirical material from international cases from Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, it identifies critical issues to advance work in this area....
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Recent research has argued that human capital has become the key driver of city growth and that there is a widening divergence between high and low-skill cities. This skilled city view includes several stylised propositions. The first is that more skills and human capital generate stronger economic growth; the second is that already skilled cities...
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A burgeoning strand of evolutionary economic geography (EEG) research is addressing questions of regional path creation, based on the idea that place-specific legacies and conditions play a critical role in supporting the emergence of new economic activities. Yet there has been little effort thus far to take stock of this emerging body of research....
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A major stimulus for the renewed interest in industrial strategy within the UK-and elsewhere-concerns the need to address the problems of 'left-behind' regions. The uneven shift from a manufacturing to a service-based economy, globalisation and technological change have underpinned the long-term growth of regional inequalities in the UK. While a lo...
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How urban infrastructure is funded, financed and governed is a central issue for states at the national, city-regional and city scales. Urban infrastructure is being financialised by financial and state actors and transformed into an asset in the international investment landscape. Local governments are being compelled by national state and financi...
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The governance of infrastructure funding and financing at the city-region scale is a critical aspect of the continued search for mechanisms to channel investment into the urban landscape. In the context of the global financial crisis, austerity and uneven growth, national, sub-national and local state actors are being compelled to adopt the increas...
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The paper contributes to literature on the geographies of corporate philanthropy through a case study of the origins, growth and decline of the Northern Rock bank's charitable foundation. Analysis reveals the complex, geographically-embedded nature of philanthropic motivations and impacts. It demonstrates that investment in home and community by ph...
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The aim of this timely work, which appears in the wake of the worst global financial crisis since the late 1920s, is to bring together high quality research-based contributions from leading international scholars involved in constructing a geographical perspective on money. Topics covered include the crisis, the spatial circuits of finance, regulat...
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Austerity states, institutional dismantling and the governance of sub-national economic development: the demise of the regional development agencies in England. Territory, Politics, Governance. Contributing to interpretations of the governance geographies of austerity, the paper explains how, why and in what forms austerity states are constructed b...
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Actors and institutions in localities and regions across the world are seeking prosperity and well-being amidst tumultuous and disruptive shifts and transitions generated by: an increasingly globalised, knowledge-intensive capitalism; global financial instability, volatility and crisis; concerns about economic, social and ecological sustainability,...
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Origination: The Geographies of Brands and Branding offers innovative theoretical and conceptual frameworks relating to the ways that actors create meaning and value in commodity brands and branding through processes of geographical association. Provides innovative conceptualization and theorization to facilitate an understanding of the geographica...
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This paper aims, first, to trace the evolution of thinking about local and regional development in order to situate current debates in their sometimes neglected historical context and, second, to outline the elements of a future research agenda suited to contemporary challenges informed by the fundamental question of what kind of regional developme...
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Evolutionary approaches in economic geography face questions about the relationships between their concepts, theories, methods, politics, and policy implications. Amidst the growing but unsettled consensus that evolutionary approaches should employ plural methodologies, the aims here are, first, to identify some of the difficult issues confronting...
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Martin R., Pike A., Tyler P. and Gardiner B. Spatially rebalancing the UK economy: towards a new policy model?, Regional Studies. The current UK government has announced its intention to rebalance the national economy spatially, to create a ‘northern powerhouse’ to rival that in London and the South East. This imbalance is in fact a longstanding pr...
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The Local Nexus Network is addressing the intersection of two important emerging research areas, re-distributed manufacturing and the food-energy-water nexus. It is an on-going initiative which aims to develop an evidence-based comprehensive research agenda and foster an inclusive community of researchers and stakeholders for sustainable local food...
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This article reflects upon a comparative analysis of the 28 ‘City Deals’ agreed between UK government, Scottish government and city-regional groupings in England and Scotland since 2011. The City Deals have sought to incentivise local actors to identify and prioritise ‘asks’ of UK and devolved governments, fund, finance and deliver infrastructure a...
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The governance of infrastructure financing at the city and city-region scales is critical to the search for new and innovative funding mechanisms for infrastructure systems. The global financial crisis and economic downturn have focused attention on the role of infrastructure renewal and development in economic recovery and stimulus. Austerity and...
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This paper examines the roles of local institutions in economic development at the local level. Drawing upon comparative analysis of the 39 local enterprise partnerships emergent in England since 2010, it demonstrates: how local economic development institutions work within multi-agent and multi-scalar institutional settings; the ways institutional...
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This paper argues for a broad evolutionary political economy understanding of local and regional path creation. We adopt a multi-actor and multi-scalar perspective, focusing on the roles of the state and regional policy interventions in mediating the creation of growth paths. The framework interprets attempts in North East England and Scotland to s...
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Origination seeks, first, to understand and explain exactly what actors do in efforts to construct geographical associations in branded commodities and their branding to imbue and capture meaning and value for specific goods and services commodities in certain spatial and temporal market settings. And, second, to interpret how actors in spatial cir...
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This chapter examines the actors involved in attempting to create and fix meaningful and valuable geographical associations in the brand and branding of Newcastle Brown Ale (NBA) in particular spatial and temporal market settings. Emphasizing the importance of socio-spatial history, the chapter begins by tracing the geo-historical origins of the br...
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This chapter establishes the geographical understanding of brands and branding at the heart of origination. It tackles the definitional and conceptual questions of what is meant by the terms brand and branding. The inescapably geographical connections and connotations of brands and branding are explained. The conceptualization of geographical assoc...
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This chapter focuses on the implications of origination for territorial development. First, how the origination of brands and branding shapes the different kinds of geographical associations involved and patterns where specific economic activities take place is explained; influencing the locations of investments, jobs, supply chains, distribution c...
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Origination deepens the understanding of the brand's predicament by qualifying any economically determinist explanation. This analytical frame demonstrates that even as the brand's material geographies of production are internationalized beyond the specific national territory of Britain, the creative design, styling, detailing and advertising remai...
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Scrutinizing its portrayal as a somehow placeless and ubiquitous ‘global’ brand, origination reveals how the meaning and value of Apple in the shifting spatial and temporal market contexts of the international technology business have been inescapably geographically associated in Silicon Valley, California, by the actors involved. Early circulation...
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Existing approaches to delivering infrastructure are repeatedly criticised for returning poor value for money to the taxpayer and being too narrow to capture the wide range of benefits infrastructure provides to the economy, society and environment. Austerity provides a further stimulus to innovate new ways of delivering, funding, valuing and manag...
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Previous research has suggested that after 1996 devolution caused a reduction in regional disparities in Italy. However the analysis presented here suggests that the decline in regional disparities in Italy between 1996 and 2006 was driven by population dynamics and, to some extent, by the loss of competitiveness and consequent poor relative perfor...
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Infrastructure ‘Business Models’: An Analytical Framework
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Local and regional development has characteristically focused upon localities and regions in the historically industrialized and urbanized countries of the Global North. Development Studies has been concerned with more recently industrializing and urbanizing nations in the Global South. Each strand has continued to have only limited interaction but...
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This chapter examines how SME and entrepreneurship policies and programmes are adapted to differing needs across the states and regions of Mexico and how coherence is achieved between federal and state policies and programmes. Policy recommendations are offered on strengthening this local dimension to policy.
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This paper deals with the relationship between decentralisation, regional economic development, and income inequality within regions. Using multiplicative interaction models and regionally aggregated microeconomic data for more than 100 000 individuals in the European Union (EU), it addresses two main questions. First, whether fi scal and political...
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After a decade of devolution and amid uncertainties about its effects, it is timely to assess and reflect upon the evidence and enduring meaning of any ‘economic dividend’ of devolution in the UK. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach utilising institutionalist and quantitative methods, this paper seeks to discern the nature and extent of any ‘econo...