David Gibbs

David Gibbs
University of Hull · Department of Geography, Geology and Environment

Bachelor of Arts, PhD

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April 1996 - present
University of Hull
Position
  • Professor of Human Geography
September 1985 - May 1996
Manchester Metropolitan University
Position
  • Reader in Economic Geography
January 1980 - August 1985
Newcastle University
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
October 1977 - September 2020
The University of Manchester
Field of study
  • Geography
October 1973 - July 1976
The University of Manchester
Field of study
  • Geography

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Publications (170)
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There has been a growing interest by both academics and policymakers at the local and regional scales in the development of a green economy both to promote economic development and to achieve environmental policy aims. Despite this, there is little evidence about whether either the economic or the environmental aims are being met, nor how local and...
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In this paper we examine the failure of the zero carbon homes agenda in the UK and argue that it represents a case of policy dismantling, where a range of policies and programmes have been introduced, revised and then removed by government. We bring together the sustainability transitions literature with the literature on policy dismantling, regime...
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This paper aims to understand the role of green entrepreneurs in urban sustainability transitions. We propose an analytical framework combining transition approaches and green entrepreneurship from a relational lens. It includes four processes: emergence of green entrepreneurs, multi-scalar interest coordination, empowering through anchoring, and s...
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The development of a Circular Economy, whereby resources are kept in circulation for the extraction of maximum value, has captured extensive policy and academic attention. The circularisation of material flows is likely to prove a task for a generation: the challenges are only beginning to be explored and the wider implications are seldom considere...
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This report summarises the impact of the Green Port Growth Programme and ABP Siemens Gamesa investments in Hull and East Riding as of December 2018. The Greenport Impact Assessment (GIA) was performed by researchers from the University of Hull, supported by representatives and stakeholders of the Green Port Growth Programme (GPGP) and several promi...
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This report forms one element of the Greenport Impact Assessment (GIA). The GIA was a three-year socioeconomic and environmental impact assessment of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire's growing renewables industry and was undertaken by the University of Hull on behalf of the region's Green Port Growth (business support) Programme (GPGP). The st...
Technical Report
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The full unedited report of the impact of the Green Port Growth Programme and ABP Siemens Gamesa investments in Hull and East Riding as of December 2018. The Greenport Impact Assessment (GIA) was performed by researchers from the University of Hull, supported by representatives and stakeholders of the Green Port Growth Programme (GPGP) and several...
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This paper aims to explore the potential of latecomer cities in sustainability transitions from the demand side. The case study investigates the role of users and their social ties in influencing the popularisation of solar water heaters in a latecomer city Dezhou, in contrast to a more developed counterpart, Beijing. The two cities show vast diffe...
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As part of their drive toward a low-carbon economy, governments and other organizations are increasingly focusing their attention on buildings, given that building and construction combined account for some 45 percent of carbon emissions. Targeting new and retrofitted buildings can contribute toward meeting reduced carbon emissions. Drawing on in-d...
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This paper is premised on the notion that actors play a central role in shaping their institutional contexts. The paper adds to scholarship in this area by bringing together three disparate cases with a common analytical entry point: the city region. Despite their multiple scales and different sites of governance, these cases are united by a common...
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This paper outlines a research agenda focused on the development of ‘experience landscapes’ for outdoor leisure practices. It uses the example of trail centres for mountain biking to highlight the importance of examining embodied experience and human–technology hybridity in understanding participation in active outdoor pursuits. We propose that suc...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to report an explicit taxonomy of maritime operations (MO) to guide harbour masters (HMs) of smaller ports in planning more sustainable operations. Design/methodology/approach This research presents strategies for building theory to promote more sustainable port management in a two-stage research design. Star...
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Highly alkaline industrial residues (e.g., steel slag, bauxite processing residue (red mud) and ash from coal combustion) have been identified as stocks of potentially valuable metals. Technological change has created demand for metals, such as vanadium and certain rare earth elements, in electronics associated with renewable energy generation and...
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Ecological modernization is an approach to addressing environmental problems that suggests ecological crisis can be resolved politically, economically, and technologically in the context of existing institutions and power structures and continued economic growth. Political institutions and processes can be modernized in order to change the directio...
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Sustainability transitions and leapfrogging in latecomer cities: the development of solar thermal energy in Dezhou, China. Regional Studies. Sustainability transitions in cities in emerging economic contexts are rarely addressed. The paper addresses this issue by investigating the drivers and barriers in the diffusion of solar thermal energy in two...
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This article offers an approach that helps geographers and others to carefully and critically reexamine prospects for diverse economies. We propose an interpretative institutionalist perspective is useful for elucidating overlooked opportunities for creating alternative economic visions and practices by revealing the process of ‘meaning making’ und...
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Future green economies and regional development: a research agenda. Regional Studies. The past 30 years have seen an explosion of interest and concern over the detrimental impacts of economic and industrial development. Despite this, the environmental agenda has not featured substantially in the regional studies literature. This paper explores a ra...
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Globally, many politicians and business leaders are discussing the best way to transition towards a green or low carbon economy. For many countries, this involves a reliance on clean tech, but green entrepreneurs, or ecopreneurs, are implicated as actors taking forward this transition. The following case studies discuss the emergence of rhetoric ar...
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Green entrepreneurs have been seen as key drivers for a transition to a green economy. However, there has been limited in-depth qualitative empirical research with green entrepreneurs to date, focusing instead on typologies categorising certain ‘types’ of green entrepreneur. Moreover, the literature rarely situates such individual activities within...
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Industrial symbiosis activities show considerable diversity across social contexts. Within the boundaries of Europe alone, substantial differences exist in the ways that industrial symbiosis manifests itself. This variability presents challenges to define and identify the phenomena in the context of an internationally comparative study. This chapte...
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This book covers updated perspectives on eco-industrial parks across the world. It is an excellent work done by researchers with different background and culture. History, barriers, institutional arrangements, policies, waste management, and greenhouse gas emissions, together with eco-industrial parks, are all discussed so that decision makers from...
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This article is focused upon exploring the development of the green economy in particular locations, with the aim of identifying why some cities and regions have been successful in engendering green growth. To date we have little idea where the green economy is developing, nor much insight, beyond anecdotal evidence, into why certain cities and reg...
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Making the transition to a green economy is a major policy driver in the UK and other countries. Entrepreneurs are suggested as being at the forefront of this transition and as a driving force for sustainability. These “green entrepreneurs” may represent a new type of entrepreneurial behaviour combining economic, environmental and social aims. In t...
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This paper explores the development of green entrepreneurship and its potential role in transformative change towards a green economy. It achieves this through a study of the green building sector in England and Wales, based on qualitative empirical data from fifty-five semistructured interviews with businesses in the green building sector and with...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to illustrate an optimisation method, and resulting insights, for minimising total logistics-related carbon emissions for end-to-end supply chains. Design/methodology/approach – The research is based on two real-life UK industrial cases. For the first case, several alternative realistic routes towards the UK...
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As urban centres of agglomeration expand and compete for investment, new demands may arise for additional housing, infrastructure, and services. Failure to meet these demands imposes costs on firms and workers, stifles expansion, and potentially compromises the long-run economic competitiveness of the growth area. Drawing on evidence from Germany (...
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The paper presents ongoing research performed by a network of European researchers on the development and diffusion of industrial symbiosis in European countries. The research has a number of aims: 1. To find out the nature of industrial symbiosis by finding out the national peculiarities as well as points of correspondence in countries with varyin...
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The spectre of a food security crisis has raised important questions about future directions for agriculture and given fresh impetus to a long-standing debate about the potential contribution of agricultural biotechnology to food security. This paper considers the discursive foundations for promotion of agricultural biotechnology, arguing that noti...
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Purpose – There has been a growing interest in the development of a ‘green’ or ‘low carbon’ economy as a means of reconciling economic development and the environment. Research on green entrepreneurs to date has been upon individual entrepreneurs, neglecting wider economic and social contexts within which they operate. By looking at these wider net...
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Based upon an increasing academic and business interest in greening the industrial supply chains, this paper establishes the need for a state-of-the-art decision support system (DSS) for carbon emissions accounting and management, mainly across the product supply chains by identifying methodological shortcomings in existing tools, and proposing a s...
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This paper examines the discourses and practices of pedigree livestock breeding, focusing on beef cattle and sheep in the UK, concentrating on an under-examined aspect of this—the deselection and rejection of some animals from future breeding populations. In the context of exploring how animals are valued and represented in different ways in relati...
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The new urban politics (NUP) literature has helped to draw attention to a new generation of entrepreneurial urban regimes involved in the competition to attract investment to cities. Interurban competition often had negative environmental consequences for the urban living place. Yet knowledge of the environment was not very central to understanding...
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Our group has been together for over 18 months and in this period we had two 2,5 day workshops. As our purpose is to develop a comparative analysis of industrial symbiosis in Europe, we have found that a major challenge is to find common denominators (the object of study) while leaving room for diversity on other characteristics (which is why we th...
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Our group has been together for over 18 months and in this period we had two 2,5 day workshops. As our purpose is to develop a comparative analysis of industrial symbiosis in Europe, we have found that a major challenge is to find common denominators (the object of study) while leaving room for diversity on other characteristics (which is why we th...
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This article explores economy-environment relations in urban areas through a focus upon the reorientation of development in the Boston city-region in Massachusetts around a vision of smart growth. The article draws upon the evolving tradition of critical economy-environment research from a broadly regulationist perspective. However, to date researc...
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Extremadura is the fifth largest region in Spain, with certainly one of the most diverse eco-systems and abundant natural resources. Extremadura launched a series of initiatives to facilitate the transition to a green economy which means a model that takes into consideration economic, social and environmental aspects with one core objective: create...
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Schedule 11 of the Environment Act 1995 underpins the requirement for consultation on air quality issues. The ongoing air quality review and assessment process represents one of the largest locally based science policy and communication initiatives ever undertaken in the UK. This paper outlines the practice of consultation and communication for Air...
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This paper presents an argument and empirical case study to draw out additional nuance in the social construction of institutions. Adapting the conceptual work of political scientists Mark Bevir and Roderick Rhodes to recent accounts in economic geography of institutional change we present an ‘interpretative analysis’ of recent policy changes in th...
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JONAS A. E. G., WHILE A. H. and GIBBS D. C. Managing infrastructural and service demands in new economic spaces: the new territorial politics of collective provision, Regional Studies. Research on the geographyof urban and regional economic development in the United States and Europe often emphasizes the contribution of supply-side entrepreneurial...
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The management of carbon emissions holds some prospect for challenging sustainable development as the organising principle of socio-environmental regulation. This paper explores the rise of a distinctive low-carbon polity as an ideological state project, and examines its potential ramifications for the regulation of economy–environment relations at...
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The Environment Act of 1995 (Part IV) requires local authorities to review and assess air quality in their area of jurisdiction and to determine locations where concentrations of defined pollutants exceed. The ongoing review and assessment process is one of the largest locally based science policy and science consultation initiatives undertaken in...
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This paper explores some of the key institutional transformations in livestock breeding associated with the increasing significance of genetic techniques, situating this within an assessment of an emerging agricultural bioeconomy. Focusing on beef cattle and sheep breeding in the United Kingdom, the paper examines how a move towards the involvement...
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Genetic techniques have become increasingly prevalent in livestock breeding, associated with new types of knowledge-practice and changes in the institutional and geographical relationships related to animal husbandry. This paper examines the value of Foucault’s concept of ‘biopower’ to theorising livestock breeding and the implications of the rise...
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Although the “new” economic geography has explored links between the subdiscipline's traditional areas of study and cultural, institutional, and political realms, environmental issues remain comparatively underresearched within the subdiscipline. This article contends not only that the environment is of key importance to economic geography, but als...
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Deutz P. and Gibbs D. Industrial ecology and regional development: eco-industrial development as cluster policy, Regional Studies. Aspects of industrial ecology fit closely with work in regional development investigating clustering, networking, and local economic development. However, there has been limited cross-fertilization between these bodies...
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Increasingly concepts of sustainable development are finding their way into local and regional development strategies. This is also true in the USA, though not through the Local Agenda 21 process, as is the case in much of the rest of the world. The approach to 'sustainable development' in the USA is a set of policy approaches collectively referred...
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In recent years, industrial ecology has been the subject of both academic and policy interest, as a means of implementing sustainable development. For some academic researchers, industrial ecology is seen as the ‘science of sustainability’, while for policy-makers one aspect of industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis, has seemed to offer new oppor...
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This article investigates the increase in the amount of finance that has become available in the form of venture capital (VC) in recent years and relates this to broader changes within the world financial system. The spatial unevenness of venture capital in the United Kingdom has become a cause for concern, as has the limited amount of finance goin...
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This article examines the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) upon local economic development policies. While ICT policies have been a fast growing area of interest for local policy makers, there has been little attempt to discover the merits, or otherwise, of such policies. In part this can be traced back to the use of eith...
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Industrial ecology is often promoted as a practice to close industrial production loops and reduce waste, thereby making better use of resources and preventing the overuse of raw materials. Eco-industrial parks (EIPs) are the spatial concentrations of businesses that use the by-products of one industrial process as inputs to another. Both sets of p...
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It is increasingly argued that we are entering into a “biotech century”, in which biotechnology promises major advances in agricultural productivity. The development of biotechnology is not a straightforward affair, however, and the advent of GMOs has led to public protest and consumer resistance. This paper draws upon a comparative Australian–UK p...
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[Extrac] The introduction of genetically modified seeds and crops has given rise to substantial public debate, with proponents and opponents taking increasingly fixed positions over the advantages and disadvantages of GM introduction. Public controversies over the introduction of GMOs in the form of seeds and crops continue to ebb and flow, with an...