Professor Ron R Martin

Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, University of Cambridge

Ron Martin, PhD, ScD, FBA, FAcSS, FRGS, FeRSA is Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge. Although retired from teaching, Ron is still highly research active. His main research interests include regional economic development, productivity and competitiveness; the geographies of money and finance; evolutionary economics; the economic resilience of cities and regions; and spatial economic policy. He has published some 25 books and monographs and more than 250 articles on these and related themes. His most recent, co-authored book is Levelling Up Left Behind Places (2021, Routledge).

He was President of the Regional Studies Association between 2015-2020. In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Gold Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Economic Geography. He is listed as a Highly Cited Researcher (among the top 1 percent of most cited social scientists worldwide) by the Web of Science, and has 42,000 Google Scholar citations. He holds ‘Best Paper Awards’ from the journals Spatial Economic Analysis and Territory, Politics and Governance. He has held editorial positions on several journals, including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Economic Geography, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies, and Environment and Planning, and in 2008 co-founded, and is an editor on, the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

Ron has held visiting professorial positions at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA; Utrecht University, Netherlands; University of Neuchatel, Switzerland; and Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, among others. He has undertaken advisory and consultancy work for the European Commission, the OECD, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the UK Treasury, among others.