Committee

EGRG activities are organised by a committee of volunteers working in Geography Departments across the UK and beyond, each typically serving for 3 years.  Elections to the Committee happen at our AGM, held each year at the RGS-IBG Conference.


Jenny Johns

Chair – Jennifer Johns

Jenny is a Reader in International Business in the School of Management, University of Bristol, with interdisciplinary research interests centred on network approaches to economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation. Her current research focuses on transparency in cocoa and garments supply chains and the Modern Slavery act and the transformation of global production networks through the increased adoption of additive manufacturing (3D printing). [Website]


Secretary – Kean Fan Lim 

Kean Fan Lim

Dr. Kean Fan Lim is Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography at Newcastle University. He is primarily interested in how political-economic evolution in East Asia is constituted by proactive state intervention. Over the past decade, Dr. Lim examined how industrial, social welfare and financial experimental policies were implemented in selected cities across China to enhance the Leninist developmental approach. He has published two books, including one in the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers’ flagship book series, and multiple articles in major journals in human geography, economic sociology, political economy, China studies and East Asian studies. Dr. Lim served as an elected board member of the American Association of Geographers Economic Geography Specialty Group in 2017 and 2018, and is currently an editorial advisory board member of Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space and the RGS-IBG Book Series. [Website]


Treasurer – Julie MacLeavy

Julie MacLeavyJulie MacLeavy is Professor of Economic Geography at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol. Her research interests include  the governance of work and worklessness, work-orientated welfare reform, austerity,  gender divisions of work and care, neoliberalism and urban change. Julie is an Associate Editor of the journal Geoforum. [Website]


Prizes Officer – Alexandra Dales 

Alexandra Dales

Alexandra is research is interdisciplinary and incorporates Economics (macroeconomics, the functioning and organisation of markets, industrial organisation, forms of contemporary capitalism and the organisation of the global economy), International Business (transnational firm organisation and functioning, firm strategy and behaviour, Southeast Asian retail markets) and Economic Geography (spatial analysis of economic processes and change, relational analysis of firm behaviour and processes of retail globalisation). She is current Lecturer in Business & Management at York St. John University. [Website]


Postgraduate Representatives – Zara Babakordi and Minjing Li 

Zara Babakordi

Zara is a human geographer and doctoral researcher at Newcastle University. She is currently in her second year of studies with an interest in geographies of consumption. Her PhD research broadly explores the domestic South African wine market alongside perspectives and articulations of ethical consumption therein.

Minjing LiMinjing is a second-year doctoral student at CURDS at Newcastle University. Her research interests include global production networks, variegated capitalism, global cities, digital service sectors, and the political economy of regional development. Her PhD research aims to adopt the GPN framework to the study of Chinese creative industries and explore the dynamic interplay between economic and non-economic actors.


Early Careers Officer – Chloe Billing

Chloe BillingChloe is a Research Fellow at the City-Regional Economic Development Institute (City-REDI), Birmingham Business School. She is an Economic Geographer, focussing on firm-level competitiveness, commercialisation, innovation, skills and regional productivity, with particular expertise and interest in the Space Sector. [Website]


Events Officer – Jon Swords

Jon is a research fellow at the University of York, UK. His research focuses on the geographies of the creative industries and visual methodologies. Jon’s current research focuses on the immersive media and technologies industries as part of XR Stories, an AHRC-funded creative industries cluster partnership fostering the development of the digital storytelling sector in Yorkshire and the Humber. He has previously researched the emergence of crowd-patronage platforms, skateboarding and post-representational cartography. [Website]


Social Media & Web Officer – Karen Lai

Karen Lai

Karen is an economic geographer with research expertise on financial geography. Her research interests include geographies of money and finance, global cities, FinTech, service sectors and market formation, focusing particularly on issues of financialisation, knowledge networks, and financial centre development. She is currently Associate Professor/Reader at the Department of Geography, Durham University.  [Website]


International Officers – Lotte Thomsen and Heidi Østbø Haugen 

Lotte Thomsen

Lotte is Associate Professor at the Department of Management, Society and Communication at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). As an economic geographer, she is primarily interested in interlinkages between global value chains and local development. She often explore issues of value creation and value capture in the Global South, and have mainly been working in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam. Lotte is currently researching on the relations between ‘sustainable and responsible consumption’ and geographies of dissociation in the gems and jewellery sector. [Website]

Heidi Østbø Haugen

Heidi is a human geographer and Associate Professor of China Studies at the University of Oslo. Her research interests include China—Africa value chains, economic effects of migration, informal economic relations, and industrial upgrading in South China. She is heads an interdisciplinary team in the project ‘Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration’, funded by the European Research Council. [Website]


Education Officers: Andrew Greenhalgh-Cook (HE) and Jennifer Ferreira (Schools and FE) 

Andrew Greenhalgh-Cook

Andy’s research interests relate to the economic geographies of central European cities and the geographies of elite workers in the professional services sector. He is passionate about teaching and pedagogy in economic geography as well as the role of field learning. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and is currently Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of Education in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. He completed a PhD in economic geography at Queen Mary, University of London and holds a BA in geography from Southampton University. [Website]

Jennifer Ferreira

Jennifer is Research Fellow in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. Her research interests include retail geographies and local and regional economic development, as well as labour markets, employment change and precarious employment. Her current research examines the economic and social impact of the coffee and coffee shop industries, and the development of the circular economy in coffee supply chains. With a background in geography teaching she is active in geography teaching communities at all education stages, with a specialism in assessment. She completed her PhD in economic geography at the University of Manchester. [Website]


Ordinary Member – Sarah Hall Sarah Hall

Sarah is a Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham. Her work explores: the contemporary transformation of the financial system and its implications for finance led economic development; elite financial labour markets; international financial centres and new forms of financial globalisation associated with currency internationalisation. [Website]


Ordinary Member – Sarah Marie Hall (Diversity and Equity role)

Sarah Marie Hall

Sarah’s research interests focus on: ethics and consumption in everyday life, families and intimate relationships, and developing ethnographic techniques. She is currently Hallsworth Research Fellow at the University of Manchester,  researching an ethnography of how families get by in times of recession and austerity.  Sarah completed a PhD looking at ethics and consumption in families, schools and companies at the University of Liverpool. [Website]


Ordinary Member – Rhiannon Pugh (Diversity and Equality role)

Rhiannon Pugh

Rhiannon is Senior Lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. She is an economic geographer with interests in the themes of regional development, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Rhiannon is especially interested in researching what can broadly be termed less favoured regions, such as post-industrial, uncompetitive, and peripheral regions. As a committee member of the EGRG with a special interest in diversity and inclusion, she looks forward to working on these issues with the committee and wider economic geography community. [Website]