Ron is Professor of Economic Geography and Director of Research at the University of Cambridge. His main research interests include regional development and competitiveness; the geographies of money and finance; path dependence, resilience and the evolution of the spatial economy; and the economic evolution and productivity of cities. He has published some 25 books and monographs, and more than 200 articles, on these and related themes. He gave the Roepke Distinguished International Lecture in Economic Geography, in the USA, in 2010, received the Best Paper Award from the journal Spatial Economic Analysis in 2010, and the Best Paper Award from the journal Territory, Politics, Governance in 2016. Ron is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2015 was elected President of the Regional Studies Association. In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Gold Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Economic Geography. In 2017 he gave the Centre for Cities City Horizon Lecture on The Resilience of Cities to Economic Shocks (in the Shard, London).
He was a member of the Lead Expert Group on the UK Government Office for Science Foresight Future Cities Project (2013-2015), and is currently Principal Investigator on a large ESRC project on Structural Transformation and City Economic Evolutions, part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Urban Transformation Initiative. Ron is also a member of the London-Stansted-Cambridge Growth Corridor Commission. Other recent projects include the Impact of the Crisis on Europe’s Lagging Regions, for the European Commission, a Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review for TfN, Infrastructure and the Economic Prospects of the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Corridor for the National Infrastructure Commission, and (currently) The Impact of Integration on the Regional Distribution of Economic Activity Across Europe, for the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Seville.