Dr Martin Hess

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

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Biography

1998 Dr. oec.publ. (Ph.D.), University of Munich, Germany (magna cum laude).

1992 Diploma (hons) in Economic and Social Geography, University of Munich, Germany.

1986-1992 Studies in Geography, Statistics, and Sociology at the Universities of Bamberg and Munich, Germany.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester and first joined the Department as a Research Fellow from 2000 until 2003, before returning in 2004 to take up my current position. Following my undergraduate and graduate studies in Bamberg and Munich, I worked in the Department of Economic Geography at the University of Munich, Germany, where I also obtained my PhD. Having held a Visiting Scholarship at the University of Hong Kong in 2001-2002, I have spent three months in 2011 working as a Visiting Scholar at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.

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At the University of Manchester

  • Director of Geography Undergraduate Programmes (2008-2011)
  • Coordinator, GPERG (2008-2011) 
  • Chair, Geography Programme Committee (2008-2011)
  • Member of the HEAR Steering Committee (2009- 2011)

Outside the University of Manchester

  • Member of the ESRC Peer Review College (2015-)
  • Board Member, Economic Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (2011-2013)
  • Treasurer, Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) (2007-2010)
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, critical perspectives on international business (2009-)
  • Member of the International Editorial Board, Norwegian Journal of Geography (Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift) (2015-)

Professional memberships:

  • Association of American Geographers, Washington DC.
  • Association of German University Teachers in Geography, Bonn.
  • International Geographical Union, Washington DC.
  • Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers, London (Fellow).
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Baltimore

Peer Review

Referee for:

  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers
  • Antipode
  • Area
  • British Journal of Industrial Relations
  • Competition & Change
  • Critical Perspectives on International Business
  • Die Erde
  • Economic Geography
  • Environment & Planning
  • Erdkunde
  • European Urban and Regional Studies
  • Geoforum
  • Geographica Helvetica
  • Geographische Zeitschrift
  • Geography Compass
  • Global Labour Journal
  • Global Networks
  • Growth & Change
  • Industry & Innovation
  • International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • International Migration Review
  • International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research
  • Journal für Entwicklungspolitik
  • Journal of Economic Geography
  • Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • Journal of World Systems Research
  • Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift
  • Progress in Human Geography
  • Regional Studies
  • Review of International Political Economy
  • Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography
  • Social and Cultural Geography
  • The Professional Geographer
  • Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
  • Town Planning Review
  • Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • Urban Geography
  • Urban Studies
  • Zeitschrift fuer Wirtschaftsgeographie
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  • Book proposal reviewer for: Blackwell, Edward Elgar, Routledge, and Sage Publishers
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  • Research Proposal reviewer for: ESRC (UK), NSF (USA), DFG (Germany) RGC (Hong Kong), SSHRC (Canada), NRC (Norway), CSF (Czech Republic)

 

Recent and forthcoming presentations

2015: Investigating Embeddedness: Qualitative Methods and Cross-Cultural Research. 2nd PhD Conference on the Production and Interpretation of Qualitative Data, Norwegian Researcher School in Geography, University of Bergen, Norway, March.

2015: Global Production Networks, Labour and Development. Annual Herbertson Memorial Lecture, Manchester Geographical Association, Manchester, UK, February.

2014: Invited Panelist, The Spatial and Historical Development of MNEs: International Business and Economic Geography Perspectives. 41st Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business, University of York, UK, April.

2013: Conceptualising Power in Global Production Networks. Workshop on Labour Relations and Power in Global Production Networks – Conceptual and Methodological Challenges, University of Kassel, Germany, July.

2013: Global Production Networks and Variegated Capitalism - (Self-)Regulating Labour in Cambodian Garment Factories. Politics, Economy and Space Research Group (PEAS) Seminar, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, February.
 

2012: Global Production Networks and Variegated Capitalism: (Self-)Regulating Labour in Cambodian Garment Factories. SASE 24th Annual Conference, MIT, Cambridge/Mass., USA, June.

2012: Global Production Networks and Territorial Development. Public Seminar, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, March.

2011: Towards a Cultural Political Economy of Global Production Networks. International Workshop on ‘Value Chains, Production Networks, and the Geographies of Development: Emerging Challenges and Future Agenda’, National University of Singapore, December 2011.

2011: Global Production Networks and Regional Development: A Cultural Political Economy. Economic Geography Discussion Forum, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland, November 2011.

2011: Investigating the Archipelago Economy: Chains, Networks and the Study of Uneven Development. Public Guest Lecture, KU International Lecture Series, University of Eichstätt, Germany, May 2011.

2011: Investigating Alternative Biofuel Production in Indonesia: A Global Production Networks Approach. Keynote address to the JARAK Research Workshop, University of Leiden, Netherlands, March 2011.
 

2010: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Logistics. International Workshop on ‘Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks’, Agra, India, May.

2009: Globale Produktionsnetzwerke und Regionalentwicklung: Das Beispiel der Textilindustrie in Otavalo/Ecouador. Department of Geography Seminar, University of Osnabrück, Germany, November.

2009: Investigating the Archipelago Economy: Chains, Networks and Uneven Development. Launch event and Special Issue presentation of the Austrian Journal of Development Studies 2/2009, University of Vienna, Austria, June.

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