Prof James Evans

Professor of Human Geography

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James Evans is a Professor in Geography and current Head of Department whose research focuses on how cities learn to become smarter and more sustainable. He has published widely, with over 40 peer-reviewed papers and two authored books in the field, and his work on Urban Living Labs has been foundational across the social sciences. He is leading the University's involvement in Triangulum, a £25m Horizon 2020 project to establish smart districts across Europe, and the Manchester Urban Observatory, a £1m EPSRC funded initiative as part of the UKCRIC portfolio. Professor Evans holds investigator duties on more than £35m of funded research, and has received funding from the EU, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC, and a range of philantrhopic foundations. He is committed to innovative and interdisciplinary action research styles, establishing and directing the University Living Lab and the Manchester Cycling Lab, and has worked with more than 100 external organisations. He has held fellowships at UCLA, the Volkwagen Institute and Lund University.    

  • Professor, University of Manchester (2015)
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester (2007)
  • Lecturer, University of Birmingham (2004)
  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Birmingham (2003)
  • ESRC-NERC PhD, University of Birmingham (1999)
  • ESRC MSc, University of Birmingham (1998)
  • MA Oxon, 1st Class, Geography (1995) 

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Administrative experience

Smart Cities Lead for University of Manchester Urban Institute (2015-)

Deputy Head of Geography (2012-2015)

Director of Undergraduate Studies for Geography (2011- 2014)

Director MSc. Environmental Governance (2007-2011)

Postgraduate Taught Director for Geography (2009-2011)

Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor for Geography (2007-2009)

Member of School Teaching and Learning Committee

Wider professional service

Fellow of the Volkwagen Foundation

Fellow of the Institute for British Geographers

Fellow of the Association of American Geographers

Referee for book proposals from a range of publishers including Routledge, Taylor and Francis, Sage, Earthscan, Ashgate and Elgar

Member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships.

External positions

Visiting Professor, Lund University

1 Sep 20141 Sep 2017

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