Ph.D. Ohio State University, M.A. Ohio State University, B.A. University of Liverpool
With a background in economic and urban geography my research has broadly focused on two related themes. The first is the dynamics of urban development. I am particularly interested in how cities are governed and how we might best understand the processes that enable and promote urban and suburban development. This research is reflected in a recent edited volume
I am keen to explore how we might best theorize and understand the interests engaged in urban governance. This is reflected in my work on the property development industry along with a series of projects on the construction and mobilization of local business interests.
The second theme is the endemic tension between the mobility and fixity of economic forms and practices. This is one of the the three relationships central to the recent book with Sue Roberts
It also underpins my work with Gavin Bridge on the geographical reach of the international oil industry. We are principally interested in the changing geographies of knowledge in the industry and how different forms of knowledge and knowing help and/or hinder the globalization of US oil firms.
The stickiness of economic activity is key to a longer-term interest in how and why firms collaborate with one another in a competitive context. This has involved the study of industrial clusters and informs my current work on how interests representing a particular geographic territory seek to attract and embed inward investment. The mediation of inward investment is an interest that stretches all the way back to doctoral work.
If you have an interest in any of these research interests or the publications associated with them please feel free to contact me.
2012 Jonas A and Wood A (eds) Territory, the State and Urban Politics, Ashgate, p231.
2012 Valler D, Phelps N and Wood A, Planning for growth? The implications of localism for ‘Science Vale’, Oxfordshire, UK, Town Planning Review, 83(4), 457-486. http://dx.doi.org/10.3828%2Ftpr.2012.27
2011 Wood A and Roberts S, Economic Geography: Places, Networks and Flows, Routledge, p192.
2011 Phelps N and Wood A, The new post-suburban politics? Urban Studies, 48(12), 2591-2610. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F0042098011411944
2011 Wood A, The politics of local and regional development, in A Pike, A Rodriquez-Pose and J Tomany (eds), Handbook of Local and Regional Development, Routledge, 306-317.
2010 Bridge G and Wood A, Less is more: spectres of scarcity and the politics of resource access in the upstream oil sector, Geoforum, 41(4), 565-576.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.geoforum.2010.02.004
2010 Phelps N, Wood A and Valler D, A postsuburban world? An outline of a research agenda, Environment and Planning A, 42(2), 366-383. http://dx.doi.org/10.1068%2Fa427
2010 Valler D and Wood A, Conceptualizing local and regional economic development in the USA, Regional Studies, 44(2), 139-151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080%2F00343400802378768
2008 Wood A, Conflict, power and politics in the city, in P Hubbard, R Kitchen and G Valentine (eds), Key Texts in Human Geography, Sage, 33-42.
2008 Wood A, The politics of local and regional development, in K Cox, M Low and J Robinson (eds), The Sage Handbook of Political Geography, Sage Publications, 531-544.
2006 Phelps N and Wood A, ‘Lost in Translation’? Local interests, global actors and inward investment regimes, Journal of Economic Geography, 6 (4), 493-515. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093%2Fjeg%2Flbl004
2005 Wood A, Scale and the comparative politics of urban governance, Space and Polity, 9 (3), 201-215.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080%2F13562570500509869
2005 Bridge G and Wood A, Geographies of knowledge, practices of globalisation: learning from the oil exploration and production industry, Area, 37 (2), 199-208.http://dx.doi.org/10.1111%2Fj.1475-4762.2005.00622.x
2004 Wood A and Valler D (eds), Governing local and regional economies: Institutions, politics and economic development, Ashgate, Aldershot, p317.
2004 Wood A, Domesticating urban theory: British cities and the limits to US frameworks, Urban Studies, 41 (11), 2103-2118.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080%2F0042098042000268366
2004 Wood A, The scalar transformation of the commercial property development industry: A cautionary note on the limits to globalization, Economic Geography, 80 (2), 119-140.
1996 Wood A, Analysing the politics of local economic development: Making sense of cross-national convergence, Urban Studies, 33, 1281-1295. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080%2F0042098966655
1993 Wood A, Organizing for local economic development: Local economic development networks and prospecting for industry, Environment and Planning A, 25, 649-661.http://dx.doi.org/10.1068%2Fa251649