John Tomaney is a Professor at University College London where he teaches Urban and Regional Planning in the Bartlett School of Planning. Previously he was Henry Daysh Professor of Regional Development and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University and Professor of Regional Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. He is Visiting Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Sydney; Visiting Professor in CURDS, Newcastle University; is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science (UK) and is a Fellow of the Regional Australia Institute. He is Ernest Simon Visiting Professor in Manchester Business School in 2015-2016. John’s work has been funded by research councils and foundations, international organisations, national, regional and local governments and non-governmental organisations in the UK and elsewhere. He contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media.
John’s work covers three broad themes. First, he has researched and written widely on questions of local and regional development, with a strong emphasis on the role of institutions in shaping patterns growth and distribution. Second, his work has focused on questions of urban and regional governance with particular attention on sub-national government in England and its relationship to social and economic outcomes. Third, his work has addressed questions of local and regional identity and the cultural and political uses to which these are put. Underlying all his work is a concern with the enduring territoriality of human life in an age of material and cultural “mobilities”.