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Joe wins RGS-IBG Population Geography Dissertation Prize

Patterns of recent economic change in England

Joe wins RGS-IBG Population Geography Dissertation Prize

Joe Hussey has won the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Population Geography Research Group’s Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for 2016.

Joe’s study, Assessing the Association between Industry of Employment and Divergent Geographies of Wealth in England, 1981- 2011, examined the appropriateness of alternative interpretations of geographical patterns of economic change in recent decades.

During the period England experienced major employment restructuring, with deindustrialisation and the growth of services. Such processes have been used to explain the ‘North-South divide’ in regional economic fortunes, although they might equally be interpreted as reflecting increasingly powerful core-periphery processes, based around London.

Employing a variety of statistical methods, including geodemographic classification, Joe examined how the changing geographies of key industries were associated with changing patterns of wealth. Amongst his conclusions, the North-South divide appeared to be the dominant descriptor of regional inequality, but its suitability as a conceptualisation declined during the period.

Joe’s work was supervised by Dr Mirco Musolesi, and also helped by Guy Lansley.

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