Current areas of work

I am working on various aspects of the political economy of tourism such as the notion of the right to tourism and the structural contradictions that underlie the growth of tourism. I am also working on the notion of the triple crisis in tourism and how tourism expresses the crisis tendencies within international capitalism.

I am also interested of how the social sciences can lead to social change following the credit crunch by developing the tensions that are to be found within its tendency to create a fragmented knowledge.


  • University College London 1967-71
  • Architectural Association 1971-73


  • Research Assistant, South Bank Polytechnic 1973-76
  • Planning Adviser London Chamber of Commerce 1976-7
  • Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, 1978 - to date.

Selected publications


With Gough J. and Mcculloch A (2006) Spaces of Social Exclusion, London: Routledge

With Gough, J. (1993), The Politics of Local Economic Policy: the problems and possibilities of local initiative, Basingstoke: Macmillan,

Chapters in books

With  Gough, J. (2010), "What’s Left of a Radical Agenda" in Pike, A. Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Tomaney, J. The Handbook of Local and Regional Development, London: Routledge.

(2010), ‘Place Marketing as Politics: the limits of neo-liberalism’, International Place Branding Yearbook 2010: place branding in the new age of innovation, eds. Go, F. and Govers, R. London: Palgrave.

(2000), `Innocent concepts? A paradigmatic approach to argument`, in Learning to Argue in Higher Education: ed Richard Andrews and Sally Mitchell. Boynton Cook/Heinemann, Portsmouth; NH.

 (1996), `The view from the grassroots`: local impacts and local responses to economic restructuring in disadvantaged areas. In Pacione M. (ed) Britain`s Cities: an introduction to social, political and economic issues, Routledge, London.

 (1993), 'Business involvement in the community`, in D. Fasenfest (ed), Community Economic Development: Policy Formation in the US and UK, Macmillan, Basingstoke,

Academic Articles

(2013), The politicisation and contradictions of neo-liberal tourism, International Journal of Tourism Policy.5, 1/2, pp.97 - 112

with Gough, J. (2011), ‘ Socialism and the Social Economy’, Human Geography 4.1 pp.1-15.

(2010), ‘ Neo-liberalism and the Future of Place Marketing’, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy 6, 79–86.

(2008), ‘Town Planning, Planning Theory and Social Reform’, What’s Left of Planning: Special Issue, International Planning Studies, 13, 2, 133-150.      

with Gough J. (1998), `Theorising the state in local economic governance`. Regional Studies 32, 8, pp 759-768;

with Gough, J. (1997), The division of labour, capitalism and socialism: an alternative to Sayer. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research;

with Gough J. (1996), `The construction of mainstream local economic initiatives: mobility, socialisation and class relations`. 72.2 pp 178-196.

With Gough J.  (1996), `The modernisation of Britain and Local Economic Policy` Environment and Planning D Society and Space 14, pp 203-219;

with Gough J. (1996),  `The contradictions of neo-Keynesian local economic strategies` Review of International Political Economy 3.3. pp 434-458.

Urban regeneration, community development