Yr Athro Gillian Bristow

Professor Gillian Bristow

Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor in Economic Geography

School of Geography and Planning

+44 (0)29 2087 5388
Room 2.69, Glamorgan Building, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WT
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I am a Professor in Economic Geography with research interests in the areas of regional economic development; regional economic resilience; local and regional competitiveness; and regional policy. I have recently undertaken research into the resilience of European regions to the post-2008 economic crisis. I am currently leading an interdisciplinary Global Challenges Research Fund project exploring the resilience of groundwater systems in Nigeria.

I am also Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In this role I support the development and implementation of both the University's research and innovation strategy, and the College's research agenda. I liaise with and support College Board and Directors of Research in developing and strengthening the research culture and environment, and work to support our various research groups, centres and institutes. I also work to maintain strong relationships with our external funders and partners.

I am currently leading one of Cardiff University's flagship engagement projects - City Region Exchange - which is designed to enhance the University's engagement with the Cardiff Capital Region.


  • BA (Hons) First Class: Economics, Cardiff University (1991)
  • PhD, Cardiff University (1995)


  • University of Wales Junior Research Fellow, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University (1995 - 1997)
  • Research Associate, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University (1997-2000)
  • Lecturer in Economics, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University (2000 - 2001)

Professional memberships

  • Managing Editor Regions and Cities Book Series (Routledge / Regional Studies Association).
  • Deputy Chair and Board Member of Regional Studies Association Board.
  • Editor, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.


Regional economic development; regional economic resilience; local and regional competitiveness; devolution finance; regional economic change and restructuring; and the evaluation and analysis of UK and EU public policy in relation to regional and rural development objectives.


Economic Crises: Resilience of Regions - "ECR2" - ESPON 2012 (April 2012 - April 2014).

Territories and technologies in an unstable knowledge economy : An evolutionary framework of regional resilience - "T-RES" - (ESRC OPEN RESEARCH AREA IN EUROPE FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO Joint Funding Scheme). April 2011 - March 2014.

The Brain Drain? A study of Graduate Migration in Wales - ESRC SKOPE Centre in conjunction with WISERD (September 2010 - December 2011). The Summary Findings are available.

Study of Community Benefits from Wind Farms (with Dr Richard Cowell and Professor Max Munday). Total Grant: £10,000. Welsh Assembly Government Economic Research Grant (2006/07).
(Note - the final report, Wind farm development in Wales: assessing the community benefits, is now available from the Welsh Assembly Government website).