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Yr Athro Mark Jayne

Yr Athro Mark Jayne

Professor of Human Geography

Ysgol Daearyddiaeth a Chynllunio

+44 (0)29 2068 8683
Room 1.64a, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA

I am an urban social and cultural geographer interested in critical understandings of everyday life. I theorize intersections of consumption, production, regulation, governance and policy. I have also engaged with issues such as identity, lifestyle and forms of sociability, affect, emotions and embodiment.

The key theoretical focus of my work is to: advance understanding of geographies of alcohol, drinking and drunkenness; to apply social and cultural analysis to political and economic understanding of relational and territorial urbanism, with reference to elected mayors; city twinning; creative economies, fashion and housing; and to 're-think the city' through my writing and research on small cities and urbanity 'beyond the west' in order to prompt more diverse and cosmopolitan urban theory. I have undertaken empirical research in the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, USA and China.

Previously employed at the Universities of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and Staffordshire and having worked in Geography, Sociology and Cultural Studies departments, I am committed to the idea that geographic imaginations, research and teaching are an interdisciplinary project.


  • PhD Sociology, ‘Geographies of Consumption and Urban Regeneration: a Case Study of Stoke-on-Trent’, Staffordshire University (Awarded Staffordshire University Studentship, 1997-2000). 
  • MA Geography, University of Sussex (1993-1995)
  • BA (Hons) Geography, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Upper Second Class Honours, Keele University (1988-1991)


  • Professor of Human Geography, Cardiff University, 2015-
  • Reader in Human Geography, University of Manchester, 2013-2015
  • Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Manchester, 2011-2013 
  • Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Manchester, 2005-2011
  • Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Leeds, 2005
  • Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, 2004
  • Creative Industries Development Project Leader, Cultural Trends Unit, Staffordshire University, 2002-2004
  • Teaching Fellow, Department of Cultural Studies and Sociology, University of Birmingham, 2001-2002
  •  Lecturer, Department of Cultural Studies, Staffordshire University, 1997-2001 

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Keynote Lectures

  • ‘Alcohol consumption, sharing and ‘urban crisis’, RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group Annual Conference 7-8th April 2016
  • ‘Urban theory: new critical perspectives’, We Have Never Been Urban, Institute for European Anthropology and the International Research Centre for Cultural Studies, Vienna, 7-9th October 2015.
  • ‘Live-in-Guardians: housing, young people and middle-class austerity’, (with Dr. S.M. Hall) Empty Property - What is it Costing You? 4th Annual Vacant Property Conference, Hatton Garden, London. 12th June 2014.
  • ‘Hospitality and city twinning: territorial and relational urbanism’, City Development, Preservation and Hospitality’, 4C5M Studio, UNESCO World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for Asia and the Pacific Region, College of Architecture and Urban Planning Tongji University and Shanghai Urban Planning Design Institute, Tongli Town, China. 13-15th June 2014.
  • ‘Family life and alcohol consumption’, Inaugural meeting of the Families and Alcohol Alliance, (led by two major UK charities Alcohol Concern and Families, Drugs and Alcohol), London. 11th February 2014.
  • ‘Drinking dilemmas: making a difference?’, Drinking Dilemmas: Social and Cultural Approaches, British Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group Annual Conference, Cardiff, 10-13th December 2013.
  • ‘Place luck and lifestyle? The cultural economy of small cities’, Quality City: The Challenges of Developing Small Cities, Academy of Social Sciences in Cixi, Zhejiang, China, June 4th-7th 2012.
  • ‘Children, alcohol and family life: influencing attitudes and behaviour towards alcohol’ (with Prof. G. Valentine), Drinkaware Trust Research Seminar, University of Leeds, 14th July 2012.
  • ‘Alcohol and the family: continuity and change’, (with Prof. G. Valentine, G.) 2nd Annual Symposium, Drink and the Lifecycle, Warwick Drinking Studies Network, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick, 23rd September 2011.
  • ‘What use are units? Critical geographies of alcohol policy’, BSA Sociology of Alcohol Study Group Inaugural Conference, Imperial Wharf, London, 2nd December 2011.
  • Family life and alcohol consumption’ (with Prof. G. Valentine), Drinkaware Trust Annual Conference, February 16th 2011.
  • ‘Alcohol Controversies’, (with Prof. G. Valentine) Royal Geographical Society, House of Commons, 8th December 2010.‘Where people drink and why’, Home Drinking: responding to shifts in consumption, AERC Alcohol Academy and the Department of Health, Government Office for the West Midlands, 2nd Dec 2010.
  • ‘As I say, or as I do? Parenting, family life and alcohol consumption (with Prof. G. Valentine) Generation Alcohol: Is drinking damaging childhood? Alcohol Concern Annual Conference, 2nd November 2010.
  • ‘Why there is no such thing as a medium-sized city: critical geographies of urbanity’, The Future of Australia's Mid-Sized Cities - Policy Workshop , La Trobe University, Australia, 28-30th September 2010.
  • ‘Cultural economy beyond the metropolis’, The Future of Australia's Mid-Sized Cities - Policy Workshop, La Trobe University, Australia, 28-30th September 2010.
  • ‘Alcohol policy in the UK’ (with Prof. G. Valentine), Drinking Spaces and Places: Environment and Society Forum, 10th February, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK 2010.




















  • New York Fieldtrip
  • The Big Questions in Human Geography
  • Public Geographies
  • The Geographical Imagination
  • Geography and Planning
  • Retailing and Consumption

PhD Supervision

I am happy to supervise students interested in the following topics:

  • Alcohol, drinking, drunkenness
  • Chinese urbanism
  • Small cities
  • Urban theory
  • Cultural and creative industries
  • City twinning
  • Urban governance
  • Consumption and consumer culture
  • Everyday life
  • Urban regeneration 

Please email me to discuss your PhD research ideas. 

Current Students

  • Liu Cao ‘Historic Chinese urbanism: governance and public participation – a case study of Laochengnan District, Nanjing, Self-funded, 2016 -.
  • Amy Walker, ‘Post-memory and industrial heritage’, ESRC 1+3 Open Award. Full-time, 2016 -.
  • Julia Mills, ‘Geographies of alcoholic recovery: space, place, networks and identities’ (with Dr. F. Smyth and Dr. B. Evans), Leverhulme Scholarship and ESRC +2 Open Award. Full-time, 2013 –.
  • Clancy Wilmott, ‘Mapping the postcolonial city’, (with C. Perkins), SEED< University of Manchester funded. Full-time, 2012.                  

Past Students

  • Alexandra Buckland-Wright,’Transnational retail in Southeast Asia: Transformation and Regulation in the national retail markets of Malaysia and Thailand’, (with Prof. Dr. M. Hess). SEED funded. Part-time, (Minor Corrections), 2010-2016.
  • Dawn Cole, ‘Housing Biographies in North Manchester’, (with Prof. K. Ward). Self-funded/Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal. Part-time, (Minor Corrections), 2009-2016.
  • Laura Pottinger, ‘Cultivating alternatives: crafting, sharing and propagating seed-saving practices in the UK’, (with Prof. N. Castree and Dr. S. M. Hall). SED Scholarship. Full-time, 2010-2015.
  • Samantha Wilkinson, ‘Young people, alcohol and urban life’, (with Dr. F. Smyth and Dr. B. Evans). ESRC CASE award. Full-time, 2012-2015.
  • Catherine Wilkinson, ‘Connecting communities though youth-led radio’ (with Dr. B. Evans). ESRC CASE award. Full-time, 2012-2015.
  • Jana Wendler, ‘Experimental Urbanism: alternatives spaces, learning and innovation in the city’ (with Dr. J. Evans). Brian Robson Scholarship. Full-time. (Minor Corrections), 2010-2014.
  • Nadia Von Benzon, ‘Disabled Children’s experiences and perceptions of nature’ (with Dr. F. Smyth). ESRC Funded (Open Competition), Part-time. (Minor Corrections), 2009-2014.
  • Yue Wang, 'Exploring retail transnational corporations (TNCs) and supply chains transformation in Shanghai, China', (with Prof. N. Coe and Dr. M. Hess). SED funded. Full-time. (Minor Corrections), 2009-2013.

Journal Editorships and Board Memberships

  • Editor, Geography Compass – Urban Section, 2012-2015

    • Reviews Editor, Journal of Consumer Culture, 2012-2016
    • Editorial board member: Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 2008-2016
    • Editorial board member: Geography Compass – Urban Section, 2008-2012
    • Guest Editor, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. Special Edition entitled, ‘The place of drink: Geographical contributions to alcohol studies’, 2008  

    Honorary and Visiting Felowships

    • Visiting Fellow, Department of Geography, University College London, 2014-2015.
    • Visiting Fellow, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, New Zealand, July-September 2014.
    • Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, State University of New York, Oneonta, USA , April 2014.
    • Honorary Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, 2012-2016.
    • Marie Curie Research Fellow, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Nanjing University, China, June-July 2012.
    • Visiting Fellow, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia, September-October 2009
    • Visiting Fellow, Division of Sociology, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, November 2009.

    Research Funding

    • Alcohol Consumption and older people: a study of everyday life in Manawatu, New Zealand. Project value $6000, Massey University Research Fund, 2014.
    • Live-in-Guardians, housing, young people and middle-class austerity: A pilot study of London, Dublin and New York, Faculty of Humanities. Project value £16,000, Strategic Investment Research Fund, University of Manchester, Principal Investigator (with Dr S. M. Hall), 2014.
    • Family life and alcohol consumption: a study of the transmission of drinking practices. Project value £100,000, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Co-Investigator (with Prof. G. Valentine), 2008.
    • Twin cities: geographies of global Manchester. Project value £3,000, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, Research Support Fund, 2006.
    • European Commission Fellowship in Urban Studies. Project Value £2,500, European Commission, 2006.
    • Drinking Places: Social Geographies of Consumption. Project value: £120,000. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Research Fellow (Led by Prof. G. Valentine and Prof. S. L. Holloway), 2004.
    • An Evaluation of Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities. Project value £15,000. Learning and Skills Council, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2003.
    • Regen School Feasibility Study. Project value £24,000, Newcastle-under-Lyme NHS/Health Action for Stoke, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2003.
    • Staffordshire University Regional Strategy. Project value £5,000, Staffordshire University, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2003.
    • Creative Industries Development in Shropshire. Project value £20,000, Shropshire County Council, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2003.
    • A Study of Creative Industries Development Initiatives in Staffordshire. Project Value £9,000, Staffordshire County Council, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D.Bell), 2003.
    • Stoke-on-Trent Creative Industries Development, Project value £62,000, StokeWorks/Advantage West Midlands, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2003.
    • Culturegen: Creative Industries Development in Stafford Borough. Project Value £6,000, Stafford Borough Council/ Advantage West Midlands, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2002.
    • Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Local Cultural Strategy, Project Value, £14,000, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2002
    • Lichfield District Council’s Local Cultural Strategy, Project Value £11,000, Lichfield District Council, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2002.
    • Staffordshire’s County–Wide Local Cultural Strategy, Project Value £20,000, Staffordshire County Council, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2002.
    • North Staffordshire Design Initiative, Project Value £56,000, Advantage West Midlands, Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr. D. Bell), 2002.

    Other research related funding

    • Building Confidence in PhD Research: A Workshop Experience, ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre, Project Value £3,000 (with Dr B. Evans and Dr S. Vemleyan), 16th June, 2013. 
    • A World of Cities: Comparison Across Disciplines, Hallsworth Conference Fund, Project Value £10,000 (with Prof. K. Ward, Prof. D. Mitlin, D. and Prof. S. Guy) 7-8th May, 2012.