Professor Simon Marvin

Simon is an urbanist with an interest in  the social, political and environmental interrelationships between  socio-technical infrastructures and urban and regional contexts. He is  currently the Carillion Chair of Low Carbon Cities in the Durham Energy Institute  and Department of Geography at the University of Durham. Prior to this he was  the founding co-director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional  Futures at the University of Salford and the Centre for Urban Technology at the  University of Newcastle.  His PhD was awarded  by the Open University on the urban politics of CHP and prior to that he  trained as an urban planner.

His work is noted for the way it develops  innovative, interdisciplinary perspectives to help open up and explore  important new agendas for urban and infrastructure research.  To date, he has played major roles within  urban research towards addressing important questions surrounding  telecommunications, infrastructure and mobility, sustainability and  infrastructure, smart meters, interdisciplinary urban research, and, most  recently, cities, systemic transitions, energy, climate change and ecological  security.

Marvin has  co-authored six books including: World Cities and Climate  Change. Open University Press; 2010 with Mike Hodson, Shaping  Urban Infrastructures – Intermediaries and the Governance of Socio-Technical  Networks. Earthscan; 2011 with Simon Guy, Will Medd and Tim Moss,  Cities and Low Carbon Transitons, Routledge  2011 with Harriet Bulkeley, Vanes Castan-Broto and Mike Hodson.  With Stephen Graham he is co-author of Splintering  Urbanism: Networked Infrastructures, Technological Mobilities and the Urban  Condition. Routledge 2001  and Telecommunications and the City:  Electronic Spaces, Physical Spaces Routledge 1996.

Simon  is currently working with the UNEP as a lead author on a major new report on  decoupling cities and resource use. His research is currently focused on two  large programmes. The first looking at comparative urban responses to climate  change and resource constraint by cities in Africa, China, Sweden and the UK  funded by the Mistra Foundation. The second funded by the EPSRC looks at  whether and how UK cities develop the knowledge and capability to systemically  reengineer their built environment and urban infrastructure.