School of Geography

Dr James Brown


Lecturer in Human Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)202 7882 2749
Room Number: Geography Building, Room 221


I am interested in the interaction of labour, production and uneven development. I follow how workers act within and across different types of production, including manufacturing and agriculture, to improve their lives while also shaping the landscapes of capitalist development. This engages three intersecting themes. In my focus on labour geographies I have theoretically developed concepts of labour’s agency, with special attention to workers’ spatial mobility. I have also analysed how forms of territory are created to enable global production, and developed an empirical concern with special economic zones and borderlands. These themes both relate to an investigation of how global production networks are being restructured in mainland Southeast Asia and so contributing to regionalisation and new forms of uneven development across rural and urban, agrarian and industrial spaces.

Before coming to Queen Mary, I worked as a teaching fellow and research assistant in the Department of Development Studies and Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London.

Key Publications


I enjoy being in the classroom and I am enthusiastic about finding ways to share research with students. I previously taught in the Development Studies department at SOAS, University of London and was twice shortlisted for the SOAS Director’s Teaching Prize. I also have a background in teaching English as a Foreign Language to students from many different countries.


  • GEG5128 Spaces of Uneven Development (convenor)
  • GEG4112 Global Worlds (contributor)
  • GEG4106 Reinventing Britain (contributor)
  • GEG5103 Geographical Research in Practice (contributor)


  • GEG7132 Re-theorizing Development Futures (convenor)
  • GEG7131 Global Working Lives (contributor)
  • GEG7120 Geographical Thought and Practice (contributor)