Doreen Barbara Massey FRSA
(born 1944), is a
contemporary British social
among others on topics typical of marxist geography
. She currently serves
as Professor of geography at the
born in Manchester and studied at Oxford and
Philadelphia, beginning her career with a thinktank, the Centre for Environmental
Studies (CES) in London.
CES contained several key
analysts of the contemporary British economy, and Massey
established a working partnership with Richard Meegan, among
others. CES was closed down and she moved into academia at the OU.
awarded the Victoria
Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1994.
After a distinguished career, she
won the Prix Vautrin Lud
‘Nobel de Géographie’) in 1998.
Doreen Massey is a relatively frequent media commentator,
particularly on industry and regional trends, and in her role as
Professor at the OU she is involved in several educational TV
programmes and books.
Doreen Massey's main fields of study are globalisation
, regional uneven development
, and the reconceptualisation of place
. Although associated with an analysis of
contemporary western capitalist society,
she has also worked in Nicaragua and South
Her early work at CES established the basis for her 'spatial
divisions of labour' theory (Power
), that social inequalities were generated by the
uneveness of the capitalist economy, creating stark divisions
between rich and poor regions and between social classes. 'Space
matters' for poverty, welfare and wealth. Over the years this
theory has been refined and extended, with space and spatial
relationships remaining central to her account of contemporary
Sense of place
While Massey has argued for the importance of place
, her position accords with those arguing against
essentialised or static notions, where:
- places do not have single identities but multiple ones.
- places are not frozen in time, they are processes.
- places are not enclosures with a clear inside and outside.
Massey used the example of Kilburn
in north west London to exemplify what she termed a
'progressive' or 'global' sense of place, in the essay 'A Global
Sense of Place'.
- Massey, D.B. (2007). World City.
- Massey, D.B (2005) For Space, London: Sage (ISBN
1412903610 & 1412903629)
- Allen, J., Massey, D.B, Cochrane, A. (1998) Rethinking the
region. New York: Routledge.
- Hall, S.,
Massey, D.B., & Rustin, M. (1997) The next ten years.
- Massey, D.B. (1995) Spatial divisions of labor: Social
structures and the geography of production 2nd edition. New
- Massey, D.B. (1994) Space, place, and gender.
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
- Ginwala, F, Mackintosh, M, & Massey, D.B. (1991) Gender
and economic policy in a democratic South Africa. Milton
Keynes, U.K.: Development Policy and Practice, Technology Faculty,
- Massey, D.B. (1988) Global restructuring, local
responses. Atwood lecture. Worcester, Mass.: Graduate School
of Geography, Clark University.
- Massey, D.B. (1987) Nicaragua. Milton Keynes, England
and Philadelphia: Open University Press.
- Massey, D.B. (1984) Spatial divisions of labor: Social
structures and the geography of production. New York:
- Massey, D.B. & Meegan, R.A. (1982) The anatomy of job
loss: The how, why, and where of employment decline. London
and New York: Methuen.
- Massey, D.B. & Meegan, R.A. (1979) The geography of
industrial reorganisation: The spatial effects of the restructuring
of the electrical engineering sector under the industrial
reorganisation corporation. Oxford and New York: Pergamon
- Massey, D.B. & Catalano, A. (1978) Capital and land:
Landownership by capital in Great Britain. London: Edward
Arnold. (ISBN 0713161086 and 0713161094 pbk)
- Massey, D.B & Batey, P.W.J. (Eds)(1977) "Alternative
Frameworks for analysis", London:Pion (ISBN 085086061X)
- Massey, D.B. 1974. Towards a critique of industrial
location theory London: Centre for Environmental Studies.
- Massey, D.B. 1971. The basic: service categorisation in
planning London: Centre for Environmental Studies.
- Cordey-Hayes, M. & Massey, DB.. 1970. An operational
urban development model of Cheshire. London: Centre for