Dr Kevin Rees

Dr Kevin Rees

Associate Professor, Geography

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+44 (0) 1792 295159

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am an economic geographer with wide-ranging interests, including innovation systems, creative industries, intellectual property, economies of identity and local labour markets, particularly as these influence regional economic development. I joined Swansea University in 2000, having studied and taught at Simon Fraser University in Canada during the 1990s. I maintain a keen interest in the transformation of Vancouver from an industrial to creative city, and share this interest with Swansea Geography students on our Vancouver field course. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Regional economic development theory
  • Innovation Systems
  • Industrial clusters and institutional collaboration
  • Economies of identity, esp. in creative industries
  • Intellectual Property, esp. patent records

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

GEG100 Geographical skills
The aim of this module is to introduce the participants to essential geographical skills

GEG130 Globalisation
This module explores the fundamental geographical concept of globalisation, introduces students to theories seeking to explain the process of globalisation, and examines the implications of globalisation for the geography of the global economy and international migration.(co-taught with Professor Sergei Shubin and Dr Yeran Sun).

GEG221 Regional Economic Development and Policy
Recognising the enduring spatial economic inequalities evident across the United Kingdom, this module explores how economic geographers have theorised the causes of spatial economic inequality and how successive governments have intervened to alleviate these disparities, with varying levels of success