Doreen Massey (geographer)
|Fields||economic and social geographer|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford, University of Pennsylvania|
|Notable awards||Victoria Medal (1994)
Prix Vautrin Lud (1998)
Doreen Barbara Massey FRSA FBA AcSS (born 1944), is a contemporary British social scientist and geographer, working among others on topics typical of Marxist geography. She currently serves as Emeritus Professor of Geography at the Open University.
Massey was born in Manchester and studied at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, 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 Open University. She was awarded the Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1994, as well as the Prix Vautrin Lud (the ‘Nobel de Géographie’) in 1998. In 2003, she was awarded the Centenary Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. 
Doreen Massey retired in 2009 but remains a frequent media commentator, particularly on industry and regional trends. In her role as Emeritus Professor at the OU she continues her speaking engagements and involvement in educational TV programmes and books.
Doreen Massey's main fields of study are globalisation, regional uneven development, cities, and the reconceptualisation of place. Although associated with an analysis of contemporary western capitalist society, she has also worked in Nicaragua, South Africa and Venezuela.
Her early work at CES established the basis for her 'spatial divisions of labour' theory (Power Geometry), that social inequalities were generated by the unevenness 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 society.
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.
- Cordey-Hayes, M. & Massey, DB.. 1970. An operational urban development model of Cheshire. London: Centre for Environmental Studies.
- Massey, D.B. 1971. The basic: service categorisation in planning London: Centre for Environmental Studies.
- Massey, D.B. 1974. Towards a critique of industrial location theory London: Centre for Environmental Studies.
- Massey, D.B & Batey, P.W.J. (Eds)(1977) "Alternative Frameworks for analysis", London:Pion (ISBN 085086061X)
- 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. & 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 Press.
- 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. (1984) Spatial divisions of labor: Social structures and the geography of production. New York: Methuen.
- Massey, D.B. (1987) Nicaragua. Milton Keynes, England and Philadelphia: Open University Press.
- Massey, D.B. (1988) Global restructuring, local responses. Atwood lecture. Worcester, Mass.: Graduate School of Geography, Clark University.
- 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, Open University.
- Massey, D.B. (1994) Space, place, and gender. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
- Massey, D.B. (1995) Spatial divisions of labor: Social structures and the geography of production 2nd edition. New York: Routledge.
- Hall, S., Massey, D.B., & Rustin, M. (1997) The next ten years. London: Soundings.
- Allen, J., Massey, D.B, Cochrane, A. (1998) Rethinking the region. New York: Routledge.
- Massey, D.B (2005) For Space, London: Sage (ISBN 1412903610 & 1412903629)
- Massey, D.B. (2007). World City, Cambridge: Polity Press.
- Massey, D.B. (2010). World City, published with new Preface: "After the Crash", July 2010. Cambridge: Polity Press
- Open University. "Prof Doreen Massey - Profile". Retrieved 2008-06-16.
- The Independent (1998-10-01). "Professor wins 'geography Nobel'". Retrieved 2013-03-10.
- "Staff Profile Prof Doreen Massey". Retrieved 29 March 2013.
- Dovey, Kim: Becoming Places, Routledge, 2010
- Massey, Doreen (1991-06-24). "A Global Sense of Place". Marxism Today 38.