Joe Painter (born 1965) is a British geographer and academic.
He is as of 2006 a professor in the Department of Geography and Associate Director in the International Centre for Regional Regeneration and Development Studies (ICRDS) at the University of Durham in the U.K.
Painter has degrees in Geography from:
Academic career 
Painter started to work as a teacher in the 1990s. Between 1991 and 1993 he was a geography lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter.
Subsequent to this he moved to the University of Durham and became Professor there in 2004. During the academic year 2004-2005 Painter was on leave at the Australian National University in Canberra, where he was the Visiting Fellow in the Department of Human Geography, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS).
Painter has also became a member of various organizations and magazines:
- Between 1996/9 he was editor of the magazine Area.
- Since 1997 he has been a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board, Space and Polity and
- Since from 2002 of the Canadian Geographer.
Areas of expertise 
- Urban and regional politics and policy
- Regional identity
- Geographies of citizenship and democracy
- Geographies of the state, governance and regulation
- Political geographies of European integration
- Social and political theory
See also 
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