Areas of teaching at Liverpool Hope: Transforming cities and urban regeneration, culture and landscapes, geography research methods, research skills training for postgraduate research students, supervision of geography dissertations (including doctoral theses). International fieldwork teaching including Malta and Berlin.
Research and academic areas of expertise: Human geography and the environment with specialist interests in urban and economic geography, particularly the regeneration of inner city areas, community and culture-led urban revitalisation, city centre transformation and urban sustainability (economic and environmental). Satellite navigation and changing practices of wayfinding behaviours, processes and practices of navigation and their impacts on our understanding of what 'maps' are and do; Geography, geographers and new cartographies.
Recent research and publications: Extensive research on regeneration issues in Liverpool and Manchester and other large cities in the UK. Recent research activity on regeneration and redevelopment issues in Malta and the impacts of satellite navigation on graphicacy and cartographic literacy. Long-standing academic and professional expertise in pedagogy with publications on transforming geographies e.g. Regenerating City Centres and Discovering Cities - Liverpool), edited the book series Changing Geography, and produced articles for Geography and Geography Review. Regularly presents at international conferences such as the Association of American Geographers and the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers). Recent publications include: Speake, J. and Pentaraki (2017) Living (in) the city centre, neoliberal urbanism, Engage Liverpool and citizen engagement with urban change in Liverpool, UK. Human Geographies 11.1, 42-63; Speake, J. (2017) Urban Development and visual culture: Commodifying the gaze in the redevelopment of Tigne Point, Malta, Urban Studies 54.13, 2919-2934.
Academic qualifications: 1978 BA (Hons) Geography, University of Durham; 1979 MSc (with Distinction) University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies), thesis 'Spatial Consequences of Government Industrialisation Policy in Tunisia'; 1980 PGCE (with Distinction) University of Cambridge; 1993 PhD, thesis 'East Manchester: A Study of Inner City Industrial Decline and Regeneration', Department of Geography, University of Keele.
Liverpool Hope University
2014 to present Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research and Associate Professor in Geography
2014 to 2016 Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research and Principal Lecturer in Geography; 2010 to 2014 Postgraduate Research Coordinator, Faculty of Sciences and Social Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Geography; 2003 to 2010 Associate Dean: Postgraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Geography; 2002-2003 Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences (Postgraduate Studies) and Senior Lecturer in Geography;1998 to 2002 Head of Geography; 1993 to1998 Lecturer in Geography.