Eminent Human Geographer, Ray Hudson has been appointed as Visiting Professor.

Ray Hudson joined the staff of the Department of Geography at Durham University in 1972 (having been awarded a BA and PhD at Bristol University) and became a Professor in 1990. Ray was Chairman of the Department from 1992 to 1997 and held, various senior positions in the University, including serving as Director of the interdisciplinary Wolfson Research Institute, 2003-7 and then as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor. He was Acting Vice Chancellor, 2014-15. He has served on all of the University's major committees and on a variety of local and regional economic and social development and voluntary organisations.

Ray has also served as a Vice President and Chair of the Research Division of the Royal Geographical Society (1999 - 2004), as Chair of the Conference of Heads of Geography in UK HEIs (1995-9) and on various ESRC and HEFCE committees and boards, including ESRC's Training and Development Board and HEFCE's Strategic Advisory Committee for Enterprise and Skills.

A political-economic geographer, his research has focussed upon economic geographies, processes of combined and uneven development, relations between corporate and state policies and issues of territorial development. Much of his empirical research has focussed on 'old' industrial regions. He was one of a small number of geographers in the early 1970s that began to explore political economy approaches as an alternative to the then-dominant neoclassical location theories and statistical modelling approaches. His more recent research has included work on the social economy, on relations between legal and illegal economies, and on the relationships between economy and environment and processes of material transformation and value creation. His publications include Wrecking a Region (Pion, 1989), Production, Places and Environment (Pearson, 2000), Digging up Trouble: The Environment, Protest and Opencast Coal Mining (with Huw Beynon and Andrew Cox, Rivers Oram, 2000), Producing Places (Guilford, 2001), Placing the Social Economy (with Ash Amin and Angus Cameron, Routledge, 2002), Economic Geographies: Circuits, Flows and Spaces, Sage, 2005) and Approaches to Economic Geography: Towards a Geographical Political Economy (Routledge, 2016).

His research has been recognised in a number of ways, including: a DLitt from Durham, a DSc from Bristol and an honorary DSc from Roskilde University. He received the Edward Heath Award from the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded its Victoria Medal in recognition of sustained excellence in research. He was also awarded the Sir Peter Hall Award by the Regional Studies Association for his contribution to the field of regional studies. He has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of the Social Sciences, to the Fellowship of the British Academy and to the European Academy (Academia Europaea). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Regional Studies Association.

Welcoming the appointment, Professor Alun Jones, Chair of Geography at UCD commented: ‘Ray and I have been close colleagues since my graduate studies at Durham. His association with the School of Geography will assist it in developing its research mission and achieving its graduate objectives’.