Professor Simon Marvin


About Simon

Simon Marvin is an internationally recognised academic with an excellent publication profile, with expertise in constructing conceptual understanding and empirical evidence of the changing relations between socio-technical networks and urban and regional restructuring. He has extensive experience of directing successful urban research centres in previous roles at Newcastle University, Salford University, and Durham University, where he was Chair in the Department of Geography.

Simon has a number of links to Sheffield – during the mid-1980s he completed an MA in Urban Studies and Planning here and during his PhD studies at the Open University he undertook a case study of Sheffield’s combined heat and power district heating programme.

Research interests

Simon’s work is noted for the way it develops innovative, interdisciplinary perspectives to help open up and explore important new agendas for urban studies and infrastructural research. He has played major roles within urban and planning research towards addressing important questions surrounding telecommunications, infrastructure and mobility, sustainability and, most recently, systemic transitions, climate change, ecological security and smart cities.

He is currently working as either PI or Co-I on five RCUK funded grants, including two projects, one impact grant, and two international networks employing five researchers as well as research work for the Swedish Mistra Urban Futures Foundation.  Finally, he regularly undertakes work for policy users, including central government and urban and regional agencies in the UK, Europe, and internationally. Simon is currently an urban expert on the JPI Urban Europe Scientific Advisory Board.


de Hoop E, Smith A, Boon W, Macrorie R, Marvin S, & Raven R (2019). Smart urbanism in Barcelona: A knowledge politics perspective. In: Stissing Jensen J, Spaeth P and Cashmere M (eds) The Politics of Urban Sustainability Transitions: Knowledge, Power and Governance. ISBN: 9781138479654

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (2016) (Eds)   Retrofitting Cities:  Priorities, Governance and Experimentation New York: Routledge

Marvin, S. Luque-Ayala, A.  and MacFarlane, C. (2016) (Eds)  Smart Urbanism: Utopian Vision or False dawn? London: Routledge.

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (2014)  After Sustainable Cities. Routledge: London.

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (2013) Low Carbon Nation? Earthscan: London.

Bulkeley, H., Castan Broto, V., Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (Eds) (2011) Cities and Low Carbon Transitions, Routledge, London.

Guy, S., Marvin, S., Medd, W. and Moss, T. (Eds). (2011) Shaping Urban Infrastructures – Intermediaries and the Governance of Socio-Technical Networks. London: Earthscan.

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (2010) World Cities and Climate Change. Berkshire. Open University Press: McGraw.

Graham, S. and Marvin, S.  (2001) Splintering Urbanism: Networked Infrastructures, Technological Mobilities and the Urban Condition. London: Routledge.

Guy, S., Marvin, S. and Moss, T. (2001)  Urban Infrastructure in Transition: Networks, Buildings and Plans. Earthscan.

Graham, S. and Marvin, S. (1996) Telecommunications and the City: Electronic Spaces, Physical Spaces. London: Routledge.

Macrorie R and Marvin S (2019) ‘Bifurcated Urban Integration: The selective dis- and re-assembly of infrastructures’Urban Studies. Submitted as part of the special issue “Interfacing Infrastructures in Cities: Politics and Spatialities of the Urban Nexus”, edited by Jochen Monstadt and Olivier Coutard.

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S.  (2016)  ‘Retrofit in Greater Manchester: Governing ON, IN and WITH’, Environment and Planning C. Published online before print.

Silver, J. and Marvin, S. (2016)  Powering sub-Saharan Africa’s urban revolution: An energy transitions approach. Urban Studies, Published online before print.

Luque-Ayala, A. and Marvin, S. (2016)  ‘The maintenance of urban circulation’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 34 (2): 191-208.

Luque-Ayala, A. and Marvin, S. (2015)  ‘Developing a Critical Understanding of Smart Urbanism’? Urban Studies. Urban Studies 52 (12) 2105-2116

Hodson. M, Marvin S. and Bulkeley, H.  (2013) The Intermediary Organisation of Low Carbon Cities: A Comparative Analysis of Transitions in Greater London and Greater Manchester, Urban Studies 50 (7) 1403-1422

Hodson, M., Marvin, S., Robinson, B. and Swilling, M. (2012) Reshaping Urban Infrastructure: Material Flow Analysis and Transitions Analysis in an Urban Context. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 16 (6), 789-800.

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (2012) Mediating Low-Carbon Urban Transitions? Forms of Organisation, Knowledge and Action. European Planning Studies, 20(3),.421-439.

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (2010) ‘Urbanism in the Anthropocene’. City. 14(3).299-313.

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (2010) ‘Can cities shape socio-technical transitions and how would we know if they were’? Research Policy. 39(4). 477-485.

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (2009) ‘Urban Ecological Security’: A New Urban Paradigm?’ International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 33(1). 193–215.

Hodson, M. and Marvin, S. (2009) ‘Cities Mediating Technological Transitions: Understanding Visions, Intermediation and Consequences’. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management. 21: (4). 515– 534.