Michael Pacione

Michael Pacione


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 1975. In 1990 I was appointed to the Chair of Geography. I have been Visiting Professor at the University of Guelph, Canada, and at the University of Vienna.

I have published research on a range of topics including land use conflict in the urban fringe; new settlements; ethnic minority settlement; environmental perception; residential satisfaction; local currencies; geographies of religious affiliation; critical analysis of urban policy; public participation in planning; sustainable urban development; poverty and disadvantage, and quality of life issues. I have a particular interest in urban geography in which an applied perspective has informed much of my work on identifying and explaining processes and patterns of socio-spatial change within contemporary cities.

I have published 25 books and 150 research papers in an international range of academic and professional journals. I have presented more than 100 conference papers and invited lectures at venues across the globe. I have served on the Council of the Institute of British Geographers; and on the management boards of several Commissions of the International Geographical Union; the Council and several committees of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society; and as Honorary President of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers. I have also acted as academic advisor to government research councils in several countries, to universities, local community groups, and public and private research agencies.


Research Interests

I have a particular research interest and expertise in urban geography with the principal objective of identifying and explaining the processes and patterns of socio-spatial change within contemporary cities.

Recent research on urban issues includes work on post-growth urban society; sustainable urban development; conflict and public participation in local planning; residential differentiation in nineteenth century Glasgow; retirement villages as residential environments for the ‘third age’; the role of events in urban regeneration; local money as a response to the globalisation of capital; ethnic minorities; the geography of religious affiliation; gated communities; new settlements; and environments of disadvantage.

I am an acknowledged authority in the field of urban quality of life research in which I have focused particular attention to conditions at the disadvantaged end of the quality of life spectrum. I have published both conceptual and empirical work on the identification, measurement and socio-spatial distribution and effects of differential life quality in contemporary cities.

I also have a long-standing research interest in on the changing geography of the city of Glasgow, and in comparative urbanisation. My trans-national perspective on contemporary Urban Geography is demonstrated by publication of several books on the theme, including an internationally acclaimed book on Urban Geography: A Global Perspective.

Expertise & Capabilities


  • Applied urban geography
  • Urban policy and planning
  • Cities in the contemporary world
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Quality of life

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests focus on the fields of urban historical geography and applied urban geography.