A geographer by trade, Mark joined the Heseltine Institute in January 2018. His research focuses upon on cities, regions, and rural places; their struggles to develop in the context of global economic restructuring; the social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental challenges they face; and the role of public policy in addressing these challenges.
He is author of four books, has edited ten special issues of international peer reviewed journals and has published over 70 papers in peer reviewed journals. He is editor in Chief of the Taylor and Francis Journal Space and Polity, External Examiner for Geography at the University of Dundee and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Urban Research in Malmo University. He is also a member of the LCRCA Climate Partnership.