Dr Pedro Marques

Profile details


Pedro Marques is a Departmental Lecturer for the Master's in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford. He is also a research fellow at INGENIO, a research centre in Valencia (Spain) affiliated to the Spanish National Research Council. Previously he has held academic positions at the University of Sussex, Cardiff University, University of Kiel and Newcastle University. He has research interests in regional development, politics and development, inequality, and innovation.

He has a PhD in Economic Geography and a MA in Regional Development from the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, at Newcastle University, where he has been a Visiting Fellow since 2012. He has a BA in Sociology from ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon (Portugal).

Research and teaching

Pedro Marques has done empirical research in the UK, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Slovenia and Italy, with a specific focus on the development trajectories of less developed European regions. He has examined the importance of innovation, institutions, public policy and political processes in explaining these trajectories and has sought to improve our understanding of territorial inequalities.

Pedro has also worked with policymakers and other stakeholders at the national and regional level in countries such as the UK, Spain and Portugal, and at the international level with the European Commission, and the OECD. His goal is to contribute to policymaking that that can help achieve better development outcomes in lagging territories.


Economic Geography, Regional Development, Institutions, Policy, Cohesion Policy, Politics and Development


Journals/Book Chapters

Marques, P., Morgan, K. (Forthcoming) 'Governing industrial policy: the scope and limits of the ‘good governance’ agenda'. in Bianchi, P. Labory, S., Tomlinson, R. (Eds) Handbook of Industrial Development. Edward Elgar Publishing 

Marques, P., Morgan., K. (Forthcoming) 'The Role of State and Non-State Actors in Ensuring the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy'. In Teles, F., Rodrigues, C., Ramos, F., Botelho, A. (Eds.)  Territorial Innovation in Less Developed Regions: Governance, Technologies, and Sustainability. Palgrave Macmillan 

Marques, P. (Forthcoming) Innovation policy and the interaction between state and non-state actors. Public Policy Portuguese Journal 

Marques, P., & Barberá‐Tomás, D. (2022). Innovating but still poor: The challenges of regional development in regions with mature industries. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 47(2), 440–454. https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12507 

Marques, P., Morgan, K. (2021) Innovation without regional development? The complex interplay of innovation, institutions and development, Economic Geography, Vol 97(5), 475-496 

Marques, P., Morgan, K. (2021) Getting to Denmark: The dialectic of governance & development in the European periphery, Applied Geography, Vol 135, pp. 102536  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0143622821001521 

Azagra-Caro, J., González-Salmerón, L., Marques, P. (2020) Fiction Lagging Behind Or Non-Fiction Defending The Indefensible? University-Industry (et al.) Interaction In Science Fiction, Journal of Technological Transfer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-020-09834-1 

Morgan, K., Marques, P. (2019) The Public Animateur: mission-led innovation and the ‘smart state’ in Europe, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 12(2), 179–193 

Marques, P., Morgan, K., Vallance, P., Healy, A. (2019) Spaces of Novelty: Can Universities Play a Catalytic Role in Less Developed Regions?, Science and Public Policy, 46(5), 763–77  

Marques, A., Marques, C., Braga, V. & Marques, P. (2019) University-industry technology transfer within the context of RIS3 North of Portugal, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 17(4), 473-485 

Marques, P. (2018) ‘Intra- and inter-firm dynamics in combinatorial knowledge bases’, European Urban and Regional Studies, advanced online access: https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776418779116 

Hassink, R., Gong, H., Marques, P. (2018) ‘Moving Beyond Anglo-American Economic Geography’, International Journal of Urban Sciences, advanced online access: doi.org/10.1080/12265934.2018.1469426 

Marques, P. F., & Morgan, K. (2018) ‘The Heroic Assumptions of Smart Specialisation: A Sympathetic Critique of Regional Innovation Policy’. In A. Isaksen, R. Martin, & M. Trippl (Eds.) New Avenues for Regional Innovation Systems - Theoretical Advances, Empirical Cases and Policy Lessons. New York: Springer. 

Marques, P., Morgan, K., Richardson, R. (2018) ‘Social innovation in question: the theoretical and practical implications of a contested concept’, Environment and Planning C, 36(3), 496-512 

Brugge, M., Coenen, L., Marques, P., Morgan, K. (2017) ‘Governing System Innovation: Assisted Living Experiments in the United Kingdom and Norway’, European Planning Studies, 25(12), 2138-2156 

Marques, P. (2017) ‘Human capital and university-business interactions: an example from the wine industry’, Regional Studies, Regional Science,  

Marques, P. (2017) “From toys to automobiles: foreign investment, firm heterogeneity and intermediaries in a Portuguese industry” European Planning Studies, 25(8), 1375-1393 

Hassink, R, Marques, P (2016) “The innovation paradox in regional innovation policy revisited”, Hilpert, U. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Politics & Technology, Abingdon: Routledge 

Marques, P (2015) “Why did the Portuguese economy stop converging with the OECD? Institutions, Politics and Innovation” Journal of Economic Geography, 15(5), pp. 1009-1031 

Hassink, R, Klaerding, C, Marques, P (2014) “Advancing evolutionary economic geography by engaged pluralism” Regional Studies, Vol 48(7), pp. 1295-1307  

Jakob, D., Marques, P., (2013) ‘Rethinking Public Economic Geographies: the Politics of Relevancy’, Professional Geographer, Vol. 66(1) pp. 25-31 

Tomaney, J., Marques, P. (2013) ‘Evidence, policy and the politics of regional development: the case of high speed rail in the United Kingdom’, Environment and Planning C, Vol 31(3): 414-427 

Marques, P. (2011) ‘Theories and policies of innovation: a critical review’, Geography Compass, 5/11: 838–850

Policy papers

Marques, P. (2021). Report on Clusters and Innovation Diffusion in Piemonte, Italy. OECD - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Garcia-Melon, M., Marques, P., Gonzalez, H., Corona, C. (2021) ‘Monitorisation of responsible research and innovation in the technological centres of the Valencian Community’ (in Spanish), commissioned by REDIT - Technology Institutes Network of the Valencian Community

Marques, P. Garcia-Melon, M. (2021) ‘Creating Indicators for responsible research and innovation for the Valencia Government’ (in Spanish), commissioned by Direccion General de Innovacion, Valencian Government

Marques, P., Barbera, D. (2019) ‘Estrategias de especialización inteligente: impacto y gobernanza’, in Report Economia del conocimiento, innovación y competitividad, Valencia: Redit – Innovation Network, available at:  https://issuu.com/redit2/docs/economi_a_del_conocimiento__innovac?e=32620714/70664075

Morgan, K., Marques, P. (2018) ‘Early Assessment of the ESIF 2014-2020 Approach to Research and Innovation for Territorial Development’, commissioned by the S3 Platform, JRC Seville. Seville: Joint Research Centre

Richardson, R., Marques, P. & Morgan, K. (2016) ‘Social Innovation for an Age Friendly Society’, Report for FP7 project SMARTSPEC – Smart Specialisation for Regional Innovation, available at https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/find-a-project/view/461391-smart-specialisation-for-regional-innovation-smartspec

Tomaney, J., Marques, P., Marshall, P. (2011) ‘The Local and Regional Impacts of High Speed Rail in the UK: A Review of the Evidence’, submitted to the House of Commons Select Committee on Transport, available at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmtran/writev/rail/m14.htm

SQW Ltd., Cambridge Econometrics Ltd., Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies and Institute of Employment Research (2011) Rebalancing the Economy Sectorally and Spatially. Report for the UK Commission on Employment and Skills. London: UKCES

Marques, P. (2009) ‘Inovação e Estratégia na Indústria de Moldes Portuguesa’, O Molde, April Edition (Professional Magazine for the Portuguese Moulds Industry)

Cornford, J.; Richardson, R.; Sokol, M.; Marques, P. and Gillespie, A. (2006) Transformation of Regional Societies Through ICTs: State(s) of the Art(s), final draft for TRANSFORM – Benchmarking and Fostering Transformative Use of ICT in EU Regions, available at: http://www.transform-eu.org/publications/publications.html