Cars, Research and Society

Series Editors: Nick Henry,  David Jarvis

Nick Henry

Nick Henry returned to academe with Coventry University in 2013 and subsequently became Co-Director of its Centre for Business in Society. This followed ten years as a public policy and evaluation consultant culminating in his position as Consulting Director, Economic Development and Economic Policy at ICF GHK. He is a trained economic geographer who began his career in the geography department of the Open University before lectureships at Southampton and Birmingham universities and a Readership in Urban and Regional Studies at CURDS, University of Newcastle, UK. He edited the RGS-IBG book series from 2000–2005. He has written widely on the motorsport industry, including co-authoring Motorsport Going Global: The Challenges Facing the World's Motorsport Industry (2007).

David Jarvis

David Jarvis is Co-Director of Coventry University’s Centre for Business in Society and Reader in Local and Regional Economic Development. He trained as an economic geographer and his subsequent career has included research leadership roles in both commercial consultancy and higher education settings. His work on economic development, modernisation and diversification incorporates research into sectors and clusters, and the “local” impacts of individual businesses and business decisions. His current focus includes the economic and societal impacts of emergent technological transitions in the arena of low carbon automobility.


Series Description

Some of the most significant ideas in the social and business sciences about the nature of major economic and social transformations have been conveyed through the medium of the car, its associated industries, and its metaphors; as for example in debates about Fordism/post-Fordism, lean production, and natural capitalism. Notwithstanding continued developments in transportation and communications infrastructures, "the car" and automobility continue to profoundly influence economic, social and cultural practices across the globe.

This series seeks to continue the use of "the car as lens" to undertake critical explorations of economy and society. The series seeks informative, challenging and simulating contributions that use the car and automobility in all its potential dimensions to introduce, explore and interrogate the major economic and social questions of today. Issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Globalization and international relations
  • Travelling brands: country of origin effects in a globalized industry
  • Corporate strategies and state responses
  • Smart specialisation, industrial policy and the car
  • The security and management of international value and supply chains
  • "Driving" the Eurozone
  • The car and the city
  • Low carbon transitions
  • Fuelling the car
  • Status, branding and consumption
  • "Big Tech", big data and automobility
  • "Developing" cars, developing world

The series, through careful identification and selection of authors and subjects, will provide a unique and distinctive forum within which to assemble high quality (and highly marketable) monographs and edited collections organized around the worldwide socioeconomic impact of the car and automobility. Contributions are expected from across the broad church of business, management, social sciences and humanities from writers with expertise in areas such as business economics, management science and marketing, economic geography, environmental economics and ecology, industrial organization, corporate strategy, trade and international relations, and political and social economy.


Details of titles in this series to follow shortly.