Stuart Corbridge

Stuart Corbridge
24th Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University
Assumed office
September 2015
Preceded by Chris Higgins
Deputy Director and Provost
London School of Economics
In office
September 2013  September 2015
Succeeded by Robin Mansell
Personal details
Born Stuart Edward Corbridge
1957 (age 5859)
Citizenship United Kingdom
Nationality British

Scientific career

Fields Geopolitics
Development studies
Institutions Huddersfield Polytechnic
Royal Holloway, University of London
Syracuse University
University of Cambridge
University of Miami
London School of Economics
Durham University
Alma mater Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
St John's College, Cambridge
Thesis State, Tribe and Region: Policy and Politics in Jharkhand, India, 1880 - 1980 (1986)
Doctoral advisor Ben H. Farmer

Stuart Edward Corbridge, FRGS (born 1957) is a British geographer and academic specialising in geopolitics, development studies, and India. Since September 2015, he has been Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University. From 2013 to 2015, he was Provost and Deputy Director of the London School of Economics. He was also Professor of Development Studies at LSE.

Early life

Corbridge was born in 1957. He was brought up in the West Midlands of England.[1] Having gained entry to the University of Cambridge, he studied geography at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.[2] His lecturers included Derek Gregory, Polly Hill, and Ajit Singh.[1] He graduated in 1978 with a first class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; as per tradition, his BA was later promoted to Master of Arts (MA Cantab). He remained at Cambridge to undertake postgraduate study at St John's College, Cambridge. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1986. His supervisor was Dr Ben H. Farmer and his thesis was titled "State, Tribe and Region: Policy and Politics in Jharkhand, India, 1880 - 1980".[2]

Academic career

From 1981 to 1985, Corbridge was a part-time lecturer in geography at Huddersfield Polytechnic.[2] He was first published in 1982 while he was a postgraduate student.[1] He moved from Huddersfield Polytechnic to Royal Holloway, University of London, where he was a lecturer in geography for two years.[2] From 1987 to 1988, he held a position in the United States of America: he was an associate professor of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.[3][2] He then returned to his alma mater, the University of Cambridge. From 1988 to 1999, he was a lecturer in South Asian geography and a fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.[2]

In 1999, he once more moved to the United States and took up his first appointment as a full professor. From 1999 to 2003, he was Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami.[2] However, because of internal events at the university he left to return to the United Kingdom.[1] He joined the London School of Economics (LSE) as Professor of Geography, soon transferring to International Development.[2] He was Head of the Department of International Development from August 2007 to July 2010.[2][4] Between 2010 and 2013, he served as Pro-Director for Research.[2] In September 2013, he was appointed Provost and Deputy Director of LSE.[5][6]

In March 2015, it was announced that Corbridge had been selected as the next became Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University.[4] He took up the appointment in September 2015 and is Durham's 24th vice-chancellor.[7]

Personal life

Corbridge's partner is Pilar Saborio de Rocafort, a Costa Rican diplomat.[8][9] From 2007 to 2015, she was Costa Rica's ambassador to the United Kingdom.[10] Since February 2015, she has been Costa Rica's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.[11]

Scholarly work

Corbridge has made several major contributions to international development theory, beginning in 1986 with his critiques of radical development. His empirical work is on peasant economy and rural development in India, and the nature of the Indian state as that country undergoes rapid transformation into a capitalist economy.[1]

Selected works


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Batterbury, Simon (2004). "11 Stuart Corbridge". In Hubbard, Phil; Kitchin, Rob; Valentine, Gill. Key thinkers on space and place. London: SAGE Publications. pp. 78–83. ISBN 0761949623.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Stuart Corbridge - Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). People. London School of Economics. March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. Grove, Jack (27 March 2015). "LSE deputy director Stuart Corbridge to be Durham v-c". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Durham University appoints new Vice-Chancellor and Warden". News. Durham University. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  5. "Introduction to the Directorate". About. The London School of Economics and Political Science. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. "Professor Stuart Corbridge". People. The London School of Economics and Political Science. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. Tallentire, Mark (27 March 2015). "Durham University names new head". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  8. "60 Second Interview with ... Professor Stuart Corbridge". Student News. London School Of Economics. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  9. "Pilar SABORÍO DE ROCAFORT". People of Today. Debrett's. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  10. "Embassy of Costa Rica". Contact Directory. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  11. "New Permanent Representative of Costa Rica presents credentials". Press Releases. United Nations Information Service. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Chris Higgins
Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University
2015 to present
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