Professor, author and renowned public speaker, John Rennie Short is an expert on urban issues, environmental concerns, globalization, political geography and the history of cartography. He has studied cities around the world, and lectured around the world to a variety of audiences.John Rennie Short is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland (UMBC).Before coming to UMBC in 2002, he was a Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. From 1978 to 1990 he was Lecturer in the University to Reading UK. He has held visiting appointments as Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University, as the Erasmus Professor at Groningen University and as the Leverhulme Professor at Loughborough University. Among his research fellowships are the Vietor Fellowship at Yale University, the Dibner Fellowship at the Smithsonian, the Kono Fellowship at the Huntington Library and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the American Philosophical Library.He has received research awards from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic Society and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Short’s main research interests are in urban issues, environmental concerns and cartographic representation. He is the author of over 30 books, 19 invited chapters to edited books and over 40 papers in such journals as Area, City, Environment and Planning, Geoforum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of American Planning Association and Urban Studies.
Professor Short’s newest book, Urban Theory: A Critical Assessment
, was released in November 2014. Two reviews describes the first edition as:
• “A remarkable intellectual tour-de-force: incisive, comprehensive, wide-ranging, compelling.” – Professor Sir Peter Hall, Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration, University College London, UK
• “A great read: almost as gripping as a good novel. A must-have book for scholars and an ideal text to get students thinking and capture their interest.” – Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago, USA and author of Territory, Authority, Rights)
His most recent prior book is Human Geography: A Short Introduction (2014).
Other recent titles include Stress Testing The USA (2013), Cities and Nature (2013, 2nd ed), Korea: A Cartographic History (2012), Globalization, Modernity and The City (2011), Cities and Suburbs (2010), Sage Companion To The City(2008), Cities and Economies (2008), Liquid City (2007), Alabaster Cities(2006), Urban Theory (2006), Imagined Country (2005), Global Metropolitan (2004), Making Space (2004), Globalization and The Margins(2003), Global Dimensions (2001), Representing The Republic (2001) andGlobalization and The City (1999).
His The World Through Maps was recognized by Discover Magazine as one of the outstanding science books of 2003.
His work has been translated in to Czech, Korean and Chinese and cited over 3,600 times in articles in over 450 different research journals. He has delivered lectures to universities around the world and given presentations to a range of audiences outside of the academy.
He is a founding co-editor of the journal Society and Space, founding editor of the book series Space, Place and Society published by Syracuse University Press, founding co-editor of the Critical Introduction to Urbanism book series published by Routledge and consultant to the 12 volume World and Its Peoples.
He received his M.A. from the University of Aberdeen, UK in 1973 and his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, UK in 1977. He was born in Stirling, Scotland.