Martin Hess is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester. He first joined the Department as a Research Fellow from 2000 until 2003, before returning in 2004 to take up his current position. Having previously worked in the Department of Economic Geography at the University of Munich, Germany, where he obtained his PhD, his main research interest firmly lies in the analysis of global production networks (GPNs) and regional development. In particular, he is interested in the embeddedness and power configurations of GPNs and their implications for development outcomes. The latter has renewed his interest in development issues in the Global South which at present is a focus of his research. He has held a Visiting Scholarship at the University of Hong Kong in 2001-2002, and in 2011 spent three months working as a Visiting Scholar at the International Labour Office in Geneva.