Submissions for EGRG undergraduate dissertation prize 2022

A prize of £50 is offered each year for the best undergraduate dissertation in economic geography.

Nominated dissertations should be: 

  • An innovative theoretical and/or empirical piece of work in economic geography;
  • Usually 8,000 words or more in length
  • Submitted for formal assessment in the current academic year (2021/2022) to a UK Higher Education Institution for a BA/BSc level geography degree programme;
  • Include a full set of references and images (as relevant); 
  • In PDF format;
  • Written in English.

Please note that a department may not submit more than one entry and nominated dissertations should not be submitted for consideration for any other RGS-IBG prizes.

Please send your nominated undergraduate dissertations to the EGRG Prizes Officer: (Dr Alexandra Dales)

Deadline: 15 July 2022

EGRG statement in response to the Al-Jazeera podcasts

Following the Al-Jazeera Podcasts in their “Degrees of Abuse” investigation, the EGRG committee met to discuss and outline what forms of actions we could take as a group to make economic geography, and geography as a broader discipline, welcoming, diverse, inclusive and safe. You can read our statement here:

We will announce specific steps and initiatives in the coming months.

EGRG sponsorship at RGS-IBG 2022

The Economic Geography Research Group (EGRG) of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) invites expressions of interest and proposals for sponsored sessions for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2022.

The chair of the 2022 conference is Professor Rachel Pain (Newcastle University, UK) and the conference theme is Geographies Beyond Recovery. See for guidance on organising sessions.   

The EGRG are able to sponsor some sessions in the conference schedule that will be guaranteed to be non-concurrent. Please consider the EGRG sessions for any topic that includes consideration of economic questions (broadly defined). We are keen to sponsor diverse sessions based on innovative theoretical and methodological perspectives. 

Each session is 1 hour and 40 mins and in addition to paper-based sessions we also encourage innovative formats to sessions.

The deadline for session proposals submissions to the EGRG is 4th March 2022. Final session proposals including registered participants are due to the RGS-IBG 25th March, 2022.

Please email submissions to Kean Fan Lim ( and Jon Swords ( including session title and abstract (max 400 words), name(s) and affiliation(s) of the session convenor(s), and the anticipated format of the session. Please also indicate if you are applying or intend to apply for sponsorship with any other research group for co-sponsorship. Please bear in mind that sessions cannot occupy more than two slots in the whole programme.

Submissions to EGRG PhD Dissertation Prize 2022

We are pleased to open the call for submissions to the annual EGRG PhD Dissertation Prize. This award provides the opportunity to recognise excellent research undertaken by doctoral researchers in the UK in the field of economic geography (broadly defined) as judged by the committee. Previous winners are listed on the EGRG website here:

In order to be considered for the award, please email an electronic version of the thesis to the Prizes Officer, Prizes Officer – Alexandra Dales ( by 1st March 2022. This must the final version of a thesis that has passed the PhD degree at a UK institution between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.  If you have any doubts about eligibility, please email Alexandra Dales.

The theses will be reviewed by the EGRG committee and the prize winner will be announced in early May 2022.  

EGRG Dissertation Prizes 2020/2021

The Royal Geographical Society with IBG Economic Geography Research Group is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 EGRG PhD Thesis Prize and the 2021 EGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize.

EGRG PhD Thesis Prize Winner:
The EGRG Committee would like to congratulate Dr Nora Lanari, who completed her doctorate at Coventry University, for her excellent thesis entitled ‘The influence of global agricultural production networks on water governance’. The EGRG Committee viewed this thesis to be both original and creative. Its contribution to economic geography was identified at two levels; on the place of the environment, broadly speaking, within the global production network (GPN) framework and on the role of water governance, in both its utility in supporting production and projecting a positive corporate image, in GPNs. Dr Lanari is now SNSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

EGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Winner:
Congratulations to Mr Bing Yang Tan who completed his undergraduate degree at University College London and for the very interesting dissertation entitled ‘Exploring the workers journey for a better ride: A curiosity-led qualitative study on food delivery drivers experiences in Singapore’. We understand he is about to start postgraduate study and wish him all the best.

Again, many congratulations to both Dr Lanari and Mr Tan!

A list of previous dissertation prize winners can be found here:

AGM Minutes 2021

Minutes of the EGRG Annual General Meeting held on 8th September 2021 (online) are now available for viewing here. You can also find minutes of past AGMs on that same page.

Reminder of AGM (online 8th September 2021)

A reminder that the RGS-IBG Economic Geography Research Group will be holding our AGM this Wednesday (8th September) at 1300 hours (BST).

If you haven’t registered, please sign up here:

We have the following four roles open for election at the AGM:

  • a new Chair
  • 2 new postgraduate representatives
  • an early career representative

Please get in touch with Jennifer Johns ( or Kean Fan Lim ( if you are interested in these roles.

We look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday!

Announcement of AGM (online 8th September 2021)

The Economic Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG is having its AGM at on Wednesday 8th September 2021, 1pm (UK BST).

The meeting will be held online, and a meeting link will be distributed closer to the time. If you would like to attend, please register here:

The EGRG committee has two roles open for election at the AGM. We are seeking:

  • a new Chair
  • a new postgraduate representative

If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Kean Fan Lim ( and/or Jennifer Johns (

CFP: RGS-IBG post-graduate mid-term conference -(Dis)connections and disruptions in global value chains

Call for papers: (Dis)connections and disruptions in global value chains 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had (and continues to have) an enormous impact on global value chains across a multitude of sectors around the world.  From prohibition to panic-buying, we have witnessed the volatility of value chains, including multi-scalar disruptions and disconnections.  We also see widening inequalities, tensions, and injustices across the ‘length’ of these chains, from production, distribution, to consumption and beyond. 

This call invites postgraduate students working (broadly) around global value chains to present their research in a warm and supportive environment at the RGS-IBG post-graduate mid-term conference.  Presenters are encouraged to reflect on the ways in which they see connections, reconnections, and/or disconnections within their research, particularly in relation to work around global value chains (both before and during the pandemic).  Presentations are welcomed that reflect on themes around theory, methodology, empirical work, and more. 

The conference will take place online from the 19th-23rd April 2021.  

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words (including key words) by Friday 5th March 2021 to Zara Babakordi ( and Minjing Li (  

Virtual events for PhD and early career researchers (March 2021)

Following on from our event towards the end of last year, the PhD representatives of the EGRG are planning a virtual series that will give an opportunity for PhD researchers to meet and speak with a number of leading economic geographers, learn more about the work they do, perspectives and positions within academia, and more.
We are pleased to announce the first two events, taking place on Monday 1st March 2021 and Friday 26th March 2021: