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.
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: https://forms.gle/JCqubRxyMELBgL2v8.
We have the following four roles open for election at the AGM:
- a new Chair
- 2 new postgraduate representatives
- an early career representative
We look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday!
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: https://forms.gle/JCqubRxyMELBgL2v8
The EGRG committee has two roles open for election at the AGM. We are seeking:
- a new Chair
- a new postgraduate representative
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.
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:
- Monday 1st March 2021 (2pm – 3pm GMT): We will be joined by Dr Jennifer Johns. Jennifer is a Reader in Management at the University of Bristol, and is also the Chair of the RGS-IBG Economic Geography Research Group. You can register for a free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/egrg-phd-event-series-qa-with-an-economic-geographer-1-tickets-139837360309
- Friday 26th March 2021 (2pm – 3pm GMT): We will be joined by Dr Liam Keenan. Liam is a Research Associate in finance and geography at the University of Oxford. You can register for a free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/egrg-phd-event-series-qa-with-an-economic-geographer-2-tickets-140042078627
The Economic Geography Research Group Annual General Meeting will be held online on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, from 16:00 to 17:00 BST. We will also hold an informal ‘social’ after the formal meeting has concluded. Please register in advance via Eventbrite at this link. We will subsequently send you a link to the Microsoft Teams meeting.
During the meeting, we need to fill several open committee positions including Secretary, Prizes Officer, Early Career Rep, and PGR Rep. Please send expressions of interest to the EGRG Chair, Jennifer Johns (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have any trouble registering or have any other questions, please get in touch with EGRG Secretary, Chris Muellerleile (c.m.muellerleile@SWANSEA.AC.UK)
As the RGS Annual Conference is not going ahead in 2020, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually. This will take place on Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 1600-1700 BST online. Further details regarding how to join the online AGM will be posted later. There will also be an informal social space after the formal meeting, so please do try to attend if you can. Apologies in advance if your geographical location precludes your participation.
CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS – UK based only
This year the Secretary, Prizes Officer, one Early Career Rep, PGR Rep are coming to the end of their terms, with new members starting after the AGM at the end of September. Please consider standing for the following roles or encourage suitable candidates to do so. Nomination and election will take place during the online AGM. Details of the positions are as follows:
- The Secretary role is a significant one for the EGRG as it is a coordinating role, taking minutes at meetings, responding to member emails, attending EGRG meetings and helping to coordinate those meetings. Supporting the Chair and Treasurer and playing an important strategic role in the direction of the research group.
- The Prizes Officer manages our UG and PG prizes, accepting submissions and coordinating judging of the UG dissertations/PhDs (which are shared across the committee).
- The Early Career Rep works with the committee leading our strategy on supporting PG and ECR economic geographers. Work in this area has been increasing through meetings (recently virtual), peer support and the development of a mentoring scheme. There are two ECR reps on the committee, there will be one vacancy this year.
- The PGR Rep works with the committee leading our strategy on supporting postgraduate economic geographers, as well as working with the ECR reps and leads on organising the EGRG contribution to the RGS mid-term annual conference. (Note: the EGRG sponsors PGR rep travel, several bursaries and a drinks reception). There are two PGR reps on the committee, there will be one vacancy this year.
Please distribute through your own networks and send expressions of interest/questions to the EGRG Chair at email@example.com. Votes will be made during the AGM. Jennifer Johns’s term as Chair will end in 2021 so if you are interested in the role, please contact Jennifer at the above email address for an informal chat. A formal call will go out in the new year.
The EGRG early career representatives are running a webinar on Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 2.00pm to 3.30pm, to discuss the current crisis facing early career academics and to bring ECRs together to share experiences and map out potential actions going forward.
If you are an early career researcher within any area of geography, please register your interest on this google form https://forms.gle/c8gT2QAPmJ8aR5ya8, and we will send you a link to the zoom meeting session. Please feel free to share with those interested.
We are pleased to announce that the annual EGRG PhD Dissertation Prize 2020 has been awarded to Misbah Khatana (Cambridge University) for her dissertation on ‘Navigating gendered space: The social construction of labour markets in Pakistan’. Huge congratulations!
Here is the abstract of the thesis:
Globalization has transformed labour markets around the world leading to an upsurge of women in the waged workforce and establishing them as the backbone of manufacturing industry. But globalizing forces are uneven and have disparate impacts. I explore why an influx of women workers is not found in some, more traditional, societies. I explore linkages between social, economic and political processes and fundamentals of inclusion and exclusion within spaces and places.
Women’s absence from industrial settings in Pakistan corresponds to an institutionally licensed general deficiency of women in the formal workforce. Pakistan’s labour market is deeply segmented and distinct tiers bifurcate the secondary segment. All skills, even those like stitching that globally are presumed “women’s work”, are given male attributes. Women are considered incapable of performing skills equal to men, raising barriers of entry even within the secondary segment. Homeworking women, who engage in industrial waged-work, operate in a monopsony. Capital exploits labour market monopsonies and deepens women’s precarious positions.
Gender prohibitive forces of this society manifest in women’s scarcity in industrial settings. I explore forces and processes of inclusion and exclusion that construct gender prohibitive space. Examining the nature of inclusion and exclusion can reveal particular societal hierarchies in place, indicate which traditions and beliefs have institutional sanction and are held valuable, and which may be displaced over time. The gendering of spaces – in the home, streets, transportation, factories – is a vital feature constraining women’s position in the workforce. I assess how different forces of discrimination including mind-body dualism manifested as public-private space interact and intersect to impact women’s navigation of spaces. I examine mobility as a pursued rather than assured “good” – an enabling factor that allows those that have mobility, economic and social advancement.
We are conscious that Early Career Researchers face particularly anxious times at the moment. The impact of the Coronavirus and subsequent lockdown have made the existing issues ECRs already face (job isolation, job insecurity and competition, and balancing care responsibilities with anxieties around being ‘productive’ ) even more acute.
We want to reach out to fellow ECRs to understand and collate your experiences about how the crisis is impacting people differently. This would help us understand what the EGRG might do to help, and we’d also like to help connect ECRs with others who might be experiencing similar issues.
Please get in touch with the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Representatives of the EGRG, Harry Pettit (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alexandra Dales (email@example.com), to tell us about the challenges you are facing as an ECR at the moment. Please also let us know if you’d be interested in a virtual webinar for ECRs to get together and share experiences. More to come, watch this space!
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