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:

Registration for virtual AGM 2020

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 (

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)

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

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.

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 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.  

Webinar for early career researchers (2nd June 2020)

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, and we will send you a link to the zoom meeting session. Please feel free to share with those interested.