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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: 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

If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Kean Fan Lim (Keanfan.Lim@newcastle.ac.uk) and/or Jennifer Johns (jennifer.johns@bristol.ac.uk).



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 (z.babakordi2@newcastle.ac.uk) and Minjing Li (m.li51@newcastle.ac.uk).  



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 (jennifer.johns@bristol.ac.uk).

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.

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 jennifer.johns@bristol.ac.uk. 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 https://forms.gle/c8gT2QAPmJ8aR5ya8, and we will send you a link to the zoom meeting session. Please feel free to share with those interested.



Winner of EGRG PhD Dissertation Prize 2020

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.



Call-out to early career researchers

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 (harry.pettit@newcastle.ac.uk) and Alexandra Dales (a.dales@yorksj.ac.uk), 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!



Submissions open for EGRG PhD Prize 2020

The EGRG committee is pleased to request submissions to the annual EGRG PhD prize. The EGRG awards a £150 prize, sponsored by Sage, for the best PhD thesis in the field of economic geography (broadly defined) as judged by the committee. 

Previous winners are here:  https://egrg.org/prizes/

In order to be considered for the award, please email an electronic version of the thesis to Steve Wood (sm.wood@surrey.ac.uk) by 1st March 2020.  This must be an absolutely final version of a thesis that has passed the PhD degree at a UK institution during 2019. If you have any doubts about eligibility, please email Steve Wood. 



New EGRG officers 2019

The EGRG Annual General Meeting was held during the RGS-IBG Conference on 29 August 2019. Many thanks to all our outgoing committee members (Sarah Marie Hall, Al James, Nora Laneri, Emil Evenhuis, Karen Lai) for all their hard work. During the AGM, a number of new and previous committee members were elected into new/expanded roles.

EGRG committee (as of September 2019)

Chair: Jennifer Johns
Secretary: Chris Mullerleile
Treasurer: Julie MacLeavy
Prizes Officer: Steve Wood
Postgrad Reps: Dominic Obeng; Zara Babakordi
ECR Rep: Alexandra Dales; Harry Pettit
Events Officer: Jon Swords
Social Media and Web Officer: Karen Lai
International Officers: Lotte Thomsen (Copenhagen Business School); Heidi Østbø Haugen (Oslo)
Education Officer (HE): Andrew Greenhalgh-Cook
Education Officer (Schools and FE): Jennifer Ferreira
Ordinary member: Sarah Hall
Ordinary member:  Rhiannon Pugh (Diversity and Equality role)
Ordinary member:  Sarah Marie Hall (Diversity and Equality role)

More information on the EGRG committee members is available here.  Minutes of the 2019 AGM (and of past meetings) can also be found here. If you would like to get involved or have suggestions regarding events or initiatives, please do email us – we always welcome new help or ideas.