Simon Hardy (QMUL) wins UG dissertation prize 2018

The EGRG Committee is delighted to announce that the winner of the best undergraduate dissertation for 2018.

We had 12 fantastic submissions, but the award goes to Simon Hardy of Queen Mary University of London for his dissertation entitled “Race to precarity: An investigation into the risk-laden mobilities performed by Deliveroo’s bicycle couriers”.

Congratulations to Simon for his excellent, timely, and engaging work!

We want to thank Sage Publishing for sponsoring this award and providing Simon with a copy of Global Shift, as well as a voucher for £150 in books.


The EGRG committee is pleased to announce our next meeting:

‘Economic Geography Futures’

Wednesday 21st November 2018, 10am – 5pm, University of Manchester (Sackville Building)

Aim: To enhance our current understanding of the state of UK economic geography, and to develop effective strategies and practical actions in response.

The day will focus on three areas of discussion: 1. The challenges and opportunities of practicing as an economic geographer and how we can reinvigorate and enhance UK economic geography; 2. Supporting postgraduate and early career economic geographers and 3. Research funding including the UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places fund.

We will be joined by Rachel Tyrrell from Research England (lead for the Strength in Places fund).  To be followed by social drinks and informal dinner in a nearby location.

To book your place please register via Eventbrite HERE

Places are capped so please register even if are eligible for a free ticket.  Any questions? Contact EGRG Chair Jennifer Johns at EGRG Events Officer Emil Evenhuis at


10.00: Welcome by Jennifer Johns (EGRG Chair)
10.00 – 10.45: Consolidation of ‘where we are’ and identification of priority areas.
10.45 – 11.15: Reputation and image of Economic Geography
Coffee break
11.45 – 12.30: Support for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers in Economic Geography
13.45 – 15.30: Discussion of funding opportunities, in particular the Strength in Places Fund (
Coffee break
16.00 – 17.00: Discussion and summary
After 17.00 you can join us for some drinks at The Refuge (in Manchester city centre).


At the EGRG AGM in July 2018 we welcomed several new committee members, and said goodbye to a number of colleagues who had come to the end of their 3 year terms.

Jennifer Johns (Bristol) takes over as Chair, replacing James Faulconbridge (Lancaster) – many thanks for his work over the last 3 years and good luck to Jenny!

Steve Wood (Surrey) takes over as EGRG prizes Officer; Sarah Hall (Nottingham) returned as an Ordinary Member; and Al James (Newcastle) agreed to do a third stint as Web Officer.

Many thanks to all our outgoing committee members for all their hard work, and a warm welcome to their successors.

More info on the EGRG committee is available here.  And if you would like to get involved then please just email us – we always welcome new help.

EGRG at RGS-IBG Midterm Conference 2018

RGS mid-term conference, 18-20 April 2018, Royal Holloway, University of London

The EGRG was strongly present at the conference with presentations focussing on the UK and beyond. Economic Geography presentations based on research in the UK investigated the nation’s current economic climate from different angles by researching job polarisation, austerity, the gig-economy, and the digital. Presentations that presented research from more global perspectives included explorations of the Green Economy and Global Production Networks.

EGRG PGR Reps Nora Lanari and Dominic Obeng organised the EGRG sponsored reception, and report on its success in this full blog post here

Holly Campbell (UCL) wins UG dissertation prize 2017

The Economic Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG is very pleased to announce its 2017 Undergraduate Prize results. The winning dissertation is:

  • Holly Campbell – student at UCL. ‘Moments of Progress: An exploration of the interaction between female enterprise and patriarchal norms in Selcuk, Turkey’

We received many high quality submissions, and the panel judging the submissions also highly commended the following dissertations:

  • Amelia Heimler – student at Nottingham University. ‘The Paradox of managing Creativity: an evaluation of the competitive, spatial and managerial dimensions of co-working spaces in Central London’
  • Buchan Richardson – student at Durham University. ‘Constructing Knowledges of “Emerging Markets” in a Post-Crisis World: How the Investment Management Industry is Re-Imagining China’

The EGRG would like to thank Sage for its sponsorship of the Undergraduate dissertation prize.

New EGRG Officers 2017

At the EGRG AGM in September 2017 we welcomed several new committee members, and said goodbye to a number of colleagues who had come to the end of their 3 year terms.

Chris Mullerleile (Swansea) takes over as Secretary, replacing Karenjit Clare (Cambridge).  Dominic Obeng (Leicester) and Nora Lanari (Coventry) take over as EGRG Postgrad Reps, replacing Amy Horton (QMUL, then UCL).

We also welcomed Alexandra Dales (Manchester) as our new EGRG Early Careers Officer.  Many thanks to all our outgoing committee members for all their hard work, and a warm welcome to their successors.

More info on the EGRG committee is available here.  And if you would like to get involved then please just email us – we always welcome new help.

EGRG Brexit Symposium 2017

EGRG Annual Symposium 2017 (Joint with Political Geography Research Group)

Brexit: A Geographical Conversation

  • Date: Tuesday 29th August 2017
  • Venue: Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
  • Jointly organised by RGS-IBG Research Groups: EGRG and PolGRG
  • This workshop took place the day before the 2017 annual international conference of the RGS (with IBG).

Brexit is innately geographical, in its causes, reactions, and consequences. This event, organised jointly by the Economic Geography and Political Geography Research Groups of the Royal Geographical Society, provides an opportunity to further develop geographical conversations about Brexit, with a range of initial provocations being provided by speakers followed by extended Q&A and discussion periods. The event includes group debate, facilitated by five keynote talks.

More details on the programme and speakers can be found here

EGRG sponsors 16 sessions at AC2017

EGRG sponsors a full programme of economic geography sessions at the 2017 RGS/IBG Annual Conference in London.

Tuesday 29 to Friday 1 September 2017

Theme: Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world

EGRG-Sponsored sessions:

  • Brexit: a geographical conversation
  • Labour and life: changing geographies of the workplace (1)  (2)  (3)
  • Advancing global production networks research: progress and prospects (1) lecture (2) panel: (3) general debates (4) conceptualizing strategic coupling (5) nature, resources, environment (6) labour dimensions
  • Creating and Communicating Knowledge, Practices and Values: Exploring the Dynamics of Local Anchors and Trans-Local Communities (1) (2)
  • Mortgage markets and the financialization of home in the Global South
  • Financialisation in the Global South (1): Emerging Economies and Regions (2): Low-Income Economies and Regions
  • Authors meet critics – Money and Finance after the Crisis: Critical Thinking for Uncertain Times (eds. Brett Christophers, Andrew Leyshon and Geoff Mann, Wiley, 2017)


Chloe Billing (Birmingham) wins 2017 PhD prize

This year received another bumper crop of entries to the competition, and this is a continuing sign of vitality in Economic Geography in the UK. All entries were of a very high standard and the EGRG committee is pleased to announce that this year’s winner is Chloe Billing, University of Birmingham for her innovative thesis entitled:

‘Satellites, Rockets and Services: A Place for Space in Geography?’

We also wish to award a Runner-Up prize to Emil Evenhuis, Newcastle University (now working at Cambridge University) for his thesis titled ‘The Political Economy of Adaptation and Resilience in Old Industrial Regions: A Comparative Study of South Saarland and Teesside’.

Blog 2017 Postgrad Conference – EGRG bursary holders

Thoughts on RGS-IBG Postgraduate Midterm Conference 2017

Being a PhD student at Cardiff University who extensively draws from the tradition of Human Geography I made a pragmatic decision to join the RGS-Midterm Conference organised this year by my colleagues from Cardiff School of Geography and Planning. It was the first time I attended any event within the network of Royal Geographical Society and I welcomed the opportunity to present my research and the possibility to connect with fellow PhDs. But what I expected to be a somewhat formal but usefully spend two and a half days turned out to be truly engaging, inspirational and enjoyable experience of a vibrant PhD community connected through interest in Human Geography.

The most enjoyable aspect of the Conference was the intellectual stimulation of diverse and current research topics such as community-led housing, digital labour or narco-drone just to name a few, and welcoming atmosphere which encouraged talking with others during breaks between sessions. And when we are at the subject of paper sessions, I must say that it was often hard to make a choice as to which session ranging from 3 to 5 topics to attend, as so many of them sounded really interesting!

Apart from paper presentations we could choose two out of eight workshops and the one I really liked was about misuse of statistics in the media. The speaker Dr Honor Young was very passionate about the topic and raised awareness about key misuses of statistics, predominantly in the British press. She also reminded us how not to engage with statistics by showing a famous clip of Russell Brand criticizing statistics as ‘the stuff people like you are using to confuse people like us’ on BBC Newsnight.

I also had an opportunity to present my research about previously unstudied financial arrangements called community shares. As I am on the third year of my doctorate, I reflected on my journey throughout my PhD and presented the initial findings. I received very positive feedback from the audience and was encouraged to start a blog about my research, which is an idea I would like to take forward in the future.

Finally, during the Economic Geography Research Group meeting led by Dr Crispin Fuller and facilitated by Amy Horton I became aware about the challenges facing Economic Geography as a subdiscipline in the field of Geography in the UK. I am very interested to learn more about this ongoing issue and contribute to this debate. Therefore, I am keen to participate in the upcoming one day workshop aiming to reassess the future role of Economic Geography, hosted by Cardiff School of Geography and Planning on the 1st of June.

The overall experience of the RGS-Midterm Conference was of true value to me as PhD researcher and aspiring scholar. I would encourage any Postgraduate student, especially PhD, with a primary interest in Geography to attend this event at any stage of their study, as it is unique opportunity to experience a friendly and highly stimulating atmosphere that keeps you inspired. I would like to thank the Economic Geography Research Group for the bursary and congratulate my colleagues from Cardiff School of Geography and Planning on the very successful organisation of the RGS- Midterm Conference.

Justyna Prosser, PhD Researcher at Cardiff University Sustainable Places Research Institute.


EGRG reception at RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference: More than a friendly reception

The RGS-IBG Mid-Term conference took place at Cardiff University in April, and was preceded by an Economic Geography Research Group reception that I was lucky enough to attend. This was a great chance for postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to share research progress in a friendly and constructive environment, as well as to meet PGRs from many universities in the UK who are working within the variegated geographical landscape of research topics. The different panel sessions were set up in a way that increased synergies among presenters, so the panel experience was brilliant for every postgraduate who spoke. Additionally, the coffee breaks, dinners and informal after-conference meetings were the ideal instances for consolidating the bonds developed through the conference. Considering this, I strongly recommend every postgraduate geographer to attend this conference.

However, the experience is better enjoyed if you are working within economic geography themes. Many RGS research groups offered receptions during the conference, but the one held by the Economic Geography Research Group (EGRG) was awesome. I am a young economic geographer – or that is what I am trying to be – and this reception was brilliant for offering a welcoming introduction to the EGRG, highlighting their objectives, activities, and opportunities for engagement among postgraduate students. The reception also offered some participatory activities for proposing possible activities to link PGRs in economic geography with the EGRG’s program, as well as to suggest ideas of how the EGRG might contribute to our research. This reception was also the perfect moment for meeting those postgraduate researchers that are working within economic geography and learning about their approaches, methodologies, and case studies. If you are a postgraduate student in geography, you should go the conference, but if you are working in economic geography, you must!

My sense at the end of the reception was that the EGRG is open to receiving postgraduate students, and there are no excuses for staying out of the group if you share research interest with them.  The EGRG does many things, and as postgraduates, there are plenty of other things that is possible to do within the group.

Felipe Irarrazaval (Manchester University)