Category: Forthcoming events

EGRG-sponsored sessions at RGS-IBG conference 2022

The Economic Geography Research Group is pleased to be sponsoring the following sessions at the upcoming Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Annual International Conference 2022. This will be taking place at Newcastle University and online from 30th August to 2nd September 2022.

Session titles and convenors

  • Environmental Labour Studies
    Adrian Smith, Carlo Inverardi-Ferri, Liam Campling, and Elena Baglioni (Queen Mary University of London) and Neil Coe (University of Sydney)
  • Chains of Recovery and Resilience: A Global Production Network (GPN) Approach
    Smytta Yadav (University of Manchester) and Tiago Alves-Teixeira (Durham University)
  • Labour beyond recovery: (Post-)pandemic futures of work
    Sabina Lawreniuk (University of Nottingham, & Will Monteith (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Discard economies and dynamics of valuation in times of crisis
    Julia Corwin (London School of Economics) and Katharina Grüneisl (Leipzig University/IRMC)
  • Explaining with Asian Geographies: Theorising Back, Theorising Better
    Kean Fan Lim (Newcastle University) and Henry Wai-chung Yeung (National University of Singapore)
  • Understanding the global geographies of the knowledge-based economy: transformations, disruptions and reproductions of transnational higher education
    Marc Schulze, Tim Rottleb (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space) and Michael Hoyler (Loughborough University)
  • Financial geographies of higher education
    Luke Green (Newcastle University) and Emily Rosenman (Penn State University)
  • Geographies of dietary change
    Jonathan Beacham, David M Evans (University of Bristol) and Peter Jackson (University of Sheffield) 
  • Geographies of Recovery? Development Pathways and Prospects for ‘Left Behind Places
    Danny MacKinnon (CURDS, Newcastle University), Tim Leibert (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography) and Vincent Béal (University of Strasbourg)
  • Social Reproduction and Labour in Lockdown – Crisis and Recovery?
    Al James (Newcastle University) and Julie MacLeavy (University of Bristol)
  • Financialisation, regulation, and the local state
    Frances Brill (University of Cambridge), Laura Deruytter (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Andy Pike (Newcastle University) and Callum Ward (London School of Economics)
  • Ecology and Labour Regimes
    Elena Baglioni, Liam Campling, Carlo Inverardi-Ferri and Adrian Smith (Queen Mary University of London) and Neil Coe (University of Sydney)
  • Housing Speculations: Conversations about Work in Progress
    Jessa Loomis (Newcastle University) and Elsa Noterman (University of Cambridge)
  • New and critical geographies of innovation  
    Helen Pallett and Martin Mahony (University of East Anglia)

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 (  

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.  

4th Global Conference in EconGeog, Oxford 2015

Announcing the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, Oxford, 19-22 August 2015. 

View the conference flyer here.

EG conference oxford

Oxford conf flyerThe Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, titled Mapping Economies in Transformation, will take place in Oxford, UK, on 19-22 August 2015. Building on the success of previous global conferences held in Singapore, Beijing and Seoul, the Conference is expected to attract hundreds of scholars with the objective to foster interdisciplinary worldwide dialogue on the state of the art and the future agenda of economic geography.

Key themes of the conference will include: consumption, digital, emerging, financial, green, innovation, labour, political, resource, regional, social, and urban economies, as well as epistemologies for understanding the world in transformation.

Announcement made on behalf of:
Professor Dariusz Wojcik <>
School of Geography and the Environment
University of Oxford

Previous conferences:
Global Conference on Economic Geography, Singapore (2000) 
Second Global Conference on Economic Geography, Beijing (2007)
Third Global Conference on Economic Geography, Seoul (2011)

Summer Institute in Economic Geography 2014


The next meeting will be hosted by the Department of Human Geography at the Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main, 20-26 July, 2014.

Featured speakers

Brett Christophers

Brett Christophers
Associate Professor of Geography, Institute for Housing and Urban Research
Uppsala University, Sweden
Susan Christopherson

Susan Christopherson
Professor of City and Regional Planning
Cornell University, USA


Mark Lorenzen
Professor of Business Economics
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Katherine Rankin Katharine Rankin
Associate Professor of Geography, Program in Planning
University of Toronto, Canada

Marion Werner

Marion Werner
Assistant Professor of Geography
University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA



  • Department of Human Geography, Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main
  • Economic Geography
  • Sage Publications


The event is open to early career researchers in economic geography (doctoral students at or beyond the fieldwork stage; postdoctoral researchers in universities, think tanks and research institutes; and lecturers or tenure-track faculty within the first three years of appointment).

Find out more: