London 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.

12:00 – Arrival and lunch

Session 1: Chair – James Faulconbridge (Lancaster University)

  • 13:00 – Welcome (James Faulconbridge, Chair EGRG) and Key note address: David Goodhart (columnist in The Guardian, Financial Times and other media) ‘Brexit: the road to somewhere
  • 14:00 – David Manley, Kelvyn Jones and Ron Johnston (University of Bristol): ‘The geography of Brexit – what geography? Modelling and predicting the outcome across 380 local authorities’
  • 14:30 – John Bachtler (University of Strathclyde) ‘Brexit and Regional Development in the UK’
  • 15:00 – Tea/coffee

Session 2: Chair – Marco Antonsich (Loughborough University)

  • 15:30 – Kathy Burrell (University of Liverpool): ‘Putting Polish Migration in Brexit Perspective: Themes, Issues and Questions’
  • 16:00 – Gurminder K Bhambra (University of Warwick and Linnaeus University): ‘The Impossibility of Brexit: The Imperial Nostalgia of a ‘Small Island’’
  • 16:30 – Ben Anderson (Durham University) and Helen Wilson (Manchester University): ‘(Post)Brexit Futures’

17:00 – Panel discussion (Chair, Emil Evenhuis, Cambridge University) in response to questions from the audience

  • 17:30 – Close

Registration fees (including lunch and refreshments): Waged: £30; unwaged and students: £10