• Instructions for Requesting EGSG Sponsorship of AAG Panels 2019


    The AAG's Economic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) is happy to sponsor relevant sessions at the upcoming AAG conference in Washington DC (April 3 - April 7, 2019).
    See: ualmeeting.  
    The AAG deadline for submitting paper abstracts is October 25, 2018 and organized sessions is November 8, 2018. Please see this link for further info on deadlines and organizing sessions:

    Just as a reminder (or for those new to the process), acquiring EGSG session sponsorship involves requesting approval of the session and registering sponsorship online. 
    Please send all session sponsorship requests to Peter Kedron:

    A session title and summary description or the full CFP will do.  
    Please send me these requests no later than November 1, 2018.

    After we approve the request, the session organizer MUST then remember to check the box indicating EGSG sponsorship when formally registering the session via the AAG's conference site. 

    Looking forward to seeing some great sessions in Washington DC!

    Jennifer Clark
    School of Public Policy 
    Georgia Institute of Technology 
    Atlanta, GA 30332-0345 USA
    tel. +1 404.385.7224 
    twitter: @GTCUI
  • CFP - Edited Volume - Historical Geography, GIScience and Text: Mapping Landscapes of Time and Place

    [Posting this on behalf of Charles Travis, apologies for formatting problems - HG]

    CFP - Historical Geography, GIScience and Text: Mapping Landscapes of Time and Place (Springer Press)
    Charles Travis (UT, Arlington) Alexander von Lunen (Huddersfield University) and Francis Ludlow (Trinity College Dublin)

    History is not the past, but a map of the past drawn from a particular point of view to be useful to the modern traveler.        Henry Glassie

    In the West, geography as a discipline emerged from the twin pursuits of Strabo’s poetic impressions of place, and Herodotus’ chronicles of events and culture. Eratosthenes, who calculated the spherical nature of the Earth while keeper of the Great Library at Alexandria, and Ptolemy brought to the methods of measurement, scale and geometry to the discipline. Thus literature, history and geographical analysis (discursive, cartographical, phenomenological and statistical) have long been interrelated pursuits. Contemporarily, historical geography possesses tributaries which fountain from the robust humanistic academic traditions of many countries: England, Ireland, Sweden, France, Germany, and lesser so in North, Central and South America. The practice of historical geography complements approaches in cultural geography through a triangulation of discursive, cartographic and visual narrative styles, and primary, textual and archival data explorations, with both calibrated by the development of qualitative and quantitative methods, models and theories.

    [1] Such approaches intersect with geographical history’s focus on physical landscapes, climate and topography, -interests commensurate with the geosciences. By focusing on scales of agency, interaction, scientific inquiry and causation, geographical history maps the multiple variables that have shaped human and natural history, in the longue durée-a scale of time traditionally neglected in history, geography and cognate disciplines.[2]  As W. Gordon East, in The Geography Behind Historyobserves:

    The familiar analogy between geography and history as the stage and the drama is in several respects misleading, for whereas a play can be acted on any stage regardless of its particular features, the course of history can never be entirely unaffected by the varieties and changes of its settings. History, again, unlike drama, is not rehearsed before enactment, and so different and so changeful are its manifestations that it certainly lacks all unity of place, time and action.[3]

    Although many historians, geographers and geoscientists regard geographical information science (GIS), as a mapping practice, its platforms have evolved into new types of visual database technology, and interactive media. As a database technology, GIS spatially parses and itemizes attribute data (as a row of statistics, a string of text, an image, a movie) linking coordinates to representations of the locations to which the data refers.[4]As a form of media, GIS holds the possibility to “transcend the instrumental rationality currently rampant among both GIS developers and GIS practitioners and cultivate a more holistic approach to the non-linear relationships between GIS and society.”[5]With the advent of the digital and coding revolutions “the idea of nature is becoming very hard to separate from the digital tools and media we use to observe, interpret, and manage it.”[6]In this light, historical geography methods can help address “the underlying complexities in the human organization of space that present methodological problems for GIS in linking empirical research questions with alternative theoretical frameworks.”[7]It has been recognized that if “we seek a rich and humanistic [digital humanities] capable of meeting more than the technical challenges of our massive geo-temporal datasets, we must develop design approaches that address recent theoretical merging’s of background and foreground, space, and time”.[8]

    In this regard, GIScience has broadened its domain, and is entering into the fields of gaming, journalism, movies and broadcasting. These new GIScience fields, paired with historical geography methods, can appropriate (post) and modernist narratives by incorporating avant-garde artistic and filmic techniques that employ flashback, jump cut and ensemble storylines to represent time-spaces as contingent, rendered fluid montages. Dynamically animated three-dimensional historical geography GIScience models, anchored by the coordinate grids of latitude and longitude, now allow us to synchronize phenomenological impressions with Cartesian perspectives.  John Lewis Gaddis, in The Landscape of History (2002), asks, “What if we were to think of history as a kind of mapping?”[9]Gaddis then links the ancient practice of mapmaking within the archetypal three-part conception of time (past, present, and future). Mapping and narrative are both practices that attempt to manage infinitely complex subjects by imposing abstract grids—in forms such as longitude and latitude or hours and days to frame landscapes and timescapes. If the past is a landscape and historical narrative the way we represent it, then pattern recognition constitutes the primary form of human perception, and can thus be parsed empirically, statistically and phenomenologically.[10]

    The aim of this collection is therefore to re-explore relations between historical geography, GIS and text. The collection will revisit, discuss and illustrate current case studies, trends and discourses in European, American and non-Western spheres, in which historical geography is being practiced in concert with human and physical applications of GIS (qualitative, quantitative, critical, proprietary, open-source, ‘neogeographic’ public-participation, geoscientific, human-centric) and text- broadly conceived as archival, literary, historical, cultural, climatic, scientific, digital, cinematic and media. The concept of time (again, broadly conceived) is the pivot around which the contributions to this volume will revolve.  By focusing on research engagements between historical geography, GIS and literary and textual studies, this volume aims to chart a course into uncharted interdisciplinary waters where the Hun-Lenox Globe, built in 1510 warned sailors of Hic sunt dracones (Here be dragons). Our aim is to explore new patterns of historical, geographical and textual perception that exist beyond the mists of our current ontological and epistemological shores of knowledge.

    This edited volume will consist of three sections that focus on the relations between historical geography, GIS and text (broadly conceived) 

    §  The first section's chapters will trace and re-evaluate historical geography, geographical history, cartography, textual practices over the past one hundred years or so. In addition, chapters will also focus on the emergence of GIS and the geospatial humanities / digital geo-humanities.

    §  The second section will feature standard case study chapters (as well as works in progress, in addition to alternative approaches- such as counterfactual studies, digital environmental humanities, etc.)

    §  The third section will feature chapters featuring emerging theoretical and  state of the art projects, It will also include chapters that consider prospective ways in which historical, GIScience and textual studies could create further bridges between the arts, humanities and sciences.

    CFP Possible subjects (Suggested Topics Also Welcomed):

    ▪   Re-evaluating Historical Geography in light of GIScience and Text (and vice-versa).

    ▪   Braudelianlongue durée, histoire conjucturelle, histoire événmentielle,

    ▪   Literature, natural history and GIScience.

    ▪   Travel writing, history, landscape, mapping.

    ▪   Art history, photography, cinematography.

    ▪   Cliometrics, Critical GIS and GIScience.

    ▪   Palaeography, prosopography, GIScience, place, landscape, environment, climate.

    ▪   Imaginaryexperiments: counterfactual historical GIScience modelling / counterfactual design / contrasting factual and counterfactualHistorical GIScience models.

    ▪   Three-dimensional, immersive, gaming virtual reality GIScience environmental models which allow the influence of human agency to operate within physical, climatic and historical landscapes projected upon the walls, floor and ceiling of  an enclosed space.  

    ▪   History,climate and landscape. 

    ▪   Physical geographies & cultural palimpsests.

    ▪   Historicalclimatology / climate history.

    ▪   Historicalcartography and global warming.

    ▪   Spatialhistory & geography.

    ▪   Medicalcartography, culture, epidemiology.

    ▪   Militarycampaigns, and human and physical landscapes.

    ▪   Historical geographies of space exploration.

    ▪   Planetary mapping, Sci-Fi and historical GIScience.

    ▪   Representations of GIS in fiction, movies, museums, amusement parks, zoos, eco-tourism.

    ▪   Geosophy, GIScience, text.

    ▪   GIScience chronology vs. GIScience chronometry.

    ▪   Topois of past, present future.

    ▪   Deep Mapping & Deep Charting

    ▪   Digital and environmental humanities.

    ▪   Nautical and maritime history, records and GIScience. 

    ▪   Geography as historical document & GIScience.

    ▪   Genography, GIScience, history, culture.

    ▪   Geology, natural history, GIScience and text.


    I.  1 September 2018: 250-500 word chapter abstracts (and curriculum vita) submitted to Charles Travis (, Alexander von Lunen           ( and Francis Ludlow (

    II.  15 September 2018: Notification of Abstract Acceptance.

    III. 1 December 2018: Contributor chapters due (5000 – 6000 words max).

    IV. 15 December 2018: Edited chapters sent back to contributors for revisions.

    V. 15 January 2019: Contributor revisions due.

    VI.  15 February 2019: Book submitted to publisher.


    [1]Phil Birge-Liberman, “Historical Geography” in Encyclopedia of Geography, Ed. Barney Warf,  Vol. 3.  Sage Reference, 2010, pp. 1428-1432.
    [2]  R. J. Mayhew, 2011. “Historical geography, 2009-2010: Geohistoriography, the forgotten Braudel and the place of nominalism.” Progress in Human Geography, 35(3), 2011, pp. 409-421. (pg. 410)
    [3]W. Gordon East. 1965. The Geography Behind History. New York: Norton & Company, Inc., pg. 2
    [4]Ian N. Gregory, and R.G. Healey, “Historical GIS: structuring, mapping and analysing geographies of the past.” Progress in Human Geography, 31(5), 2007, pp.638-653
    [5]D.Z. Sui, and M.F. Goodchild, “GIS as media?” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 15(5), 2001, pp. 387-390.
    [6]Finn Arne Jørgensen, “The Armchair Traveler's Guide to Digital Environmental Humanities.” Environmental Humanities4, 2014, pp.
  • Announcement: EGSG Student Awards 2018

    1) Best Student Paper: 
    Jessa Loomis, University of Kentucky
    Rescaling and Reframing Poverty: Financial Coaching and the Pedagogical Spaces of Financial Inclusion in Boston, Massachusetts 

    2) Student Research Award: 
    Araby Smyth, University of Kentucky
    Gender and Remittances: Lived experiences of women in Oaxaca, Mexico 

    3) Dissertation Award: 
    Aarti Krishnan, University of Manchester
    Re-thinking the environmental dimensions of upgrading and embeddedness in production networks: The case of Kenyan horticulture farmers 
  • Economic Geography Specialty Group Business Meeting @ AAG

    The Economic Geography Specialty Group Business Meeting @ AAG is scheduled for Friday, 4/13/2018, from 11:50 AM - 1:10 PM in Grand Ballroom A, Sheraton, 5th Floor.

    All EGSG members are welcome to attend.
    Learn about EGSG activities and initiatives and bring your new ideas!
  • AGSG Board Election

    The voting slate for AGSG Board positions is now finalized. All current members of the Asian Geography Specialty Group are eligible to vote for the candidates. The voting period runs until 11:59pm on Sunday, April 8th.


    Michael Glass, Secretary-Treasurer, AGSG
  • A few spaces left in the brewery field trip and wine tasting workshop!

    Hello Beer, Wine, and Spirits Scholars,

    We'd love to see you at the wine tasting workshop and the brewery field trip in New Orleans! 

    Although we know it's difficult to commit to a field trip, dinner, or workshop until you are at the conference, we ask that you please register as soon as you can so that we can coordinate with AAG planning staff. 

    Thanks again and we'll see you very soon!

    Christi Townsend

  • Final Call - AGSG Board Nominations

    Dear AGSG Members,

    At the close of the Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of the AGSG at the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting, the tenures of several of our current Board Officers will come to an end. Please send nominations for those who are willing to serve 2-year tenures (2018-2020) for the three positions below. Self-nominations are also welcome.

    Nominations should include the name, affiliation, and title of the nominee, and a brief (one paragraph) bio-sketch mentioning their credentials and other relevant information, such as their contributions to Asian studies and/or to the AGSG/AAG. If possible, please have the nominee add a line regarding potential plans for the AGSG if elected to the position. An accompanying photograph is desirable but optional.

    Please submit your nominations latest by March 23, 2018 to AGSG Chair Jennifer Pomeroy ( and Michael Glass ( for the following positions:

    1.     Southwest Asia Director: organizes and encourages sessions and scholarship on Southwest Asia, and is responsible for selecting the winner of the Student Travel Award for the Southwest Asia Region.

    2.     Central Asia Director: organizes and encourages sessions and scholarship on Central Asia, and is responsible for selecting the winner of the Student Travel Award for the Central Asia Region.

    3.     Student Representative: organizes and encourages sessions and scholarship on Asia, and is responsible for collaborating student participation.

    The electronic voting period for all three positions will begin on Monday, March 26th.
  • New Orleans Specialty Group Dinner!

    Wine, Beer, and Spirits Geographers,

    You are cordially invited to join us for our annual Wine, Beer, and Spirits Specialty Group dinner at The Palace Cafe, a classic New Orleans style restaurant serving scrumptious creole cuisine, located just steps from the conference hotels. 

    Our dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11th at 7:30pm. 

    Please RSVP as soon as possible or by April 4th to Christi Townsend at 

    Since this will be a private dinner, I will need a firm number to give to the restaurant for planning purposes. 

    Hope to see you there!

  • 2018 Board Election Results

    Congratulations to Ursula Lang, Kris Bezdecny, and Chad Steacy, who have been elected by the QRSG membership to serve on the specialty group's governing board, from May 2018 - May 2020.

    Dr. Ursula Lang will serve as secretary-treasurer.
    Dr.  Kris Bezdecny will serve as a faculty board member. 
    Chad Steacy will serve as a student board member.

    Thank you and we look forward to your service in the coming months.
  • 2018 elections: nominations due Weds Mar 7



    The Animal Geography Specialty Group is now accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for the following board positions:


    1)    CHAIR. 3 year term, 2018-2021. Duties include: Overseeing the specialty group board; communicating updates and plans to group members; running the annual business meeting.

    2)    GRADUATE STUDENT OFFICER. 1-year term, 2018-2019. Two positions are available. Duties include: Producing the annual specialty group newsletter; encouraging student participation in the group; managing the group’s social media accounts.

    3)    GENERAL BOARD MEMBER. 2-year term, 2018-2020. Three positions are available. Duties include: Planning and promoting group events (e.g., annual social and mentoring event); assisting with paper competitions and elections; advising on group operations and plans. Graduate students are eligible to serve as general board members.


    Please review our group’s bylaws for full descriptions of these positions:




    Nomination procedures: Email nominations and self-nominations to the AnGSG Chair, Mona Seymour ( no later than Wednesday, March 7.  Please include “ANGSG NOMINATION” in the subject line.  The email should include a brief explanation of why the nominee is qualified for the position / would like to serve in this position, and any other information you would like fellow members to consider at the time of voting.  


    Election procedures: Online voting is the method for electing AnGSG board positions. Online voting will be open this year from March 14 - March 20. Election results will be announced in the AnGSG newsletter. However, if positions have not been filled by the closure of the online voting on March 20, the positions will be offered to eligible participants in our Friday, April 13, 2018 business meeting.  

  • Economic Geography Specialty Group Election Results

    Dear EGSG members: 

    I am pleased to report the results of our recent election.  

    At-large board members (Jan 2018 - Dec 2019): 

    Anthony Howell, Peking University
    Kean Birch, York University
    Student representative (Jan- Dec 2018): 

    Kyle Loewen, The University of British Columbia
    Congratulations to all and thank you again for agreeing to serve. 

    And a note of special appreciation for their service to EGSG to our outgoing board members:

    C. Patrick Heidkamp, Southern Connecticut State University, USA
    Harrison Campbell, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA
    Student Representative: Andrew Hoyt, University of North Texas, USA
     EGSG’s new leadership joins our incumbent board members:

    Chair: Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
    Vice Chair/Treasurer (2017 - 2018) and future Chair (2019 - 2020): Peter Kedron, Oklahoma State University, USA 
    At-large board members (Jan 2017 - Dec 2018): 

    Abigail Cooke, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
    Kean Fan Lim, University of Nottingham, UK
    Please see the EGSG website for more information about the specialty group:


    Dr. Jennifer Clark 
    Director, Center for Urban Innovation
    Associate Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
    Associate Professor, School of Public Policy
    Georgia Institute of Technology 
    Chair, Economic Geography Specialty Group, American Association fo Geographers
    tel. 404.385.7224 
  • 2nd CFP AAG 2018: Teaching Undergrad Geography Service Courses with a Political Ecology Framework

    CALL FOR SESSION PARTICIPANTS EXTENDED: 2018 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting
    I have openings for a couple more participants in this panel, if anyone is interested!

    April 10-14, 2018
    New Orleans, LA
    Panel Session Organizer: Gary R. Schnakenberg, Michigan State University
    Teaching Undergraduate Geography Service Courses with a Political Ecology Framework
    Geography faculty in departments of all sizes in higher education are frequently called upon to teach 'service' classes. These can number as few as 15 students or as many as 200 or more, but are intended to reach students from across the institution. Populations of students in these classes frequently include geography-oriented majors, established majors in other programs – some fraction of whom might need geography courses, such as those in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies – and 'undecided' students. At some institutions, while not necessarily the courses with the largest total enrollments, they can have large class sizes that make seminar-style engagement extremely difficult, if not impossible.
    At the same time, while some institutions offer a specific course entitled 'Political Ecology' (PE) or a variant, many do not. Because of the breadth of PE approaches, however, it offers rich potential for getting students to engage in thinking about the ways in which humans interact with/shape/are shaped by their environment and how that environment is conceptualized.
    This session seeks to present a panel of 4-6 participants who teach courses in higher education, especially in those course formats described above, and who self-identify as working with a PE framework. Questions to be addressed can include but are not limited to:
    How have students engaged with the ideas and concepts in these courses? To what degree have PE-framed concepts been embraced/resisted by students?
    What pedagogical strategies and resources have been employed, and to what effect? What strategies are more useful than others?
    What types of assessments have been used? Which ones work best? How has the format/structure of the course affected assessment choices? Are there assessments you would prefer, but do not employ?
    How effective has the course been in achieving instructional outcomes?If you are interested in taking part in this panel, please contact Gary Schnakenberg, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University ( by November 7, 2017. I am hoping to have a panel of 5-7 participants.

    Gary Schnakenberg
    Michigan State University
  • Call for Nominations: Economic Geography Specialty Group Board

    3 November 2017

    Dear EGSG members:

    It is that time of the year when we must plan for new elections for the Economic Geography Specialty Group Board : 

    We have vacancies for the following positions:

    - At-large board member (two-year term: 2018 and 2019)
    - At-large board member (two-year term: 2018 and 2019)
    - Student representative (one-year term: 2018)

    Elections will be held in December 2017 by electronic ballot. 

    All terms begin in January 2018.

    Please send your nominations (specifying the position) directly to me at by December 1, 2017. 

    If you are nominating someone, please make sure the individual agrees to run for election.

    We ask that all candidates send in a brief statement (100-150 words) about themselves to be included on the ballot.

    Thank you.


    Dr. Jennifer Clark 
    Georgia Institute of Technology 

    Chair, Economic Geography Specialty Group
    American Association of Geographers
    tel. 404.385.7224 


    For reference…the announcement of the last Board Elections results is included below:


    Dear EGSG members: 

    I’m pleased to report the results of our recent election.  

     Vice Chair/Treasurer  (Jan 2017 to Dec 2018) and future chair (Jan 2019 - Dec 2020): 

    Peter Kedron, Oklahoma State University, USA 
     At-large board members (Jan 2017 - Dec 2018): 

    Abigail Cooke, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
    Kean Fan Lim, University of Nottingham, UK
    Student representative (Jan 2017 – Dec 2017): 

    Andrew Hoyt, University of North Texas, USA
     Congratulations to all and thank you again for agreeing to serve. 

     And a note of special appreciation for their service to EGSG to our outgoing board members:

    Chair: Robin Leichenko, Rutgers University, USA
    At-Large Board Member: Anne Bonds, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
    Student Representative: Jessa Loomis, University of Kentucky, USA
    At-Large Board Member now serving as EGSG’s Vice Chair: Peter Kedron
     EGSG’s new leadership joins our incumbent board members:

     Chair: Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
     At-large board members:

    C. Patrick Heidkamp, Southern Connecticut State University, USA
    Harrison Campbell, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA
    Please see the EGSG website for more information about the specialty group:
  • 5th Graders in Baltimore County Using GIS to Collect Biodiversity Data

    Read more about how 5th graders in Baltimore County use the Collector App to go out in the field to collect biodiversity data!
  • 2nd CfP: The Region as Method

    We still have space for two papers:

    Cold War era area studies and traditional regional geography were presented by their proponents as integrative fields – approaches to coalesce macro and micro level analyses of geo-strategic motives, social processes, and political and economic dynamics. In the 1990s, a reiteration of regional geography under the label of New Regionalism (Storper 1997) explored economic processes at the local level, yet maintaining a keen attention to multilevel and comparative sociopolitical dimensions. Since then, the predominance of thematic foci in the discipline – such as political geography writ large, and strands of economic geography such as global value chains and production networks created topical, theoretical, and in some cases methodological division between state-centered analyses in political geography and firms-centered analyses in economic geography. Notwithstanding the claims of geoeconomics to account for the role of the market in larger political decisions, and GVC and GPN roles of the state in governance, it is difficult to account for the liminal spaces in which firms and states actually interact, and, consequently, for the ways in which the increasingly transnational life of firms influences changes in the structure of states.


    This session invites reflections on how regional analyses may be able to carry forward more nuanced analyses of the processes tying together firms and states. These include, but are not limited to, new forms of sovereignty and territoriality aimed at regulating but also supporting firms within as well as without borders.


    • We welcome regionally focused contributions from economic, political, and cultural geographers that include, but are not limited to:


    • Theoretical reflections on the notion of region within geo-economic imaginaries that privilege metaphors of flows over viewing states as static frames;


    • The interactions between states sponsored investment promotion practices and firms’ locational choices;


    • Commercial and business diplomacy;


    • Questioning of the organizational boundaries between states and firms through public-private partnerships and other means;


    • Theoretical discussions of the role of states in value chains and production networks, as well as the role of firms in geo-economics;


    • Empirical studies of how transnational firms (both large multinationals and small transnational or diaspora businesses), governments, and civil societies communicate their reciprocal interests and mediate conflicts;


    Depending on the quality of the papers and inclinations of the participants we will submit a special journal issue proposal. Accordingly, please plan to submit a paper at an advanced draft level.

    Please send your abstracts to Christian Sellar or Jeremy Tasch

  • Graduate Student Representative - Laura Williams

    Please join me in welcoming Laura Williams, PhD student at the University of Hawaii, as our new graduate student representative.
  • Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2018

    A World of Flows - Labour Mobility, Capital and Knowledge in an Age of Global Reversal and Regional Revival

    3rd – 6th June 2018, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland


    Registration is now open!

    Special Session Proposal Deadline: 30th November 2017

    Application for Early Career Plenary Speaker deadline: 30th November 2017

    Bursary application deadline: 31st January 2018

    Abstract submission deadline: 23rd February 2018


    In January 2017, the editorial of the 50th anniversary issue of Regional Studies launched – under the title “Global reversal, regional revival?” – a timely debate about regions and their development in a changing world where global trade and capital flows have been challenged. At the same time, The Economist presented evidence of capital flows shifting from foreign direct investments by multinational companies to new and more decentralised strategies such as an increasing focus on the establishment of national franchises, as well as the growing success of SMEs by means of utilizing e-commerce. New models of international business are emerging, and these have evolved in response to changing technologies, political shifts, the territorial awakening of some regions, and changing consumer demands – including calls for a more overt attempt to address sustainability and social justice at the national scale.

    In this context, we need to better understand the nature and fabric of a footloose world. We know that transport and communication technologies continue to progress, information is ubiquitous and the data deluge is growing over time, while at the same time economically valuable knowledge continues to be sticky. On the one hand production factors remain highly mobile and this mobility is expressed in ways that are often unexpected, while on the other hand a rise of local culture and awareness, and tendencies towards increasing protectionism and nationalism is clearly observable. Nonetheless, migration pressures remain evident both within firms seeking new labour and amongst individuals seeking out a better life, capital investments continue to be borderless and the world of tourism booms.

    The 2018 RSA Annual Conference aims to address processes of global reversal and regional revival, in a world dominated by flows of capital, labor, and knowledge. Further it seeks to understand the political, economic and social factors that initiate change and how these changes are finding new expressions as the world’s political and economic system continues to struggle with low rates of global economic growth, the rise of China as an economic super power, the on-going impacts of recession and austerity, and increasing levels of inequality.

    To study and debate these and many other questions, we warmly invite the regional studies/science and connected communities to join us at the 2018 RSA Annual Conference in Lugano, Switzerland.


    Conference themes

    A.    Innovation and knowledge economies
    B.  Spatial planning and infrastructure
    C.    Labour markets, migration and borders
    D.    Location and relocation of economic activities
    E.   Mobility, urban and rural development
    F.    Tourism, events and culture
    G.    Sustainability, climate change and environment
    H.  Regional development policy
    I.      Agglomeration, clusters and externalities
    J.      Smart specialisation and the evolution of regional economies
    K.   Regional well-being, ageing and demography
    L.     Urban and regional theory, methodology and data
    M.  Regional and international trade
    N.  Networks and regional development
    O.   Entrepreneurship, start-ups and business climate
    P.     Financial crisis, austerity and resilience
    Q.     Regional challenges in health and education
    R.    Territorial governance and institutions
    S.     Housing, inequality and social justice
    T.     Developing area studies
    U.    Leading Change in Cities, Regions and Contested Spaces
    V.    Industry policy and the transition to carbon-constrained development
    W.  The emergence of the BRIC economies
    X.     Governments, Governance and Metagovernance: The Politics and Policy of Regions

    We welcome papers from all – academics, researchers, students, and those working in policy and practice. The event is inclusive and offers networking opportunities for all in our field. The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration. If you would like to organise or offer a session to the conference, please contact Wanda Miczorek


    Abstract Submission Details:

    Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 250-word abstract (text only) through the RSA conference portal by Friday 23rd February 2018. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programme Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance.

    Local Organising Committee:
    Prof. Rico Maggi, Instituto Ricerche Economiche IRE, Università della Svizzera italiana
    Prof. Antonio Calafati, Academy of Architecture,  Università della Svizzera italiana
    Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni, Faculty of Communication sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana
    RSA Organiser: Wanda Miczorek:  +44 (0)1273 698 017

    More information at
  • CFP: The Innovation Library: Sharing Web-based Mapping Activities (Interactive Short Paper Session)

    We would like to invite graduate students to participate in a short interactive paper session at AAG.  We are looking for innovative ideas in teaching geographical concepts and graduate students are often the most innovative.  

    The Innovation Library: Sharing Web-based Mapping Activities (Interactive Short Paper Session)
    Co-Organizers: Amy Potter, Armstrong State University and Jacqueline Housel, Sinclair College

    Regardless of instructional format (e.g. hybrid, on-line, competency based), instructors rely on mapping to introduce and reinforce geospatial concepts.  In this interactive short paper session, presenters will share how they use dynamic, web-based maps (e.g. on-line ArcGIS, OpenStreetMap, Google Earth) to teach geographic concepts.   Presenters will (1) introduce the range of web-based mapping resources currently available; (2) discuss specific ways that they have incorporated web-based maps into activities; and (3) share materials that can be used to design and develop learning activities, assignments, and labs.

  • The Summer Institute in Economic Geography

    Ghent 2018
    The 9th meeting of the Summer Institute will be hosted by the Department of Geography at Ghent University, Belgium, July 8-13, 2018, prior to the Fifth Global Conference in Economic Geography in Cologne, Germany later in the same month.

    The Ghent meeting is being organized by Ben Derudder, Frank Witlox, and Jamie Peck.

    This event is generously supported by:

    Universiteit Gent

    Economic Geography/Clark University

    Featured speakers
    Jennifer Clark
    Associate Professor, School of Public Policy; Director, Center for Urban Innovation
    Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

    Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
    Professor of Economic Geography, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, UK

    Michael Samers
    Associate Professor of Economic and Urban Geography, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, USA

    Kendra Strauss
    Associate Professor and Director, Labour Studies Program; Associate Member, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Canada

    Erik Swyngedouw
    Professor of Geography, School of Education, Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK

    To apply for a place at the Ghent meeting, please go to the Apply page.

    The 10th meeting of the Summer Institute will take place in Latin America in 2020. Further details will be posted here when available.
  • Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018

    Dear Colleagues,

    We just want to keep you informed about the GCEG 2018 to be held in Cologne from July 24 to July 28, 2018.

    1. Submit your session

    The call for sessions is open until October 2, 2017. You can now submit a session using the online system on our website.
    Here is a quick reminder of the most important dates for the GCEG 2018:

    Registration                  July 24, 2017 – May 1, 2018
    Call for sessions         July 24, 2017 – October 2, 2018
    Call for abstracts        November 15, 2017 – March 15, 2018

    2. Half-day excursions available for booking

    In addition to the scientific sessions at the conference venue, a wide choice of academic excursions is being provided by the GCEG 2018. You can either book half-day excursions during the registration process or later via booking additional packages. All the information about the half-day excursions can be found on our website.

    3. Accommodation

    Choose from a rich offer of hotels using our accommodation service. Our partners provide a booking website with favourable booking conditions for reservations for the duration of the conference. Please follow the link on our website to book at special rates.

    We look forward to welcoming you in Cologne!
    Yours sincerely,

    Professor Peter Dannenberg
    Chairman Local Organizing Committee