5th Global Conference on Economic Geography, Cologne, 24-28 July 2018

A long overdue update on the 5th Global Conference on Economic Geography (GCEG) that took place in Cologne, Germany at the end of July. Other than the extraordinary weather (36-37 degrees Celsius all week!!!), lasting memories are of the stimulating sessions, fruitful discussions and excellent company of fellow economic geographers from many different parts of... Continue Reading →


Sessions at the 5th GCEG (Cologne) next week

Some self-promotion here about two sessions that I am organising at the 5th Global Conference on Economic Geography happening next week in Cologne. The first is a panel session co-organised with Dariusz Wojcik, reflecting on key issues for economic geographers to consider as we approach the 10-year mark after the Global Financial Crisis. We had... Continue Reading →

SASE conference 2018

I attended the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) conference 2018 for the first time last week. It certainly is no hardship to visit Japan and the beautiful city of Kyoto and I've been wanting to engage with the SASE crowd for some time now. There is something quite refreshing about going to a... Continue Reading →

Teaching update for AY2018/2019

Information for the new module GE4231 Urban and Regional Economies has now been updated here. For the full syllabus and reading list, please refer to the IVLE portal (requires NUS login). For academic year 2018/2019, I will be teaching the following modules. Please note that GE1101E/GEK1001 Geographical Journeys: Exploring World Environments will be taught by Assoc Prof TC... Continue Reading →

EGRG PhD Prize 2018 Call for Submissions

The Economic Geography Research Group (EGRG) committee of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) is now opening submissions to the annual EGRG PhD prize. The EGRG awards a £100 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 listed... Continue Reading →

Teaching updates for 2018

For the upcoming Semester 2, 2017/2018, I will continue to teach GE3201 The Service Economy. This year, there will be two new topics: one on the logistics sector (with guest lecture by Prof Neil Coe) with a field trip to the DHL Innovation Centre., and another topic on the gig economy. For full details of the... Continue Reading →

4th FinGeo Global Seminar and CGP2017

It was a busy week last week with the Conference on Global Production 2017 (CGP2017), organised by GPN@NUS. While I was less involved in the actual conference organisation, I had the 4th FinGeo Global Seminar to host. This was embedded within the overall conference programme, under the theme of 'Global Financial Networks'. We had a... Continue Reading →

CFP: Business services in financial globalisation (5th GCEG, Cologne 2018)

CALL FOR PAPERS Business services in financial globalisation  Fifth Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018 (Cologne, Germany, 24-28 July 2018) Organisers: James Faulconbridge (Lancaster University), Karen Lai (National University of Singapore) Work on financial geography recognises the important ‘compact’ between financial services and advanced business services (ABS; such as accountancy, law and management consultancy). Put simply, financial globalization... Continue Reading →

First PhD student’s oral defence

A great moment last week as I attended the oral defence of my first PhD student, Yvonne Guo, at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (co-supervised with Professor Ramesh). She fielded the questions really well on various aspects of 'Midshore Financial Centres and the Emerging Tax Transparency Regime'. I very much enjoyed... Continue Reading →

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