4th GCEG and launch of Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo)

I had a most fruitful time at the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography (4th GCEG) held in Oxford, 19-23 August 2015. Plenty of intellectual stimulation, meeting up with old friends, and making new connections. The plenary sessions were of top quality and many interesting papers presented over three full days.

Before the official start of the conference, there was a pre-conference workshop organised by the editors of the forthcoming New Oxford Handbook on Economic Geography. It was very useful to meet and discuss with the editors and fellow authors about the overall objective and structure of the edited volume, and gain a better understanding of the production timeline and how other authors have written their chapters.

With editors and fellow authors: Meric Gertler, Gordon Clark, Dariuz Wojcik, Henry Yeung, Neil Coe, Ashby Monk, Robin Leichenko, Alex Hughes, Janelle Knox-Hayes, Matt Zook and others
With editors and fellow authors: Meric Gertler, Gordon Clark, Dariuz Wojcik, Henry Yeung, Neil Coe, Ashby Monk, Robin Leichenko, Alex Hughes, Janelle Knox-Hayes, Matt Zook and others

The opening reception and plenary lecture took place at the Museum of Natural History. A rather unusual but impressive setting for a gathering of economic geographers.

Opening reception
Dariusz Wojcik, chair of the 4th GCEG, speaks at the opening reception
Liu Weidong and Zhang Jun
Catching up with Liu Weidong and Zhang Jun

The Global Production Networks Centre (GPN@NUS) organised a number of paper sessions on ‘Global production economies’. I co-organised two paper sessions (with Shaun French) on ‘Financialisation of everyday life’.

One of the rooms in the Examination Schools, which was the conference venue.
One of the rooms in the Examination Schools, which was the conference venue.
Q&A at the end of paper session (one of two) on 'Financialisation of everyday life'.
Q&A at the end of paper session (one of two) on ‘Financialisation of everyday life’.

A key development was the official launch of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo) with a special panel to highlight key research themes and directions for the new research network and a broader discussion with interested parties in the audience about how to achieve those goals. Plans are being made on workshops and events other the next few years and different modes of engagement using mailing list, working paper series, blog and social media engagement. To keep updated on developments with FinGeo and future research activities and events, you can join the mailing list by emailing Martin Sokol at sokolm@tcd.ie

Special panel to launch the Global Network on Financial Geography
Special panel to launch the Global Network on Financial Geography
From left: Martin Sokol, Simon Zhao, David Bassens, Janelle Knox-Hayes, Zoltan Gal, Sarah Hall, Dariusz Wojcik, Michael Grote, Manuel Aalbers, Karen Lai, Gary Dymski, Fabio Contel, Ewald Engelen, Fenghua Pan.
From left: Martin Sokol, Simon Zhao, David Bassens, Janelle Knox-Hayes, Zoltan Gal, Sarah Hall, Dariusz Wojcik, Michael Grote, Manuel Aalbers, Karen Lai, Gary Dymski, Fabio Contel, Ewald Engelen, Fenghua Pan.
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