2016 AAG Meeting in San Francisco

The 2016 Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (26 March – 2 April) was the the first meeting since the official change in name (from the ‘American Association of Geographers’). The attendance certainly reflected that reality with a very international blend of audience and participants.

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The 2016 AAG meeting with its new name
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Part of the NUS contingent. Still smiling after flying for 18 hours

On arrival, a bunch of us from the Global Production Networks Centre (GPN@NUS) went on a boat trip courtesy of the Global Development Institute (University of Manchester). It was a beautiful (if bracing!) boat tour around the harbour and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Many thanks to Rory Horner and Uma Kothari for the invitation!

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Chartered boat trip for the launch of Manchester’s Global Development Institute
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Hoisting up the main sail
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Sailing around the San Francisco harbour
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Sunset over the bay

My schedule was rather hectic with organising and chairing sessions, presenting a paper and speaking on two panels, but it was all great fun to be part of such stimulating sessions and debates.  The GPN Centre organised a panel and 3 paper sessions (plus 3 more sessions on GPN and the environment, in collaboration with Stefano Ponte and Aarti Krishnan). The opening panel drew together a stellar group of scholars who gave their insights into future trends for the remaking of the global economy along the domains of retail and consumption, advanced business services, urban transformation, innovation and regional development, and governance. My thanks to Andrew Jones, Alex Hughes, Michael Storper, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, and Eric Sheppard for accepting the panel invitation and for kicking off such stimulating discussion. 

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Our panelists for ‘Remaking the Global Economy’, AAG 2016
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The room was bursting at the seams at the opening panel (Remaking the Global Economy, AAG2016)
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GPN Centre sponsored dinner for our distinguished panelists
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