GPN and FinGeo sessions at RGS-IBG 2017

It was good to be back at the Royal Geographical Society after a break of two years. I usually spent most conferences involved with one particular stream of sessions that I (co)organise or otherwise affiliated with. This time, I was split between sessions organised by the Global Production Networks Centre (GPN@NUS) and Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo), which made for a very busy but fruitful schedule.

The six sessions organised by GPN@NUS were co-sponsored by the journals Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A and the Journal of Economic Geography. The programme opened with a plenary lecture by Adrian Smith (QMUL) and a panel discussion (panelists: Stephanie Barrientos, Gavin Bridge, Ben Derudder, Alex Hughes and Henry Yeung). Four paper sessions explored various issues in GPN research such as strategic coupling, labour and environment.

GPN keynote lecture by Adrian Smith
GPN keynote lecture by Adrian Smith on ‘Global Production Networks and the Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism’
GPN panel discussion
GPN panel discussion at RGS-IBG 2017
Co-authored paper with Neil Coe and Jana Kleibert
Presenting a jointly authored paper that I wrote with Neil Coe and Jana Kleibert
GPN dinner at Park Terrace Restaurant
GPN dinner for our speakers, held at the Park Terrace Restaurant (in the Singaporean-owned Royal Garden Hotel)

FinGeo supported a series of seven sessions at the RGS-IBG 2017. A diverse set of papers dealt with platform finance, FinTech and financialisation with special focus on emerging and low-income economies.

With Joe Daniels and Andrew Leyshon
With former student, Joe Daniels, and both our PhD supervisor, Andrew Leyshon
David Bassens publicising FinGeo
David Bassens (Treasurer) publicising FinGeo activities

A dinner sponsored by FinGeo brought together our session convenors in a more informal setting for some networking. It was great to see the lively discussion and convivial mingling among early career and established scholars.

FinGeo dinner at RGS-IBG 2017
FinGeo dinner for session convenors at the Olives Restaurant
FinGeo organisers!
Me and David Bassens, representing FinGeo at RGS-IBG 2017

An authors-meet-critics session for the new book ‘Money and Finance after the Crisis: Critical Thinking for Uncertain Times’ (edited by Brett Christophers, Andrew Leyshon and Geoff Mann, Wiley, 2017) saw lively discussions around the roles of financial institutions and regulators in economy and society, and theoretical implications for how we analyse financial crises in historical terms. The final panel on ‘Locating the limits to financialisation’ was attended by Fanny Malinen from Debt Resistance UK, who provided valuable insights on activist work and academic-industry engagement.

Authors-meet-critics session 'Money and Finance After the Crisis'
Authors-meet-critics session ‘Money and Finance After the Crisis: Critical Thinking for Uncertain Times’
Book launch photo with other authors and our kind critic
Book launch photo with authors, editor and critic: Gary Dymski, Joe Daniels, Andrew Leyshon, Karen Lai, Ismael Ertürk and Paul Langley
Final panel on ‘Locating the limits to financialisation’
Final panel on ‘Locating the limits to financialisation’
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