Special Session 12: Economic Adjustment and Resilience of Commercial Landscapes

Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories - Izmir, Turkey

Session Organisers:
Professor Neil Wrigley (n.wrigley@soton.ac.uk), University of Southampton, UK
Dr Dionysia Lambiri (d.lambiri@soton.ac.uk), University of Southampton, UK

Commercial landscapes have rarely evolved in smooth and ‘linear’ ways. Macroeconomic factors such as periodic economic booms and busts, but also competitive shocks, the rapid increase in internet sales and the progressive rise of convenience culture have meant that the evolutionary trajectories of landscapes of consumption have often been subject to interruptions and disruptions. Moreover, and as a result of the diverse nature of complex economic systems such as local retail centres and high streets, adjustment to disturbances has been multifaceted and, as of yet, not fully explored.

Overall, the evolutionary trajectories of spaces of consumption can be seen to be affected by two types of disturbances:  (i) gradual, longer-run processes of change – often referred to as 'slow burns'; and (ii) unexpected shocks – both, endogenous to the economic system of a retail centre/high street, and exogenous. Both types of disruption have the capacity to alter the configuration of commercial landscapes; however, the nature and extent of this reconfiguration may vary.

This special session seeks a wide range of perspectives on the evolving configurations of spaces of consumption – perspectives that will unveil the complex – albeit critical – components of the transformation process that commercial landscapes undergo. Contributions are welcome which offer theoretical and empirical insights related to the differential performance of retail centres and high streets, as those adjusted (or not) to the shock of global economic crisis, the progressive growth of online retailing, competition from out-of-town retail developments and the rise of ‘convenience culture’. More widely, we welcome works which reflect on the future economic health and sustainability of commercial landscapes and on the issues of retail development, retail development control and their complex effects on local economic growth and vitality.

Submission Guidelines

Anyone interested in participating in the session should register for the conference before April 6th by clicking here. Please ensure that your abstracts are no longer than 800 words, text only. If you have any questions regarding this special session, please contact the session organisers on the email addresses provided. 

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