Updated: The RSA at the AAG 2018 - Meet us in New Orleans

The RSA will have again a strong presence at this year's AAG with annual lectures for our journals Regional Studies and Area Development and Policy, eight Economic Geography sessions, several sessions organised by RSA members and an exhibition stand which is part of the Routledge stand.

So, see you in New Orleans! 


REGIONAL STUDIES Regional Studies - Annual Lecture 

From Dream to Nightmare: Shifting Regional Fortunes and the Growth of American Despair

Friday, 13th April 2018, 15:20-17:00 in Grand Ballroom E, Sheraton, 5th Floor

Presenter: Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Introduction and Chair: Dieter Franz Kogler, University College Dublin, Ireland 
Discussant: Christopher Fowler Pennsylvania State University, USA

A widely cited economic explanation for the 2016 U.S. presidential election centers on the pent-up frustration of households that lost ground in relative financial and social position visa vis their expectations and the position of others in a shifting economy. Alternative explanations for the decline in economic position include relative positional losses due to shifts of cultural power and relevance away from normative American values (in the eyes of Trump voters) to those of a globalized, urban, and educated elite that is out of touch with an ‘original’ culture. Another related consensual grievance evident among Trump voters is a sense of eroding racial superiority due to a relative change in economic position. A third perspective sees an end to the era of the American Dream upended by a worldview centered on progress, fairness, and optimism. A fourth view suggests geographic change resulting from the restructuring of society is leading away from notions of individuality toward group identity that allows and encourages people to self-sort into micro-cantons of like-minded individuals. These four perspectives are neither monolithic nor are they mutually exclusive as the American Dream was always for some, but never for everyone. Geographic context plays a critical role in explaining the relative importance of these differing worldviews and their resulting political consequences. Informed by public opinion studies, to trace the evolving geography of economic despair, we utilize multi-decadal census data in analyzing county-level voting patterns in response to regional economic performance. More details at https://aag.secure-abstracts.com/AAG%20Annual%20Meeting%202018/sessions-gallery/11808



The Raggedy Edges of Globalizing Capitalism: Thinking through Jakarta

Friday, 13th April 2018, 17:20-19:00, Grand Ballroom E, Sheraton, 5th Floor


Presenter: Eric S. Sheppard, UCLA, USA

Chair: Weidong Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Discussants: Mike Dunford, University of Sussex, UK and Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore, Singapore

To address the limits to globalization and challenges faced by urbanization in the global south, this plenary session will invite Prof. Eric Sheppard from UCLA to deliver a themed talk on the raggedy edges of globalizing capitalism thinking through Jakarta. Since 2016, globalizing capitalism has lost its luster. The immediate impetus is grassroots opposition from white nationalist Americans and Europeans, dismissive of anti-neoliberal activism across the post-colony but now disenchanted with globalizing capitalism’s seemingly deleterious impact on their back yard. Yet globalizing capitalism’s inability to deliver on its promise of prosperity for all entrepreneurial people and places lies much deeper. Setting aside problems endemic to the logic of globalizing capitalism, Prof. Sheppard will focus on the compounding effects of its raggedy edges. Today, these include legacies of colonialism, racism and slavery, humans’ more-than-capitalist practices and contestations, global climate change and resource extraction, elite and grassroots informality, enclosures of the information commons, and the untrammeled spaces of financialization. He will explore how these edges shape social and environmental justice possibilities in Jakarta. For more details on this annual lecture: https://aag.secure-abstracts.com/AAG%20Annual%20Meeting%202018/sessions-gallery/11445  

Area Development and Policy (ADP) was launched in 2016 and publishes original academic research examining the multi-scalar and geographically differentiated relationships between economic and political organization, ways of life and work and their context, as they shape regions, cities, rural areas and their inter-relationships. Geographically it concentrates on issues relating to the Greater BRICS and aims to publish research emerging from these countries as well from the developed world. ADP recognizes that the economic, political, cultural and geographical context plays a fundamental role in shaping development. ADP, therefore, recognizes that research should examine the role of diverse national and regional institutional configurations and values, and that theories should derive from the experiences of these countries and regions and not necessarily from theories derived from the possibly exceptional experiences of Northwest Europe and North America. ADP aims to expand common ground while accepting differences, improve mutual communication and increase cooperation and shared learning.

Along with standard Research Articles (8,000 words) and Review Articles (6,000 words), ADP also welcomes Research Notes (short articles presenting the results of original research and which briefly situates the research in relation to the existing empirical and theoretical literature) of up to 4,000 words, and Commentaries (short articles commenting in a significant way on, or supplementing arguments and evidence in, a Research Article or a Review Article) of up to 2,000 words. More on ADP at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rard20/current




Real estate and finance were at the roots of the global economic crisis that started in 2007. States and their many institutions, including central banks and financial regulators, have also been seen as complicit to the crisis. Cities have recently entered a period of severe economic turbulence, with high levels of financial uncertainty as resources of governments as well as citizens and businesses have diminished. Future funding for urban development is likely to be increasingly limited due to the reform and re-regulation of financial markets and changing underlying financial-economic conditions of urban property markets.

The sessions are organised by Manuel Aalbers


Urban Geography Specialty Group, Economic Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group

Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development 1: Privatization and Public Real Estate

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 8:00 - 9:40, St. Charles, Marriott, 41st Floor



Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development 2: Financialization of Urban Development

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 10:00 – 11:40, St. Charles, Marriott, 41st Floor



Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development 3: Financializing Transport and Planning

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 12:40 - 2:20, St. Charles, Marriott, 41st Floor



Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development 4: Fictitious Commodities and Financial Tools

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 14:40 - 16:20, St. Charles, Marriott, 41st Floor



Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development 5: Financialization of Housing

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 16:40 - 18:20, St. Charles, Marriott, 41st Floor



Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development 7: Political Economy of Renting

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 10:00 – 11:40, Riverview I, Marriott, 41st Floor



Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development 8: Investment Trusts and Funds

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 13:20 - 15:00, Riverview I, Marriott, 41st Floor



Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development 9: Speculation

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 15:20 - 17:00, Riverview I, Marriott, 41st Floor




ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY SESSIONS - Multi-scalar & multi-dimensional aspects of economic development

The series of "Economic Geography" special sessions features theoretical and empirical research papers under the heading ‘MULTI-SCALAR & MULTI-DIMENSIONAL ASPECTS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT’. The various sessions highlight such topics, including innovation space, networks, policy, economic development, knowledge creation, relatedness, specialization, institutions, trade, resilience, and regional growth, amongst others. The sessions are organised by Dieter Kogler, Jennifer Clark, and Peter Kedron.


Economic Geography I – The Transformation of Urban Economies & Multi-dimensional Aspects of Economic Development

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 8:00-9:40, Regent, Marriott, 4th Floor



Economic Geography II - The Evolution of Knowledge Spaces in Regional and Global Economies

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 10:00-11:40, Regent, Marriott, 4th Floor



Economic Geography III - Knowledge Production, Trade, Collaborations, Occupational Dynamics and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 12:40-14:20, Regent, Marriott, 4th Floor



Economic Geography IV- Regional Diversification and Resilience, Firms, Innovation and International Business

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 14:40-16:20, Regent, Marriott, 4th Floor



Economic Geography V- Collaboration, Mobility and Changing Occupational Structures in Innovation Networks

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 16:40-18:20, Regent, Marriott, 4th Floor



Economic Geography VI - Environmental Technologies and Regulation, Renewable Energy & Agricultural Production

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 8:00-9:40, Regent, Marriott, 4th Floor



Economic Geography VII - Emerging Industries, Path Creation, Entrepreneurial Experimentation, Inequality and Polarization

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 10:00-11:40, Regent, Marriott, 4th Floor



Economic Geography VIII - Agglomeration Economies, Collective Spatial Dynamics and Smart Specialization

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 13:20-15:00, Regent, Marriott, 4th Floor





Sustainable Coastal Transitions: Coastal Restoration, Remediation and (Re)Development

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018, 14:40 - 16:20, Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

Organisers: Marcello Graziano, Matthew Liesch



Urban Geography Specialty Group, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group

Urban hierarchies and the financial and economic crisis after 2008/2009: a relational perspective on the state of affairs (I)

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 08:00 - 09:40, Evergreen, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Organisers: Michael Bentlage, Stefan Lüthi, Alain Thierstein



Urban Geography Specialty Group, Transportation Geography Specialty Group, Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group

Network Analysis and Geography III: Elite and Corporate Networks

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 13:20 - 15:00, Evergreen, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Organisers: Michiel Van Meeteren, Justus Uitermark



China Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Views from the ground (I) - Mapping the BRI: Textual and discourse analysis of the new 'Silk Roads'

Wednesday 11th April  13.20 - 15:00 Bacchus, Marriott, 4th Floor  

Organisers: Yang Yang, Alessandro Rippa, Galen Murton



Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Latin America Specialty Group, Rural Geography Specialty Group

Agrobiodiversity in Conflict and Post-Conflict Landscapes: Paper Session

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 15:20 - 17:00,  Mid-City, Sheraton, 8th Floor

Organisers: Megan Baumann, Gabriel Tamariz



Transportation Geography Specialty Group

Changing Technologies and Sustainability in Transportation

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 15:20 - 17:00, Oak Alley, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Organisers:Vanessa Guerra



Quantitative Methods, Urban Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems

Predicting Neighbourhood Change in London with Random Forests

Thursday 12th April 2018, 08:00 - 09:40, Bayside A, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Authors: Jonathan Reades, Jordan de Souza, Elizabeth Sklar



Economic Geography Specialty Group

Services, Markets and Globalisation I

Thursday 12th April 2018, 08:00 - 09:40, Grand Ballroom B, Astor, 2nd Floor

Organisers: Andrew Jones, James Faulconbridge


Economic Geography Specialty Group

Public Wealth of Cities and Regions? Session 1

Thursday 12th April 2018, 08:00 - 09:40, Napoleon C2, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Organiser: Peter O'Brien



Economic Geography Specialty Group

‘Inclusive growth’ and ‘inclusive economies’ 2 - Challenges and Opportunities in the U.S. and UK

Thursday 12th April 2018, 14:00 - 15:40, Bayside B, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Organisers: Chris Benner, Andy Pike, Danny Mackinnon



Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group, Latin America Specialty Group

The Border Wall and Beyond: Political and Geopolitical Implications

Thursday 12th April 2018, 08:00 - 09:40, Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor

Organisers: Margaret Wilder, Valente Soto-Cortes, Wendy Jepson



Business Geography Student Paper Competition 2

Thursday 12th April 2018, 10:00 - 11:40,  Bacchus, Marriott, 4th Floor

Organisers: Tony Hernandez



Asian Geography Specialty Group, China Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group

China's Belt and Road Initiative (VI): Local experiences and international implications of China's 'global integration'

Thursday 12th April   13.20 - 15:00 Regent, Marriott, 4th Floor

OrganisersGalen Murton, Tyler Harlan, Gustavo Oliveira



Digital Geographies Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group

Revolutionary Methodologies Revisited

Thursday 12th April 2018, 15:20 - 17:00, Gallier B, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Organiser: Margath Walker



Relational approaches to cities in globalization

Thursday 12th April 2018, 15:20 - 17:00, Studio 8, Marriott, 2nd Floor

Organisers: Ben Derudder, James Faulconbridge, Michael Hoyler



Relational approaches to cities in globalization

Thursday 12th April 2018, 17:20 - 19:00, Studio 8, Marriott, 2nd Floor

Organisers: Ben Derudder, James Faulconbridge, Michael Hoyler 



Gating communities: An open perspective on gated living in cities

Thursday 12th April 2018, 17:20 - 19:00, Galerie 6, Marriott, 2nd Floor

Organisers: Simone Pekelsma, Arnoud Lagendijk



China Specialty GroupUrban and Regional Development in China IV

Thursday 12th April 2018, 17:20 - 19:00, Galerie 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor

Organisers: Xinyue Ye, Max Woodworth



Energy and Environment Specialty Group

Small hydroelectric power (SHP) in policy and practice

Thursday 12th April 2018, 17:00 - 19:00, Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

Organisers: Thomas Ptak, Arica Crootof



China Specialty Group

Writing and Publishing about China

Friday 13th April  15:20 - 17:00 Grand Ballroom D, Sheraton, 5th Floor

Organiser: Xiaobo Su



Mapping remittances and development

A study of the Australian Seasonal Workers Programme through East Timorese workers

Friday 13th April 2018, 17;20 - 19:00, Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Organiser: Annie Wu



Just Green Enough: A dialogue on gentrification and just sustainabilities

Saturday 14th April  08:00 - 09:40 Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

Trina Hamilton, Winifred Curran



Regional Policy and Planning in Europe

Disparity as an instrument of regional policy in Ukraine

Saturday 14th April 2018,  08:00 - 09:40 Muses, Sheraton, 8th Floor

Organiser: Olga Shevchenko



Urban Geography Specialty Group, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group

Seeing Like a Region 1: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Saturday 14th April 2018, 10:00 - 11:40, Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor

Organiser:Jean-Paul Addie



Urban Geography Specialty Group, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group

Seeing Like a Region 2: City- Regional Geopolitics

Saturday 14th April 2018, 14:00 -15:40, Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor

Organiser: Jean-Paul Addie




Population Geography Methods

Saturday 14th April  14:00 -15:40  Balcony M, Marriott, 4th Floor

Organiser: Program Committee



Urban Geography Specialty Group, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group

Seeing Like a Region 3: Debates and Future Directions

Saturday 14th April 2018, 16:00 -17:40, Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor

Organiser: Jean-Paul Addie


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