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  •   November 2, 2012 - November 2, 2012
  •   HafenCity University Hamburg

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Recent developments demonstrate that the world economy is a dynamic space evolving in unpredictable ways. On the one hand these changing trajectories of regional economies provide an opportunity for scholars to develop new research projects; but on the other they require researchers to sharpen existing theoretical approaches and develop new theoretical perspectives to describe emerging phenomena accurately.

In the context of the ongoing financial and economic crisis there is a pressing need to think about the future of geography and regional studies, and how they contribute to our understanding of recent developments and help reshape the future. Topics include the analysis of how the financial industry operates across space and how it shapes the development of local and regional economies. Related to this phenomenon is the ‘re-emerging’ issue of uneven development within Europe. Prior to the crisis notions of convergence within Europe dominated debates, but with the economic crisis the situation has reversed once again, with ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ Europe drifting apart. Another important development is that after years of talking about ‘embedded networks’ in shaping regional development, ‘the market’ has moved back as a field of study in order to understand economic processes and practices of consumption, production and exchange on a local as well as on a global level. Overall there is a need to continue to extend our theoretical perspectives in the light of recent developments. 

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