Date and location

  •   July 13, 2017 - July 14, 2017
  •   McGrath Centre, St Catharine's College

Conference details

The RSA is supporting the Annual Cambridge Political Economy Society conference, this year marking the 10th Anniversary of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. 

The financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession of 2008-2010 finally revealed the new global capitalism for what it really was – a highly unbalanced, debt-driven and unsustainable model of economic growth and development, and a model that also diminished environmental resources and undermined adaptive capacities. It was furthermore a model that generated new and increased inequalities, social and spatial, within both the advanced economies and the advancing BRIC countries. While some nations, regions and cities gained from neoliberal globalization, other regions and cities, notably those that had led the preceding era of industrial capitalism, have been the losers, suffering from slow growth, lower and stagnant incomes, insecure work and higher unemployment. 

This model is now being increasingly challenged and the aim of this conference is to address these issues. Are our existing theories and concepts adequate to explain the present instabilities and new realties? Or do we need to rethink our interpretive frameworks? The crisis of neoliberal globalization, in all its manifestations, not only poses a challenge to our existing knowledges and approaches, it also provides an opportunity to take stock and rethink the ‘regional studies project’, and how that project might contribute to the search for a new model of economic growth that is more spatially balanced, sustainable and inclusive.


An international roster of speakers (to be confirmed) includes: Michaela Trippl, Amy Glasmeier, Harry Garretsen, Andy Pike, Alan Harding, Mia Gray, Ron Martin, Peter Tyler, Peter Sunley, David Bailey, Emil Evenhuis, Ben Gardiner, Michael Storper, Andres Rodrigues-Pose, Jennifer Clark and many others.

Conference Themes

The themes for the conference will include:

  • The Crisis of neoliberal Globalisation
  • Financialisation & its future
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Future of Cities
  • Europe after Brexit
  • Regional Theory in a post crisis world
  • Industrial Strategy: Where to next?
  • Reindustrialising regions
  • Shifting relations in the world economy

Conference Information

For more information about the conference including the full programme and to register please click here

Click here for further details on getting to St Catharine’s College and see the campus map link on the right hand side of this webpage.  

Please note there is no car parking on site. Click here for city parking.

Conference Organisers

Professor Ron Martin, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Peter Tyler, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

If you have any queries regarding the conference please contact Philippa Millerchip, Ron Martin or Pete Tyler.

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McGrath Centre, St Catharine's College