The RSA Research Network on Financial Geographies has operated with RSA support under the auspices of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo). Since its launch in 2015, FinGeo has grown into a major global player with more than 600 members in over 50 countries spanning all continents. The Network has brought together geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists, scholars in urban and regional studies, business studies, international relations and finance, and others. While our members mostly work in universities and research institutes, there are also FinGeo members working in government organisations, international organisations, NGOs, non-academic research firms and private sectors. The growing membership reflects an interest in our mission as being an open interdisciplinary network of academics, practitioners and experts interested in research on the spatiality of money and finance, and its implications for the economy, society and environment.
The RSA Research Network on Financial Geographies (FinGeo) aims to develop its global network of researchers to the next level as it fosters cutting-edge research on financial geographies, which are critical to regional studies. Building on the strengths of our previous successful RSA Research Networks (Geographies of Finance and Post-Socialist Transformations Research Network, 2010-2013; Research Network on Financial Geographies 2015-2018), FinGeo aims to continue expanding our Network membership globally beyond Europe, focus more attention on providing training and support for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and strengthen engagement with non-academic participants (e.g. industry practitioners, NGOs, policy makers). These will foster global comparisons of the complex relationships among finance and regions, and enrich contemporary debates by facilitating exchanges of views of researchers and practitioners from different backgrounds, career stages and academic traditions. Such a truly global Research Network will enrich regional studies and contribute to policy debates through high-quality research outputs and engagement with stakeholders.
In recent years, FinGeo has held seminars and workshops in different parts of the world, including Frankfurt, Boston, Singapore, Sao Paulo, and Brisbane. In June 2018, FinGeo held its first Spring School in Brussels to train and support ECRs. In September 2019, the 1st FinGeo Global Conference was held in Beijing with over 120 international participants and more than 90 presentations.
With an extension of the funding, the Research Network will work towards the following key areas: growing membership, grooming ECRs, developing links with non-academic members, and dissemination of research and outputs. FinGeo will continue a strategy of promoting a broad, diverse, interdisciplinary and inclusive approach to financial geography. Nevertheless, two large research areas in which we plan to be particularly visible and make an impact concern sustainable finance and financial technology in cities and regions.
FinGeo website: http://www.fingeo.net/