• Martin Sokol, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Zoltán Gál, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • Dariusz Wójcik, University of Oxford, UK
  • David Bassens, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

The RSA Research Network on Financial Geographies has operated with RSA support under the auspices of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo), launched in Oxford in 2015 (building on a previous successful RSA research network – see our origins here). FinGeo is governed by the Executive Committee and aided by Regional Ambassadors covering all continents. Since its launch in 2015, FinGeo have grown into a major global player with 600 members in over 50 countries spanning Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The Network has brought together geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists, scholars in urban and regional studies, business studies, international relations and finance, among others. In addition to academia, FinGeo members work in government organisations, international institutions, NGOs, non-academic research and private sector alike. 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 nature.

The key aim and ambition of our RSA Research Network was to take a debate on “finance and regional studies” to the next level by building a global network of researchers in order to lead cutting-edge research on financial geographies, which are critical to regional studies. We have achieved this through a number of successful high-profile events as part of our FinGeo Global Seminar series, while covering a range of topics:

  • 1st FinGeo Global Seminar – Beijing (China) – International Geographical Congress; specialist session on “Placing Finance in Urban and Regional Development” – 21 August 2016.
  • 2nd FinGeo Global Seminar – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (USA) – “Finance, Geography and Sustainability: Lessons for Urban Planning, Development and Beyond” – 3-4 April 2017.
  • 3rd FinGeo Global Seminar – Brussels (Belgium) – “The Financial Geographies of Europe” – 4-6 September 2017.
  • 4th FinGeo Global Seminar – Singapore – Conference on Global Production – 6-8 December 2017.
  • 5th FinGeo Global Seminar – Brussels (Belgium) – “European Spaces of Financialization” – 28-29 May 2018.
  • 6th FinGeo Global Seminar – São Paulo (Brazil) – “Geography, Finance and Uneven Development” – 15-17 May 2019.
  • 7th FinGeo Global Seminar – Brisbane (Australia) – “Financial Geography Down Under” – 27 May 2019.

In addition, FinGeo was involved in directly organising and/or sponsoring a range of other events such as:

  • Financial Geography Lab in Frankfurt, Germany (November 2017)
  • Special sessions on “Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development” at the AAG 2018 conference in New Orleans, USA (April 2018)
  • Special sessions at the Global Conference on Economic Geography (GCEG) in Cologne, Germany (July 2018)
  • Workshop on “Emerging Production Networks of FinTech” at National University of Singapore (December 2018)

Furthermore, FinGeo organised a first ever Spring School for early career scholars in financial geography (Brussels, May 2018), which was highly successful and extremely well-received. We are hoping to organise similar events in the future.

The success of FinGeo is also reflected in the fact that our events have overgrown the ‘seminar’ format to such an extent that our network has now moved to organise its first ever Global FinGeo Conference (Beijing, China, 15-18 September 2019; see details here).

FinGeo welcomes all those interested in finance, its geographies and its implications for regional studies. To keep up-to-date with our activities, join us (to receive our Network Newsletter via email) or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@fingeonet) or LinkedIn.

Martin Sokol, Zoltán Gál,  Dariusz Wójcik, David Bassens (on behalf of FinGeo –