Dynamics and the Evolving Global Geographies of Manufacturing: Offshoring, Reshoring, Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Global Production (I)

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Vida Vanchan, John Bryson
Chairs: Vida Vanchan


While manufacturing has transformed the global economy, it also continues to be transformed with the emergence of new geographies and new drivers behind these geographies. One of the major transformations involves the continued restructuring of global value chains or global production networks. This process includes outsourcing, offshoring and reshoring, but also the application of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous systems (RAS).

This session brings together papers that explore the dynamics of manufacturing theoretically and empirically to advance debates and understanding of manufacturing from pre- to post-industrial worlds and to explore new geographies of production, their drivers and implications for work and workers.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter John Bryson*, University of Birmingham, Dynamics and the Evolving Global Geographies of Manufacturing Production Networks: Erosion from Above or from Below? 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Vida Vanchan*, SUNY Buffalo State, Modular Theory-Building, Dynamics and Global Production networks: Mapping Reshoring Activities in the United States 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Ronald Kalafsky*, University of Tennessee, Exports and Smaller Metropolitan Areas: Recent Evidence and Future Considerations for Economic Evolution 20 3:20 PM
Presenter William Graves*, UNC-Charlotte, Are Industrial Incentives Worth the Cost? A Comparative Analysis of Returns on Investment in Southern Auto Plants. 20 3:40 PM
Discussant Vida Vanchan SUNY Buffalo State 20 4:00 PM

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