The Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography: "Economic Geography and Ethical Action in the Anthropocene" - Katherine Gibson - Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Astor Ballroom III, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: James Murphy
Chairs: James Murphy


Over a decade ago, when giving the Progress in Human Geography lecture at the AAG, J.K. Gibson-Graham speculated on how a language of the diverse economy might be picked up and spread. One of our rather cheeky reference points was the rapid uptake of a language of flexible specialization and industrial districts that had revolutionized geography, planning and business school curriculums over a short space of time during the 1980s. Today, members of the Community Economies Research Network are preparing some 50 chapters of The Handbook of Diverse Economies, and Gibson-Graham, Cameron and Healy’s 2013 book Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities has been set as a key text in courses on Economic Geography and Development Studies around the world. Certainly, the Diverse Economies Research Program has not proposed a new model of industrial development to be uploaded into university courses or rolled out by local economic development planners, but it has opened up a more-than-capitalist economic landscape of possibility. In a world where the next generation of business leaders see the ‘business as usual’ model as the major barrier to challenging climate change and global inequality, it seems that theorizing possibility is much needed. In this lecture I will outline how research on diverse economies is identifying new cultures of manufacturing in which the financial viability of enterprise co-exists with support for ecological care and intergenerational wellbeing. I present a case for the study of Economic Geography to include specific attention to ethical economic actions that make other worlds possible.

Keywords: diverse economy, manufacturing, care, wellbeing, enterprise

The journal Economic Geography (at Clark University), in conjunction with the AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group and the Department of Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are sponsoring the 2018 Roepke Lecture given by Katherine Gibson from the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.

Dr. Vicky Lawson from the University of Washington will serve as discussant.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction James Murphy Clark University 10
Panelist Katherine Gibson University of Western Sydney 20
Discussant Victoria Lawson University of Washington 20

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