Cities and Networks I: Economic Networks

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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Diplomat Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Zachary Neal, Celine Rozenblat
Chairs: Zachary Neal


The internal dynamics of cities can often be viewed as emerging from the interaction of multiple types of networks, including the social networks of people and the infrastructure networks of roads and utilities. At the same time, the dynamics of urban systems can also often be understood emerging from networks, including the economic and transportation networks that link cities into a world city network. Accordingly, research on cities and networks (a.k.a. urban networks) now spans multiple scales, topics, and disciplines. This work has spurred new scholarly conversations in a number of venues, including:
- The Ghent symposium on The Future of Urban Networks
- A special issue in Networks and Spatial Economics
- A special issue in the Journal of Urban Affairs
- The forthcoming Handbook of Cities and Networks
- The upcoming Perth symposium on Economic and Social Networks in Peripheral Cities
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To continue this conversation and further advance research on cities and networks, we invite abstracts for one or more sessions focused on this topic. While all submissions should focus on some aspect of a structural conception of network(s) in urban context(s), we encourage a broad range of submissions related to cities and networks:
- At any scale: within-city, between-city, global, local
- In any domain: social, infrastructure, economic, etc
- Theoretical, methodological, and empirical work

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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ben Derudder*, Ghent University, Kathy Pain, Reading University, Peter Taylor, Northumbria University, Real estate services firms and the world city network 20 9:55 AM
Presenter SAMUEL HEROY*, University of Oxford, Neave O'Clery*, Oxford University, Francois Hulot, University of Oxford, Mariano Beguerisse, University of Oxford, The network dynamics of urban agglomeration 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Joris Beckers*, Universiteit Antwerpen, Ann Verhetsel, Universiteit Antwerpen, The network geography in Belgium through commuting detection, a special focus on retail landscapes 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Fabian Wenner*, Technical University of Munich, Chair of Urban Development, Michael Bentlage, Technical University of Munich, Chair of Urban Development, Alain Thierstein, Technical University of Munich, Chair of Urban Development, High-Speed Rail and the development of interlocking firm networks of the knowledge economy in Germany and Europe 20 10:55 AM
Presenter Zachary Neal*, Michigan State University, Ben Derudder, Ghent University, Peter Taylor, Northumbria University, Forecasting the World City Network 20 11:15 AM

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