Conceptualizing and Re-Creating Creative Economic Spaces

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8210, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Anjan Sen, Soma Sengupta
Chairs: Anjan Sen

Call for Submissions

The session has inter-disciplinary relevance, overlapping several contemporary fields - geography, history, urban sociology, cultural anthropology, urban governance, marketing and business management, urban planning and design, architecture, cultural tourism, among others. The session addresses several complex contemporary issues, in a niche area of urban, cultural and economic geography.

Please send titles (80 characters with spaces) and abstracts (max. 250 words), with your IMIS ID / PIN to Anjan Sen ( by Wednesday, November 07th 2018. I will respond about acceptance, either immediately or latest by Thursday, November 08th 2018.


The session is inspired from amalgamation of two seminal works, the classical work of Perroux (1950) on “economic space”, and contemporary work of Howkins (2013) on “creative economy”.

Historically, both the classical, and the currently dominant and mainstream Keynesian economic theories have conceptualized economies as a ‘space-less’ entity. Unlike physical geographic spaces, economic spaces are intangible, invisible, and imperceptible. Economic space refers to the immaterial and material system of coordinates and attractors that gives shape to how people create and interact with economic values. Every platform, from Facebook to the smallest of forums, creates a space, where people interact, which in turn is contoured by the design of that space. Therefore, new spaces create new behaviors, and through them new social ecosystems.

A creative economy is based on people’s use of their creative imagination to increase an idea’s value. Howkins (2001) described economic systems, where value is based on novel imaginative qualities rather than the traditional resources of land, labor and capital. Howkins’ creativity-based model includes all kinds of creativity, whether expressed in art or innovation. The term increasingly refers to all economic activity that depends on a person’s individual creativity for its economic value whether the result has a cultural element or not. In this usage, the creative economy occurs wherever individual creativity is the main source of value and the main cause of a transaction.

The session is seeking specific case-studies, attempting to conceptualize and re-create creative economic spaces around the world.

Selected References:
Perroux, F. (1950), “Economic Space: Theory and Applications”, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 89-104, Oxford University Press.
Howkins J. (2013), The Creative Economy: How People Make Money from Ideas, Penguin, UK.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Anjan Sen University of Delhi 4 9:55 AM
Presenter Petra Luetke*, University of Muenster, Germany, From temporary economic practices to permanent urban structures 16 9:59 AM
Presenter Ana Vera-Martin*, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Àngel Cebollada, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Angels Pèrez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Marc Castelló, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Montserrat Pallares-Barbera, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, The Role of Retailing in Inner Urban Spaces of Medium Cities in South Europe 16 10:15 AM
Presenter Ian Yeboah*, Miami University, ‘World Trade Center’, Accra: Production of urban space for the continued peripheral linkage of Ghana under globalization 16 10:31 AM
Presenter Amit Ittyerah*, , Parallel Highways, the Virtual and Real: The materializing locality of Sonipat (town) at the Metropolitan Periphery of Delhi, India 16 10:47 AM
Presenter Soma Sengupta*, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi, Anjan Sen, Department of Geography, University of Delhi, Recreating ‘Old’ Delhi's Historic Square – The Place Making of Chandni Chowk 16 11:03 AM
Presenter Anjan Sen*, Department of Geography, University of Delhi, Soma Sengupta, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi, Akansha Yadav, Department of Geography, University of Delhi, Branding Delhi's Historic Urban Villages – The Recreation of Shahpur Jat Village 16 11:19 AM

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