Financial Geography: State of the Art and Future Research Directions (Part 3)

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8222, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Janelle Knox-Hayes, Dariusz Wojcik
Chairs: Dariusz Wojcik


Financial geography is concerned with the study of money and finance in space and time, and their impacts on economy, society and nature. Geography is fundamental to understanding finance and vice versa. Finance is one of the most globalised and networked of human activities. Financial centres as nodes in these networks epitomise modern capitalism. Money penetrates every nook and cranny of the global economy, changing social and political relations, cultures, as well as the natural environment in the process. Though rooted in geography, financial geography is more than its subdiscipline. It is an interdisciplinary perspective informed by research in finance and economics, history, sociology, anthropology, politics, business studies, environmental studies and other social sciences in addition to geography. As such, financial geography has a rich tradition that goes back to at least the 1980s. This tradition has been revitalised and financial geography made more interdisciplinary than ever in the wake of the global financial crisis, which laid bare the inadequacies of the mainstream approaches to money and finance in economics. With the lingering Eurozone crisis, Brexit, as well as new financial technology threatening and promising to revolutionise finance, the map of the financial world is in a state of turmoil, with major implications for development.
In this context, the sessions will gather an international group of leading geographers and other social scientists to review state of the art theoretical and empirical research and propose the most promising and urgent questions for the future agenda of financial geography. The themes discussed will cover theoretical perspectives including global financial networks, legal-financial geographies, cultural and political economy of money and finance. The presentations will also investigate geographical approaches to such topics as financial centres, central banking, corporate governance, infrastructure financing and development banks, fintech, cryptocurrencies, financial stability and sustainable finance. Presentations will be based on chapters to be included in a new Routledge Handbook of Financial Geography to be published in 2020.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Saskia Sassen*, Columbia Unversity, The Rise of Extractive Logics: The Case of High Finance 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Gabriella Carolini*, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Infrastructure: implications for local governance of the rise of an asset class for urban development 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Gary Dymski*, University of Leeds, Financial Imbalances and Crises: Excavating the Spatial Dimensions of Asymmetric Power 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Janelle Knox-Hayes*, MIT, Environmental Sustainability and Finance 20 6:00 PM
Discussant Dariusz Wojcik School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University 20 6:20 PM

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