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Economic Geographers respond to COVID-19

Type: Panel
Theme: Geographers Respond to COVID-19
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2020
Start / End Time: 3:00 PM / 4:15 PM (Mountain Standard Time)
Room: Virtual Track 3
Organizers: Peter Kedron, Abigail Cooke, Moira ONeill
Chairs: Peter Kedron


Economic Geography examines how we collectively organize society in space through the production, distribution, and consumption of finite resources. All that is changing as the spread of COVID-19 alters nearly all aspects of our economic and social lives. This panel starts a conversation on what those alterations are, what they might mean, and how economic geographers can help now and contribute to the organization of a better future.

Some of the topics we will discuss include:
- Open questions in economic geography that are now more urgent or completely new
- Key concepts and points we want to make to our students about this crisis and this moment.
- Finding lessons in how this crisis is unfolding that we can apply to other crises, and building teams to do so
- Where geographers can direct their energy if they want to create policy changes that will improve the response now and in the future
- Trends that concern us and, more importantly, give us hope


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Matthew Zook University of Kentucky 15
Panelist Andrew Herod 15
Panelist Sarah Hall University of Nottingham 15
Panelist Charmaine Chua University of California, Santa Barbara 15
Panelist Dariusz Wojcik School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University 15
Panelist Anthony Howell 15

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