“Following the Money” in Financial Geography: Methods, Politics, Praxis

The prodigious growth of financial geography over the past two decades has been accompanied by critical and sustained reflection concerning its intellectual roots and its emerging research agenda(s) (Gibadullina, 2021). Yet, there has been very limited attention paid within the field to how, in methodological and practical terms, its theoretical and conceptual developments are accomplished.

Accordingly, this session makes space to think more openly about method in financial geography (Tickell et al., 2007; Latham, 2020). It asks, what methods and approaches can geographers employ to “follow the money”, to spatialise increasingly complex and opaque financial flows and processes, and to ultimately demystify “finance” itself (Christophers, 2011)? In so doing, the session seeks to enrich financial geographical praxis through fostering a more collective, outwardly reflexive discussion concerning precisely how—and why—research on money and finance is actually done.

Drawing upon prior or ongoing fieldwork, contributors are invited to reflect broadly upon the analytical value of particular research methods or approaches, and their political and practical implications. Emphasis is placed on reporting problems and complexities faced by financial geographers in the field and identifying possible solutions. Papers may, among other possibilities:

Contributions are especially welcome from minoritised and early career scholars, graduate students, and researchers outwith the (sub)discipline with expertise capable of enriching the methodological repertoire of financial geography.