Confirmed Keynote speakers include:
Thursday 20 August 2015
PROF. CAMERON HEPBURN - UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Keynote title: Green growth: models and metrics
Cameron Hepburn is an expert in environmental, resource and energy economics. He is a Professor of Environmental Economics at the Smith School and at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. He is also a Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and a Fellow at New College, Oxford.
He is involved in policy formation, including as a member of the DECC Secretary of State’s Economics Advisory Group. He has also had an entrepreneurial career, co-founding two successful businesses and investing in several other start-ups.
Cameron graduated with first class honours in law and chemical engineering from the University of Melbourne, and proceeded on a Rhodes Scholarship to complete an M.Phil and D.Phil (Ph.D) in economics from the University of Oxford.
Wednesday 19 August 2015 - Opening Reception
PROF. JAMIE PECK - UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Keynote title: Navigating economic geographies: currents, countercurrents, and crosscurrents
Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research focuses on the political economy of neoliberalism, labor studies, the politics of policy formation and mobility, economic governance, and urban restructuring.
Translated into more than 15 languages, Jamie Peck’s publications include: Fast policy (2015, with Nik Theodore), Constructions of neoliberal reason (2010), Contesting neoliberalism: urban frontiers (2007, coedited with Helga Leitner & Eric Sheppard), Workfare states (2001), Work-place (1996), and the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography (2012, coedited with Trevor Barnes & Eric Sheppard).
Jamie Peck is the managing editor of the journal Environment and Planning A, and has coordinated the Summer Institute in Economic Geography since its foundation in 2003.
Friday 21 August 2015
PROF. KATHARINA PISTOR - COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Keynote title: Global Finance – made in Law
Katharina Pistor is Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and director of its Center on Global Legal Transformation, which is conducting research projects on law and finance, the distributional effects of transnational private regulation, the tragedy of exclusion, and rescaling the state in the context of globalisation.
Her research focuses on comparative law and institutions with emphasis on emerging markets, the legal construction of financial markets, governing essential resources, and law and development. She has published widely in leading law and social science journals and has co-authored and edited several books.
In 2012 she was co-recipient (with Martin Hellwig) of the Max Planck Research Award on International Financial Regulation. She is also the recipient of research grants by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the National Science Foundation.
Friday 21 August 2015
PROF. DAVID RIGBY - UCLA
Keynote title: Exploring Geographies and Flows of Sticky (Complex and Tacit) Knowledge
David Rigby is Professor of Geography and Statistics at UCLA. Trained in analytical political economy, his early work examined historical geographies of technology and economic performance.
Interests in the heterogeneity of economic agents prompted a shift to exploration of plant and firm-level microdata and theoretical work in evolutionary economic geography.
His current research explores geographies of knowledge production and knowledge flow, identification of the knowledge cores of regions, emergence of structure in inventor networks, measures of knowledge complexity and geographies of knowledge sourcing.
Digital Economies: Reconfiguring uneven geographies: a Plenary Conversation
Thursday, 20 August 2015
A group of five scholars – representing a range of disciplines and backgrounds– will discuss how digital technologies and related practices are interacting with economic geographies. Drawing from the fields of communications, development, business and finance the conversation will cover both how geographical concepts matter and shape the digital as well as how the digital is (re)shaping and complicating the geographical organisation of the economy. The goal of this session is highlight the changes in economic practice and power associated with digital technologies and the kinds of new economic places and spaces that are emerging in the global economy.
MS REBECCA E. ENONCHONG
Rebecca Enonchong is founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions.
She is Chairman of ActivSpaces (African Center for Technology Innovation and Ventures). She also sits on the board of Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa), of Salesforce.com Foundation and the African Media Initiative. She is cofounder and board member of Cameroon Angels Network and African Business Angels Network. Ms. Enonchong currently serves as a mentor/advisor to several Africa based technology startup.
A recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Enonchong was also named a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum of Davos, Switzerland.
The world’s first Oracle Financials Certified Professional and with nearly 100 Oracle certifications, Enonchong holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Economics from the Catholic University of America and is fluent in English and French.
DR MARK GRAHAM - UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Mark Graham is an Associate Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
His research focuses on information geographies, and the difference that changing digital connectivities make at the world’s economic margins. His current work looks at changing 'knowledge economies' in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on geographies of information production, virtual labour and microwork, and innovation hubs and the digital economy in fifteen African cities.
Recent books include Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing our Lives (2014, with Bill Dutton) and Research and Fieldwork in Development (2014, with Dan Hammett and Chasca Twyman). His research has been featured in the Economist, the BBC, the Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, and other international media. He is an editor or editorial board member of Information, Communication, and Society, Geo, Environment and Planning A, and Big Data & Society, and member of DFID’s Digital Advisory Panel.
DR JACK LINCHUAN QIU
Jack Linchuan Qiu is associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he serves as deputy director of the C-Centre (Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research).
His publications include World’s Factory in the Information Era 信息时代的世界工厂 (Guangxi Normal University Press, 2013), Working-Class Network Society (MIT Press, 2009), Mobile Communication and Society(co-authored, MIT Press, 2006), some of which have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Portugese, and Korean.
He is on the editorial boards of 10 international academic journals, including six indexed in the SSCI, and is Associate Editor for Journal of Communication. He also works with grassroots NGOs and provides consultancy services for international organizations.
DR ROBIN TEIGLAND
Robin Teigland is Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and Program Director for SSE's PhD Program in Business Administration. Robin's research interests reside at the intersection of strategy, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship and focus on how the internet, social media, virtual worlds (3D internet), and other emerging technologies such as 3D printing enable communities to create value outside of a firm’s traditional boundaries and challenge long-standing institutional structures.
Robin is frequently interviewed about her research by the media, and she was nominated in 2013 and 2014 as one of the Global Top 50 Business Professors on Twitter (@robinteigland).
PROF. MATTHEW ZOOK
Matthew Zook is a Professor in the Geography department at the University of Kentucky where he also serves as the Director of GIS Initiative and heads the The DOLLY Project, a repository of billions of geolocated social media.
His research interest centers on spatiality of technology and innovation, particular the ways in which it interacts with the organization of the economy. This includes work on the geographies of high frequency trading, how flows of material goods in the global economy are shaped by immaterial flows of information and the use of “big data” in “smart cities” policies. Other work focuses on the interaction of user-generated data with code, space and place in the construction of everyday, lived geographies.
He serves on the NSF funded Council for Big Data, Ethics and Society and is an associate editor for the journals, Big Data & Society and AAG’s new GeoHumanities journal.
Global Encounter, Pluralism and Transformation in Economic Geography: a Plenary Conversation
Saturday, 22 August 2015
In this Plenary Conversation, three leading researchers explore what is at stake in developing a global economic geography. What opportunities are there for new encounter as economic geography rubs up against other fields and takes on novel subjects and spaces of enquiry? Can a celebration of pluralism, which valorises diverse concepts and methods, sit alongside the development of shared agendas and research practices? And is contemporary economic geography as a form of global knowledge up to the task of transformation, to address the challenges of inequality and unsustainable forms of development? This event creates a dialogue – among the speakers and with the audience - around questions that go to the heart of what it means to practice economic geography as a global enterprise. The Plenary Conversation will be chaired by Gavin Bridge, Editor of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
* generously sponsored by Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
PROF GAVIN BRIDGE - DURHAM UNIVERSITY
Gavin Bridge is Professor of Economic Geography at Durham University in the United Kingdom.He has research expertise in the political economy and governance of natural resources. Through research on extractive industries (oil, gas and mining) his work problematizes the treatment of nature within modern economic geography, a field that largely defined itself by bracketing out nature as an object of inquiry.
His research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, European Commission, UK Energy Research Centre, UK Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, and the National Geographic Society. He is co-author of Oil (Polity Press, 2013), co-editor of the Handbook of Political Ecology (Routledge, 2015), and Editor of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
PROF BRITTA KLAGGE - UNIVERSITY OF BONN
Britta Klagge is Professor of Geography at the University of Bonn in Germany. Trained in urban geography and mathematics, her early work examined homelessness, poverty, metropolitan development and governance. Interests in financial services and the political economy as well as a two-year employment in the controlling department of a multinational company prompted a shift to economic geography.
Her current research focuses on the geographies of finance and energy transitions with emphasis on energy governance, renewable energies, private equity, and financial system development.
Britta is member of the editorial board of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society and of the RSA’s Research Committee.
PROF HENRY YEUNG - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
Prof Henry Wai-chung Yeung is Professor of Economic Geography, Co-Director of GPN@NUS Centre, and Director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre in the Global Asia Institute, National University of Singapore. His research interests cover economic globalization, global production networks, East Asian firms, and the political economy of development.
His latest monographs are Strategic Coupling: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy (forthcoming in Cornell Studies in Political Economy Series, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, March 2016) and Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World (with Neil Coe, Oxford University Press, Oxford, April 2015). His earlier books include Transnational Corporations and Business Networks (Routledge, 1998), Entrepreneurship and the Internationalisation of Asian Firms (Edward Elgar, 2002), Chinese Capitalism in a Global Era (Routledge, 2004), and Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (with Neil Coe and Phil Kelly, Wiley, 2007/2013). He has published another 7 edited books, over 90 academic journal articles, and 45 book chapters. He is Editor of Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography, and serves on 20 other international journals.
He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (UK), and the Regional Studies Association (UK).