Economic Geography Research Group

Fostering research in Economic Geography

RGS/IBG Annual Conference

1998 Kingston University

January 5th-8th 1998

EGRG-Sponsored Sessions

Capitalizing on Knowledge

Convenors: Nick Henry, Jane Pollard (University of Birmingham), Helen Lawton-Smith (Coventry University).

Tuesday 6th January

Module 1 (9:00-10:30): Knowledge/Networks

Chair: Jane Pollard.

Knowing networks,
Kevin Morgan, Jon Murdoch (University of Wales).

Performing business knowledge,
Nigel Thrift (University of Bristol).

Shelter from the storm? Mutual knowledge and the construction of moral geographies,
Roger Lee (QMW, London).

Module 2 (11:00-12.30): Producing and consuming knowledges I

Chair: Andrew Leyshon

Producing the gift: networks, knowledges and power in the global cut flower trade,
Alex Hughes (University of Aberdeen).

Circuits of geographical knowledge in culinary and cultural economies,
Ian Cook (University of Wales), Phil Crang, Mark Thorpe (University College London).

Discriminating palates: the entrepreneurial construction of a gastronomic landscape in the Hunter Valley,
Phillip O'Neill (University of Newcastle, Australia), Sarah Whatmore (University of Bristol).

Module 3 (14:00-15:30): Producing and consuming knowledges II

Chair: Helen Lawton-Smith

Gendered knowledge in the (re)production of organizational space: an investment banking case study,
Andrew Jones (University of Cambridge).

Placing a knowledge community: a case study of ‘Motor Sport Valley’,
Nick Henry (University of Birmingham), Steven Pinch (University of Southampton).

Regional institutions and knowledge – towards new forms of regional industrial policy,
Arnoud Lagendijk (University of Newcastle).

Module 4: (16:00-17:30): Knowing capitalisms: a plenary

Chair: Nick Henry

The learning economy, the learning firm and the learning region: a sympathetic critique,
Ray Hudson (University of Durham).

Questioning capitalizing on knowledge,
John Lovering (University of Wales).

Reflections on economic governance: the challenges of complexity and connexity,
Martin Jones (University of Manchester).

The Blair Audit (with PolGRG)

Convenors: Mark Goodwin (University of Wales, Jamie Peck (University of Manchester).

Wednesday 7th January

Module 1 (9:00-10:30): Blairism: Emerging political geographies

Chair: Mark Goodwin

New Labour, new electoral geography, new electoral challenges,
Ron Johnson, Dave Rossiter, Danny Dorling, Iain MacAllister, Helena Tunstall (University of Bristol), Charles Pattie (University of Sheffield).

Beyond tribalism: the politics of the Welsh Assembly,
Kevin Morgan (University of Wales).

Regionalism, devolution and economic governance in Scotland,
Gordon MacLeod (University of Wales).

Module 2 (11:00-12.30): Blairism at work: Transforming labour markets

Chair: Andrew Herod (University of Georgia, US).

Britain and Europe: comparative development and policy lessons,
Mick Dunford (University of Sussex).

Working backwards:? Or can labour markets be both flexible and secure under New Labour,
John Allen (Open University).

New Labourers: Making a New Deal for the workless class,
Jamie Peck (University of Manchester).

Module 3 (14:00-15:30): Blairism in international context: Echoes and lessons

Chair: Jamie Peck (University of Manchester).

On parallel paths: the Clinton/Blair agenda and the future of welfare policy,
Nikolas Theodore (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Apostasy in Aotearoa? Neoliberalism, globalisation and state restructuring: lessons from the New Zealand experiment,
Scott Salmon (Miami University, US).

Two decades of Australian industry policy: the coercive power of interventionist scriptwriting,
Phillip O'Neill (University of Newcastle, Australia).

Module 4 (16:00-17:30): Blairism in the city: Remaking urban governance

Chair: Joe Painter

Towards ‘competitive regionalism’ in British urban policy? Lessons from the United States,
Andy Jonas (University of Hull).

Processes of planning under New Labour,
Andy Thornley, (London School of Economics).

Governing London,
Michael Keith (Goldsmiths College, London).

Bonfire of the Quangos: Accountability and democracy in urban and regional governance,
Mark Goodwin (University of Wales).

Political economy/political ecology

Convenors: Erik Swyngedouw (University of Oxford), Adam Tickell (University of Southampton).

Tuesday 8th January

Module 1 (9:00-10:30): Political economy - political ecology: making the connections

Chair: Maria Kaika.

Political ecology and Marxism,
Ted Benton (University of Essex).

A political economy approach to environmentalism,
Aram Eisenschitz (Middlesex University).

The meaning of the ‘environmental crisis’ in political ecology,
Raymond Bryant (King's College London).

Hybridity science – in search of environmental external reality in political ecology,
Tim Forsyth (London School of Economics).

Module 2 (11:00-12.30): Placing nature

Chair: Stephen Toole.

The local not the global? Modes of social regulation and scales of environmental policy-making,
Dave Gibbs, Andy Jonas (University of Hull).

Class and mythic community: reconstructing the work/nature relationship,
Rebecca John (University of South Florida, US).

Yorkshire Water and Yorkshire's water: flows of water/capital in the drought of 1995,
Karen Bakker (University of Oxford).

Imagineering nature: the post-industrial political-ecology of Florida,
Kevin Archer (University of South Florida, US).