Economic Geography Research Group

Fostering research in Economic Geography

RGS/IBG Annual Conference

1999 Leicester University

January 4th-7th 1999.

EGRG-Sponsored Sessions

The pre-millennial workplace: new geographies of employment

Convenors: Christian Berndt (Katholische Universität Eichstätt), Andy Cumbers (University of Aberdeen), Jane Wills (University of Southampton)

Chair: Christian Berndt

Wednesday 5th January

Module 1: Globalisation and spaces of resistance

Chair: Jane Wills

Globalisation, networking and the Liverpool dock dispute 1995-8; military particularism and global ambition,
Peter Waterman (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague).

Rescaling solidarity politics: trade unions in a globalising pharmaceutical industry,
Christian Zeller (Universität Hamburg).

Organising the scale of labour regulation: community-based labour organising in Australia and the US,
Jessica Walsh (University of Melbourne).

Module 2: European geographies of labour market change

Chair: Christian Berndt

Fragmentation and social differentiation of urban labour markets in a wealthy environment: the case of Hamburg,
Jurgen Ossenbrugge (Universität Hamburg).

Mass unemployment, labour market restructuring and ‘post-communist’ transition: employment and non-employment on the eastern periphery of Europe,
Adrian Smith (University of Sussex).

Class, social mobilisation, and spatial scale: labour market and welfare restructuring in Denmark and Britain,
David Etherington (University of Huddersfield), Martin Jones (University of Manchester).

Module 3: New forms of work organisation

Chair: Jane Pollard

Workplace change and social outcomes in the pharmaceutical industry,
Mia Gray (University of Cambridge).

The re-organisation of work and the re-working of the organisation,
Damian Grimshaw (UMIST), Jill Rubery (UMIST), Huw Beynon (University of Manchester), Kevin Ward (University of Manchester).

Flexible working: a means of reconciling work and family life: or a new form of precariousness?,
Diane Perrons (London School of Economics).

Module 4: The future of work

Chair: Andy Cumbers

Insecurity at work and welfare: towards a transatlantic model of labour regulation?,
Jamie Peck (University of Manchester), Nik Theodore (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Coercing labour with cooperatioon: globalisation and the redefinition of capital-labour relations in the Rhur,
Christina Berndt (Katholische Universität Eichstätt).

The new inequality: the price of capitalism's flexible fix,
Ron Martin (University of Cambridge), Peter Sunley (University of Edinburgh).

Panel discussions (with PolGRG)

Convenors: Adam Tickell (University of Southampton), Jamie Peck (University of Manchester).

Wednesday 6th January

Module 1:Re-forming or re-placing the welfare state?

Chair: Steve Pinch

Angus Cameron (University of Durham),
Jim McCormick (Scottish Council Foundation, formerly IPPR),
Jamie Peck (University of Manchester),
Nikolas Theodore (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Module 2: Britain and the Euro

Chair: Adam Tickell

Gordon Clark (University of Oxford),
Ray Hudson (University of Durham),
Alan Simpson MP.

The political economy of Britain at the millennium

Convenors: Adam Tickell (University of Southampton), Gordon MacLeod (University of Wales)

Wednesday 6th January

Module 3: The state

Chair: Adam Tickell

The British road to a Schumpeterian workfare post-national regime: on the clearway or a dead end street,
Bob Jessop (University of Lancaster).

The politics of devolution and development,
Kevin Morgan (University of Wales).

The city, the mayor and the state: reconstituting London's representational regime,
Mark Goodwin, Gordon MacLeod (University of Wales).

Module 2: The economy

Chair: Gordon MacLeod

The geography of venture capital investment in the UK in the 1990s: a case of greater regional inequality,
Colin Mason (University of Southampton), Richard Harrison (University of Aberdeen).

The political economy and regional implications of energy policy in Britain,
David Sadler (University of Durham).

The branch plant economy: a reassessment based on new evidence from the UK regions,
Mike Crone (University of Sheffield).

Social exclusion in rural Britain,
Lorna Philips, Mark Shucksmith (University of Aberdeen).

Finance, the firm and economic geography

Convenors: Gordon Clark (University of Oxford), Neil Wrigley (University of Southampton)

Wednesday 7th January

Module 1: Finance and global structure

Chair: Adam Tickell

The new economic geography of money,
Ron Martin (University of Cambridge).

Competition and innovation in the investment management industry,
Gordon Clark (University of Oxford).

Linking geographies of globalisation: legal services and banking in the world economy,
Richard Smith (University of Leicester), Johnathan Beaverstock, Peter Taylor (University of Loughbrough).

Nigel Thrift (University of Bristol).

Module 2: Finance and firms

Chair: Gordon Clark

Capital structure transformations of the firm and corporate restructuring,
Neil Wrigley (University of Southampton).

Financing European transitions: banking in Poland,
Melanie Feakins (University of Oxford).

Merger mania: the political economy of bank mergers in Canada,
Adam Tickell (University of Southampton).

Jane Pollard (University of Birmingham).

Postgraduate research in economic geography at the end of the millennium

Convenors: Andrew Lincoln (University of Southampton), Dan Mansfield (University of Manchester)

Wednesday 7th January

Module 3

Chair: Dan Mansfield (University of Manchester)

Competition versus nested-interdependency in scale relations,
Sally Randles (University of Manchester).

Working people's money at work: the role of labour-sponsored investment funds in Canadian regional development,
Andrew Lincoln (University of Southampton).

Mutual environmental risk: moral economy in corporate insurance clubs,
Paul Bennett (University of Oxford).

Rebuilding the entrepreneurial city: Manchester as a local state project,
Adam Holden (University of Manchester).

Module 4

Chair: Andrew Lincoln

Constructing environmental responsibilities: perspectives on environmental transport policy and attempts to reduce car use,
Suzanne Martin (University of Aberdeen).

Private funding inevitable? A geo-economic analysis of the Private Finance Initiative,
Dan Mansfield (University of Manchester).

Franchising: the geography of new organisational form,
Juliet Cox (University of Southampton).

Economic crisis in Indonesia and the impact on the clothing industry,
Markus Hassler (University of Manchester).