Welcome to the 5th Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018 (GCEG 2018)

About the GCEG 2018
Theme: Dynamics in an Unequal World
Date and location: July 24 – 28, 2018, University of Cologne
Registration and Call for Sessions are now open (please click here)! The Call for Papers will follow at November 15, 2017.

The biggest international conference dedicated to economic geography

• Cutting edge research on how the map of the world economy is changing, why it is changing, and what we should do about it

• Implications for businesses, policy makers, planners, and teaching

• Plenary sessions and debates with eminent scholars and opinion and policy makers

• Hundreds of presentations e.g. on cities, consumption, development, digital technologies, the environment, finance, innovation, politics, regions, society, and work

• Inspiration, networking and best practice sharing with more than 500 people from more than 60 countries

• Exhibitions by leading publishers

• Opening reception, conference dinner and other events


Organisers: Boris Braun, Peter Dannenberg, Martina Fuchs, and Javier Revilla Diez, Institute of Geography and Department of Economic and Social Geography
Participants: geographers, economists, regional scientists, social scientists, business scholars, opinion and policy makers, publishers, and industry practitioners interested in global economic dynamics

The title “Dynamics in an Unequal World” is based on the premise that the world is far from being flat. Worldwide, we see uneven developments in which regions and countries rise, while other fall. The growth of specialized economic clusters like Silicon Valley or the growing numbers of Global Cities in which economic headquarter functions accumulate are only two examples that agglomeration and marginalization processes are not diminishing on a local, national, or global scale. What are the drivers of these developments and what are the implications? Who will be the next winners and who the losers? What is the role of rural and urban areas for economic development in the future and what is the role of the different regions in the Global South?
Economic geography, with its focus on uneven development, is well-positioned to map these dynamics, explore the implications, and formulate new ways in which economies can be conceptualized and researched.