Globalisation in Crisis? The Urban and Regional Challenges of the Great Instability Conference

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Date(s) - Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Friday, July 14, 2017
09:00 - 17:30



A celebratory conference to mark the 10th Anniversary of Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

Download the CONFERENCE PROGRAMME HERE,  please note this may be subject to changes.

An international roster of SPEAKERS includes: Michael Storper, Jonathan Perraton, Ron Boschma, Michaela Trippl, Ron Martin, Amy Glasmeier, Mia Gray, Riccardo Crescenzi, Erik Stam, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Jürgen Essletzbichler, Xiangming Chen, Dieter Kogler, Yuyuan Wen, Peter Tyler, Andy Pike, Peter Sunley, Anna Davies, Paul Swinney, Jonathan Potter, Rosa Fernandez, Max-Peter Menzel, Robert Hassink, Huiwen Gong, Harry Garretsen, Janka Stoker, Neil Lee, Ian Gordon, Meric Gertler, and many others.

The conference themes include:

  • The Crisis of neoliberal Globalisation
  • Financialisation & its future
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Future of Cities
  • Europe after Brexit
  • Regional Theory in a post crisis world
  • Industrial Strategy: Where to next?
  • Reindustrialising regions
  • Shifting relations in the world economy

All attendees to the conference must register beforehand. Please registration by booking a delegate place, see ‘BOOKINGS‘ section below. Accommodation is not included in the delegate fees and should be booked separately, see ‘ACCOMMODATION‘ below.

The financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession of 2008-2010 finally revealed the new global capitalism for what it really was – a highly unbalanced, debt-driven and unsustainable model of economic growth and development, and a model that also diminished environmental resources and undermined adaptive capacities. It was furthermore a model that generated new and increased inequalities, social and spatial, within both the advanced economies and the advancing BRIC countries. While some nations, regions and cities gained from neoliberal globalization, other regions and cities, notably those that had led the preceding era of industrial capitalism, have been the losers, suffering from slow growth, lower and stagnant incomes, insecure work and higher unemployment. To compound the growing divides between the winning and losing regions and cities, the costs of bailing out the banking system has fallen mainly on the latter types of areas, as states have cut public expenditures, especially on welfare, as part of their fiscal austerity response to the crisis. Perhaps not surprisingly, though not widely anticipated by those it benefited, this model is now being increasingly challenged. Populism is on the march, particularly from those communities and groups that feel they have been left behind and marginalized by neoliberal globalization and have borne the brunt of its negative consequences and rapid re-orderings.

The aim of this conference is to address these issues with respect to theories, analyses and accounts of uneven regional development. Are our existing theories and concepts adequate to explain the present instabilities and new realities? Or do we need to rethink our interpretive frameworks? Have we focused too much on ever more detailed, specific and locally-orientated narratives at the expense of situating these adequately within more holistic accounts of large-scale systemic processes and structures? The crisis of neoliberal globalization, in all its manifestations, not only poses a challenge to our existing knowledge and approaches, it also provides an opportunity to take stock and rethink the ‘regional studies project’, and how that project might contribute to the search for a new model of economic growth that is more spatially balanced, sustainable and inclusive.

The conference will take place in the McGrath Conference Centre, at St Catharine’s College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RL. There is no parking onsite see the Parking in Cambridge webpage and the Finding the College webpage for further directions to the College.

Accommodation for the conference can be booked directly, with St Catharine’s College, using the Promotion Code: ‘GLOBAL2017’ . Please note due to refurbishment work there is limited accommodation available at St Catharine’s College and this will be allocated on a first come basis.
Alternatively, there are a number of other options nearby, including those listed below:

Please note in the event you need to cancel your registration a full refund can be arranged up to 50 days after the original booking date, and providing it is before before 3 July 2017. All PayPal transactions are subject to the Paypal’s transactions charges and any other fees incurred by Paypal will be passed on. All PayPal transactions are subject to PayPal Privacy Policy.

The Call for Papers is now closed, the deadline was 20 April 2017. For any queries please contact Francis Knights:
Following the Editors’ selection those authors of selected papers will be invited to submit full papers by 1 October 2017. All submissions will be subject to the usual formal peer review process. Accepted papers will be included in the special issue, scheduled for publication in March 2018.

If you have any queries regarding the conference please contact Philippa Millerchip (, Ron Martin ( or Pete Tyler (

Professor Ron Martin, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Peter Tyler, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

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