Dr. Jana Maria Kleibert
Research Associate | Dynamics of Economic Spaces

Dr. Jana Kleibert is junior research group leader at the IRS and at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where she heads the "Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education" (TRANSEDU) research group.

From 2017 to 2018 she was Visiting Professor in Economic Geography at the Goethe University of Frankfurt / Main. Since June 2015 she works as Post-Doc in the research department “Dynamics of Economic Spaces” of the IRS in the research project “Geographies of Dissociation”, which focuses on forms of value creation in the global fur industry. Prior to this, she researched and taught at the University of Amsterdam, the Free University of Berlin and was visiting scholar at the geography departments of the National University of Singapore (2016), the University of Manchester (2015, 2016) and the University of British Columbia (2014). For her PhD dissertation at the University of Amsterdam on the offshoring of ICT-enabled services to the global South she conducted extensive qualitative research in the Philippines.

Her research interests connect economic, urban and development geography and focuses on contemporary processes of globalisation, global production networks and their socio-spatial expressions.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Knowledge Economy
Network Research
Globalisation
Global Production Networs
Disciplines
Geography
Economical Geography
Urban Studies
International Relations
European Studies
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Expert Interviews
Semi-Structured Interviews
Participatory Observation
Case Study Design

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

In the past twenty years, the number of students completing university studies in a foreign country has constantly been on the rise. In addition, many universities are investing in international branch campuses (IBCs) abroad. These are initial indices for a parallel globalisation of knowledge-intensive branches of the economy and of the university landscape. The Leibniz Junior Research Group “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education” (TRANSEDU) is concerned with the relationship between globalised economic processes and the internationalisation of the academic and research landscapes. more info

The DFG- scientific network “The Spaces of Global Production: The Territorial Dimensions of Global Production Networks and World City Networks” connects scholars from Germany, Luxemburg and Belgium to exchange ideas and contribute to debates on the economic geographies of globalisation. more info

This research project seeks to analyse processes of social construction of economic value from a spatial perspective, using the example of the global fur industry. The main idea is to combine two approaches. In the cultural geographic discourse, contributors highlight that commodities achieve high prices on markets if they are successfully associated with entities representing positive, extra-economic values. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2019
Ibert, O., Hess, M., Kleibert, J. M., Müller, F. C., & Power, D. (2019). Positioning and ‘Doing’ Geographies of Dissociation. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), 88-93. DOI: 10.1177/2043820619832725
Ibert, O., Hess, M., Kleibert, J. M., Müller, F. C., & Power, D. (2019). Geographies of Dissociation: Value Creation, ‚Dark‘ Places and ‚Missing‘ Links. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), 43-63. DOI: 10.1177/2043820619831114
2018
Kleibert, J. M., & Horner, R. (2018). Geographies of Global Production Networks. In R. C. Kloosterman, V. Mamadouh, & P. Terhorst (Eds.), Handbook on the Geographies of Globalization (pp. 222-234). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. DOI: 10.4337/9781785363849.00026
Lambregts, B., Kleibert, J. M., & Beerepoot, N. (2018). The Making of Mumbai as a Global City: Investigating the Role of the Offshore Services Sector. In M. Hoyler, C. Parnreiter, & A. Watson (Eds.), Global City Makers: Economic Actors and Practices in the World City Network (pp. 124-150). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Kleibert, J. M. (2018). Exclusive Development(s): Special Economic Zones and Enclave Urbanism in the Philippines. Critical Sociology, 44(3), 471–485. DOI: 10.1177/0896920517698538
2017
Lambregts, B., Beerepoot, N., & Kleibert, J. M. (2017). Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: An Introduction. In N. Beerepoot, B. Lambregts, & J. Kleibert (Eds.), Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South (pp. 1-18). (The Dynamics of Economic Space). London, New York: Routledge.
Beerepoot, N., Lambregts, B., & Kleibert, J. M. (Eds.) (2017). Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South. (The Dynamics of Economic Space). London, New York: Routledge.
Beerepoot, N., Kleibert, J. M., & Lambregts, B. (2017). Conclusions: Trends and Ways Forward in Services-driven Economic Growth. In N. Beerepoot, B. Lambregts, & J. Kleibert (Eds.), Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South (pp. 223-330). (The Dynamics of Economic Space). London, New York: Routledge.
Kleibert, J. M. (2017). On the Global City Map, but Not in Command? Probing Manila's Position in the World City Network. Environment and Planning A, 49(12), 2897-2915. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X16663710
Kleibert, J. M., & Müller, F. C. (2017). Femininity and the Rise of ‘Ethical Fur’: How Fashion Designers Create Alternative Understandings of Value and Construct Gendered Identities. Journal of Consumer Ethics, 1(2), 55-62.
2016
Kleibert, J. M. (2016). Global Production Networks, Offshore Services and the Branch-Plant Syndrome. Regional Studies, 50(12), 1995-2009. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2015.1034671
Kleibert, J. M., & Kippers, L. (2016). Living the Good Life? The Rise of Urban Mixed-Use Enclaves in Metro Manila. Urban Geography, 37(3), 373-395. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2015.1082799
Kleibert, J. M. (2016). Pervasive but Neglected: Conceptualizing Services and Global Production Networks. Geography Compass, 10(8), 333-345. DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12271
2015
Kleibert, J. M. (2015). Services-Led Economic Development: Comparing the Emergence of the Offshore Service Sector in India and the Philippines. In B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot, & R. C. Kloosterman (Eds.), The Local Impact of Globalization in South and Southeast Asia: Offshore Business Process Outsourcing in Services Industries (pp. 29-45). (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy; No. 149). London ; New York: Routledge.
Kleibert, J. M. (2015). Industry-Academe Linkages in the Philippines: Embedding Foreign Investors, Capturing Institutions? Geoforum, 59(2), 109–118. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.12.003
Kleibert, J. M. (2015). Islands of Globalisation: Offshore Services and the Changing Spatial Division of Labour. Environment and Planning A, 47(4), 884-902. DOI: 10.1068/a140119p
2014
Kleibert, J. M. (2014). Strategic Coupling in ‘Next Wave Cities’: Local Institutional Actors and the Offshore Service Sector in the Philippines. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 35(2), 245-260. DOI: 10.1111/sjtg.12044

Selected Publications by Type

Anthology
Beerepoot, N., Lambregts, B., & Kleibert, J. M. (Eds.) (2017). Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South. (The Dynamics of Economic Space). London, New York: Routledge.
Contribution to Anthology
Kleibert, J. M., & Horner, R. (2018). Geographies of Global Production Networks. In R. C. Kloosterman, V. Mamadouh, & P. Terhorst (Eds.), Handbook on the Geographies of Globalization (pp. 222-234). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. DOI: 10.4337/9781785363849.00026
Lambregts, B., Kleibert, J. M., & Beerepoot, N. (2018). The Making of Mumbai as a Global City: Investigating the Role of the Offshore Services Sector. In M. Hoyler, C. Parnreiter, & A. Watson (Eds.), Global City Makers: Economic Actors and Practices in the World City Network (pp. 124-150). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Lambregts, B., Beerepoot, N., & Kleibert, J. M. (2017). Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: An Introduction. In N. Beerepoot, B. Lambregts, & J. Kleibert (Eds.), Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South (pp. 1-18). (The Dynamics of Economic Space). London, New York: Routledge.
Beerepoot, N., Kleibert, J. M., & Lambregts, B. (2017). Conclusions: Trends and Ways Forward in Services-driven Economic Growth. In N. Beerepoot, B. Lambregts, & J. Kleibert (Eds.), Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South (pp. 223-330). (The Dynamics of Economic Space). London, New York: Routledge.
Kleibert, J. M. (2015). Services-Led Economic Development: Comparing the Emergence of the Offshore Service Sector in India and the Philippines. In B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot, & R. C. Kloosterman (Eds.), The Local Impact of Globalization in South and Southeast Asia: Offshore Business Process Outsourcing in Services Industries (pp. 29-45). (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy; No. 149). London ; New York: Routledge.
Journal Article
Ibert, O., Hess, M., Kleibert, J. M., Müller, F. C., & Power, D. (2019). Positioning and ‘Doing’ Geographies of Dissociation. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), 88-93. DOI: 10.1177/2043820619832725
Ibert, O., Hess, M., Kleibert, J. M., Müller, F. C., & Power, D. (2019). Geographies of Dissociation: Value Creation, ‚Dark‘ Places and ‚Missing‘ Links. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), 43-63. DOI: 10.1177/2043820619831114
Kleibert, J. M. (2018). Exclusive Development(s): Special Economic Zones and Enclave Urbanism in the Philippines. Critical Sociology, 44(3), 471–485. DOI: 10.1177/0896920517698538
Kleibert, J. M. (2017). On the Global City Map, but Not in Command? Probing Manila's Position in the World City Network. Environment and Planning A, 49(12), 2897-2915. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X16663710
Kleibert, J. M., & Müller, F. C. (2017). Femininity and the Rise of ‘Ethical Fur’: How Fashion Designers Create Alternative Understandings of Value and Construct Gendered Identities. Journal of Consumer Ethics, 1(2), 55-62.
Kleibert, J. M. (2016). Global Production Networks, Offshore Services and the Branch-Plant Syndrome. Regional Studies, 50(12), 1995-2009. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2015.1034671
Kleibert, J. M., & Kippers, L. (2016). Living the Good Life? The Rise of Urban Mixed-Use Enclaves in Metro Manila. Urban Geography, 37(3), 373-395. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2015.1082799
Kleibert, J. M. (2016). Pervasive but Neglected: Conceptualizing Services and Global Production Networks. Geography Compass, 10(8), 333-345. DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12271
Kleibert, J. M. (2015). Industry-Academe Linkages in the Philippines: Embedding Foreign Investors, Capturing Institutions? Geoforum, 59(2), 109–118. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.12.003
Kleibert, J. M. (2015). Islands of Globalisation: Offshore Services and the Changing Spatial Division of Labour. Environment and Planning A, 47(4), 884-902. DOI: 10.1068/a140119p
Kleibert, J. M. (2014). Strategic Coupling in ‘Next Wave Cities’: Local Institutional Actors and the Offshore Service Sector in the Philippines. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 35(2), 245-260. DOI: 10.1111/sjtg.12044

Talks

2019
Education Cities: Transnationale Räume der Wissensökonomie

May/28/2019

Geographien der Dissoziation in der globalen Pelzindustrie

15. Rauischholzhausener Symposium zur Wirtschaftsgeographie

April/25/2019

Contesting Global Production Networks of Fur: Spaces of Commodification, Valuation and Dissociation

AAG Annual Meeting 2019

April/03/2019

2018
Geographies of Dissociation in the Global Fur-Fashion Complex

November/29/2018

Studying GPNs Through the Lens of Dissociations: Symbolic Value and the Restructuring of the Global Fur-Fashion Complex

October/17/2018

Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education: A Research Agenda

October/10/2018

Shoring-Up the Archipelago: Changing Sites and Technologies Enabling the Geographical Transfer of Value

5th Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018

July/24/2018

Global Production Networks: Regions, Power(s), and Networks from an Economic- Geographic Perspective

Regional Powers Revisited

April/27/2018

2017
Creating, constructing and contesting value in global production networks: the case of fur-fashion

AAG Annual Meeting 2017

April/08/2017

Neoliberalizing Spaces in the Phillippines: Suburbanization, Transnational Migration and Dispossession by Andre Ortega

AAG Annual Meeting 2017

April/07/2017

Global Production Networks and the Remaking of Cities: Enclave Urbanism in the Philippines

'Transnational Production Spaces' Workshop

February/21/2017

2016
Pervasive but neglected? Conceptualising services and global production networks

GPN@NUS Research Seminar Series

November/04/2016

Changing global production networks in the fur-fashion industry

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2016

September/01/2016

Recent Video

The Discussion Panel "The Formulation of Policies at the Intersection of Activism, Fashion Industry and Government" with Vera Baumann, Laura Ceresna-Chaturvedi, Sarah Ditty, Julien Labal and Douglas Miller was moderated by Jana Kleibert as a part of the Conference “Missing Links: Creating Value in Fashion” at the Berlin University of the Arts on October 27, 2017.