07. Mai | 2018

The Spaces of Global Production: The Territorial Dimensions of Global Production Networks and World City Networks

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. Over the past years, theoretical approaches that pay attention to the global and transnational relations between actors engaged in the production of goods and services have been developed. Two prominent relational approaches are the global production network approach and the world city network approach. Both have gained much traction in economic geography and have been able to explain crucial features of contemporary globalisation. A remaining blind spot of these network-based approaches, however, is their impact on regional and urban development in particular places. We will systematically work towards strengthening the currently under-theorised territorial dimension of these network-based conceptualisations.

The “Spaces of Global Production” network’s members are (in alphabetical order):

Coordination and contact (Dr. Jana Kleibert): jana.kleibert(at)leibniz-irs.de

All the network’s members are involved in various larger research projects that deal with global production networks, world city networks, and place-based transformations in different regions and sectors. During six meetings over the course of three years, the scientific network will serve as a platform that enables the discussion and dissemination of research findings, creates synergies between existing research networks members’ projects, and enables a theorisation at a higher level across the different cases and geographies.

The inaugural meeting took place at the IRS in Berlin and Erkner on April 23-24, 2018 with Prof. Neil Coe (University of Singapore) as our invited guest.

We appreciate funding from the DFG, project number 392362734.

4th DFG Network Meeting “Spaces of Global Production” in London and Loughborough

The DFG Network organized three sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019. Under the title of “Re-Presenting Economic Geography” Nicholas Phelps (University of Melbourne, Australia), Michiel van Meeteren and Jana Kleibert kicked-off the debate. Friday, 30 August and final day of the conference was packed with discussions around the work of maps, spatial figures and visual representations in economic geography. Sabine Dörry, Anke Hagemann, Peter Dannenberg, Michiel van Meeteren and Jana Kleibert represented the DFG network through joint presentations with colleagues (see programme: leibniz-irs.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Forschungsabteilung1/DFG_Network_at_RGS-IBG_Annual_International_Conference_2019.pdf). In total, 13 presentations addressed the topic from a diversity of angles, followed by Karen P.Y. Lai (Durham University) as discussant.

Following on directly from the conference, the network members travelled to Loughborough, where the 4th DFG network meeting was organised by Michiel van Meeteren of Loughborough University. The network members and Nick Phelps discussed about future research directions with Michael Hoyler, Allan Watson and John Harrison of the Globalisation and World City (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/) Research Network.

Third DFG Network Meeting

The third DFG Network Meeting took place at the TU Berlin on 24 - 25 January 2019. Our third meeting was dedicated to the subject „Infrastructures and the built environment. The physical dimensions of global production networks“. It was hosted by Anke Hagemann and Elke Beyer at TU Berlin’s Habitat Unit (Chair of International Urbanism and Design). Discussions revolved around the diverse and significant roles that physical infrastructures play in the worldwide circulation of commodities, services and values – as facilitators (or obstacles) for tying production networks, as boosters of local development, as connective elements as well as devices of bordering and control, as invisible systems operating in the background or as conspicuous structures with symbolic value. Christof Parnreiter was invited as a discussant and to give a lecture on “Cities, Infrastructures and Uneven Development”.

Second DFG Network Meeting

The second Network Meeting took place on July 27-28, 2018 in Cologne. The meeting was kindly hosted by Peter Dannenberg and Alex Follmann and our discussions focused on spatial figures (including networks, enclaves, agglomerations, gateways and corridors) in economic geography. We are extremely grateful that our invited guests Dr. Martin Arias (Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta, Chile) and Prof. Nick Phelps (University of Melbourne, Australia) could join us at this event.