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.

Coming Up

DFG Network at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019


Session “Re-Presenting Economic Geography” organised by


  • Nicholas Phelps
    (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Michiel van Meeteren
    (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Jana Kleibert
    (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)

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The 4th DFG Network meeting will take place after the RGS-IGB annual international conference at the University of Loughborough (UK) on 31 August and 1 September 2019 – an apt place to discuss the Future of World City Networks.

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.