Rethinking the Political Economy of Place Conference

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Date(s) - Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Friday, July 12, 2019
09:00 - 17:00

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Rethinking the Political Economy of Place: Challenges of Productivity, Inclusion and Power Conference

The sixth Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society Conference will be held on 11-12 July 2019 at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

The shifting landscape of (re-)emerging concerns and concepts in economic politics in places around the world, calls for a rethinking of the political economy of place. Two of the key challenges – currently faced by cities, regions, nations and supranational institutions around the world – are improving productivity and fostering inclusion. This conference is looking to shed new light on these challenges, in particular when these two challenges are taken in conjunction. We are furthermore aim to set these challenges in a broader context. Relating these challenges to the implicit and explicit power structures and processes, prevailing at various scales within contemporary capitalism.
And linking these issues to a range of other concerns, such as the transition to more sustainable forms development, the weakening of representative democracy, engaging with ‘superdiverse’ populations, etc.
The conference welcomes contributions that comprise of conceptual discussions or empirical articles employing qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies; and may be set within a range of geographical contexts. Possible themes may include (but are not confined to):
• Developments in income and wealth inequalities linked to patterns of uneven productivity growth, especially across the spatial economy. And how such patterns interact with – and are perhaps reinforced by – other types of inequalities and structural factors, such as political (dis)enfranchisement, access to networks and resources, forms of security and precarity, status and identity, and other types of in- or exclusion.
• The larger-scale processes, structures and policies potentially driving increasing inequalities and greater differences in productivity, such as ‘hyperglobalisation’, financialisation, new forms of exploitation and extraction, structural transformations in the economy, developments in artificial intelligence and robotics, ‘premature deindustrialisation’, etc.
• Connecting the challenges of rising economic inequalities and the ‘productivity puzzle’ to other pressing issues, such as climate change and environmental degradation, the rise of populism and authoritarianism, increasing concentrations of unaccountable corporate power in finance, ‘big tech’, and media, etc.
• Specifying the policy agenda of dealing with the twin challenges of combatting inequalities and improving productivity, and identifying the trade-offs and hard choices this may entail in terms of politics (including case studies of places which may be considered examples of success or failure).
• Substantiating, operationalising and ‘spatialising’ the Inclusive Growth concept and agenda. Perhaps it may be fruitful here to connect Inclusive Growth more explicitly to the literature on normative political and social theory, such as notions of citizenship; capabilities; Social, Spatial and Environmental Justice; the Just City, the Foundational Economy, etc.

Call for Papers Submissions
Speakers interested in presenting a paper at the Conference, or Authors interested in publishing in the forthcoming Special Issue of CJRES devoted to this subject, should submit an Abstract of about 400 words to Francis Knights fk240@cam.ac.uk by 1 March 2019.
Full Papers will need to be received by 1 September 2019. Submissions will be subject to the journal’s normal peer review process. Details of Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society publication process, evaluation criteria and style are available on the Journal’s website https://academic.oup.com/cjres
Further details on the Call for Papers can be downloaded HERE.

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

CONFERENCE ORGANISERS:
Professor Ron Martin, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Peter Tyler, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge
Dr Emil Evenhuis, School of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton
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