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Subject:

CFP: RGS-IBG 2010 - Resilient Firms, Resilient Regions - Adapting to the Global Economic Crisis and Climate Change

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"Dr T.R. Vorley" <[log in to unmask]>

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Apologies for cross posting
Second circulation of a call for papers:

Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)
Conference 2010, 1-3 September 2010, London

CALL FOR PAPERS

Resilient Firms, Resilient Regions - Adapting to the Global Economic Crisis 
and Climate Change

Organisers: John Bryson (University of Birmingham) and Tim Vorley 
(University of Cambridge)

The origins of the current global economic crisis are located in the 
financial system and specifically in the banking system. Sub-prime loans 
reduced the ability of the mainstream financial system to lend to support 
investment in economic activity. Economic crises are nothing new, however, 
the economies in which they occur are in a continual state of evolution.

Although compared to the Great Depression in terms of its impacts, the 
recent 'Global Financial Crisis' is set against a paradigmatically 
different socio-economic and institutional backdrop, which is global in 
scope and highly interconnected in nature. An important difference is that 
firms have to compete in the context of a developing global economy. The 
global economic crisis represents an important challenge for the survival 
of many firms. This crisis, however, is complicated by other pressures that 
are affecting the competitiveness of many firms. Central to these pressures 
are adaptation and mitigation to climate change, sustainability combined 
with the impacts of the global economic downturn. These pressures raise a 
series of important unaddressed questions that need to be addressed by 
geographers and the policy-making community. Central to these questions is 
firm- and regional-based resilience.

While much attention has been given to the adverse impacts of economic 
downturn and government policy, little attention has been given to the 
strategy and opportunity of existing firms and prospective entrepreneurs. 
The notion of resilience, including the ability of enterprises to cope and 
survive, represents an important theme to understand the nature of the 
crisis itself. The impact of the crisis also brings with it challenges 
associated with new agendas of sustainability and enhanced competition. In 
addition, there is also the question of opportunities that emerge during 
the economic downturn that are lost amidst the tales of doom, which 
commonly overlooks the notion of 'necessity-driven' entrepreneurship.

The session invites papers relating to the themes of resilience and 
opportunity related to the recent 'Global Financial Crisis' in the context 
of the enterprise/entrepreneurial economy. Paper relating but not 
restricted to may include:

 Rethinking, redefining and reconceptualising regional economies in the 
light of the global economic crisis.  Theoretical conceptualisations of 
resilient regions or resilient enterprises.  Survival strategies used by 
firms during the economic downturn.  The impact of the crisis of 
manufacturing or service firms.  Firm adaptation and mitigation in 
response to sustainability and client change agendas  Resilient regions.  
Resilient firms.

Anyone interested in participating in the session should send a 250 word 
abstract by 12th February 2010 to John Bryson ([log in to unmask]) and 
Tim Vorley ([log in to unmask]).


Dr Tim Vorley
University Lecturer & Fellow of Churchill College
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Downing Place | Cambridge | CB2 3EN

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