GY409      Half Unit
Globalization and Regional Development

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Michael Storper


This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in City Design and Social Science, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Environment and Development, MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change, MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research) and MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The economic geography of globalization, and examination of some of the principal effects of globalization on economic development of cities, regions and nations. Theories of regional economic development, location, and trade are applied to the contemporary process known as "globalization", and used to decipher this phenomenon and its effects on development, employment, and political institutions. A number of major issues for regional and industrial policy are considered, including trade, convergence/divergence, corporate power, knowledge and technology, governance, and inter-place competition.


20 hours of lectures and 15 hours of lectures in the MT.

Indicative reading

P Aghion ; J G Williamson, Growth, Inequality and Globalization,

Cambridge University Press, 1998; S Brakman, H Garretsen ; C van Marrewijk,

The New Introduction to Geographical Economics, Cambridge University Press,

2009; G Clark, M Gertler ; M Feldman (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of Economic

Geography, Oxford University Press, 2000; C Crouch, P Le Galès, C Trigilia ;

H Voelzkow (Ed), Local Production Systems in Europe: Rise or Demise?

Oxford University Press, 2001; J H Dunning (Ed), Regions, Globalization and

the Knowledge-Based Economy, Oxford University Press, 2000; P Krugman; M

Obstfeld, International Economics: Theory and Policy, Harper-Collins,

1991; A Scott (Ed), Global City Regions, Oxford University Press, 2000; M

Storper, The Regional World: Territorial Development in a Global Economy,

Guilford Press, 1997. A number of more specialised texts will be recommended at

the beginning of the course.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2014/15: 14

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

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