GY409      Half Unit
Globalization and Regional Development

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Michael Storper


This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, IMEX Exchange, 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), MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MiM Exchange. 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.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to participate in group debates throughout the course, with written presentation slides required.  Feedback is provided in the sessions.

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.


Take home exam (100%) in the ST.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 18.8
Merit 53.1
Pass 21.9
Fail 6.2

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2015/16: 12

Average class size 2015/16: 12

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: Half Unit

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