GY409      Half Unit
Globalization and Regional Development

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Michael Storper


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Economic Geography, 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 Local Economic Development, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) 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.

The number of students that can be accommodated is limited. If the course is over-subscribed, places will be allocated at the Department’s discretion and a waiting list may be created. For further details, please contact your relevant Programme Coordinator.

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.


In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.


This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops across Michaelmas Term.


This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Michaelmas.

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 MarrewijkThe 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 TrigiliaH 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;

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 assessment (100%) in the ST.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2019/20: 80

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

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