Chinese State-owned bank expansion into Europe: Bank branches and subsidiaries (by Paolo Balmas and Sabine Dörry)

– Paolo Balmas and Sabine Dörry – China’s global ambitions are being expressed, among others, by its huge infrastructure project ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) and the internationalization of its currency, the renminbi (RMB). An element that serves both ambitions is the global expansion of Chinese banks. This paper examines the expansion strategy of Chinese […]

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The bridging role of Hong Kong for Chinese firms’ integrating into global financial networks (by Cheng Fang and Fenghua Pan)

— Cheng Fang and Fenghua Pan — The recent social unrest in Hong Kong, which began in 2019, has reignited debates about Hong Kong’s future as a financial brokerage between a transitional China and the volatile global economy. Some claim that Hong Kong will inevitably lose its bridging role with mainland China as a financial […]

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Money and Borders (by Mariana Santos and David Bassens)

– Mariana Santos and David Bassens – The constitutive importance of space to money and financial relations and practices has been widely documented by financial geographers of multiple theoretical inspirations. Taking critical stock of this bourgeoning field, our paper proposes an analytic of ‘borders’ as productive way to engage with the various entanglements between money […]

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CFP: “Evolving Geographies of FinTech” – FinGeo online workshop (25-26 November 2020)

!!! REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW OPEN & FULL PROGRAMME IS AVAILABLE – CLICK HERE !!! Convened by: David Bassens (Brussels) Reijer Hendrikse (Brussels) Karen Lai (Durham) Dariusz Wójcik (Oxford) This workshop, to be held 1-5pm GMT on 25th November and 8-12am GMT on 26th November, will bring together a global audience of academics, industry practitioners and regulators […]

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FinGeo AGM – 5th of October 2020, 1pm BST

Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are very much delighted to invite to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo) to talk to us about FinGeo’s work this year and what we have in store for members in the years to come! Register in advance for the AGM here: […]

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Financialization and the authoritarian state: the case of Russia

– Anna Mishura and Svetlana Ageeva Financialization as a global process can take on specific forms in economy with a state that has signs of authoritarianism. In Russia the state-led financialization has been taking place largely through the domestic banking sector and the realm of “digital financialization”. It manifests in growing financial inclusion, digitalization, remote […]

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Geofinance between national and firm internationalization strategies: an analysis of the Italian banking system across borders 

– Silvia Grandi and Christian Sellar – The relationship between governmental economic policies, the international strategies of banks, and firms’ internationalization is an intriguing phenomenon which is not yet fully investigated by financial geographers. Our paper analyzes the geographical patterns of Italian banks’ international network in order to answer the following research questions: 1) What are […]

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From a pandemic to a global financial meltdown?

– Martin Sokol – What will be the economic consequences of the pandemic? Are we heading for a wide-spread economic collapse? Is a global financial meltdown coming? In the current fast-evolving situation, it is difficult to predict how this will end. One thing is increasingly clear though: the hope that economic life will quickly return […]

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Economic Development and Variegated Financialization in Emerging Economies

– Ewa Karwowski  – Some academics and economic commentators have argued that we are living in an age of ‘de-globalisation’. Given a looming no-deal Brexit and the lunacy of the Trump presidency—especially considering their impacts on international trade, regional integration and global governance—this view is not too far-fetched. However, the de-globalisation argument draws heavily on […]

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Lead Firms and Sectoral Resilience: How Goldman Sachs Weathered the Global Financial Crisis

—Michael A. Urban, Vladimír Pažitka, Stefanos Ioannou and Dariusz Wójcik— The concept of economic resilience finds its roots in resilience thinking in ecology. As a result, much of the resilience literature tends to assume that sectoral and regional resilience are determined by the characteristics of regions and sectors such as their productivity, their labor skills […]

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Commemoration of Professor Eike W. Schamp

Professor Eike W. Schamp was one of Germany’s most influential economic geographers and a pioneer in the field of financial geography. He has inspired many of today’s FinGeo scholars in Germany and other countries. His professorship in Frankfurt was, among others, ideally suited to help him studying international financial centres. After holding positions as Professor […]

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