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Welcome to the Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience (WGI)

The In­sti­tute re­cog­nizes that the economy is embed­ded in so­ci­ety and space. It trusts in in­ter­-dis­cip­lin­ary re­search and ad­dresses ques­tions of un­even spa­tial devel­op­ment and so­cio-e­co­nomic inequal­it­ies at mul­tiple spa­tial scales. Un­even devel­op­ment is un­der­stood as the pro­duct of the un­equal cre­ation of com­pet­it­ive ad­vant­age through the spa­tially dif­fer­en­ti­ated and con­strained pro­cesses of in­nov­a­tion, tech­no­lo­gical and in­sti­tu­tional ad­vances, and the un­equal dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources, profits and in­come between and within places.

Re­search is grouped into three broad areas:

  • Un­even Devel­op­ment: The cre­ation of spa­tially un­even in­nov­at­ive and pro­duct­ive ca­pa­city;

  • So­cio-spa­tial inequal­ity: The spa­tial di­men­sion of in­creas­ing so­cio-e­co­nomic inequal­it­ies; 

  • Global net­works / GIS­cience: The or­gan­iz­a­tion and co­ordin­a­tion of the global space economy us­ing GIS­cience.

The In­sti­tute is situ­ated in the De­part­ment of So­cioeco­nom­ics with whom it shares the com­mit­ment to in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary re­search of a so­cially/eco­lo­gic­ally/spa­tially embed­ded economy, its in­ter­na­tional outlook and act­ive en­gage­ment with so­cially rel­ev­ant de­bates.