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.