The phenomenon of globalization is not new. Yet, the dynamic nature of globalization means that old questions have to be continually reformulated and that new issues regularly come to confront us. We have realized, sometimes painfully during the last few years, that globalization is not the “end of history.” We also increasingly understand that globalization is not the end of geography. Everywhere around the world, geography is back with a vengeance. As we stand in the midst of the ongoing financial and economic crisis, the consequences of which still remain unclear, it appears that the opportunities and challenges of globalization need to be reframed through a focus on geography. While high growth in the newly industrializing economies is taking millions of people out of poverty, unbridled industrialization for many years has been linked to other crises such as resource depletion and global warming. Debates between “early” and “late” polluters remain intense. In an interdependent world, even remote islands – that do not fall in either group – cannot stand in splendid isolation. The multidimensional nature and reach of globalization interest a variety of stakeholders – citizens, academics, journalists, policy makers, city mayors, migrants, job-seekers, and business executives – all over the world.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars from different academic disciplines, management professionals, policy makers, and civil servants interested in exploring the interface between globalization and geography. We have put together a terrific set of 16 papers from all over the world addressing topics such as the role of the multinational corporation, transnational governance, international trade, sustainability, and emerging economies in globalization. We are seeking to understand the phenomenon of globalization through many lenses.