Graduate Student Research Award:

Kyle Loewen, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

Dissertation Research: Logistical Production in E-Commerce Warehousing and Work

Student Paper Award:

Kelly Kay, Clark University, Department of Geography

Paper: A Hostile Takeover of Nature? Placing Value in Conservation Finance

Dissertation Award:

Aidan Wong aidanwong@nus.edu.sg, National University of Singapore

Waste’, Value and Informal Labour: The Regional E-Waste Recycling Production Network in Malaysia and Singapore

(Dissertation was completed in the School of Geography & School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London; Dissertation Supervisors: Adrian Smith and Liam Campling)


2014 Student Award Winners

The Best Dissertation Award goes to Rosemary Collard of the University of British Columbia.

Rosemary Collard is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia. The title of Rosemary’s dissertation is Animal Traffic: Making, Remaking and Unmaking Commodities in Global Live Wildlife Trade. After defending her PhD in Geography at UBC in December 2013, Rosemary took up a postdoctoral fellow position in the University of Toronto’s geography department. She will hold this position until August 2014 when she will assume an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University, in Montreal. Rosemary is interested in capitalist markets (specifically auctions) and commodities that target animal life. Her multisite and multispecies research investigates how these markets and commodities come together and fall apart, drawing on feminist economic geography, marketization and performativity, global commodity chains, and political economic theories of enclosure and commodification. Rosemary can be reached at: rosemary.claire@gmail.com.

The Graduate Student Research Award goes to Dimitar Anguelov (UCLA) and Nicolas Friederici (Oxford).

Dimitar Anguelov is a PhD student at the Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles. As an urban and economic geographer, Dimitar’s research interests pertain to: uneven development, neoliberalism, finance and processes of financialization, urban governance, and EU development policies. The title of his research project is The Financialization of Urban Transformations: The case of Jakarta, Indonesia. Supervised by Professors Eric Sheppard and Helga Leitner, he is interested in understanding (1) how complex networks of production and finance are co-constituted with urban and regional economies and institutions; and (2) how political and economic conditions, historical contingencies, and material and discursive flows shape urban and regional spatial patterns, with implications for urban livelihoods, sustainability and development trajectories. Dimitar can be reached at: anguelov@ucla.edu

Nicolas Friederici is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. Supervised by Mark Graham, his research examines the dynamics of complex local innovation systems in developing countries, and in particular the role of technology innovation hubs. Nicolas’s dissertation will examine the hubs’ influence on local and international stakeholders, using a “network perspective” that integrates economic geography with social network analysis. In particular, the thesis will look at tradeoffs and intended vs. unintended consequences of multi-stakeholder, grassroots-driven innovation system interventions in low-income countries such as tech innovation hubs. Nicolas was awarded the Clarendon Scholarship as an incoming student. Before his doctorate, he was consultant for the Mobile Innovation for Development program at infoDev (World Bank) where Nicolas helped to coordinate and analyze the program’s global mobile incubation and entrepreneurship network of innovation hubs (“mLabs” and “mHubs”). Nicolas can be reached at: nicolas.friederici@oii.ox.ac.uk

The Best Student Paper competition goes to Jana Maria Kleibert (Amsterdam) and Kean Fan Lim (UBC).

Jana Kleibert is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam. The title of her paper is ‘Foreign Direct Investment in the Global Knowledge Economy: Industry-Academe Collaboration in the Philippines’. It forms part of her dissertation research on the emergence and evolution of the offshore service industry in the Philippines and its local impacts. Her research interests fall within economic geography and development studies, especially concerning the globalization of services, global production networks, and economic development in the global South. Jana can be reached at: j.m.kleibert@uva.nl

Kean Fan Lim is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. His paper is titled “Economic-geographical rescaling as an instituted process”. Supervised by Professors Trevor Barnes and Jamie Peck, Kean’s doctoral research comprises two mutually-reinforcing dimensions. The first component delineates the logics of rescaling “nationally strategic new areas” as frontiers of socioeconomic reform in contemporary China, while the second evaluates the extent to which the reforms in these rescaled “new areas” are shaped by Mao-era regulatory logics. In the summer of 2014, Kean will join the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham as Lecturer in Economic Geography. Kean can be reached at: keanfan.lim@nottingham.ac.uk

Congratulations to everyone!!

Many thanks, too, to all those who submitted proposals, dissertations, and papers – it was more competitive this year than ever before and we had a very difficult time making decisions.

We would also like to acknowledge the busy and committed judges (Peter Hall, Martin Hess, Sarah Lake, Robin Leichenko, Kris Olds, Sue Roberts, and Marion Werner).


EGSG Dissertation Award

Stefan Ouma (University of Frankfurt): “Frontier Regions of Marketization Agribusiness, Farmers, and the Precarious Making of Global Market Connections in Ghana”

EGSG Student Paper Award

Annelies Goger (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): ” ‘From Disposable to Empowered: Re-articulating Labor in Sri Lankan Apparel Factories”

EGSG Graduate Student Research Award

Kean Fan Lim (University of British Columbia): “The Role of Geo-Institutional Differentiation in the Evolution of the Chinese Political Economy”


EGSG Dissertation Award

Adrian Duhalt (University of Sussex): “Industrial Cluster Governance in a Developing Country Context: Evidence from the Petrochemical Sector in the Mexican State of Veracruz” and Johanna Hautala (University of Oulu): “Academic Knowledge Creation as a Spatio-Temporal Process”

EGSG Student Paper Award

Michael Husebo (University of Georgia): “Labour Activism Beyond the Union: Contesting Capital in the Sphere of Social Reproduction”

EGSG Graduate Student Research Award

Rory Horner (Clark University); Honorable mention winner, Kean Fan Lim (University of British Columbia)


EGSG Dissertation Award

Elizabeth Shapiro (University of California-Berkeley): “To Revalue the Rural? Transformation of the Mexican Federal Payments for Ecosystem Services Programs from Neoliberal Notion to Development Dogma”.

EGSG Student Paper Award

Daniel Haberly (Clark University): “Strategic Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment and the New Alliance Capitalism: A Network Mapping Investigation”

EGSG Graduate Student Research Award

Noah Quastel (University of British Columbia), and honorable mentions for Amanda Fickey (University of Kentucky) and John Lauerman (Clark University)


EGSG Dissertation Award

Marion Werner (University of Minnesota): “Global Displacements: Geographies of work and industrial restructuring in the Dominican Republic”

EGSG Student Paper Award

Kate Geddie (University of Toronto): “Capitalizing on knowledge bases: labour market considerations among international postgraduates in London, UK”

EGSG Graduate Student Research Award

Christopher Muellerleile (University of Wisconsin) and Carolyn Hatch (University of Toronto)


EGSG Dissertation Award

Julia Affolderbach (Simon Fraser University): “ENGOs and environmental bargains: A comparative analysis of forest conflicts in Tasmania and British Columbia”

EGSG Student Paper Award

Rory Horner (Clark University) “The emerging geography of India’s pharmaceutical firms in the global economy”.

EGSG Graduate Student Research Award

Ted Rutland (University of British Columbia)


EGSG Dissertation Award

Chris Fowler (Washington): “From Live Experience to Economic Models: A mixed Methods Analysis of Competitive Policies in Gioia Tauro and Genoa, Italy”, and Kathryn Furlong (University of British Columbia): “Municipal water supply governance in Ontario: Neoliberalization, utility restructuring, and infrastructure management”.

EGSG Student Paper Award

Bodo Kubartz (Oklahoma)

EGSG Graduate Student Research Award

Jim Delaney (University of Toronto) and Jayson Funke (Clark University).