Economic geography is a vibrant, eclectic, and a theoretically and methodologically pluralist discipline. It has no single core, or prescribed approach, and increasingly its boundaries blur with other subfields. Economic geographers at the Department of Geography at UBC personify the discipline’s diversity and openness. Current foci of research include:
- studies of various resource commodities such as lumber, minerals and water, and the varied production networks, forms of formal and informal regulation, and patterns of control and ownership that bear upon them;
- explorations of multiple forms of globalization (the international movement of goods, capital, people, and ideas), transnationalization, and the often-accompanying practices of neoliberalization
- investigations of regional and local development, which is not only economic, but social, political and environmental, and carried out by faculty in such sites as Thailand, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil, the United States, Guatemala, and Mexico;
- analyses of urban economies, including the restructuring of financial, housing and labour markets, the emergence of creative industry clusters, and new forms of civic governance;
- contextual historical studies of the intellectual development of Anglophone economic geography as a discipline especially from the Second World War; and
- critical reviews of the discipline’s methods, theories, and philosophical assumptions.