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Chair: Nuri Yavan

The IGU Commission on 'The Dynamics of Economic Spaces' aims to bring together international groups of scholars for in-depth discussion on some of the latest issues in the field of economic geography and urban/regional development. In this context, the objective of this session aims at discussing exciting interface between urban/regional dynamics and economic geography and at cross-fertilizing ideas and methodologies between the two areas. The session focuses on the diverse and complex characteristics of local, urban and regional economies. The session’s theme will focus on key issues such as regional, urban and local economic development and regional policy, evolutionary perspectives on local and regional growth, industrial districts, agglomeration and clustering, innovative and creative industries, entrepreneurship, embeddedness, path dependence and regional development, creative cities and regions, regional innovation systems, regional economic resilience, geographies of international trade and investment, uneven geographies of capitalism, place marketing and regional economies, location choice of firms and so on. Adopting the economic geographical perspective, this session will bring together academic researchers, practitioners, professionals as well as policy-makers in these fields particularly from universities and regional development agencies. In this sense, this session will provide a multi-disciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners in the field of economic geography, regional economics and regional planning, with a urban and regional development orientation. We encourage contributions coming from various regions and countries such as core (North America, Western and Northern Europe, Japan and East Asia) and emerging economies. We would welcome sound empirical studies based on the established theoretical background. We invite contributions to the session on the following topics: • Theoretical approaches and new perspectives in economic geography • Industrial clusters and agglomeration economies in manufacturing industry • Geographies of transnational investment, trade and finance • Geography of innovation, knowledge and learning • Economic geographies of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystem • New service economy and changing economic structures of metropolitan city regions • Value chain and global production networks • The 4th industrial revolution: Implementation of industry 4.0, digitalization and smart manufacturing • New challenges for location choice and relocation • Geographies of retailing and consumption spaces • Neoliberal transformation, urban poverty and labor geography • Globalization, crisis and regional inequalities • Local development, regional growth and competitiveness • Social and human capital, and networks in regional development • Path dependency, diversity and resilience in regional development • Smart specialization and place-based policy • Regional development practice, policy and development agencies