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Key Concepts in Economic Geography

Key Concepts in Economic Geography

December 2010 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Key Concepts in Economic Geography is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, this book provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in economic geography. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes:

  • An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field
  • Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions, and evolutions of the subject
  • Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including figures, diagrams, and further reading

An ideal companion text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in economic geography, the book presents the key concepts in the discipline, demonstrating their historical roots, and contemporary applications to fully understand the processes of economic change, regional growth and decline, globalization, and the changing locations of firms and industries. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, the book is an essential addition to any geography student's library.

Key Agents in Economic Geography



Key Drivers of Economic Change



Industries and Regions in Economic Change
Industrial Location

Industrial Clusters

Regional Disparity


Global Economic Geographies


Circuits of Capital

Global Value Chains

Socio-Cultural Contexts of Economic Change





Emerging Themes in Economic Geography
Knowledge Economy



Sustainable Development


This book provides all the necessary information and conceptual underpinnings of economic geography. Diction, layout and references make the entrance to the subject - for students and lectureres alike - a walk in the park.

Mr Armin Kratzer
Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck
May 17, 2015

This book provides a very valuable introduction to key concepts in economic geography for undergraduate students. It will appeal both to those students attracted to more conventional explanations, as well as those interested in more critical ideas.

Dr Gavin Brown
Geography , University of Leicester
December 11, 2014

very well structured textbook, appropriate for 1st year undergraduates

Dr Jan Semmelroggen
School of Animal, Rural & Environment, Nottingham Trent University
March 19, 2014

a thoughrough yet accessible reader to help students ground their studies by exploring core concepts. It is also a useful guide for structuring introductory lecture series.

Ms Anna Hawkins
Urban Studies , Sheffield Hallam University
February 10, 2014

The book is useful for a quick overview over key concepts. I found it useful for structuring course contents, since it covers both cultural/social as well as organizational/economistic topics. The essays are too short and broad though, to be sufficient as (exclusive) key reading texts.

Dr Annika Mattissek
Geography, Dresden University of Technology
December 17, 2012

a new dutch book was recently published.

Mr Henk-Jan Kooij
Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Radboud University Nijmegen
September 7, 2012

I find that this book gives a good overview and discussion of central themes within economic geography. I like that I have to find most of the illustrations myself. Yet, a short illustration of each of the classical model could be helpful to the students.

Mrs Susanne Bygvrå
Department of Border Region Studies, University of Southern Denmark
September 6, 2012

The nice thing about this text is that it is concise but with depth in its coverage. A must have for any library, and a useful desk reference for any serious student of economic geography or political economy.

Dr Adam Dixon
School of Geographical Sciences, Bristol University
June 18, 2012

Book presents in a concise way an efficient explanation of a range of core concepts in economic geography. Individual chapters are very useful for undergraduate students to obtain a better grasp of these concepts. A number of these are discussed in tutorials and students are recommended to include chapters from this book as supplemental reading for these tutorials

Dr L. Van Grunsven
Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University
June 30, 2011

This text is a good overview of current issues involving economic geography it will make an excellent supplemental reader for all who take the course. Recommended as a primer for all geography students.

Dr Leonard Peacefull
Geography & Planning Dept, University of Akron
June 29, 2011

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Introduction: What is economic geography?

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